Latour confirms promise with Tour de Suisse race lead
AG2R La Mondiale’s Pierre Latour, winner of three best young rider competitions this season, confirmed his promise by taking the lead at the Tour de Suisse on the first big mountain stage. The 22-year-old, who won the white jersey at Etoile de Bessèges, Critérium International and the Tour de Romandie, jumped away from a select group on the final few hundred metres of the climb to the finish of stage 5 in Cari to take third on the stage.
With the four second time bonus and the two second gap to the chasing group behind, Latour narrowly rode into the race lead – tied on time with Wilco Kelderman (LottoNl-Jumbo), who started the day six seconds ahead of Latour.
“I didn’t expect to take the jersey in this race. I aimed at a good ranking, a stage victory and to learn for the future in a hard stage race,” Latour said. “At the moment, I can’t believe it. There are two hard mountain stages and a time trial to come and I will fight to keep it. We have a great team, very united.”
Gilles Mas, AG2R’s directeur sportif said Latour is amazing. “Pierre is an amazing young and talented rider, very receptive. He attacked at the right time to go for the third place and take the jersey. We will do our best to keep it. There are two hard stages and a time trial but we are ready to defend it.”
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