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2023 La Drôme Classic (1.Pro), France

11th edition: Sunday, February 26, 2023
Complete results

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Etoile sur Rhone - Etoile sur Rhone, 191.5 km

Winner Anthony Perez has left everyone behind. Photo: Mathilde L'Azou

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Weather at the start/finish city of Etoile sur Rhone at 1:30 PM, local time: 6C (42F), mostly cloudy, with the wind from the north at 53 km/hr (32 mph). There is a 50% chance of rain during the afternoon.

The race: Here's the report from third-place Andrea Bagioli's Team Soudal Quick-Step.

Andrea Bagioli became the latest Soudal Quick-Step rider to score a podium finish this season in a tough edition of Drôme Classic, the howling wind making it really difficult for the peloton to control the race. As a result, a strong group featuring the Italian, Ardèche Classic winner Julian Alaphilippe and Ilan Van Wilder rode away, easily linking up with the remnants of the breakaway and pressing on to the point they put more than a minute between them and the chasing bunch.

The newly-formed front group worked well together, but things changed as soon as the road went up again and the cooperation went in smoke the moment several riders tried to drop their companions. Anthony Perez (Cofidis) ended up taking advantage of this, going clear with 40 kilometers to go and putting almost two minutes between him and his former companions. First Alaphilippe, then Bagioli tried to reduce the gap, and eventually a small chasing group containing the 23-year-old was organised and set out in pursuit of the Frenchman.

Andrea rode valiantly, and even though the leader was out of reach, he kept fighting and took a strong third place on the uphill finish in Étoile-sur-Rhône: “I felt good today, although it wasn’t easy with the strong wind and the cold we had to face the entire day. I almost crashed a couple of times, as the crosswinds made it extra difficult, but I managed to stay upright and finish on the podium, which gives me a lot of confidence for my upcoming races.”

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Complete Results:


191.5 kilometers raced at an average speed of 38.631 km/hr

1 Anthony Perez Cofidis 4hr 57min 26sec
2 Rui Costa Intermarché-Circus-Wanty @ 1min 11sec
3 Andrea Bagioli Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
4 David Gaudu Groupama-FDJ 1:13
5 Quinn Simmons Trek-Segafredo s.t.
6 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen Trek-Segafredo 1:34
7 Georg Zimmermann Intermarché-Circus-Wanty 1:38
8 Simon Clarke Israel-Premier Tech 1:41
9 Corbin Strong Israel-Premier Tech 1:43
10 Dorian Godon Ag2r-Citroën 1:48
11 Romain Bardet Team DSM 1:57
12 Quentin Pacher Groupama-FDJ 3:20
13 Lucas Eriksson Tudor Pro Cycling 3:35
14 Harry Sweeny Lotto Dstny 3:48
15 Guillaume Martin Cofidis 3:55
16 Julian Alaphilippe Soudal Quick-Step 4:49
17 Frederik Wandahl Bora-hansgrohe 6:46
18 Christian Eiking Odd EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
19 Torstein Træen Uno-X 6:56
20 Lilian Calmejane Intermarché-Circus-Wanty 7:04
21 Francesco Busatto Intermarché-Circus-Wanty 8:13
22 Mathieu Burgaudeau TotalEnergies s.t.
23 Eddy Finé Cofidis s.t.
24 Cristian Rodriguez Arkéa-Samsic 8:15
25 Nicolas Debeaumarché St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
26 Floris De Tier Bingoal-WB s.t.
27 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo s.t.
28 Remi Cavagna Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
29 Merhawi Kudus EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
30 Simon Pellaud Tudor Pro Cycling 8:20
31 Davide Formolo UAE Team Emirates s.t.
32 George Bennett UAE Team Emirates s.t.
33 Matthew Dinham Team DSM s.t.
34 Victor Koretzky Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
35 Marco Tizza Bingoal-WB 8:27
36 Matteo Sobrero Jayco-AlUla s.t.
37 Alexis Guérin Bingoal-WB s.t.
38 Alexander Cepeda EF Education-EasyPost 8:46
39 Martijn Tusveld Team DSM s.t.
40 Ramses Debruyne Lotto Dstny s.t.
41 Alexandre Delettre Cofidis 10:28
42 Victor Lafay Cofidis s.t.
43 Fredrik Dversnes Uno-X 13:38
44 Anton Palzer Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
45 Mikkel Honore EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
46 Jago Willems Lotto Dstny s.t.
47 Paul Ourselin TotalEnergies s.t.
48 Nils Brun Tudor Pro Cycling s.t.
49 Enzo Paleni Groupama-FDJ s.t.
50 Esteban Chaves EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
51 Léo Danès CIC U Nantes Atlantique s.t.
52 Chris Hamilton Team DSM s.t.
53 Jai Hindley Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
54 Vadim Pronskiy Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
55 Nans Peters Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
56 Kevin Colleoni Jayco-AlUla s.t.
57 Julien Simon TotalEnergies s.t.
58 Alessandro Verre Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
59 Marco Frigo Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
60 Sebastien Reichenbach Tudor Pro Cycling s.t.
61 Jordan Jegat CIC U Nantes Atlantique s.t.
62 Romain Grégoire Groupama-FDJ s.t.
63 Romain Cardis St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
64 Morne Van Niekerk St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
65 Noa Isidore CIC U Nantes Atlantique s.t.
66 Robin Plamondon CIC U Nantes Atlantique s.t.
67 Lennert Teugels Bingoal-WB s.t.
68 Clément Champoussin Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
69 Nacer Bouhanni Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
70 Cesare Benedetti Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
71 Alessandro De Marchi Jayco-AlUla 13:49
72 Alexandr Riabushenko Astana Qazaqstan 14:13


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Before the race start the teams are presented. Here's Groupama-FDJ.

The race is just getting started.

A bundled up Julian Alaphilippe leads a group up a climb.

Odd Christian Eiking.

Anthony Perez takes a brilliant solo finish.

The fight for second place. Rui Costa (right) beats Andrea Bagioli.

The podium, from left: Rui Costa (3rd), Anthony Perez (1st) & Andrea Bagioli (3rd)

Anthony Perez enjoys his victory.

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