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Classic de l'Indre 2014: Iljo Keisse wins the sprint!

Added: sunday 24 August 2014 at 18:03:00
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    Classic de l'Indre 2014: Iljo Keisse wins the sprint!In the Classic de l'Indre we saw a group of 4 riders get away from the peloton today, after about fifty kilometers in the race and this group was taken back only after the first crossing of the finish line. The 3 laps on the local circuit have been done with the bunch staying together and in the end, Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) won the race in a sprint!

    The summary of the Classic de l'Indre 2014

    At the start of the 11th edition of the Classic de l'Indre, 157 riders were perfectly aware of the fact that, despite of the number of laps on the circuit being reduced to 3, the race would end in a sprint.

    The riders left Châteauroux under a beautiful sun, towards the kilometer 0 in Ardentes. Rapidly after the start there were several breakaway attempts but we had to wait for about fifty kilometers to get close to Sainte-Sévère-sur-Indre and to see the right breakaway get away.

    In the group of 4 riders which got away from the peloton there were two French riders, Julien El Fares (Team La Pomme Marseille 13) and Damien Monier (Bridgestone-Anchor Cycling Team). They were accompanied by the Spanish rider Angel Madrazo (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and by the Bulgarian rider Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC Polsat Polkowice).
    These 4 riders already created a gap of about 3 minutes when they reached the top of the climb at Chez Piot (200 meters at 22%) and their gap finally went up to 5'20".

    When they got back in Sainte-Sévère-sur-Indre the peloton seemed to have decided to let the breakaway go away and went by rather slowly. Thee riders however started chasing again rapidly afterwards, in order to bring the gap back down to around 3 minutes.

    At the first crossing of the finish line the gap was so small that the peloton could view the 4 breakaway riders cross the line in the long straight road which brought them to the finish in Châteauroux and just after the start of the first out of 3 laps on the circuit, the adventure came to an end for the 4 riders which spent the day at the head of the race.

    While the 2nd lap of the circuit was about to end, the trainee Nico Denz of the AG2R La Mondiale team attacked, thinking either that the race was about to finish already or that it was the intermediate sprint which actually took place after the previous lap.

    In the last lap of the circuit, Kevyn Ista (IAM Cycling) tried to get away but he didn't create a big gap since the peloton was really hoping for a bunch sprint. And we thus saw a bunch sprint at the end of the race and the Belgian rider Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) won it, ahead of Romain Feillu (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) and Roy Jans (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).

    The classification of the Châtearoux Classic de l'Indre 2014

    Here's the top 10 of the Classic de l'Indre 2014:

    1/ Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) - 4h40'39"
    2/ Romain Feillu (Bretagne-Séché Environnement)
    3/ Roy Jans (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
    4/ Edward Theuns (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
    5/ Morgan Lamoisson (Team Europcar)
    6/ Benjamin Giraud (Team La Pomme Marseille 13)
    7/ Baptiste Planckaert (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
    8/ Francesco Chicchi (Neri Sottoli)
    9/ Andrea Piechele (Bardiani CSF)
    10/ Justin Jules (Team La Pomme Marseille 13)

    The photos of the Classic de l'Indre 2014

    You can now discover a selection of 100 photos of the Classic de l'Indre 2014, from the presentation to the finish via the start and several places on the route, by clicking the following link:

    >> watch the photos of the Classic de l'Indre 2014

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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