Ethe spanish cyclist Roger Adria (Kern Pharma) He achieved his first professional victory by signing up for the sprint in the second stage of the Occitanie Route, played in a short format due to the heat, of only 34.3 km between Belmont-sur-Rance to Roquefort-sur-Soulzon.
Atypical day due to the high temperatures, since the local authorities prohibited the competition tests due to the heat wave that invades Europe. A special day for a memorable victory for the rider born 24 years ago in Barcelona, who apart from inaugurating his record, put on the leader’s jersey.
Adriá surprised in a long, disputed, long-winded sprint, in which he was able to win by a narrow margin ahead of the Danish Mchael Valgren (EF Education) and the German from Movistar Max Kanter, all with a time of 42.42 minutes.
An important victory for Adriá and his team, of category UCI Pro Team, in a very busy day despite the low mileage. He will have the honor of wearing the yellow jersey in the third stage, with the same time as the Frenchman Arnaud Demare (Groupama) y de Valgre,
Kern Pharma worked conscientiously from the start to get into the good breakaway of the day, but had to settle for chasing the Dutchman Niki Terpstra (Total Energies), the star of the day with a breakaway of more than 20 km that was finally annulled near of Cota de Tiergues (2a, 5 km to 4.6), when various movements took place.
Movistar took the lead with Puerto Rican Abner González, played for Alejandro Valverde, who was among the candidates, and in turn the Murcian, in an inauspicious arrival, tried to place the team’s sprinter, Max Kanter.
The sprint was launched from afar, Valgren He took the lead, Adriá caught up with him, elbow to elbow, and the Catalan finally had the kidney blow necessary to achieve the most important victory of his life.