Team News: McNally 4th in Rhône Alpes Isère Tour

Mark McNally 4th on the final stage of the Rhône Alpes Isère Tour for his team Wanty-Groupe Gobert

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Team News: McNally 4th in Rhône Alpes Isère Tour

In the final stage of Rhône Alpes Isère Tour (2.2, 03-06/05) Wanty-Groupe Gobert went all-in to win the final GC. Before the stage Jérôme Baugnies was third in the GC, only 7 seconds behind leader Stephan Rabitsch. Baugnies was part of a big breakaway together with teammate Simone Antonini. Antonini delivered a perfect team job, and in the final Baugnies accelerated several times.

The group was thinned out, but the teams of his rivals did not let go. After an ultimate try Baugnies was caught with 14 kilometers to go. A reduced group sprinted for the victory in which Mark McNally sprinted to fourth spot. In the final GC Baugnies finished as third.

Mark McNally: “The team rode very strong the whole week. Jérôme Baugnies was the strongest rider in the race, but he was unlucky that the other teams were riding against him. Together with Kévin Van Melsen I stayed in the peloton today, while teammates Simone Antonini and Baugnies joined the breakaway. Eventually it came to a sprint, in which I wanted to take my chances.”

“It was a long time ago that I sprinted for victory, so I lacked some confidence. Winner Yssaad was for sure the fastest, but I came close to a second place. We did everything we were told to win the overall GC, maybe even a little bit more. We raced with balls and the team spirit is great, that gives hope for the upcoming races. For me Tour of Norway will be the next one.”

Results final stage

1. Yannis Yssaad
2. Patrik Lauk
3. Davide Gabburo
4. Mark McNally
15. Kevin Van Melsen
69. Simone Antonini
84. Jérôme Baugnies + 02:14
DNF Tom Devriendt

Final GC

1. Stephan Rabitsch
2. Niklas Larsen
3. Jérôme Baugnies + 00:09
73. Kévin Van Melsen + 21:10
79. Simone Antonini
82. Mark McNally + 22:06





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