Cycling - Malaguti triumphs in Route Adelie

Alessandro Malaguti held off the challenge of Yauheni Hutarovich and Justin Jules to win the Route Adelie.

Cycling - Malaguti triumphs in Route Adelie

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Alessandro Malaguti, 2013 (Imago)

The 34th staging of the race was won by an Androni Giocattoli rider for the second year in succession, Malaguti following on from last year’s champion Roberto Ferrari.

The 197.8km race concluded with a sprint, albeit in a whittled down peloton. With 13km to go there were four remaining riders of an eight-man breakaway left, 15 seconds ahead, with a chasing pack of 26 in the main bunch.

The breakaway had made their move about 40km out, with Europcar's Pierre Rolland particularly attacking. He was joined by Anthony Geslin, Fabrice Jeandesboz, Florian Vachon, Marco Frapporti, Julien Antomarchi and Malaguti, but none of them could hold off the group behind, leading to a showdown for the line.

The 25-year-old Malaguti proved he had something left in the tank, scoring his first victory for his new team.

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