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Mannion doubles up in France with TT victory

Mannion doubles up in France with TT victory

Gavin Mannion (Rally Cycling) kept the winning groove going. A day after claiming his first European victory in stage 4 of the Tour de Savoie…

Saturday, Aug 08

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Gavin Mannion (Rally Cycling) kept the winning groove going. A day after claiming his first European victory in stage 4 of the Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc, Mannion doubled up Saturday by winning a mountain time trial to Mont Revard.

The victory was good for two in a row for the 28-year-old American, and slotted him into fifth overall in the French stage race in Rally Cycling ‘s return to European racing.

“This stage was always the one I knew I could win but to go back to back after yesterday was really something special,” Mannion said. “I knew I was on a good day from the first minutes of my warm up. I had the confidence that if I stayed within my limits in the first half I’d be tough to beat.”

Mannion averaged more than 24kph in the 22km stage, and finished more than 1 minute faster than race leader Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels – Vital Concept p/b KTM) and jumped from 12th to finish fifth on the final GC.

“I’m really good at training,” Mannion said after not racing in months. “That’s probably my biggest strength as a rider. So when we had the long layoff from racing I looked at it as an opportunity to push my body more than I ever had without having to be rested for races all the time.”

The back-to-back wins are a boost for Rally Cycling in their return to Europe following a long stop from racing since March. The team will race next […]

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