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No more heartbreak for Bouchard after first pro win in Tour of the Alps

No more heartbreak for Bouchard after first pro win in Tour of the Alps

Geoffrey Bouchard landed his first professional victory at the Tour of the Alps on Monday, holding off the chasers with a brave solo effort on…

Tuesday, Apr 19

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Geoffrey Bouchard landed his first professional victory at the Tour of the Alps on Monday, holding off the chasers with a brave solo effort on stage 1 after finding himself in the breakaway of the day almost by chance.

The Frenchman has won the mountains jersey at the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España with determined, consistent riding for three weeks but finally experienced the unique emotions of victory at the foot of the Dolomites in Primiero/San Martino di Castrozza on stage 1 .

Bouchard has been a professional with AG2R Citroën since 2018 but had to fight for his first victory just as he had to fight hard for his place in the peloton.

"Last year I missed out on a stage win in the Giro. I was caught in the last few hundred metres," he recalled of the stage 9 dirt road finish stage 9 to Campo Felice when Egan Bernal blasted past him to win.

"I managed to turn professional because I worked hard, not because I’m super talented. I’ve done some good things like winning the mountain jerseys but I was missing a win. The goal in cycling is always to win. Now, fortunately, I have won too.

"Maybe I’m not very confident in my ability sometimes but I’ve always worked hard. When I was an under-23 rider I was never in the national team. I still studied at university and worked part-time in Decathlon. Then one year I asked my parents if I could stop working to […]

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