Brunel powers to victory on stage 1 of Etoile de Besseges

Alexys Brunel (Groupama-FDJ) powered to the first pro victory of his career on the first stage of the Étoile de Bessèges.

The Frenchman hit the line one second ahead of Benoît Cosnefroy with Edward Planckaert in third, three seconds back.

Brunel takes a three-second GC lead into Thursday’s second of five stages in the French race.

Etoile de Bessèges 2020 – stage 1 results (Bellegarde – Bellegarde):

1Alexys Brunel (Groupama-FDJ)

3:20:43

2Benoit Cosnefroy (AGR La Mondiale)

+01”

3Edward Planckaert (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)

+03”

4Alex Kirsch (Trek-Segafredo)

+05”

5Scott Thwaites (Alpecin-Fenix)

+08”

6Kévin Geniets (Groupama-FDJ)

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7Gijs Van Hoecke (CCC)

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8Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie)

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9Arthur Vichot (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept0

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10Flavien Maurelet (St Michel-Auber)

+13”

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