Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) sprinted to victory in stage 1 of the Tour de l’Ain.
In the final 150 meters of the stage, the 24-year-old came off the wheel of Jannik Steimle and unleashed a huge burst of speed, easily holding off Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic) and Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels).
“I think when I can do my sprint, I can be one of the best,” Hodeg said afterwards. “Today was perfect. The guys left me in the best position. I just started my sprint, and I looked to the finish and I’m so happy.”
¡Colombia! ¡Colombia! ¡Colombia! Victoriaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa para el gran @alvaro_hodeg que vuelve al triunfo, tremendo sprint del colombiano que se queda con la etapa.
— Señal Deportes (@SenalDeportes) July 29, 2021