Hodeg blasts to victory in the opening stage of Tour de l’Ain


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.”


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