Lenny Martinez takes first professional victory on Mont Ventoux


At only 19 years old, Lenny Martinez took his first professional victory on Tuesday at the CIC Mont Ventoux.

The race that has been greatly shortened – 55 km and one ascent of the mythical Ventoux cut because of the risk of thunderstorms – was won by the Groupama-FDJ cyclist ahead of Michael Woods (Israel Premier Tech), Simon Carr (Education First) and Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Arkea Samsic).

“I felt great emotions when I crossed the finish line,” Martinez said. “I doubted for a while whether there wasn’t another rider ahead, because I just couldn’t believe I won. My first professional victory, at the top of Mont Ventoux, as a climber… It’s a wonderful story.”


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