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.”
Lennu Martinez a remporté la 5e édition du #CICMV #MontVentoux Denivelé Challenge devant Michael Woods et Simon Carr. Cristian Rodriguez termine ay pied du podium devant Clément champoussin. #cyclisme #ciclismo pic.twitter.com/BjPXE0sPvo
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