Tour de France superstar Thomas Voekler was not the only ex-pro riding the 146 kilometre cyclosportive from France’s Corima Drôme Provençale on Sunday 27 March.
Also riding alongside 2000 amateurs were ex-pro riders Damien Poncet and Loïc Ruffaut, who worked well together and enjoyed a shared arm-in-arm victory with a finishing time of 3:47:13.
The pro duo dropped six break away companions with 20 kilometres to go and were never seen again. Finishing 21 seconds behind Poncet and Ruffaut, Clement Cambier won the group sprint for third place.
Eva Nougier was the first women in 4:18:50, followed closely by Dominica Briand and Camille Udny.
In the shorter 105 kilometre race Morgan Bertet won a large field sprint to claim victory in 2:47:41, with Florence Le Gaulois winning the women’s category in 3:04:53.
Thomas Voekler finished the 146km race in 134th place with a time of 4:14:58 and then took time for selfies with legions of adoring French fans.
Complete Corima Drôme Provençale results HERE.
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