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Etoile de Besseges 2021

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Time trial world champion Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Time trial world champion Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Alberto Bettiol (Image credit: Getty Images)
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John Degenkolb (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Christophe Laporte (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Nils Politt (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) took the overall victory at the Étoile de Bèsseges, riding a solid final time trial to finish in fourth place on the stage and secure the orange jersey in Alès. 

Meanwhile, Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) made it two wins in two days, unsurprisingly taking the honours on the stage with a time of 15:00, 10 seconds better than second-placed man Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ), who had briefly occupied the hot set while the Italian was out on course.

Ganna’s Ineos teammate, the 22-year-old Ethan Hayter had spent much longer at the top of the leaderboard. He had set off seventh and set a time of 15:21, which would eventually be the third-best time of the day.

The podium spots behind Wellens were snatched up by Michal Kwiatkowski, who capped off a good day for Ineos Grenadiers to post a time of 15:34 and overhaul Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Mads Würtz Schmidt (Israel Start-Up Nation). Würtz Schmidt’s German teammate Nils Politt also moved onto the final podium, nabbing third overall with a ride of 15:38.

More to follow…

Brief Results
Pos. Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 0:15:00
2 Thomas Benjamin (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:10
3 Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:21
4 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:29
5 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis 0:00:31
6 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:34
7 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo 0:00:35
8 Owain Doull (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:38
9 Nils Politt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
10 Jake Stewart (GBr) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:41
Final general classification after stage 5
Pos. Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 13:56:23
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:53
3 Nils Politt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:59
4 Jake Stewart (GBr) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:02
5 Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Israel Start-up Nation 0:01:19
6 Michael Gogl (Aut) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:01:24
7 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team 0:01:25
8 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:36
9 Clément Carisey (Fra) Delko 0:01:41
10 Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:01:45

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