The 50th edition of Etoile de Besseges finished with a 10.7-kilometer individual time trial in Alès and with an uphill finish, provided a demanding route for pure time trialists.
Małecki, who sprinted to third place on stage four, showed strong early season form by clocking the tenth-fastest time, 31 seconds behind winner Alberto Bettiol (EF Pro Cycling) and just ahead of teammate Gijs Van Hoecke.
Zimmermann had all but secured the KOM jersey on the third stage of the French Race after a tough battle against Marti Marquez (Equipo Kern Pharma) and only had to finish the time trial to take the jersey home with a six point lead.
Quotes From The Finish Line:
The first nine kilometers of the course were flat and then in last two kilometers, we had to tackle the climb. Even though I felt really tired after yesterday’s racing, I knew that I could do something on a route like this. Together with my coach, we prepared a plan and as I rolled down the ramp, I was trying to execute it 100% perfectly. I was going full gas, trying not to think about the pain which was getting more intense with every kilometer. I did my best and finished tenth. I think that’s a good result after yesterday’s tough stage.
I was training hard all winter and even though I felt well prepared for the beginning of the season, I didn’t expect to achieve such a good result here. I finished second on the third stage of this race and won the KOM classification. I am really happy that my hard work paid off and glad that in the first months of the new year, my form is good. Still, I have the impression that I haven’t reached my peak yet, so I’m really looking forward to my next races.
Etoile de Besseges.
Stage 5: Alès > Alès (10.7km)
Top 3: 1. Alberto Bettiol (EF Pro Cycling) 2. Magnus Cort (EF Pro Cycling) 3. Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)
CCC Team Top 3: 10. Kamil Małecki, 11. Gijs Von Hoecke, 21. Kamil Gradek