Ryan solos to victory in seventh stage Tour de l'Avenir

Ryan solos to victory in seventh stage Tour de l'Avenir

Archie Ryan has won the seventh stage of the Tour de l'Avenir. The 21-year-old Irishman of the Jumbo-Visma Development Team rode solo to his first season victory.

The Tour de l'Avenir, contested by national teams, featured two stages in one day. In the morning, there was a climbing time trial towards Les Karellis. This was followed by a 70-kilometre mountain stage to the Col du Mont-Cenis. In the afternoon stage, Ryan attacked from the front group and quickly took a half-minute lead. The Irish talent stayed away from the leaders and won.

It was only Ryan's second race of the season back from injury. "It was a tough day”, an elated Ryan said. "The preparation for this stage race was suboptimal due to a lack of competition. I only raced my first race of the season last week. I crashed on the second stage, so I had to recover for a while, but the last few days went well with some places of honour. So I'm delighted to have won a stage here.”

Tijmen Graat, Ryan's teammate at the Jumbo-Visma Development Team, is tenth overall in the prestigious U23 stage race after seven days.

Photo: Anouk Flesch - Tour de l'Avenir

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