A French exploit and a controversy

The young Frenchman Bastien Tronchon (AG2R-Citroën) won the 3rd stage of the Tour de Burgos, when he was still a trainee. But his dolphin of the day regretted his lack of fair play.

Bastien Tronchon made a formidable entry into the professional world. A trainee of the AG2R-Citroën team since August 1, the 20-year-old Savoyard did not have to wait long to achieve his first success. Thursday, he won the 3rd stage of the Tour de Burgos.

“I’m on a little cloud. I have no words. This is a big win in a career. I’m very happy. I’ll be on cloud nine for a while”rejoiced the young runner of DirectVelo.

Sivakov came first

This is a great performance since Tronchon won the level 2.Pro race, the highest level behind the World Tour. And in this Tour of Burgos, used for many general rehearsals before the Tour of Spain, we saw some big names: Almeida, Hindley, Kelderman, Valverde, Chaves, Landa, Carthy , De La Cruz, Nibali, MA Lopez …

The young Frenchman won before a more reference rider, Pavel Sivakov, winner of the Tour of Poland and the Tour of the Alps in 2019. The climber from Ineos Grenadiers, who now runs under French colors, took the lead in the general classification but regretted not being able to count on Tronchon’s help in the final.

“Unfair play on his part”

“After the attack of Tao (Geoghegan Hart, his teammate, editor’s note) in Picon Blanco, I countered what the opponents felt, the reaction of Sivakov on the L’Equipe channel. Nothing followed, then saw Miguel Angel Lopez came back, but he didn’t want to replace me at Picon Blanco. Nobody wanted to comfort me today (Thursday). In the end, I found myself with the AG2R Citroën Team rider (Bastien Tronchon), but he didn’t want to pass either (slight smile). I don’t know… unfair play on his part in my opinion. He could have passed me a relay. I took the jersey, but I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t either will get on the stage because I want to win today (Thursday). After that, the race, like that, even if it wasn’t good on his part. But I still have hats off to him because he stayed on my wheel. »

Tronchon escaped a long time ago

However, it should be noted that Tronchon was a member of the early breakaway, while Sivakov only came out late to join the lead. In these cases, it is common for the captive runner to choose not to cooperate. “I’m in Pavel’s wheel. I would have relayed but he would attack me and jump me, believes the young Frenchman, still with Direct Vélo. It’s just not my game. Pavel was playing general and I wasn’t there for that. I have instructions. I play like an old veteran.

Tronchon added that he nevertheless took a bit of a stint after the last bump. “I told him I would let him go at that time. He told me that he will let me win if I ride. I passed a small relay but I doubt it. You never know about arrivals like that. In any case, I have confidence in my top speed and he made a great effort before. “

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