Tour de Vende 2023: Arnaud Dmare Claims Victory in the 51st Edition
French Cyclist Arnaud Dmare Emerges Triumphant in One-Day Test
Published on 01/10/2023
The 51st edition of the Tour de Vende, a prestigious one-day race on the European calendar, witnessed the triumph of French cyclist Arnaud Dmare from the Arka-Samsic team. The challenging 207.1-kilometer route stretched between the towns of Mouilleron-Saint-Germain and La Roche-sur-Yon.
After an intense 4 hours, 45 minutes, and 48 seconds of racing, Arnaud Dmare secured victory, adding another remarkable achievement to his list of successes with the Arka-Samsic jersey. Following closely behind were fellow French riders Paul Penhot from Groupama-FDJ and Sandy Dujardin from TotalEnergies, claiming second and third place respectively.
Among the Spanish participants, Gotzon Martín from Euskaltel-Euskadi, hailing from Vizcaya, showcased an impressive performance, finishing in tenth place, a mere 5 seconds behind the winner.
A Thrilling Sprint Decides the Winner
The race’s outcome was determined by a thrilling sprint involving a group of forty cyclists who remained closely packed until they reached ‘la flamme rouge,’ the marker indicating the final kilometer. It was at this crucial moment that Arnaud Dmare unleashed his power, surging from behind to claim an undisputed victory.
Groupama-FDJ initiated the sprint with Bram Welten leading the charge for Paul Penhot. However, Dmare’s remarkable surge from the rear proved unstoppable, securing his well-deserved win.
A Farewell to Peter Sagan
The Tour de Vende 2023 marked the final road competition for Slovak cyclist Peter Sagan, representing TotalEnergies. Concluding his illustrious professional career, Sagan bids farewell to the sport with an impressive record of 121 victories, including four overall rankings.
Arnaud Dmare now follows in the footsteps of the previous year’s champion, Bryan Coquard, as the new titleholder of the Tour de Vende.
Established in 1972 by Maurice Martineau, the race has become an integral part of the French Cup and traditionally culminates in an exhilarating sprint finish.
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Tour de Vende 2023 Classifications
1. Arnaud Dmare (FRA/Arka-Samsic) – 4:45:48
2. Paul Penhot (FRA/Groupama-FDJ) – mt
3. Sandy Dujardin (FRA/TotalEnergies) – mt
4. Bryan Coquard (FRA/Cofidis) – mt
5. Clment Venturini (FRA/Ag2r-Citron) – mt
6. Alexandre Delettre (FRA/Cofidis) at 0:03
7. Jrmy Leveau (FRA/Van Rysel-Roubaix) at 0:05
8. Bram Welten (NED/Groupama-FDJ) at 0:05
9. Peter Sagan (SVK/TotalEnergies) at 0:05
10. Gotzon Martín (ESP/Euskaltel-Euskadi) at 0:05
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