15 March 2023

Milan-Turin, Nacer Bouhanni 6ème

Nacer Bouhanni finished sixth in Milan-Turin, the oldest race on the professional calendar.


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On the line

“My team-mates did a good job all day. Alessandro rode, Alan and Kévin put me in view of the final, with Luca also at 6-7 kilometres from the finish. I still lack automatisms with my team-mates, but I feel that I am progressing. At the red light, I know that it is over for me to go for the victory. I was in 25/30th position before the last turn at 800 metres, I sprinted on the left side to get back on the inside. I gain about 15 places, but for the win, it was over. I had made my effort before the sprint. I sprinted more to get a second place, because I didn’t have any energy left at the moment of the sprint. We were too far back in the final, so I took the option on the left side and on the inside to go up”.

Mickaël Leveau, Sport-director

The debrief’

“Alessandro had been appointed to ride and control the breakaway riders in order to neutralize the time taken by the break, a mission he accomplished. In the final, there were eleven roundabouts in six kilometres seven hundred. The riders always tried to be well placed. A crash disorganised us, but then the guys found each other. Our sprint was a bit disorganised in the final, Nacer made an effort on the left in the final to get back into Gaviria’s wheel. This cost him a big effort before the final sprint”.