Sometimes in stage racing, it’s a bugs life.
A stomach big (or perhaps some funky energy bars) took out 25 riders before the final stage of this years’ Etoile de Besseges.
Unfortunately, the sick list included overall leader Arnaud Molmy (Roubaix Lille Metropole). Yesterday Samuel Dumoulin lost the stage and jersey to Molmy after cutting the course but won back the title based on the stronger immune system. Allez Sammy, your intestinal tract is formidable!
Niko Eeckhout (An Post-Sean Kelly) took advantage of a top notch lead-out from his team to claim the fifth stage of the shiny 2010 Etoile de Bessèges. Niko beat out Kazakh Valentin Iglinsky (Astana) and Dutchman Hans Dekkers (Landbouwkrediet) to take his first win of the season.
The overall win goes to the mini-Frenchman, Dumoulin. He beat Borut Bozic in a sprint to win stage three and then triumphed over Molmy and an aggressive stomach bug to win the Etoile.
You see, mes amis, if you want to win a bike race, you must train the legs and the lungs but do not forget the intestines.