Guerreiro tames the Ventoux

The Portuguese Ruben Guerreiro won this Tuesday the fourth edition of the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge, which consisted of two ascents of Mont Chauve, over 154 kilometers. The EF Education-EasyPost rider finished ahead of his teammate Esteban Chaves. Guillaume Martin finished fifth.

After Jesus Herrada in 2019, Aleksandr Vlasov in 2020 and Miguel Angel Lopez in 2021, it is Ruben Guerreiro who triumphs this year at the top of Mont Ventoux! The soon-to-be 28-year-old Portuguese proved to be the strongest in the second ascent of “Mont Chauve” in this Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge 2022, which ran over 154 kilometers from Vaison-la-Romaine. If the future retiree Alejandro Valverde launched the first attack of the second ascent, he was quickly countered by Guerreiro, who caught up with the last survivor of the leading quartet who had passed the first part of the race, Alexandr Riabushenko. And then, no one saw the EF Education-EasyPost rider again during the twelve kilometers of climb that remained.

Martin in the Top 5

The American team had prepared their move, imposing a strong rhythm between the two climbs, and after Guerreiro, it was Esteban Chaves who accelerated along with two other riders, Michael Storer and Cristian Rodriguez. The Colombian did not take over, and he finally found himself alone with Storer, Rodriguez cracking five kilometers from the finish. But two kilometers from the line, Chaves dropped Storer and thus offered a double to EF Education-EasyPost. He arrived 53 seconds behind Guerreiro, who won the third victory of his career, after his title of Portuguese road race champion in 2017 and the 9th stage of the Giro 2020. Storer completes the podium, while the first Frenchman Guillaume Martin, who was unable to follow the accelerations of the second ascent, finished fifth at 2’15. We should find all its riders on the Tour de France from July 1.

Final classification (Vaison-la-Romaine – Mont Ventoux, 154km) – Tuesday June 14, 2022
1- Ruben Guerreiro (POR/EF Education-EasyPost) in 4h32 »34
2- Esteban Chaves (COL/EF Education-EasyPost) at 53″
3- Michael Storer (AUS/Groupama-FDJ) at 1’28
4- Tobias Halland Johannessen (NOR/Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) at 2’00
5- Guillaume Martin (FRA/Cofidis) at 2’15

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