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“It is is not only great to get my first win but also to get a one-two on a tough day like this. We timed it perfectly and it is a great feeling," Hupond says

Photo: Team Giant-Shimano






10.05.2014 @ 22:50 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

For years, Thierry Hupond has been one of the loyal domestiques that has chased down breaks for his sprinters but today he got his rare moment in the spotlight when he won his first professional race at the 4 Days of Dunkirk. Based on the Twitter reactions, it was a very popular win and the Frenchman himself was pleased to finally open his account.


Thierry Hupond has soloed to victory on stage 4 of the 4 Jours de Dunkerque today for Team Giant-Shimano, with teammate Nikias Arndt taking second place behind too make it a one-two for Team Giant-Shimano.


Hupond and Arndt attacked from a reduced front group in the latter stages of the race to bridge across to the leaders before Hupond went again to go on alone and take his first win for the team.


The day was dominated by a large break that built up a strong lead of over 10 minutes and looked at points like it may stay away until the finish in Licques. However, the peloton started coming back up to the front group and once the GC favourites were isolated Hupond and Arndt attacked from what was left of the peloton to bridge across to the leaders before Hupond soloed to his first win since joining the team.


“It feels great to finally get a win for the team but it wasn’t expected in what was a strange race to be honest,” said Hupond after the stage.


“When the big break had over 10-minutes it looked as if they might stay away and behind everyone was looking at each other but then the gap started to fall and the race started coming back together.


“I’ve been feeling good here in Dunkerque over the past few days and was still there with Nikias when the gap was dropping fast, while many of the GC riders were isolated. We took our chance and attacked together, bridging over to the front of the race.


“It is is not only great to get my first win but also to get a one-two on a tough day like this. We timed it perfectly and it is a great feeling.


“Tomorrow is another day and another chance for the team so we will see how the race pans out and look to take our chances once again.”


“It is great for Thierry to get his first professional win after years of hard work for the team,” added Team Giant-Shimano coach Christian Guiberteau.


“He has grown with the team since its birth and is one of the riders who puts in the hard work which you often don’t see on the TV, so I am really happy for him.


“It was our goal here to go for a stage win and to get a one-two is even better.


“Ideally we wanted to be in the break today but this didn’t work out and the group got a big advantage. To be honest I thought that it was all over but the chase behind started to close their advantage and the gap was close enough for the guys to jump across.


“Tactically they were great at the end today and it is good to see the team working so well together. It’s a good day for Team Giant-Shimano!”



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