Marc Sarreau has won Cholet – Pays de la Loire for the second time in his career. After Lewis Askey and Paul Lapeira were caught in the final, Sarreau was the fastest of a reduced bunch.
“The finale was intense. Paul Lapeira was in the breakaway on the last lap. In the peloton, we followed the attacks well and when the breakaway riders were caught, I was well-positioned thanks to Clément Venturini. With the headwinds, I pulled the trigger with 250 meters to go. It’s a real relief as it’s been a long time since I’ve won a race. I have experienced bad luck with injuries, crashes, an iliac artery operation, covid… It feels good to win again. It’s the second time I win in Cholet, but most of all, it’s my first win of the season after more than two tough years of fighting back. I hope this victory can be a new beginning. Next Sunday, I will take on the Roue Tourangelle, which I have already won, with good spirits.”
Marc Sarreau’s victory is the first success of 2022 for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. Thanks to his victory in Cholet-Pays de Loire, Sarreau took the lead in the Coupe de France as well. The AG2R CITROËN TEAM consolidated its first place in the team classification.