Cycling: first professional victory for Paul Lapeira in the Classic Loire Atlantique

The young Frenchman Paul Lapeira won the first victory of his professional career on Saturday by winning the Classic Loire Atlantique solo.

Starting alone a little over 20 km from the finish, the Decathlon-AG2R La Mondiale runner managed to maintain a 19-second lead over a first peloton controlled by Belgian Tom Van Asbroeck.

“The group came back really close ten kilometers from the finish but I believed in it and I gave everything I had,” commented Lapeira, 23 years old. This is the fifth victory in 2024 for Vincent Lavenu’s team which confirms its excellent start to the season.