Lenny Martinez arrived hand in hand with his teammate, Robin Thompson, on Saturday 16 July, at the conclusion of the fourth stage of the Tour du Val d’Aosta. Conti Groupama-FDJ riders made a big splash in the Tour du Val d’Aoste, reserved for the hopefuls, and it was the New Zealander who won, having helped boost Nivernais’ yellow jersey.
Robin Thompson and Lenny Martinez cross the line hand in hand! Victory for Robin in the fourth stage of the Tour de Val Aosta???? pic.twitter.com/57S79hMqfG
– La Conte Groupama-FDJ (@groupamafdj_ct)
16 July 2022
On the last climb of the day, which led to Fontainerome, Martinez and his partner distanced themselves from their main pursuers, Eritrean Welay Berhe Hagos (EF Education Nippo Development) and Italians Simone Raccani (national team) and Marco Frigo (Israel Cycling Academy). This provides a more comfortable advance to Nivernais before the final stage, on Sunday 17 July, between Valtournenche and Breuil Cervinia (120.6 km).
The last stage is a little shorter and we will try to control it well.
“It was a great day. It’s crazy to be alone in the lead with Robin as Queen in the race. We kept the jersey, increased our lead and won the stage, we couldn’t have imagined better than that. It’s a great team race. The last stage is a little shorter and we’ll try Control well,” Neverni replied at the end. If he can keep his yellow jersey, he will present himself his first success since his time in the professional peloton.
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