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Emil Vinjebo takes fourth place in Royal Bernard Drome Classic

The weekend ended on a successful note, when Danish Emil Vinjebo mingled with Grand-Tour stage winners and rode to an impressive fourth place at the Royal Bernard Drome Classic. After a mountainous race yesterday, todays climbs were a bit more suited for the Scandinavians.

“The race was generally more suited for us today”, says Emil Vinjebo. “The climbs were a bit shorter, and the terrain seemed more like the hills known from the Ardennes. You need to be good at positioning in those situations, which we are really good at as a team.”

With big teams such as Groupama-FDJ and AG2R La Mondiale to control the race, the peloton slowly shrank throughout the race and with 30 km to go Sindre Lunke, Krister Hagen and Emil Vinjebo was still there to contend for the win. Going into the last 10 km, Emil Vinjebo sat alone with two short steep climbs to come.

“I knew, that I had to be well positioned at the bottom of the last climbs. Romain Bardet pushed hard on the second last one from the bottom to the top, and I could just feel, that I had great legs - always a fantastic feeling”, says Vinjebo.

“We hit the last climb with 2 km to go, and I enter at the bottom in sixth or seventh position. Over the top I just come short of holding Warren Barguil’s wheel who was third over the top, and when I looked back, no one was on my wheel! So I just went full gas to try and close to Barguil, but I just couldn’t - then it was all about taking the fourth place”.

A short and steep descent followed the top of the climb, and the riders rode straight into the finish at the bottom.

“Our goal was to go home with a top 10, and that succeeded. Vi are all very happy and proud of our performance, since we all contributed in this successful result. We work really well as a team, both on the bike as well as off. We’re just missing the last percentages in the legs, but it’s getting better and better. I think we’re in for a great season, when we’re riding like we are now”, says Emil Vinjebo.

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