Mondory takes first professional victory

Frenchman Lloyd Mondory (AG2R La Mondiale) took his first professional victory when he won the 1.HC...

Frenchman Lloyd Mondory (AG2R La Mondiale) took his first professional victory when he won the 1.HC GP Kanton Aargau in Switzerland.

"I felt good over the past fortnight. I was really strong," Mondory explained. "I'm really happy with this victory. It's been a long time since I turned professional and then to win here by taking initiatives and going with the break. It may also be a good time to make my selection for the Tour. My place is not gained but I will do everything for it that is my goal."

The 26 year-old won the final sprint ahead of his team-mate and one of the favourites for the race, Martin Elmiger. A group of 14 riders escaped the peloton in the final 40km of racing. Four of those riders were unable to maintain the pace of the break on the tough circuit in the Swiss Alps which lead to a ten man sprint for first.

Sweden's Thomas Lövkvist (Team High Road) placed third.

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