Sénéchal steps in for Hodeg, Cavendish in Clasica Almeria

ROQUETAS DE MAR SPAIN FEBRUARY 14 Podium Martin Laas of Estonia and Team BORA hansgrohe Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy and Team Team Qhubeka Assos Florian Senechal of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Celebration during the 34th Clsica de Almeria 2021 a 1833km race from Pueblo de Vicar to Roquetas de Mar Trophy Mask Covid Safety Measures ClasicaAlmeria21 on February 14 2021 in Roquetas de Mar Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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The Deceuninck-Quickstep lead-out train was expected to queue up for Colombian fast man Alvaro Hodeg in the Clasica Almeria on Sunday but when he crashed, Florian Sénéchal became the first Frenchman to land on the podium in the early-season race in 17 years, finishing second behind winner Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos).

The sprint was quick thinking by the 27-year-old who intended to be the last lead-out for Hodeg.

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