Paul Lapeira caps breakout season with French road race title

Paul Lapeira
Paul Lapeira (Image credit: Getty Images)

Paul Lapeira (Decathlon-AG2R) won the French national title on local roads in Normandy, beating Julien Bernard (Lidl-Trek) and Thomas Gachignard (TotalEnergies) in a three-up sprint in Saint-Martin-de-Landelles.

The winning move took shape with a shade under 70km to go, when Lapeira, Bernard and Gachinagnard, Nicolas Prodhomme (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale) and Rémi Capron (Van Rysel Roubaix) forged clear of the peloton and opened a sizeable gap on a demanding circuit that included the climbs of the Côte de la Vallée and the Côte des Biards.

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