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17:18 GMT         Day 23 of 90, Season 43    

Laurens Warringa struggles to first victory


  Even though several riders tried to break away, no one managed to keep it going in Billion Dollar Race. The strongest riders in the peloton stayed together in the leading group. The finishing climb became a secretion of riders, until Laurens Warringa (Gruppo Apparte) and Anselino Carderas (VC Botafogo) were alone in the front. As it looked as they were heading for a sprint on the top, Anselino Carderas suddenly could follow Laurens Warringa who climbed the final kilometre alone. The audience cheered as Laurens Warringa crossed the line with his arms raised high. Anselino Carderas came in a little later as second. The third place were terminated by a group of 4 who sprinted a long. Alexander Seefeldt was fastest in the group, and safely took the third place.
Today's stage fit well for me - I simply had to try my luck. And see what happened?, said a smiling Laurens Warringa. The winner had no other comments, he quickly went to the team bus in order to celebrate the win.
The stage couldn't turn out any better than this. Laurens Warringa did a perfect job today, said Fausto, manager of Gruppo Apparte, after the race.



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Billion Dollar Race
Laurens Warringa
Anselino Carderas
Alexander Seefeldt