Robin Carpenter broke out of the peloton on the final stage of the Tour Poitou-Charentes to claim third place from the breakaway. The American, along with his breakaway compatriots, managed to evade the pack during an extremely tight finale.
The podium finish on stage 5 is Carpenter’s best result of the year and concludes a successful week of racing in France for Rally Cycling. Clément Clarisey (DELKO) won the stage having attacked the leaders in the closing kilometers.
Pier-André Côté came over the line inside the top 20 which meant that the Canadian moved up into ninth overall in the final general classification.
Speaking in Poitiers after the stage, Carpenter said, “I’m happy with the result. Obviously, a win is more desirable than anything else but I don’t want to fall into that mental trap of thinking that’s everything because it’s not. We have to be happy with making the race.”
15km from home, a heavy crash took out a large percentage of the peloton. Carpenter dug deep to stay with the breakaway as the reduced group chased hard to get back into contention.
“It was a bit touch and go at the end. There was a small group of us chasing but we were messing around because Carisey had a teammate with us. I showed my cards a little too early on the climb in the finishing circuit, but I felt like I had to do it to keep the momentum of the breakaway going.”
Carpenter chased second place Simone Ravanelli (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) after he attacked with 800 meters to go, and very nearly caught him on the line.
“I had just enough space to stay away until the end, which was satisfying. The difference between second and third isn’t huge so I’m happy.”
At least the guy who won looks annihilated. Cause I was as well. Fulllllll gas all day https://t.co/BDzntZNmax
— Robin Carpenter (@RobinmCarpenter) August 27, 2021
The team has had to salvage success from where they can throughout Poitou-Charentes after the abandonment of sprinter Arvid de Kleijn on stage 1. The riders have excelled in the face of this adversity.
“In the end, I think we did a really good job. Pier lost a minute on the first day because he got caught in the crash and still ended up top-10 overall which I think is awesome. It’s really nice to see the young guys on the team improve, stay fully committed and motivated. It’s inspiring for me.”
Carpenter’s podium finish concludes Tour Poitou-Charentes as the team prepares for the many European races to come.
Stage 5 results
1 CARISEY Clément – DELKO 3:41:47
2 RAVANELLI Simone – Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec 0:03
3 CARPENTER Robin – Rally Cycling ”
4 TRARIEUX Julien – DELKO ”
5 CONSONNI Simone – Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ”
6 ZINGLE Axel – Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ”
7 BONNAMOUR Franck – B&B Hotels p/b KTM ”
8 DUPONT Timothy – Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB ”
9 KOWALSKI Dylan – Xelliss – Roubaix Lille Métropole ”
10 TESFATSION Natnael – Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec ”
Final overall standings
1 SWIFT Connor – Team Arkéa Samsic 16:01:28
2 ARMIRAIL Bruno – Groupama FDJ 0:12
3 HULGAARD Morten – Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 0:20
4 DE MARCHI Alessandro – Israel Start-Up Nation 0:24
5 TURGIS Anthony – Team TotalEnergies 0:30
6 DELAPLACE Anthony – Team Arkéa Samsic 0:39
7 BONNAMOUR Franck – B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:44
8 CONSONNI Simone – Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:59
9 COTÉ Pier-André – Rally Cycling 1:20
10 PARET–PEINTRE Aurélien – AG2R Citroën Team 1:23