Wearing the yellow leader’s jersey on his shoulders, Georg Zimmermann and his teammates wanted to meet a big challenge at the final stage of the Tour de l’Ain (2.1, 31/07) this Saturday. The pace was very high from the start of this 125 kilometer queen stage in Izernore, making it difficult to control. Quite some climbing already had to be done before the first of five categorized climbs. Théo Delacroix was active in this beginning phase, joining a group of 20 riders leading over the Côte de Matafelonen and the Côte de Samognat.
The reduced peloton with Georg Zimmermann took over for the remaining 80 kilometer. The peloton skimmed even further, until only six riders were left on top of the Col de Menthières (9,1km at 6.3%), the decisive climb of this Tour de l’Ain. Also race leader Georg Zimmermann had to let them go with 4 kilometer to the top. Supported by the power of the yellow jersey on his shoulders, the 23 year old German rider gave everything he had chasing the leaders during the final 25 kilometer, but he didn’t manage to reduce the gap. Storer took a solo victory and also won the final classification in Lélex Monts-Jura. Georg Zimmermann finished in a second chasing group, 1’23 behind the winner and secured 7th place in the final classification.