Canada’s Ryan Anderson Strong 5th at Grand Prix la Marseillaise – Houle 13th
by John Symon
Ryan Anderson. © Direct Energie
January 31, 2016 (Marseille, France) – Canada’s Ryan Anderson delivered a strong 5th place finish as he debuted for his new pro team Direct Energie, at the 152km Grand Prix la Marseillaise in southern France on Sunday. The Albertan rider was 42 seconds off the podium while fellow Canuck Hugo Houle (AG2R) finished 13th with the same time. Anderson’s Canadian teammate, Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie), was 63rd. Belgium’s Dries Devenyns (IAM Cycling) edged out Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) in the final sprint to the line.
“Thank you @TeamDEN_fr 5th in my first race of the year great team! Also @globalRelay for helping make Canadian cycling stronger! #GPLM2016,” tweeted Anderson.
1. Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling 3:31:43
2. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
3. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie – Bruxelles 0:42
4. Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Wanty – Group Gobert
5. Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie
13. Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
67. Antoine Duschene (Can) Direct Energie 1:56
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