Bahrain McLaren had a successful day on Sunday. Sonny Colbrelli won the second stage of the Route d'Occitanie in France, while his team mate Damiano Caruso won the one-day race Circuito de Getxo in Spain.
Colbrelli was the fastest in the bunch sprint on the second day of the Route d'Occitanie. The thirty-year-old Italian beat the Frenchman Bryan Coquard, who won the first stage on Saturday.
26-year-old Dutchman Arvid de Kleijn of the small Danish team Riwal Readynez Cycling Team sprinted for fourth place, behind Colbrelli, Coquard and the Italian Niccolò Bonifazio.
Top sprinter Elia Viviani came no further than eighth, while Tour winner Egan Bernal crossed the line in twelfth.
Coquard retains the leader's jersey in the Route d'Occitanie, which lasts through Tuesday. On Monday there is a tough mountain stage through the Pyrenees.
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Caruso wins first race in seven years
The Italian Caruso just kept his countryman Giacomo Nizzolo away from him in the difficult, ascending final kilometer of the Circuito de Getxo. Spaniard Eduard Prades finished third in the Basque Country, ahead of fellow countryman Jon Aberasturi and Belgian Jasper Stuyven.
The 32-year-old Caruso attacked about 6 kilometers from the line and held up against a platoon of about twenty riders. For the rider of Bahrain McLaren it is only his second individual victory as a pro. In 2013 he won a stage in the International Cycling Week Coppi and Bartali in his own country.
The WorldTour season resumed on Saturday in Italy, where Wout van Aert Strade Bianche won. Circuito de Getxo is not part of the series of top level races in cycling.
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