Johan Le Bon took his first-ever victory in the WorldTour in Friday's Eneco Tour stage. FDJ's Frenchman was understandably delighted. "This is an important and emotional day", he told the media.
Le Bon and Dylan van Baarle formed the day's early breakaway and surprisingly made it to the end. At the end Le Bon surprised his colleague with a late attack. "I didn't want to go to a sprint", said Le Bon. "I know Dylan from our junior days and know he's a strong rider. It got really close when he started to come back but fortunately I made it."
Le Bon thinks the rain in the finale played to his advantage. "I love rain, these conditions are good for a breakaway. I knew it would cause trouble in the peloton. Going into the final lap I really started to believe we could make it. Dylan was a great companion."
It's a first WorldTour win for 24-year-old Le Bon. "It's a great moment to take it. I had a difficult season. I caught a virus in April that bothered me for a long time. Now it's going better", says Le Bon, who remains coy about his ambition for the general classification. "We will see, first I need to recover. There are two very tough days ahead."