Action Packed Finish to Tour de Bretagne Stage 630. April 2017, Pontivy (FRA) — Development Team
The peloton faced tough weather conditions on Tour de Bretagne stage 6 with heavy rain and strong winds adding to the difficulty of the 160.9km course before splits in the bunch formed over the local laps around Pontivy.
After a fast start to the race, 10 riders were able to go clear off the front of the peloton however their advantage was kept under control and never extended beyond 1’30”.
With less than 70km to go, and just 30 seconds separating the leading group from the peloton, the attacks began and quickly riders were spread out across the road.
Three riders eventually found themselves out at the front of the race with a one minute advantage as they began the first of four local laps.
Behind them, the reduced peloton, which included Tanguy Turgis and Reto Müller, continued to split further as riders tried to jump across to the leading trio.
On the final lap, four riders were able to join the head of the race before Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) attacked and rode solo to the finish line.
Race Reaction from Inside the Team Car with DS Klaas Lodewyck:
“Today was another really hard day. After 20km, the rain and wind began and it was full gas all day. At the end, four guys went away on the local laps and the gap hovered around 1 minute. We tried to bring it back with Tanguy Turgis and Reto Müller in front and they were looking really strong. But in the end, it split up completely. Riders were spread out across the road behind the four leaders.”
“For his first year riding U23, Tanguy has shown that he is really strong and was working hard to close any gaps today.”
Tour de Bretagne
Stage 6: Montauban-De-Bretagne > Pontivy, 160.9km
Top 3: 1. Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) 2. Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) 3. Logan Owen (Etats-Unis Espoirs
BMC Development Team Top 3: 29. Tanguy Turgis 41. Reto Müller 71. Mario Spengler