Calm Day in Brittany as Turgis Maintains Top Ten Position on GC28. April 2017, Saint-Gildas-Des-Bois — Development Team
It was a calm day for BMC Development Team on Tour de Bretagne stage 4 with two breakaway riders arriving at the finish line together before Damien Gaudin (Armee de Terre) took the win, and Tanguy Turgis maintained his position on the General Classification.
After a fast start to Tour de Bretagne stage 4, the day's successful three-rider breakaway began to establish an advantage over the peloton which, after 50km of racing, had reached over 5 minutes.
The gap hovered around this time for the majority of the 198.5km stage before the peloton began to organize themselves with four 22km local laps to go.
However, with one lap to go, the breakaway was still holding onto a lead of over 1'30", and in the end, it was Damien Gaudin (Armee de Terre) who took the honors in Saint-Gildas-Des-Bois.
Behind them, Turgis crossed the line safely in the main bunch and held onto his top ten position on the General Classification. The French rider sits seventh, 1'48" behind current race leader Flavien Dassonville (HP-BTP Auber 93), with three stages remaining.
Quotes From the Finish Line
"The first 30km were super fast with a lot of riders battling to be in the breakaway. Eventually, three riders went clear, and after this, the peloton stopped pulling hard, and it was relaxed for more 100km. Just before the start of the local laps, the peloton began to react, but with the rain and the climb on the laps, the peloton couldn't bring it back together."
"It was a long day, not really hard but still tiring with all the kilometers of racing and the rain at the finish. The most important thing for me was that I was able to finish with the front group and I didn't lose any time on the GC. We stayed safe as a team which I am happy about because it was dangerous at the finish. The team did great work all day for me for me. We are a really strong team here, so we will see what happens over the next three stages. The race isn't over yet."
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
“Today was a very long day. 200km more or less. After 15km, three riders went clear, and while the peloton was chasing, two riders were able to stay out in front to the line. Behind them, we all crossed the line safely, and we didn’t lose any time on the GC with Tanguy Turgis. All in all, it was a calm day for us, and it was good to see the guys continue work well together and support one another. There are a few hard days coming up, so we will continue to look at the opportunities that arise as we look to move up a few places overall.”
Tour de Bretagne
Stage 4: Scaër > Saint-Gildas-Des-Bois, 198.5km
Top 3: 1. Damien Gaudin (Armee de Terre) 2. Kevin Perret (Team U Nantes Atlantique) 3. Andrea Vendrame (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 21. Tanguy Turgis 82. Bram Welten 95. Leo Appelt