Late Breakaway Survives on Tour de Bretagne Stage 529. April 2017, Saint-Pern (FRA)It was another day for the late breakaway on Tour de Bretagne stage 4 as Tanguy Turgis held onto a top ten place overall. — Development Team
It was another day for the late breakaway on Tour de Bretagne stage 4 as Tanguy Turgis held onto a top ten place overall.
A fast pace from KM 0 saw the peloton strung out across the road quickly and. after 25km of the 152.4km course, the peloton had split with 30 riders in the front group.
With no one in the front group, BMC Development Team reacted quickly and worked hard to bring the race back together. However, as soon as the peloton was regrouped more riders started to try their luck at going clear at the front of the race.
Eventually it was a group of six that was able to shake off the peloton and begin to extend an advantage which peaked at over four minutes.
As the leading group began the first of local laps, with 38km to go, the gap have been brought down to 3’25” and while it continued to fall, the three remaining riders were still holding onto a two-minute lead as the final bell rang.
In the end it was an attack from Przem Kasperkiewicz (An Post-Chain Reaction) that saw him take the stage win ahead of Anders Skaarseth (Joker-Icopal) and Maxime Cam (Côtes d'Armor-Marie Morin), who moved into the leader’s jersey.
BMC Development Team finishes in the bunch behind with Tanguy Turgis slipping down the General Classification slightly. He now sits in tenth overall with two stages remaining.
Reaction from Inside the Team Car with DS, Klaas Lodewyck:
“The start was really fast today and for one moment 25 riders were out in front and we had no one in this group. We then started to chase and brought the race back together. After 90km of racing, six riders were able to go clear and then extended an advantage over 4 minutes. Some teams began to help chase and it looked like the race would come back together but then on the local laps, the momentum was lost.”
“We lost a couple of spots on the General Classification but Tanguy is still sitting in a top ten position. We will now refocus and look to tomorrow to see what we can do.”
Tour de Bretagne
Stage 5: Saint-Gildas-Des-Bois > Saint-Pern, 198.5km
Top 3: 1. Przem Kasperkiewicz (An Post-Chain Reaction) 2. Anders Skaarseth (Joker-Icopal) 3. Maxime Cam (Côtes d'Armor-Marie Morin)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 18. Bram Welten 57. Tanguy Turgis 91. Leo Appelt