Tour de Bretagne Stage 3: Bunch Sprint in Scaër27. April 2017, Scaër (FRA) — Development Team
Tour de Bretagne was in a constant state of flux on stage 3 with no definitive breakaway forming and in the end, the race came down to a bunch sprint for the line.
The road began to rise from KM 0 on Tour of Bretagne stage 3 with the attacks starting from the moment the flag was dropped.The peloton kept a watchful eye over every move and by the time the riders had covered 60km, of the 166.1km course, every breakaway attempt had been chased down.
It was until the halfway point of the day, that three riders were given the freedom to extend an advantage over the peloton which reached a maximum of 3’20”.
The peloton began to pick up the pace heading into the final 60km of the day and soon they had brought the breakaway to within touching distance. Soon after, a group of 11 riders were able to form a new leading group. With two laps to go, 17km, the group was still over a minute infront of the breakaway which was in single file behind them.
With 10km to go, just 25 seconds separated the two groups and eventually the race was back together going under the flame rouge.
In the end it was Jakub Mareczko (Willier Triestina-Selle Italia) who took stage victory from the bunch sprint ahead of Stan Dewulf (Lotto-Soudal U23) and Yannis Yssaad (Armée de Terre).
Tanguy Turgis finished safely in the bunch behind alonside his BMC Development Team teammates to maintain his seventh place on the General Classification behind race leader, Falvien Dassonville (HP-BTP Auber 93).
Reaction from Inside the Team Car with DS Klaas Lodewyck:
“It was a really fast start to today’s stage. There wasn't a breakaway until after 80km and even after that it was attack after attack with the peloton split into different pieces. The race lead was constantly changing as groups were chased down by the peloton, which was in single file for most of the stage. 10 riders then went clear and the were able to get an advantage of over two minutes but again teams began to pull hard at the front of the bunch and we had Leo Appelt and Mario Spengler up there. Everything then came but not until the final 300 meters of the race. Bram Welten was in a good position up until that point but it was a bit chaotic as the bunch tried to pass them. We tried to make the sprint happen today and it did but it just wasn't the result we were looking for. We didn't lose anytime on the GC with Tanguy and he still sits in a top ten position."
Tour de Bretagne
Stage 2: Saint-Pol-de-Léon > Scaër, 166.1km
Top 3: 1. Jakub Mareczko (Willier Triestina-Selle Italia) 2. Stan Dewulf (Lotto-Soudal U23) 3. Yannis Yssaad (Armée de Terre)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 31. Bram Welten 39. Tanguy Turgis 107. Reto Müller