Turgis Finishes Sixth After Crosswinds Split the Bunch in Brittany26. April 2017, Saint-Pol-de-Léon (FRA) — Development Team
Crosswinds saw the peloton split into several pieces on Tour de Bretagne stage 2 with Tanguy Turgis able to hold his place at the front of the race before crossing the line sixth, behind eventual winner, and new race leader, Flavien Dassonville (HP-BTP Auber 93).
An early breakaway went clear almost as soon as the flag dropped but the peloton was not happy to let them gain too much ground and kept the gap hovering around 2 minutes for the first 100km of the 202.7km course.
The peloton soon began to pick up the pace, and as they reached the third categorized climb of the day, riders were quickly split into small groups spread out all across the road.
Turgis and Reto Müller were able to hold their own in the front group of around 30 riders before a stinging attack saw just ten riders go on to contest the stage win, including Turgis.
As they headed onto the first of four local laps with 26km remaining, the group was holding onto a comfortable advantage. Attacks soon followed, and in the end, it was the final move by Dassonville that saw him ride solo to the line.
Turgis pushed on behind him and dug deep to close the gap before eventually crossing the line in sixth.
Unfortunately, Pierre Barbier was caught in a crash and was forced to stop racing.An update from BMC Development Team doctor, Dr. Scott Major, will be provided below.
Quote from the Finish Line:
"Today was very hard. I think we had almost every season rolled into one today. The first 100km was quite relaxed with four riders in front the peloton, and we have Leo Appelt helping to control the time gap. But it all changed with around 80km to go when the peloton pushed hard on one of the climbs and the race split up completely."
"At that point, it was Reto Müller and me in the first group after a big effort to get there. The attacks continued from our group, and we both worked hard to follow them before I made it into a group of 11 riders. We started the local lap with a bit more than one minute's advantage before the final big attack from Dassonvile. I try to follow but I just couldn't. The group then came back to me, and in the end, I was sixth."
"Today I think everyone did a good job working together and the beginning and we were all pushing hard during the race. After today I think everyone will be as fatigued as each other, but we are still motivated."
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
“Today was very hard day and over 200km long. This morning we thought that it could be a day for Tanguy Turgis and in the end, he did a super job. The race started with a breakaway of four riders right from the beginning of the race. Leo Appelt was able to take control of the race until after 120km when the race exploded completely due to crosswinds. The peloton was in six or seven pieces, and it was at this point that Pierre Barbier was unfortunately caught up in a crash.”
“We had Tanguy and Reto Müller in the first group of 30 riders, and then it broke again with Tanguy in front with 11 guys. He is a young and enthusiastic rider, so he pushed really hard and paid a little bit for that on the last lap. He lost some time but could stay in front of the peloton, and I am really happy with what he showed today. For me, today is almost like a victory for him.”
Tour de Bretagne
Stage 2: Saint-Launec > Saint-Pol-de-Léon, 202.7km
Top 3: 1. Flavien Dassonville (HP-BTP Auber 93) 2. Stan Dewulf (Lotto-Soudal U23) 3. Maxime CM (Cotes D'Armour-Marie Morin)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 6. Tanguy Turgis 75. Reto Müller 107. Mario Spengler