Turgis Impresses in the Breakaway on Final Day in Brittany1. May 2017, Fougères (FRA) — Development Team
Tour de Bretagne drew to a close today with Tanguy Turgis leading the charge for BMC Development Team in the breakaway before Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) took the stage win on the ultimately crucial local laps.
As has become almost predictable at this year’s edition of Tour de Bretagne, stage 7 got off to a flying start with multiple attacks off the front of the strung out peloton.
After over 30km of the 145.4km course, 22 riders went clear including Tanguy Turgis, who has been showing consistently strong form in his first season with the team.
With the breakaway beginning to build an advantage over the bunch, several riders were able to bridge across, and soon 30 riders were riding out at the front of the race.
While the gap to the peloton behind jumped around 1’30” for most of the day, a lack of organization meant that the stage win and ultimately the overall victory would be contested by the large group of riders in front.
The attacks began shortly after the first crossing of the finish line with 50km to go. Over the next six local laps, riders, including Turgis, slipped back from the leading group.
In the end, the stage win came down to a head to head battle between Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) with the former eventually taking the final honors in Fougères.
The gaps began to close behind them with Mario Spengler BMC Development Team’s highest placed rider, crossing the line 17th with Turgis, 35th.
Quotes From the Finish Line
"The final stage was the hardest yet. I went into the breakaway and felt good, but the last two local laps were so hard with the rain. I tried to follow the best riders, but I just didn't have the legs for the finish. I don't think I could have done any better, so I have no regrets."
"It has been a very good week, and it was my first experience of racing for seven days at this level. I learned a lot from this experience and it was really a good week with my teammates/friends and the staff. I think this race has been a success for us because we had a victory on the first stage, and we were always working together. I am really happy to have raced the Tour de Bretagne with this team!"
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
“Once again we did the maximum we could today because it has been a hard week for our guys racing against some strong UCI Pro-Continental Teams. But, the guys have worked really hard all week, and we had Tanguy Turgis in the breakaway. He was working hard, maybe too hard at some points, but he is always improving.”
“Overall, we can be really happy with this week. We took a stage win with Bram Welten, we have battled hard, and the guys have shown what they are capable of. I am confident the guys will get stronger out of this experience as we look towards the next few races.”
Tour de Bretagne
Stage 7: Saint-Brice-en-Coglès > Fougères (Ille-et-Vilaine), 145.4km
Top 3: 1. Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) 2. Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) 3. Stan Dewulf (Lotto-Soudal U23)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 17. Mario Spengler 35. Tanguy Turgis 47. Reto Müller