Matthew van der Poel carefully selected the Bretagne Classic team to wear the rainbow jersey for the first time. In a race of 258 kilometres, the Dutchman will have plenty of time to show his shirt to the world.
But the Dutchman won’t last long today. It ended up about 30 kilometers from the finish. Not surprising, given the unprecedented number of attack attempts.
It was Julian Alaphilippe who fired the first shot on an unpaved stretch 80 kilometers from the finish, and after that he never stopped on a mountain course.
Stefan Kung briefly came out with Van Dycke, but in the first finish, the Swiss was the only survivor caught by the collar. A group of 14 people will decide the battle.
However, very quickly in the local ring, this group of 14 people would be greatly diminished. Once again, Küng, Felix Großschartner and Frederik Wandahl did not want to run fast and chose open water.
An alert Valentin Maduas saw the danger and also jumped, with Matteo Borgaudo at the wheel. In pursuit, the train will never return to the tracks.
Running with 5, that is. Thus, the French hero proved that he is the strongest. From behind he collided with everything and everyone on the right. Burgoudeau came close, but never surpassed Maduas.
De Buyst (5th) and Benoot (7th) still take the Belgian places of honour.
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