Race report

Marius Mayrhofer 6th in punchy sprint finish at Kreiz Breizh

Kreiz Breizh Elites

After yesterday’s team time trial, the riders were back on the open road today for a rolling 190 kilometres from Calanhel to Plouray, featuring a punchy finish circuit. It was a fierce start to the day’s proceedings with multiple attacks at the head of the race, as several teams looked to make the move, including Development Team DSM. Pepijn Reinderink was particularly active, getting into a two rider group that gained 20 seconds before being pulled back in.

Eventually after almost 50 kilometres of racing a five rider group got clear, with all of the team’s riders in the peloton. Initially building up an advantage of over five minutes, the bunch slowly started to reel in those ahead and the catch was made at around ten kilometres to go, with the team riding well to cover the moves as the attacks started once again. One strong rider managed to slip away and despite the best efforts of the peloton, they would hold on to take the stage win, with Marius Mayrhofer showing a good turn of speed to sprint to sixth place behind.

“Unfortunately, I crashed in the beginning when there were a lot attacks and had to fight back which cost me a lot of energy,” explained Mayrhofer after the stage. “I was able to recover well though and was protected by the team in a good way. In the end we tried to make up time in the GC by attacking but it didn’t work out for us so we set up the sprint. In the finish I was tired and couldn’t go for more in the end, but I’m happy with how the race went, especially after the crash.”

Team DSM coach Bennie Lambregts added: “It was a hectic race from the start. We had some crashes, with Marius and Oscar both involved, but they were able to get back into the bunch and finish the race okay. After around 50 kilometres a break of five riders went away and the peloton took control. We tried something with Marius and Vegard in a two-up attack before the finish but they couldn’t go away. From there it headed towards the bunch sprint, with Marius taking a good sixth place for us.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 LE BON Johan Dinan Sport Cycling 4:31:47 7
2 VAN DEN BERG Marijn Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ 0:04 3
3 WATSON Samuel Great Britain ,, 1