Race report

Full gas day of racing at Kreiz Breizh

Kreiz Breizh Elites

A tricky day in the hills awaited the peloton at Kreiz Breizh Elites today, with a testing 180 kilometres from Ploërdut to Carhaix that featured a tough lap circuit where the road was almost always up or down. From the flag drop the race was incredibly intense, with a fast pace set at the head of the peloton as teams looked to make the breakaway. Like in previous stages, the team were very active with Vegard Stokke and Oscar Onley making notable moves which gained some leeway but were soon brought to heel.

With the pace high, it soon became a race of attrition as the bunch charged through the 100 kilometre mark and onto the finish circuit. Pepijn Reinderink and Marius Mayrhofer rode well to make it into the reduced peloton after being set up well by the rest of the team, as the attacks continued to fly for the remainder of the race. On the final lap three riders managed to get clear of the peloton and would take the podium spots on the stage, with Mayrhofer leading the team home in the reduced bunch behind.

“It was a really hard race today on a tough parcours,” explained Mayrhofer after the stage. “We were really attacking at the start of the day but couldn’t get away and in the finale we paid for that on the laps after spending our energy earlier. It was full gas all the way and I’m happy to have been able to finish in the peloton in the end.”

Team DSM coach Bennie Lambregts added: “Today featured a really hard final lap, with two tough climbs in it and it was fast racing all day. The bunch reduced really quickly and after five laps we had Marius and Pepijn in the reduced peloton; where they also finished. We didn’t have our best day today, but the guys survived the stage okay. Hopefully tomorrow we can go for a better result, and we’ll take some good learning points from today with how hectic the racing can be here at Kreiz Breizh and on these tough, punchy final circuits.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 WATSON Samuel Great Britain 4:13:00 7
2 VAN DER LIJKE Nick Riwal Cycling Team 0:23 3
3 LINO Julian Bike Aid 0:36 1