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Damien Gaudin (Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre) took the win at Tro Bro Leon out of a two-rider breakaway, ahead of Frederik Backaert (Wanty – Groupe Gobert). Benjamin Giraud (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) won the sprint for third out of a shrunken peloton.
The pair rode off the front for much of the final stages of the race, despite chasing groups forming and a peloton driven hard by FDJ and Direct Energie. At one point the two had more than a minute lead on the peloton, but entering the finishing circuits that was reduced to only 50 seconds with around 15km still to go.
Backaert appeared to be the stronger of the two, riding the front for lengthy periods of time as Gaudin followed, with the rocky farm roads taking a toll on everyone.
On the last lap of the 4.7km finishing circuit the gap had fallen to only 15 seconds and the peloton, now withered to no more than 30 riders, looked able to finally make the catch. But Gaudin, finding extra energy from somewhere, took over the pacemaking, wringing every second out of the gap and riding the front nearly the entirety of the final lap.
Entering the finish stretch the gap was under ten seconds and Gaudin began looking over his shoulder — both to see where the peloton was and when Backaert was going to jump. Backaert did jump, but the legs were clearly sapped from his earlier efforts — Gaudin countered the move with ease to take the win, while the peloton came in only five seconds behind.
Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
Delko Marseille Provence KTM
Today’s feature image comes from the Amstel Gold Race.