Unlucky Bretagne Classic
Plouay, August 26th – Wet and unlucky day for BAHARAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team at the Bretagne Classic Ouest-France in Plouay on Sunday, August 26th.
Unfortunately our team leader Sonny Colbrelli had a puncture on the gravel sector at one of the key moment of the race, when Tim Wellens launched a hard attack with Stybar to catch the two riders remaining from the early day’s breakaway.
So any TBM riders could join the decisive action, when a 14-man group formed at the front of the race with about 60km to go.
“We’re disappointed” says BAHRAIN MERIDA Team Sports Director Rik Verbrugge “We knew that the race could explode exactly there and we had bad luck with Sonny’s flat. Boaro gave him his wheel promptly, but as expected someone attacked and it’s difficult to retrieve on that dirt road. Too bad because we carefully planned everything and if we could be in the front group, the outcome would have been different for sure”.
Moreover heavy rain made the course harder in the final part. Despite the forcing of our boys to bridge the gap to the breakaway, three men – Naesen, Valgren and Wellens – could take a further advantage with 20km to go, attacking from the front group on the Côte de Ty Marec. That was definitely the decisive move and a trio sprint decided the winner of the 82nd edition of the Bretagne Classic, with Naesen that outsprinted Valgren and Wellens.
Sonny Colbrelli was very disappointed after the finish: “There are any words to comment today’s race. I’m too angry. Not only because I was feeling good. A flat tyre at the key moment is something that you can’t predict. To have it on a dirt road with difficulty of assistance from the team car, it’s even more unlucky. I know that the race could unfold differently for me, without that accident”.