A wet stage five in Bretagne sees the Breakaway hold out

Sun 29 Apr 2018

Wintry conditions characterised the fifth stage of the Tour de Bretagne in France today with both Rob Stannard and Sam Jenner finishing in the chasing group behind what turned out to be the winning breakaway move.

A steadier paced stage five unfolded over a wet, rolling parcours with a six-rider breakaway forming over the initial climbs and developing a three-minute advantage over the peloton before the pace increased on the approach to the finishing circuits around Plancoet.

The circuits including a sharp climb up to the line to be climbed five times before the final push and with 30kilometres to go and just under one minute separating the field, the counter attacks started to spring, enlarging the initial group with Jenner, Stannard and Brayan Chaves all in the chasing bunch.

Despite an invigorating pursuit over the last couple of laps the leaders held out with Cees Bol (SEG-Racing-Academy) the first to act, unleashing a solo attack in the final two kilometres and taking the stage win with Stannard the first over the line for Mitchelton-BikeExchange in 12th.

Robert Stannard – 12th:

“Today was a bit of a recovery day in the sense that it was nowhere near as hard as the past two days and also because the break was allowed to go around 60kilometres in., although it stayed away to the end today.”

“The final circuits had a solid climb up to the finish with the majority of the laps just being ridden by teams and no real attacks. I was positioned well for most of it although at the final ascent up to the finish I was too far back to be able to have a go in the final.

“The weather also really played a part in the race as once we hit the laps which were really technical it began to rain pretty hard and I think that contributed to the break holding on to contest the stage.”

Tour de Bretagne stage five results:

1. Cees Bol (SEG-Racing-Academy) 03:55:07

2. Fabien Schmidt (Cotes d’Armor-Marie Morin) +0:05

3. Kristoffer Skjerping (Joker-Icopal) ST

12. Robert Stannard (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +0:47

Photos courtesy of Tour de Bretagne.