Tough stage six provides another opportunity for the break at the Tour de BretagneMon 30 Apr 2018
Attacks from the flag drop on stage six of the Tour de Bretagne set another tough day in motion for Mitchelton-BikeExchange as the breakaway again made the difference and stayed clear to contest the stage win, utilising the strong winds as echelons divided the peloton.
A large and cohesive group of around ten riders went up the road in the opening kilometres and quickly gained an advantage on the bunch, working well together on the short stage as numerous splits occurred behind in the ripping coastal cross-winds.
Australian’s Robert Stannard and Sam Jenner missed the move but were part of the first chasing group and as the race entered the cobbled finishing circuits around Dol-de-Bretagne the gap fell to 30seconds, making the catch seem possible.
However repeated attacks at the front saw the lead group reduce in number but maintain their advantage into the last few kilometres with Julius van den Berg (SEG-Racing-Academy) taking the stage win and Jenner and Stannard finishing in the second group.
Colombian climber Brayan Chavesunfortunately succumbed to illness and was forced to abandon midway through the day after bravely choosing to start the stage with Mitchelton-BikeExchange now down to only two riders for tomorrow’s final stage.
“Today was another day spent hard on the pedals, it was aggressive racing and was again won by an early group that went clear. Unfortunately, we missed that move and with only two guys we were outnumbered and had to just gamble it would come back.
“Although I had a bad day on stage four where I lost some time, my legs have been getting better with each day and l am looking forward to having a dig on the last stage.
“The parcours contains a solid climb in each finishing circuit which will suit the team a lot better and we’ll try to make the most of it.
“Every day we are able to keep out of crashes and avoid any issues is a good day in this tour. Easily some of the hardest racing I’ve done and only one more day to go now.”
Tour de Bretagne stage six results:
1. Julius van den Berg (SEG-Racing-Academy) 03:28:07
2. Fabien Schmidt (CAC) ST
3. Johan Le Bon (Vital-Concept) +0:01
40. Robert Stannard (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +0:42
Photos courtesy of Tour de Bretagne.