Tour de France stage winner Michael Matthews sprinted to fourth place today in the Bretagne Classic Ouest-France as two leading riders held off the charge from the peloton to claim the top two steps of the podium.
A furious pace was set in the final 15kilometres of the one-day race with ORICA-BikeExchange working hard to reel in a trio of leaders hovering around the one-minute mark.
In a very unpredictable close final, Oliver Naesen (IAM Cycling) successfully held off the reduced bunch to claim the victory.
“It was a totally different parcours today except for the final lap,” explained sport director Matt White. “It was pretty average weather and the bunch really disintegrated in the final, usually a lot more guys get to the line and can help with the chasing.”