CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

Having bridged across to a strong 5-rider group in the finale, Chavanel beat Fedi and Vichot in a sprint to take the first big one-day win on the WorldTour in the GP Ouest France-Plouay

Photo: Sirotti

ARTHUR VICHOT

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

GP OUEST FRANCE-PLOUAY

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

IAM CYCLING

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS

SYLVAIN CHAVANEL

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
31.08.2014 @ 18:38 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) finally took a big classics win on the WorldTour when he won today’s GP Ouest France-Plouay in impressive fashion. Having bridged the gap to a late breakaway with 2km to go, the Frenchman showed off his great sprinting skills by holding off surprise runner-up Andrea Fedi (Neri Sottoli) and Arthur Vichot (FDJ) to take the biggest win for his IAM team.

 

With wins in races like Brabantse Pijl and Dwars door Vlaanderen, Sylvain Chavanel has been knocking on the door for a big classics victory for a few years. Today he finally broke his drought when he took an impressive victory in a very animated edition of the GP Ouest France-Plouay.

 

Chavanel went into the race on the back of a dominant overall victory in the Tour du Poitou-Charentes but had played down his expectations for the Breton race which often comes down to a sprint from a reduced peloton. The big favourite was Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and it was no surprise that Katusha tried to control the race all day.

 

However, several teams, most notably a very aggressive Omega Pharma-Quick Step, had different plans and they launched several attacks to put the Russian team under pressure. A very strong group with Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Tim Wellens (Lotto Belisol), Lars Petter Nordhaug (Belkin), Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida), Ben Hermans (BMC), Christopher Juul (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Angelo Tulik (Europcar) escaped in the finale and with less than 10km to go, they were still 30 seconds ahead.

 

Katusha had to chase hard and were on the limit at the bottom of the final climb with 5km to go. Here several attacks were launched and at the top a 20-rider group had brought back the 7 escapees.

 

From here new attacks were launched and Cyril Gautier (Europcar) initiated the decisive move. He was joined by Arthur Vichot, Wellens, Julian Alaphilippe (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Hermans and later Chavanel and Andrea Fedi managed to bridge the gap.

 

Katusha managed to catch the rest of the 20-rider group but with 1km to go, it was clear that the break would stay away. A few attacks were launched but the 7 riders were together when Hermans launched a long sprint.

 

Chavanel found himself in the perfect position and he easily passed the fading Belgian when he put down the hammer. Fedi did his best to hang onto his wheel while the rest of the group was easily distanced.

 

Chavanel had plenty of time to celebrate the victory while Fedi took an impressive second place ahead of Vichot. A few seconds later, Kristoff beat Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek) in the sprint for 8th.

 

The WorldTour one-day racing resumes in two weeks when the GP Quebec and GP Montreal offer some hard circuit races that are perfect preparation for the World Championships. The series of autumn classics in Europe continue on Saturday with the Brussels Cycling Classic and on Sunday with the GP Fourmies.

 

A circuit race

The GP Ouest-France Plouay followed its traditional format as most of the 229km race took place on the well-known 28.9km circuit on the northern outskirts of Plouay. However, the organizers had made a slight modification as 8 laps of the circuit were followed by one lap of a shortened circuit that included both major climbs. The final ascent, the Cote de Ty-Marrec, summited just 4km from the finish.

 

The race got off to a fast start with several attacks as the riders left Plouay in beautiful sunny conditions and it took some time for the early break to be established. Finally a 5-rider group was formed when Michel Koch (Cannondale), Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (FDJ), Jean-Marc Bideau (Bretagne), Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani) and Kevin Van Melsen (Wanty) took off.

 

Katusha and Orica lead the chase

The quintet managed to build an advantage of 7 minutes but unsurprisingly, Katusha and Orica-GreenEDGE decided to take control of the situation. Those two teams combined forces to gradually bring the gap down and with 85km to go, the escapees were only 3.50 ahead.

 

Luke Durbridge did much of the early work for the Australian team but when the peloton hit the Ty-Marrec with 72km to go, he got the chance to take a rest. OPQS started to tighten the screws when Thomas De Gendt hit the front and his fast pace had brought the gap down to 2.45 at the next passage of the finish line.

 

Agnoli attacks

Valerio Agnoli (Astana) launched an attack on the first climb of the circuit but was caught by an impressive De Gendt who continued to work hard. He got some assistance from Astana who also wanted to make the race tough.

 

The attacking had now started as Pirazzi launched the first move but it was the counterattack by Koch that worked. The German managed to build a 20-second advantage but when the chasers started to work together, they brought Koch back.

 

Van Melsen takes off

While De Gendt and Mattia Cattaneo (Lampre-Merida) set the pace, Agnoli made another futile attempt to break clear. Moments later, Van Melsen attacked and he dropped his four companions.

 

The chasers were brought back with 47km to go while Van Melsen was 25 seconds ahead as they hit the Ty-Marrec agin. Alaphilippe launched a fierce attack that created a small group with the likes of Kwiatkowski, Gianni Meersman and Yoann Offredo (FDJ).

 

Kwiatkowski makes his move

Kwiatkowski launched a solo attack after the group had caught Van Melsen and he crossed the line with a small advantage over a chase trio that included Michael Hepburn (Orica). An Ag2r rider bridged to the chaser but with 39km to go, they were brought back.

 

Instead, Tulik, Hermans and Juul attacked and they bridged across to Kwiatkowski. Later Nordhaug, Wellens and Durasek also made the junction and with 32km to go, they were 25 seconds ahead.

 

Trek start to chase

While Trek led the chase, they managed to increase their advantage to 45 seconds. Trek stopped their work and left it to Orica and Katusha to set the pace, with Damien Howson and Aliaksandr Kuchynski doing all the work.

 

They were joined by Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar( and those three riders brought the gap down to 30 seconds. At the bottom of the Ty-Marrec climb, Katusha was the only team working and now new attacks were launched.

 

Lots of attacks

Offred, Jesus Herrada (Movistar) and Stig Broeckx (Lotto) kicked off the action but they were brought back. Instead, Herrada, Enrico Gasparotto (Astana), Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani) and another Bardiani rider got a gap.

 

Manuel Mori (Lampre), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky), Jan Bakelants (OPQS), Marcus Burghardt (BMC), Offredo, Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff), Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne), Michael Albasini (Orica) and a rider from Ag2r joined the group while Katusha chased hard. At the penultimate passage of the line, they were 35 seconds behind the escapees and now Bardiani lend the Russian team a hand.

 

Wellens launches the first attack

On the first climb on the small circuit, Bardet, Herrada and Albasini attacked. They were joined by Gasparotto, Bakelants, Mori, Fonseca and later by Reza.

 

While Wellens launched an attack from the front group and was joined by Nordhaug, Kwiatkowski and Tulik, Dylan van Baarle (Garmin) passed the chasers. Reza joined him but Latisha borught them back.

 

Tulik takes off

The front septet found back together while Bardiani, Orica and Katusha were chasing hard in the peloton that was 30 seconds behind with 30 seconds to go. Wellens and Hermans launched the next attack but it was Tulik who got clear on his own.

 

BMC took over in the peloton and Marcus Burghardt led the peloton onto the Ty-Marrec for the final time. Here Nordhaug launched a strong acceleration and he passed Tulik to crest the summit as the lone leader with Wellens as his nearest chaser.

 

The decisive move

A Bardiani rider launched the first attack from the peloton but it was Bjorn Leukemans (Wanty), Francesco Gavazzi (Astana), Julian Alaphilippe (OPQS), Jan Bakelants (OPQS), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) that strung out the group. Their hard acceleration created a 20-rider group that brought both Wellens and Nordhaug back.

 

Roche launched the first attack but as he was brought back, Gautier made the decisive move. He was joined by Vichot and Hermans and later Alaphillippe and Wellens also made the junction.

 

Chavanel and Finetto were the final riders to make it across and now the attacking started. Vichot launched the first move but like the attacks from Wellens and Alaphilippe, it was futile. Instead, it came down to a sprint and here Chavanel was clearly the strongest.

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

RideLondon Classic preview 30.07.2016 @ 23:19Circuito de Getxo preview 30.07.2016 @ 23:17La Polynormande preview 30.07.2016 @ 22:52Reactions from stage 4 of the Tour of Denmark 30.07.2016 @ 22:44Reactions from Clasica San Sebastian 30.07.2016 @ 22:08Schmidt doubles up in Danish TT 30.07.2016 @ 18:55Mollema gets Tour revenge in San Sebastian 30.07.2016 @ 18:44Lutsenko to miss the Olympics after a collision with a car 30.07.2016 @ 17:33Nicolas Roche: I hope to go to the Vuelta 30.07.2016 @ 17:24Bouhanni to return to racing action at La Polynormande 30.07.2016 @ 17:14Unitedhealthcare with four GC riders in Utah 30.07.2016 @ 14:27Swift reaturns from injury at RideLondon Classic 30.07.2016 @ 13:52Verona joins Orica-BikeExchange in mid-season transfer 30.07.2016 @ 13:26Simon Yates leads Orica-BikeExchange in Getxo 30.07.2016 @ 12:53Lefevere bemoans sponsorship problem 30.07.2016 @ 12:13Froome keen to put on a show in London 30.07.2016 @ 12:10Zakarin pulled from Olympics 30.07.2016 @ 12:09Dimension Data with Cummings and Renshaw in London 30.07.2016 @ 11:06Two stagiaires for Wanty-Groupe Gobert 30.07.2016 @ 10:28Clasica San Sebastian preview 30.07.2016 @ 09:42Dombrowski leads Cannondale in Utah 30.07.2016 @ 09:41Reactions from stage 3 of the Tour of Denmark 30.07.2016 @ 08:18Boonen and Trentin lead Etixx-QuickStep in London 29.07.2016 @ 18:38Novo Nordisk rider gives firsthand account of epic Tour... 29.07.2016 @ 18:20Valgren takes it all in Danish queen stage 29.07.2016 @ 17:44Colbrelli leads Bardiani in London 29.07.2016 @ 16:40CCC ready for busy Sunday in London and Germany 29.07.2016 @ 13:38Caja Rural ready for busy weekend in San Sebastian and... 29.07.2016 @ 13:22Contador, Kreuziger lead Tinkoff at Clasica San Sebastian 29.07.2016 @ 11:38Three stagiaires for Etixx – Quick-Step 29.07.2016 @ 11:34Sir Bradley Wiggins still feels 19 ahead of Rio 2016 Ol... 29.07.2016 @ 11:05Stellar line-up for Vuelta in the making 29.07.2016 @ 10:31Nicolas Roche to leave Team Sky for BMC? 29.07.2016 @ 08:43Does the Tour’s points system favour Sagan? 29.07.2016 @ 08:15Bahrain Cycling Team gets go-ahead 29.07.2016 @ 08:06I'll make every pedal rev count for Rio Olympics,... 29.07.2016 @ 07:45Nibali lashes out at Tour de France critics 29.07.2016 @ 07:25Lotto Soudal with strong teams for San Sebastian and Lo... 28.07.2016 @ 22:52Reactions from stage 2 of the Tour of Denmark 28.07.2016 @ 22:08Anton and Pauwels lead Dimension Data in San Sebastian 28.07.2016 @ 18:31Vermote extends with Etixx-QuickStep 28.07.2016 @ 18:06Three Russian riders withdrawn from the Olympics 28.07.2016 @ 17:59Cort opens his 2016 account in Danish uphill sprint 28.07.2016 @ 17:29Atapuma leads BMC in Utah 28.07.2016 @ 15:46Giant-Alpecin sign three stagiaires 28.07.2016 @ 15:43Bardiani extend with 8 riders 28.07.2016 @ 15:34Movistar sign talented stagiaire 28.07.2016 @ 15:30Warbasse and Haussler lead IAM in Utah 28.07.2016 @ 11:12UCI Cycling Gala returns to Abu Dhabi 28.07.2016 @ 11:08Matthews leads Orica-BikeExchange in London 28.07.2016 @ 10:52Froome: I'm obviously relying on my good form in Rio 28.07.2016 @ 07:00Reactions from stage 1 of the Tour of Denmark 27.07.2016 @ 22:09Almost 4000 tests for mechanical doping during the Tour... 27.07.2016 @ 21:56Reactions from the final stage of the Tour de Wallonie 27.07.2016 @ 21:36Madiot: Pinot likes Lombardy and we'll focus on that 27.07.2016 @ 19:14


  > NEWS
  > LIVE
  > START LIST
 
  PREVIEWS
  > ROUTE
  > THE FAVORITE
  > THE MAIN CHALLENGERS
  > THE POTENTIAL WINNERS
  > THE PODIUM CONTENDERS
  > THE OUTSIDERS

  > DAILY PREVIEWS


  RESULTS
  > STAGE RESULTS
  > OVERALL STANDINGS

  COMMUNITY
  > FORUM
  > TWITTER
  > FACEBOOK
 

 

Zeno CAMINADA
20 years | today
Garikoitz BRAVO OIARBIDE
27 years | today
Giuseppe CIRELLA
37 years | today
Stef BODEN
26 years | today
Michiel STOCKMAN
20 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com 2013