Michael Valgren secured 4th place in Bretagne Classic Ouest-France for Team Dimension Data today, on the lengthy 247kms course.
A break of four made it away early in the day, but they were brought back with 75km of racing remaining.
The peloton started to split, but we had Danilo Wyss placed in the front group for us. Valgern, together with Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton Scott) and Oliver Naesen (AGR) managed to bridge across to the front group.
Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First), Ties Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) and Jack Haig (Mitchelton Scott) went off the front soon after the Valgren group caught up with them, and they were able to stay away till the finish line, with Vanmarcke claiming the win.
Valgren, with a timely attack in the final 500m, was next to the line to take 4th place.
Quote- Michael Valgren
“It’s a super hard and nice race, it’s really nice to do six hours of racing. With that, you see more of the classics guys, and that is where I belong. Luckily I had good legs today. Before the start of the day, I was more here to look after Giacomo Nizzolo… but then when we came to the hard gravel sections, I actually felt fine and I was wondering why aren’t they going faster… But I was just a bit far back, caught up in the second group.
‘Luckily, we were very strong (Matteo Trentin, Oliver Naesen and me) and we were able to bridge back to the first group of around 20 riders. In the end, I was able to get the maximum out of it. Three guys went away, just as I got back to the first group, so I was really on the limit at that point. I went on to the last climb with a few riders… I put in a small attack with 500 meters to go and luckily I managed to stay away and get 4th. It’s a good result for me and the team, and I am now looking forward to the next races.”