Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France: Break wins in rainy conditions

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) won the Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France by outsprinting Michael Valgren (Astana) in wet conditions. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) finished third.

The single day classic proved to be a tough race, with the rough and undulating roads in Bretagne, France challenging the riders. Added to that was the persistent rain, which provided wet conditions over the 256km course.

An early break of seven riders enjoyed their time out in front for the majority of the day, before they were brought back with roughly 60km of racing left. A group of 14 then went clear, and it was from this group that the final break of three, and race podium, would come from. Naesen picked up the win by sprinting from far out to cross the line ahead of Valgren. Wellens completed the podium.

The reduced peloton finished over a minute behind them. Edvald Boasson Hagen took 26th for our African team in a trying conditions.