GP du Morbihan – Julien Simon as a specialist! Kristoff 2nd, Stewart 3rd

GP du Morbihan – Julien Simon as a specialist! Kristoff 2nd, Stewart 3rd
GP du Morbihan – Julien Simon as a specialist! Kristoff 2nd, Stewart 3rd

The 32nd edition of Morbihan Grand Prix was arguing this Saturday. For this eighth round of the FDJ French Cup, the sprinters-punchers were expected at Grand-Champ, on a difficult final circuit to be covered seven times. It’s as expected a strong sprint that concluded this day in Brittany. Already winner twice in 2012 and 2014, the puncheur Julian Simon (TotalEnergies) surprised all the sprinters with a dazzling attack on the final climb! Behind him is the Norwegian Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), which finished 2nd, ahead of Jake Stewart (Groupama-FDJ). With this third victory, the Rennais thus becomes the only runner with the most titles in the Morbihan race! 4th today, the Belgian Amaury Capiot (Arkéa-Samsic) took the opportunity to become the new leader of the FDJ French Cup.

A breakaway of 6 times at the entrance to the circuit, a duo takes the lead

From the start, six men took the lead and formed the breakaway of the day: Samuel Leroux (Go Sport-Roubaix Lille Metropolis), Jesse DeRooij (bike-aid), Peio Goikoetxea (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Carson Miles (Premier Tech U23 Cycling Project), Paul Hennequin (Nice Metropolis French Riviera) and Alex Jaime Fernandez (Equipo Kern Pharma). They count very quickly up to 6 minutes ahead of a quiet peloton. As the first laps of the circuit approach, the latter gradually accelerates. At 80 km, the fugitives only have 2 minutes left.

This is the moment chosen by the team UAE Team Emirates to take over the hunt. The gap is rapidly shrinking. 60 km from the goal, when we return to the final circuit of 8.4 km to be covered seven times, the peloton returns to 30 seconds behind the leading men, who are now only two under the impetus of Samuel Leroux and Peio Goikoetxea. The first reminders shake up the main group and definitively condemn the early breakaways. Everything therefore remains to be done. Alexy Brunel (UAE Team Emirates) is notably very offensive, but does not manage to isolate itself. In the 2nd lap of the circuit, it is finally Harrison Sweeny (Lotto Soudal) and Ivo Oliveira (UAE Team Emirates) who manage to give way to the peloton, which only has about fifty units left. Five laps from the finish (42km remaining), the duo leads with a one-minute lead.

The teams of favorites manage and favor a grouped arrival,

The race situation stabilizes: Cofidis for Bryan Coquard and Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materials for Alexander Kristoff control at the head of the peloton, reducing the gap to 30 seconds, with still 2 laps to go (16km remaining). While the final sprint seems inevitable, it’s Alexandre Delettre (Cofidis) who decides to make things happen on the coast! As the bell rang for the last lap of the circuit, he joined Harrison Sweenywheras’Ivo Oliveira can’t follow.

But the training Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materialsrelayed by the Groupama-FDJ, continues its work of undermining only a hundred meters behind the duo, finally resumed under the red flame. In the final climb, no one wants to start the sprint, and so it’s Julian Simon (TotalEnergies) coming up from behind! He quickly takes a few meters in advance, which he maintains until the line. Behind him is the Norwegian Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), which finished 2nd, ahead of Jake Stewart (Groupama-FDJ), 3rd. For Julian Simonit’s a third victory in this event, he becomes the most successful runner in the Morbihan race.


The article is in French

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