Laporte wins Tro Bro Léon

Cofidis rider solos to win ahead of Gaudin

Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) soloed to victory instead of gambling on his top end speed to claim his fourth victory of the season at the Tro Bro Leon. Winning the Breton event made it up for his lack of results at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix due to sickness after finishing a promising fourth in Gent-Wevelgem. The Frenchman fended off defending champion Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie) while Belgium's Jelle Mannaerts (Tarteletto-Isorex-SH) conquered a courageous third place in horrendous conditions.

"It's was a terribly hard race," said Laporte of the Hell of the North Finistère (one of the nicknames of the Breton version of Paris-Roubaix). "I felt weak at one stage but my condition bounced back. I preferred to be alone at the front and give everything because it was my only way of winning. Had I not attacked, another guy would have done it. It's an absolutely beautiful race and I'm delighted to win here. It's wonderful!"

The race was animated by three riders, Kevin De Jonghe (Tarteletto-Isorex-SH), Gianni Marchand and Dennis Coenen (Cibel-Cebon) who got nine minutes lead. With 60km to go, Stijn Vandenbergh (AG2R La Mondiale), Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ), Maxime Daniel (Fortuneo-Samsic) and Marc Fournier (Vital Concept) came across to them before Gaudin and Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie), Ole Forfang (Joker-Icopal) and Laporte reinforced the front group. Breton riders Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ), Cyril Gautier (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Samsic) waited for their time to reach the head of the race but it was a surprising latecomer who rode away from them on the hardest gravelled road made slippery by the occasional pouring rain.

Norwegian champion Rasmus Tiller (Joker-Icopal), who is a sprinter in the making, soloed with 24km to go. He looked to be on his way to winning before he crashed in a curve on a paved road with 9km to go and was caught by a chasing group. He eventually held on to take a worthy fifth place at the age of 21.

Laporte decided to go by himself as there were 6km remaining. Gaudin, who was dropped from the front group on two occasions went after him but it was too late.

"I also had a moment of weakness like Laporte with 30km to go," the Direct Energie rider said. "When I attacked behind him, I believed in my chances of winning until 50 metres to go."

"It's extraordinary for me to finish third here, I'm very happy," echoed Mannaerts who was already an attacker in the Tour du Finistère the previous day. "It's the best result I could get. I'm on a continental team. To win the sprint of my group is very big for me, considering the level of the riders who were with me. I didn't know I could be this good."

"Paris-Roubaix was a very important race for me and I was determined to make it up before the post-classics break," Laporte said. "I had rage today. I love this race. It's not part of the WorldTour but it's just as hard all the way. It concludes my first part of the season on a high note with a fourth victory [after stages at the Etoile de Bessèges and the Tour La Provence]."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits5:12:07 
2Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:04 
3Jelle Mannaerts (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex0:00:16 
4Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
5Rasmus Fossum Tiller (Nor) Joker Icopal  
6Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
7Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
8Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
9Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
10Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
11Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy  
12Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
13Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:00:27 
14Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:41 
15Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:01:22 
16Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:03:32 
17Jeremy Cabot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
18Alo Jakin (Est) St Michel-Auber 930:03:58 
19Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:04:11 
20Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
21Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
22Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:00 
23Tom Dernies (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
24Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
25Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
26Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
27Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:02 
28Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:06:46 
29Ion Ander Intsausti (Spa) Team Euskadi0:06:55 
30Pierre Gouault (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
31Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
32Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:07:03 
33Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
34Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
35Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie  
36Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:07:06 
37Damien Touze (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
38Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Tarteletto-Isorex0:09:18 
39Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:11:09 
40Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
41Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Team Euskadi  
42Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
43Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
44Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Israel Cycling Academy  
45Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
46Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
47Jerome Mainard (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:11:20 
48Dennis Coenen (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
49Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
50Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:12:26 
51Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
52Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
53Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
54Yannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
55Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ  
56Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Joker Icopal0:13:26 
57Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
58Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex0:17:56 
DNFCarlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFGatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFBrenton Jones (Aus) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFIuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFBert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFDorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFDaniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFJulien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFSamuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFJulien Trarieux (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAxel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFBruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFYoann Paillot (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFLennert Teugels (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFHerman Dahl (Nor) Joker Icopal  
DNFHenrik Evensen (Nor) Joker Icopal  
DNFOle Forfang (Nor) Joker Icopal  
DNFBjørn Tore Hoem (Nor) Joker Icopal  
DNFKristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Joker Icopal  
DNFMorgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFSamuel Leroux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFJimmy Janssens (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFFlavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFMichiel Dieleman (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFCamille Thominet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFArne De Groote (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFJelle Cant (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFPolychronis Tzortzakis (Gre) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFKevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFEgoitz Fernandez Ayarzaguena (Spa) Team Euskadi  
DNFGotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Team Euskadi  
DNFMarc Buades Ferriol (Spa) Team Euskadi  
DNFJuan Antonio Lopez-Cozar Jaimez (Spa) Team Euskadi  
DNFPeio Goikoetxea Goiogana (Spa) Team Euskadi  
DNFKevin Le Cunff (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFTravis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFSergio Rodriguez Reche (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFEnrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFHector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFSondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFMihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFHamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFAviv Yechezkel (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFChristophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFFlorian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFAlexander Cataford (Can) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFRoy Jans (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFAdrian Hegyvary (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFAnder Barrenetxea Uriarte (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFErwann Corbel (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFCorentin Ermenault (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFJérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFMarc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFJonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept Club  
DNFFabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFBoris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFPieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFRobby Cobbaert (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFDaniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
KOM 1 - Milizac Trebaol - 41.7 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex5 pts
2Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex3 
3Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon1 
KOM 2 - Landerneau Kergreis - 73.8 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex5 pts
2Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon3 
3Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex1 
KOM 3 - Guisseny Kervaro - 142.3 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ole Forfang (Nor) Joker Icopal5 pts
2Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ3 
3Marc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex8 pts
2Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex6 
3Ole Forfang (Nor) Joker Icopal5 
4Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon4 
5Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ3 
6Marc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club1 
Sprint 1 - Plabennec - 55.7 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex3 pts
2Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon2 
3Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex1 
Sprint 2 - Plouneventer - 87.4 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex3 pts
2Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon2 
3Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex1 
Sprint 3 - Guisseny - 135.4 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex3 pts
2Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon2 
3Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex1 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex9 pts
2Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon6 
3Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex3 


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