Vendrame wins Tro-Bro Leon

Androni rider foils French efforts

Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) became the first Italian winner in the 35-year history of the Tro-Bro Leon, the Breton version of Paris-Roubaix held one week later on gravelled roads near the coast bordering the English Channel.

The Venetian outsprinted French favourites Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ) and Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie), who also missed out on the podium occupied by Baptiste Planckaert (Wallonie-Bruxelles) and Emil Vinjebo (Riwal).

"Luck was on my side as I had no crash and no puncture," Vendrame said. "We came across to the leaders in the last lap and the race situation was perfect for me. On Saturday at the Tour du Finistère, I finished second but I didn’t have good legs. Today, I felt great all the way so I was confident in my sprint even though I knew some of the riders up there were quite fast."

Vendrame was never far behind the attackers, who were four with 50km to go. Sergio Rodriguez (Euskadi-Murias) was first to disappear from the front of the race due to a flat tyre. Alex Paton (Canyon), Kim Magnusson (Riwal Readynez) and Julien El Farès (Delko Marseille) remained in the lead and were reinforced by Conor Swift (Madison Genesis) and Vinjebo. Paton also suffered a flat tyre.

Damien Gaudin (Total Direct Energie), the winner of the 2017 Tro-Bro Leon, made the race very hard in the pursuit of the leaders. He bridged the gap and continued with Vinjebo – the Danish sensation of the day. With 22km to go, five riders came across: Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Thomas Boudat (Total Direct Energie), Anthony Delaplace (Arkea-Samsic) and Alo Jakin (St-Michel-Auber).

Groupama-FDJ brought Sarreau back to the front, but in the last lap, 11 riders regrouped following several attacks by Backaert, who loves the Tro-Bro Leon so much that he mentions this race in every interview he gives.

As Groupama-FDJ outnumbered their rivals with the return of Mickael Delage while Gaudin was out of contention after a puncture with 15km to go, Gougeard forced Sarreau to one last chase that cost him the strength he needed for the final sprint. Vendrame could watch the fight of the French teams and time his sprint at perfection.

"The gravelled roads don’t normally suit me so much because I’m very light, but today the conditions were perfect for me," the Italian noted. He was welcomed on stage by his compatriot Claudio Chiappucci, who was the guest of honour of the 36th Tro-Bro Leon. The former runner up of the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France and the world championship translated Vendrame telling race speaker Daniel Mangeas that he’d like to ride for a French team in the future.

Vendrame actually performs particularly well in the west of France since he claimed the silver medal at the 2016 U23 European championship in Plumelec. He also won the last stage of the 2017 Tour de Bretagne. Tro-Bro Leon is the second pro win for the 24-year-old after the final stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe 10 days ago. Now second in the French Cup, he’s set to ride his second Giro d’Italia, starting from Bologna on May 11 after trying to score more points for Androni in the Giro del Appennino on April 28.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec5:00:20 
2Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
3Emil Nygaard Vinjebo (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
4Romain Hardy (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
5Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
6Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
7Mickael Delage (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
8Kevin Le Cunff (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
9Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
10Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:00:03 
11Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:06 
12Floris Gerts (Ned) Tarteletto-Isorex0:00:29 
13Andreas Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:00:35 
14Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy  
15Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
16Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
17Pierre Idjouadiene (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
18Clément Russo (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
19Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
20Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
21Anthony Maldonado (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
22Tony Hurel (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
23Tom Dernies (Bel) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
24Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
25Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
26Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
27Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
28Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:42 
29Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
30Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:47 
31Connor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis0:00:55 
32Kirill Pozdnyakov (Aze) Tarteletto-Isorex0:01:13 
33Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:01:31 
34Andrew Tennant (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes0:02:16 
35Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:02:39 
36Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
37Alexandar Richardson (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes  
38Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
39Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
40Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
41Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:02:48 
42Thomas Joseph (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
43Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:08 
44Alo Jakin (Est) St Michel-Auber 930:03:18 
45Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:33 
46Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
47Iuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
48Laurent Pichon (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
49Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy0:03:37 
50Flavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
51Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
52Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:38 
53Kim Magnusson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:03:48 
54Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
55Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
56Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Interpro Cycling Academy  
57Torkil Veyhe (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
58Polychronis Tzortzakis (Gre) Tarteletto-Isorex0:03:50 
59Aksel Nõmmela (Est) Wallonie Bruxelles0:03:54 
60Bram Welten (Ned) Arkéa Samsic  
61Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:59 
62Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Cycling Academy0:06:20 
63Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
64Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
65Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
66Mark Downey (Irl) Evopro Racing  
67Thomas Stewart (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes  
68Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:31 
69Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie0:07:09 
70Cormac McGeough (Irl) Evopro Racing0:08:03 
71Tobias Mørch Kongstad (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:10:38 
72Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
73Pierre Gouault (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
74Samuel Leroux (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
75Abram Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex0:11:17 
76Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Cycling Academy0:11:18 
77Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
78Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
79Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
80Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
81Lukas Spengler (Swi) Wallonie Bruxelles  
82Emils Liepins (Lat) Wallonie Bruxelles  
83Ryan Christensen (NZl) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes  
84Mathias Norsgaard Jørgensen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
85Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
86Filippo Fortin (Ita) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
87Sergio Rodriguez Reche (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
88Florian Hudry (Fra) Interpro Cycling Academy0:13:24 
DNFDominic Mestre (Por) Evopro Racing  
DNFOliver Wood (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes  
DNFMaris Bogdanovics (Lat) Interpro Cycling Academy  
DNFYuki Ishihara (Jpn) Interpro Cycling Academy  
DNFSimon Jones (USA) Interpro Cycling Academy  
DNFGauthier Navarro (Fra) Interpro Cycling Academy  
DNFYoann Paillot (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFRory Townsend (Irl) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes  
DNFAlex Paton (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes  
DNFMaxime Vantomme (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFJonathan McEvoy (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFJoseph Laverick (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFRichard Handley (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFMatthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFJoey Walker (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFJelle Mannaerts (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFPierre Barbier (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFMichael Cuming (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFSamuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFStijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFDaniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFKévin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ Continental  
DNFJulian Fernando Cardona Henao (Col) Betplay Cycling Team  
DNFLeonardo Fedrigo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFMattia Viel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFJérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFFabien Schmidt (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFKris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
DNFAxel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFHarrison Sweeny (Aus) Evopro Racing  
DNFMikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFMario Gonzalez Salas (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFGarikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFOscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFEdwin Avila (Col) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFOmer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFNicolai Philip Brochner Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
DNFMaxime Cam (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
DNFFranklin Six (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
DNFTom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
DNFAaron Kearney (Irl) Evopro Racing  
DNFJulien Trarieux (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNSSamuel Ponce Alvarez (And) Interpro Cycling Academy  
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