ONE Pro Cycling's Mortensen wins Tro Bro Leon

Marten Mortensen and Peter Williams deliver 1-2 for British Pro Conti team

Newly upgraded to Pro Continental level, ONE Pro Cycling, the first ever British team with this status, claimed its first major victory with Martin Mortensen and Peter Williams finishing first and second of the Tro Bro Leon – the Breton race that used 31.9km of graveled roads at the extreme west of the European continent. Local squad Fortuneo-Vital Concept placed Florian Vachon in third.

"I didn't necessarily expect to win this race but you always start a race with the hope of winning it," Mortensen told Cyclingnews after the finish. "But the way we rode as a team made it possible and I had the legs! I crashed after 90km but it didn't affect me. Being away with two French riders in the finale [Vachon and FDJ's Laurent Pichon], since they didn't work with me, I decided to try by myself because there was a chasing group behind."

The leading trio was formed in the last 20 kilometres of racing after a group of 10 riders finally emerged with Sébastien Minard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Mikhel Raïm (Cycling Academy), Jordan Levasseur (Armée de Terre), Baptiste Planckaert (Wallonie-Bruxelles), Dimitri Claeys (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Yohan Gène (Direct Energie), Mortensen, Williams, Pichon and Vachon.

Mortensen attacked the two Frenchmen three times but he was yet to outsprint them while the chasing group was coming across, which allowed Williams to take the second place. Three years ago, FDJ captured the whole podium with Francis Mourey, Johan Le Bon and Anthony Geslin but a 1-2 had never been seen since the inception of the Tro Bro Leon as an amateur race in 1984 [it became a pro event in 2000 with the young Samuel Sanchez finishing second for Euskadi].

"We've been going well all day," Williams commented. "We've always had guys at the front. Towards the end we were the two of us. With 250 metres to go, I accelerated to take second place. It's pretty amazing. This is the first big win for our team and it happens in such great race. We've done similar races on the British scene last year but with the big boys here, it's another level. We're getting there!"

"It's always nice to win a race," Mortensen echoed. "Early this year we've showed that we're a pretty good team. This race is not an easy one but it's really special. It wasn't new to me and I've also done Paris-Roubaix sometimes. We also have the GP Herning that is a bit similar in Denmark."

A former Vacansoleil and Leopard rider in the World Tour, the 31-year-old has put ONE Pro Cycling right on track ahead of the Tour de Yorkshire, which is obviously a pretty big goal for the squad managed by former cricketer Matt Prior.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Martin Mortensen (Den) ONE Pro Cycling4:50:36 
2Peter Williams (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
3Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
4Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ  
5Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
6Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:04 
7Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect0:00:17 
8Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
9Mihkel Räim (Est) Cycling Academy Team  
10Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:20 
11Maxime Renault (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 930:00:31 
12Yannis Yssaad (Fra) Armee de Terre  
13Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
14Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
15Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
16Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
17Guillaume Thévenot (Fra) Direct Energie  
18Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
19Alexis Bodiot (Fra) Armee de Terre  
20Julien Duval (Fra) Armee de Terre  
21Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
22Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
23Alo Jakin (Est) HP-BTP Auber 93  
24Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
25Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
26Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
27Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
28Hayden McCormick (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
29Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie  
30Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
31Flavien Dassonville (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
32Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ  
33Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
34Vegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
35Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
36Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
37Christophe Laborie (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
38Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ0:00:39 
39Benoît Sinner (Fra) Armee de Terre0:00:51 
40Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:03 
41Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:18 
42Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect0:01:33 
43Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:41 
44Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Team 3M  
45Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
46Marcel Meisen (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
47Timothy Stevens (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
48Frederique Robert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
49Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ  
50Olivier Pardini (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect0:01:44 
51Jordan Levasseur (Fra) Armee de Terre0:02:29 
52Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille0:02:37 
53Dennis Coenen (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
54David Boucher (Fra) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
55Thomas Rostollan (Fra) Armee de Terre  
56Gerry Druyts (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
57David Menut (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 930:03:21 
58Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:58 
59Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:04:40 
60Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Armee de Terre  
61Anthony Maldonado (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 930:05:44 
62Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
63Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
64Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFMarc Fournier (Fra) FDJ  
DNFLorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ  
DNFCédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ  
DNFGediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFQuentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFSébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFLoïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFAnthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFGert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFFlorian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFKenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFMikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFFredrik Strand Galta (Nor) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFYannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFEvaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFJeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFRomain Guillemois (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFKevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFSebastian Lander (Den) ONE Pro Cycling  
DNFSamuel Williams (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth  
DNFDylan Page (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFFrank Pasche (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFColin Stüssi (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFGrischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth  
DNFMartin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFGuillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFJérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFDanilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFLander Seynaeve (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFBryan Alaphilippe (Fra) Armee de Terre  
DNFGuillaume Boivin (Can) Cycling Academy Team  
DNFDan Craven (Nam) Cycling Academy Team  
DNFLubos Malovec (Svk) Cycling Academy Team  
DNFWojciech Migdal (Pol) Cycling Academy Team  
DNFAviv Yechzkel (Isr) Cycling Academy Team  
DNFGuy Sagiv (Isr) Cycling Academy Team  
DNFZohar Hadari (Isr) Cycling Academy Team  
DNFGotzon Udondo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
DNFAritz Bagües (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
DNFAnder Barrenetxea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
DNFEneko Lizarralde (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
DNFPeio Olaberria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
DNFThéo Vimpere (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
DNFCésar Bihel (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
DNFJeremy Leveau (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
DNFFlorent Pereira (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
DNFFelix Pouilly (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
DNFLouis Verhelst (Bel) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
DNFDieter Bouvry (Bel) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
DNFLukas Löer (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
DNFFelix Drumm (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
DNFChristopher Hatz (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
DNFDario Rapps (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
DNFTobias Knaup (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
DNFRichard Weinzheimer (Ger) Team Kuota-Lotto  
DNFJelle Goderis (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFGertjan De Vos (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFLaurent Evrard (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFPiotr Havik (Ned) Team 3M  
DNFDick Janssens (Ned) Team 3M  
DNFBob Schoonbroodt (Ned) Team 3M  
DNFLudwig De Winter (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
DNFTom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
DNFGregory Habeaux (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
DNFPieter Jacobs (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  
DNFRob Ruijgh (Ned) Crelan-Vastgoedservice Continental Team  

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