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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Bretagne Classic - Ouest-France. Racing is already underway in Brittany, but there's plenty of action to come today.

Three teams are missing from today's race.

141km to go

Cam and Morice are both local men, hailing from Landerneau and Vannes respectively.

EF Pro Cycling, Team Sunweb and UAE Team Emirates are among the teams making the pace at the front of the peloton.

We've had plenty of abandons already today.

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) won the women's race earlier.

133km to go

The riders covered 38km in the third hour of the race, while the average speed so far is 41.4kph. A headwind slowed progress but that seems to have died down a little now.

122km to go

A list of the climbs still to come today...

Maxime Can has now lost contact with the break on these rolling hills as they head south back to Ploay. That's both Vital Concept riders gone.

112km to go

The break hits the climb of Kerdoret (1.7km at 6.3 per cent).

100km to go

EF, Mitchelton-Scott and Sunweb remain at the head of the peloton.

81km to go

Portugal's new road race champion Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) has abandoned the race.

Some rough roads here. There's grass down the middle in sections.

Cavagna has decided to attack the break, just after the riders passed through a feed zone.

De Tier is hanging on but nobody else has managed to follow the Frenchman.

72km to go

Alexander Cataford, who still had a musette slung around his shoulder when Cavagna attacked, is brought back by the peloton.

66km to go

It's over for De Tier and Rosskopf as they're brought back by the peloton. Cavagna remains out front, leading by 50 seconds.

55km to go

The riders are on Botcoët (1.7km at 5.2 per cent) now. There's a very steep section in the middle, which has seen Dries De Bont (Alpecin-Fenix) push on.

A group has followed De Bondt. Neo-pro Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) is leading the move now.

Cavagna's advantage has come down to 50 seconds now. The peloton are closing in on the attack group, who are just a few seconds up on the peloton.

48km to go

And Cavagna is caught after almost 200km at the head of the race. A counter-attack quickly goes.

41km to go

The trio have quickly built a 45-second gap. EF and Deceuninck-QuickStep work att the front of the peloton.

34km to go

EF and Deceuninck-QuickStep are doing a nice job at eroding the break's advantage here.

Kerhoat (1.4km at 5.8 per cent) will be the next climb for the riders to tackle, at 22km to go.

The work of the peloton has seen the gap brought down to under 30 seconds now. Trek-Segafredo are up front, too.

25km to go

And they hit the slopes of Kerhoat. The break is almost caught.

22km to go

The attackers are back with the peloton now. Riders are still trying to make moves off the front.

It's all strung out on the downhill as a rider from Circus-Wanty Gobert pushes on.

Aime De Gendt and Jan Bakelants both had a go for the Belgian team.

17km to go

Ivan Cortina (Bahrain McLaren), Ruben Guerreiro (EF Pro Cycling), Kevin Geniets (Groupama-FDJ), Stan Dewulf (Lotto Soudal) are all at the front of the peloton.

Over the top of the climb now, and Mitchelton-Scott send a few men to the front of the peloton.

13km to go

It is number 47, Scott Thwaites. He has a small gap but riders are attacking behind him.

They're on the penultimat climb now – the Côte du Lezot (0.9km at 4.9 per cent).

A group of six has jumped away. Ivan Cortina (Bahrain McLaren) is in there.

11km to go

Sergio Henao (UAE Taem Emirates) is in there, sitting on. Jan Bakelants (Circus-Wanty Gobert) and Dimitri Claeys (Cofidis) are there too, along with Romain Seigle (Groupama-FDJ) and Delio Fernandez (Nippo Delko One Provence).

9km to go

Seigle continues to attack, though, as a Cofidis rider chases.

7km to go

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4km to go

The final climb is upon Lafay. It's another ascent of Restergal (1km at 5.1 per cent).

3.5km to go

3km to go

Lafay sits up. It's over for the Frenchman. Stan Dewulf (Lotto Soudal) counters.

2.5km to go

2km to go

1.5km to go

1km to go

Sunweb look like they're messing this up! Matthews' leadout man Nils Eekhoff was dragging Sénéchal away from the group there.

But he slows it down on the dowhill before the drag to the line. Matthews gets back.

Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) opens up the sprint but Matthews comes from behind.

And it's Matthews who takes the win! He eased to victory there, having enough time to sit up and celebrate as he crossed the line.

Matthews wins it ahead of Mezgec and Sénéchal.

Eekhoff led things out on the uphill drag, with Sénéchal behind him. Mezgec was first to jump from third wheel, while Matthews diligently followed.

Matthews has fully recovered from the injury suffered at the end of Milan-San Remo, then. He scraped his hand on the Poggio after being blocked into the wall.

Here's the top 10 today:

And here's what Matthews had to say after the finish:

Matthews celebrating his victory shortly after the finish.

Our brief race report, along with a photo gallery and results, is up. Check back later for the full report.

Don't forget to check out our coverage of the women's race too.

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