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Viviani wins Bretagne Classic in Plouay

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Swiss teammates Michael Schar and Silvan Dillier (BMC)

Swiss teammates Michael Schar and Silvan Dillier (BMC)
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Elia Viviani (Team Sky) enjoying a post-win drink

Elia Viviani (Team Sky) enjoying a post-win drink
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Petr Vakoc (QuickStep Floors)

Petr Vakoc (QuickStep Floors)
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Mitch Docker after signing on

Mitch Docker after signing on
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French champion Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

French champion Arnaud Demare (FDJ)
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Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida)

Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida)
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Paul Ourselin (Direct Energie)

Paul Ourselin (Direct Energie)
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Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie)

Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie)
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Former teammates Mitch Docker and Bert de Backer chat on the start line

Former teammates Mitch Docker and Bert de Backer chat on the start line
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It was a good weekend for Phil Deignan. Wife Lizzie won on Saturday and teammate Elia Viviani won on Sunday

It was a good weekend for Phil Deignan. Wife Lizzie won on Saturday and teammate Elia Viviani won on Sunday
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Luka Mezgec (Orica-Scott)

Luka Mezgec (Orica-Scott)
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Elia Viviani wins the Bretagne Classic

Elia Viviani wins the Bretagne Classic
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The final sprint at the Bretagne Classic

The final sprint at the Bretagne Classic
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Elia Viviani celebrates a Bretagne Classic victory.

Elia Viviani celebrates a Bretagne Classic victory.
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Elia Viviani wins the Bretagne Classic.

Elia Viviani wins the Bretagne Classic.
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Owain Doull and Mat Hayman at the Bretagne Classic

Owain Doull and Mat Hayman at the Bretagne Classic
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Elia Viviani after the Bretagne Classic in Plouay

Elia Viviani after the Bretagne Classic in Plouay
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Elia Viviani atop the Bretagne Classic podium flanked by Alexander Kristoff and Sonny Colbrelli

Elia Viviani atop the Bretagne Classic podium flanked by Alexander Kristoff and Sonny Colbrelli
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The final podium at the Bretagne Classic

The final podium at the Bretagne Classic
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The pack hits the finishing straight at the Bretagne Classic.

The pack hits the finishing straight at the Bretagne Classic.
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Michal Golas celebrates the victory of teammate Elia Viviani at the Bretagne Classic

Michal Golas celebrates the victory of teammate Elia Viviani at the Bretagne Classic
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Simon Gerrans at the Bretagne Classic

Simon Gerrans at the Bretagne Classic
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Greg Van Avermaet and Oliver Naesen at the start of the Bretagne Classic

Greg Van Avermaet and Oliver Naesen at the start of the Bretagne Classic
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Alexander Kristoff and Greg Van Avermaet in Plouay

Alexander Kristoff and Greg Van Avermaet in Plouay
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Elia Viviani at the start of the Bretagne Classic

Elia Viviani at the start of the Bretagne Classic
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Caleb Ewan at the start in Plouay

Caleb Ewan at the start in Plouay
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The start line of the Bretagne Classic – Ouest France

The start line of the Bretagne Classic – Ouest France
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Katusha at the start of the Bretagne Classic

Katusha at the start of the Bretagne Classic
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Michal Kwiatkowski ahead of the Bretagne Classic

Michal Kwiatkowski ahead of the Bretagne Classic
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AG2R at the Bretagne Classic

AG2R at the Bretagne Classic
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Christophe Riblon in Plouay

Christophe Riblon in Plouay
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Rick Zabel in Plouay

Rick Zabel in Plouay
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Oliver Naesen in Plouay

Oliver Naesen in Plouay
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AG2R at the team presentation in Plouay

AG2R at the team presentation in Plouay
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Sebastian Langeveld at the Bretagne Classic

Sebastian Langeveld at the Bretagne Classic
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Elia Viviani wins the Bretagne Classic in Plouay.

Elia Viviani wins the Bretagne Classic in Plouay.
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Elia Viviani (Team Sky) won the bunch sprint to take the Bretagne Classic – Ouest France in Plouay. He beat out Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida).

It was a day of attack groups, with many forming early and getting away but never for long. Finally Dries Devenyns (Quick-Step Floors), Sylvain Dillier (BMC), Tao Geoghegan Hart (Sky), Arnaud Gérard (Fortuneo-Oscaro), Paul Martens (LottoNL-Jumbo), Jacopo Mosca (Willier Triestina-Selle Italia), Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) and Petr Vakoc (QuickStep Floors) were able to break away and build up a lead of not quite a minute. Team Sunweb and Dimension Data, neither in that front group, led the chase.

This group too was doomed to failure, and soon only Devenyns and Dillier were left in the lead. With 20 kilometres to go they had only 15 seconds on the reduced chasing peloton. Dillier dropped Devenyns and was then joined by Cyril Gautier (AG2R), Albert Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac), Nathan Haas (Dimension Data), Hector Carretero (Movistar), Pieter Serry (Quick-Step Floors), Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) and Julien Simon (Cofidis). They took 20 seconds with them into the final 10 kilometres.

The field moved closer and closer as the finish line approached. Even though Dillier was up front, BMC lead the chase. Things totally fell apart on the final climb, the Ty-Marrec, and Bettiol jumped to take a lead solo. Philippe Gilbert (BMC) was among a number of riders who made the attempt to bridge to him, but Bettiol crested the climb alone. The pack closed him down at the flamme rouge, however, setting up a closing sprint, with Viviani pulling past Kristoff in the closing metres to take the win.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky5:51:39
2Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
3Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
4Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
5Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
6Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo
7Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
8Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
9Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
10Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
11Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
12Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
13Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
14Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
15Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott
16Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team
17Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
18Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
19Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina
20Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie
21Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team
22Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
23Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
24Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
25Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
26Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
27Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
28Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott
29Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team
30Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
31Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF
32Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
33Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team
34Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
35Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
36Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
37Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie
38Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team
39Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
40Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
41Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie
42Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ
43Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
44Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
45Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
46Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
47Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky0:00:13
48Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:16
49Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:24
50Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:00:27
51Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:33
52Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
53Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:50
54Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale
55Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
56Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:53
57Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
58Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
59Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF
60Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF
61Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
62Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
63Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
64Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
65Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal
66Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
67Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
68Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
69Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie
70Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
71Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
72Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
73Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:08
74Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:28
75Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:29
76Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:30
77Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data0:02:09
78Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
79Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac
80Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ
81Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb
82Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates
83Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
84Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
85Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida
86Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:53
87Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
88Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:02:55
89Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
90Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
91Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky0:03:43
92Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
93Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida
94Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team
95Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott
96Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
97Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
98Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:45
99Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:04:06
100Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott
101Nathan Van Hooydonck0:04:26
102Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:05:00
103Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:06:16
104Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:06:47
105Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:07:49
106Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
107Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
108Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
109Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott
110Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
111Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
112Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:13:01
113Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
114David Gaudu (Fra) FDJ
115Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ
116Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina
117Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
118Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
119Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie0:14:15
120Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac
121Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF
122Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team0:20:05
DNFOliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFRudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFFrançois Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFChristophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFSebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
DNFDavide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ
DNFArnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
DNFMatthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
DNFRiccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNFDaniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNFMoreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNFTruls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team
DNFAmael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
DNFDavid Per (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
DNFNiccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
DNFBorut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
DNFPascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFSam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFErik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFJuraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFRüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFNatnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data
DNFRyan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
DNFJaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data
DNFJohann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data
DNFTosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFMoreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal
DNFJasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFJelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFDayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
DNFGorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFMichael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott
DNFCaleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott
DNFAlexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-Scott
DNFBryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie
DNFJhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin
DNFMads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
DNFNicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNFMarco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNFPaolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNFLuca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNFPhilip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
DNFDanny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky
DNFLukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky
DNFOliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNFElie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
DNFDaniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
DNFChristophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFFlorian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFRoy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNFSimon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb
DNFRamon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNFBert De Backer (Bel) Team Sunweb
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNFFabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
DNFMads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
DNFGregory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo
DNFJasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
DNFEugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina
DNFJakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina
DNFAlberto Cecchin (Ita) Wilier Triestina
DNFFilippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina
DNFFrederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNFAndrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNFGatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNFJulien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNFDelio Fernandez (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNFRomain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNFThierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNFAngel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM

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