Roth wins Tro-Bro Leon

The Breton crowd was all fired up for a well deserved victory by local rider Eric Berthou of Bretagne-Schuller who came solo out of the dirt roads sections of the Tro Bro Leon, known as the "Hell of the West" one week after the "Hell of the North". But he ran out of gas during the final ten kilometers and got overtaken by chasers Ryan Roth of Spidertech and neo-pro Benoît Jarrier from Vérandas Rideau-U.

With 2.5km to go, the Canadian just rode harder than his exhausted companions and became the first foreign winner of the Tro Bro Leon since Mark Renshaw in 2006. "I'm surprised I've won because I didn't believe we'd ever catch the lone rider [Berthou]," Roth told Cyclingnews. "I thought this would be a good race for our team but personally, my form wasn't as good as what I would have liked."

A Canadian national champion for cyclo-cross in the Junior category twelve years ago, Roth found himself at ease on the Breton dirt roads where his teammate and compatriot Will Routley came second last year to Europcar's Vincent Jérôme. "I had never done this race before," Roth said. "I got injured one year ago just before the Tro Bro Leon but I still came to this race here only to watch and learn for this year."

"This is the biggest win ever for me," continued the 29-year-old from Kitchener in Ontario. "I've never been on the podium of a race in Europe and this one is very special. It's one of coolest races we do, it's very unique and only once a year we have a race like this. I've been away from home for a long time, so it's a nice reward. After the Tour of Turkey (April 22-29), it'll be nice to go back to Canada with this win."

Roth emerged from a chasing group but runner up Jarrier was in the lead since km 20 with Jacek Morajko (Vacansoleil-DCM), Clément Koretzky (La Pomme-Marseille) and Rémy Cusin (Team Type 1). "I've pushed myself to the limit," Jarrier told Cyclingnews. "If I'd been told in the middle of the race that I'd finished second after that breakaway, I wouldn't have believed it. This is my style though. I often go in breakaways but for once, it worked out. It's a very good result for me. It pays off for all my efforts."

Spectators felt sorry for Berthou who had missed the big opportunity of his career. "But this is cycling," the former Caisse d'Epargne and Crédit Agricole rider said. "I felt hunger flat with ten kilometers to go. I have no regrets."

The Bretagne-Schuller road captain was even caught in the final twenty metres by the first peloton. It gave the Canadian team Spidertech the possibility to have two riders on the podium with Guillaume Boivin taking the third. "I knew this race could suit me," Boivin commented. "With Ryan at the front, I followed wheels in the finale. We have executed the plan at perfection. This is our first win in Europe. We couldn't ask for a better day."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ryan Roth (Can) Team Spidertech Powered by C105:16:40
2Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U0:00:13
3Guillaume Boivin (Can) Team Spidertech Powered by C100:00:37
4Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 3 - Cell 2
5Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 4 - Cell 2
6Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 5 - Cell 2
7Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 7 - Cell 2
9Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Tony Hurel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 9 - Cell 2
11Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 10 - Cell 2
12Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 11 - Cell 2
13Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 13 - Cell 2
15Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 14 - Cell 2
16Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 15 - Cell 2
17Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93Row 16 - Cell 2
18Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 17 - Cell 2
19Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93Row 18 - Cell 2
20Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 19 - Cell 2
21Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 20 - Cell 2
22Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura RacingRow 21 - Cell 2
23Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-EuphonyRow 22 - Cell 2
24Maxime Le Montagner (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super URow 23 - Cell 2
25Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 24 - Cell 2
26Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 25 - Cell 2
27Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 26 - Cell 2
28Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 27 - Cell 2
29Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:55
30Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered by C100:00:56
31Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) La Pomme-Marseille0:01:37
32Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:02:06
33Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:19
34Benoit Drujon (Fra) Auber 93Row 33 - Cell 2
35Said Haddou (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 34 - Cell 2
36Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 35 - Cell 2
37Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 36 - Cell 2
38Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 37 - Cell 2
39Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super URow 38 - Cell 2
40Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 39 - Cell 2
41Hugo Houle (Can) Team Spidertech Powered by C10Row 40 - Cell 2
42Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Auber 93Row 41 - Cell 2
43Rafaâ Chtioui (Tun) Team EuropcarRow 42 - Cell 2
44Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered by C100:02:24
45Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 44 - Cell 2
46Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 45 - Cell 2
47Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:03:21
49Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 48 - Cell 2
50Clément Koretzky (Fra) La Pomme-MarseilleRow 49 - Cell 2
51Rene Mandri (Est) Endura RacingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Mickael Olejnik (Pol) Veranda Rideau - Super URow 51 - Cell 2
53Lazlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:04:23
54Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) GEOFCO-Ville d'Alger0:05:31
55Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Kevin Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-EuphonyRow 55 - Cell 2
57Gaylord Cumont (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super URow 56 - Cell 2
58Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super URow 57 - Cell 2
59Loic Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 58 - Cell 2
60Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 59 - Cell 2
61Egoitz García Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 60 - Cell 2
62Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:05:35
63Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille0:06:34
64Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille0:07:50
65Mathieu Delaroziere (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille0:09:14
66Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) GEOFCO-Ville d'AlgerRow 65 - Cell 2
67Thomas Vernaeckt (Bel) GEOFCO-Ville d'AlgerRow 66 - Cell 2
DNFJoeri Bueken (Fra) Landbouwkrediet-EuphonyRow 67 - Cell 2
DNFGorik Gardeyn (Fra) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
DNFLeonardo Duque (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 70 - Cell 2
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFJoris Boillat (Fra) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
DNFAnuar Manan (Rus) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFMauricio Frazer (Fra) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery DesertRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme-MarseilleRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Matheou (Blr) Veranda Rideau - Super URow 76 - Cell 2
DNFIbon Zugasti Arrese (Pol) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery DesertRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFNicolae Tanovitchii (Ita) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery DesertRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFManuel Miranda Vergara (Ned) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery DesertRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFHenryk Cardoen (Col) GEOFCO-Ville d'AlgerRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFTomas Enrique Gil (Fra) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery DesertRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFJames Spragg (Fra) GEOFCO-Ville d'AlgerRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFBoris Zimine (Swi) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFFabien Schmidt (Mas) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFFlorian Le Corre (Bel) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFDenis Flahaut (Chn) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Colin (Est) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFFrédéric Amorison (HKg) Landbouwkrediet-EuphonyRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFRuben Menendez Velasco (HKg) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery DesertRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFJimmy Casper (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFMirko Selvaggi (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFJacek Morajko (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFYauheni Hutarovich (Bel) FDJ-Big MatRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Boucher (Bel) FDJ-Big MatRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFTomasz Olejnik (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super URow 96 - Cell 2
DNFSylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFToms Skujins (Fra) La Pomme-MarseilleRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFYohann Gené (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFJérôme Cousin (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFMathieu Claude (USA) Team EuropcarRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFSébastien Chavanel (Can) Team EuropcarRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFJack Tanner (Can) GEOFCO-Ville d'AlgerRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFMikael Stilite (Ita) GEOFCO-Ville d'AlgerRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFBoris Shpilevsky (Slo) AG2R La MondialeRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFBaptiste Planckaert (Rus) Landbouwkrediet-EuphonyRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFMatthieu Boulo (Ned) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFStéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFJean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFRony Martias (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFLaurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Lacombe (GBr) Team Spidertech Powered by C10Row 112 - Cell 2
DNFChristophe Laborie (GBr) Saur - SojasunRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFSimon Lambert Lemay (GBr) Team Spidertech Powered by C10Row 114 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Claeys (GBr) Landbouwkrediet-EuphonyRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFBarry Markus (Aus) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFGilles Devillers (Fra) Landbouwkrediet-EuphonyRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFKin San Wu (Lat) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFSteven Wong (Fra) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFMart Ojavee (Fra) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Le Lay (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFJohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93Row 122 - Cell 2
DNFYohan Cauquil (Fra) La Pomme-MarseilleRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFDean Windsor (Fra) Endura RacingRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFIan Wilkinson (Fra) Endura RacingRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Partridge (Arg) Endura RacingRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFJonathan Mcevoy (Arg) Endura RacingRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFJonathan Patrick Mccarty (Spa) Team Spidertech Powered by C10Row 128 - Cell 2
DNFRonan Racault (Chi) Auber 93Row 129 - Cell 2
DNFKun Jiang (Mda) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFFlavien Dassonville (Spa) Auber 93Row 131 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 93Row 132 - Cell 2
DNFMartijn Verschoor (Pol) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFAlexander Serebryakov (Bel) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFAldo Ino Ilesic (GBr) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFFilippo Fortin (Bel) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFScott Thwaites (Bel) Endura RacingRow 137 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Ploudalmezeau
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U5pts
2Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Plabennec
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi5pts
2Jacek Morajko (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Clément Koretzky (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Lesneven
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi5pts
2Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Clément Koretzky (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Lannilis
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller5pts
2Ryan Roth (Can) Team Spidertech Powered by C103Row 1 - Cell 3
3Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Coatquennec
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Clément Koretzky (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille5pts
2Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jacek Morajko (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Le Vern
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Clément Koretzky (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille5pts
2Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jacek Morajko (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 4 - Kervaro
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Clément Koretzky (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille5pts
2Jacek Morajko (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U1Row 2 - Cell 3
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