Laporte wins Tro Bro Léon

Christophe Laporte during Dwars door Vlaanderen

Christophe Laporte during Dwars door Vlaanderen (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) soloed to victory instead of gambling on his top end speed to claim his fourth victory of the season at the Tro Bro Leon. Winning the Breton event made it up for his lack of results at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix due to sickness after finishing a promising fourth in Gent-Wevelgem. The Frenchman fended off defending champion Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie) while Belgium's Jelle Mannaerts (Tarteletto-Isorex-SH) conquered a courageous third place in horrendous conditions.

"It's was a terribly hard race," said Laporte of the Hell of the North Finistère (one of the nicknames of the Breton version of Paris-Roubaix). "I felt weak at one stage but my condition bounced back. I preferred to be alone at the front and give everything because it was my only way of winning. Had I not attacked, another guy would have done it. It's an absolutely beautiful race and I'm delighted to win here. It's wonderful!"

The race was animated by three riders, Kevin De Jonghe (Tarteletto-Isorex-SH), Gianni Marchand and Dennis Coenen (Cibel-Cebon) who got nine minutes lead. With 60km to go, Stijn Vandenbergh (AG2R La Mondiale), Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ), Maxime Daniel (Fortuneo-Samsic) and Marc Fournier (Vital Concept) came across to them before Gaudin and Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie), Ole Forfang (Joker-Icopal) and Laporte reinforced the front group. Breton riders Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ), Cyril Gautier (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Samsic) waited for their time to reach the head of the race but it was a surprising latecomer who rode away from them on the hardest gravelled road made slippery by the occasional pouring rain.

Norwegian champion Rasmus Tiller (Joker-Icopal), who is a sprinter in the making, soloed with 24km to go. He looked to be on his way to winning before he crashed in a curve on a paved road with 9km to go and was caught by a chasing group. He eventually held on to take a worthy fifth place at the age of 21.

Laporte decided to go by himself as there were 6km remaining. Gaudin, who was dropped from the front group on two occasions went after him but it was too late.

"I also had a moment of weakness like Laporte with 30km to go," the Direct Energie rider said. "When I attacked behind him, I believed in my chances of winning until 50 metres to go."

"It's extraordinary for me to finish third here, I'm very happy," echoed Mannaerts who was already an attacker in the Tour du Finistère the previous day. "It's the best result I could get. I'm on a continental team. To win the sprint of my group is very big for me, considering the level of the riders who were with me. I didn't know I could be this good."

"Paris-Roubaix was a very important race for me and I was determined to make it up before the post-classics break," Laporte said. "I had rage today. I love this race. It's not part of the WorldTour but it's just as hard all the way. It concludes my first part of the season on a high note with a fourth victory [after stages at the Etoile de Bessèges and the Tour La Provence]."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits5:12:07
2Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:04
3Jelle Mannaerts (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex0:00:16
4Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 3 - Cell 2
5Rasmus Fossum Tiller (Nor) Joker IcopalRow 4 - Cell 2
6Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 5 - Cell 2
7Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 7 - Cell 2
9Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 8 - Cell 2
10Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 10 - Cell 2
12Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 11 - Cell 2
13Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:00:27
14Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:41
15Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:01:22
16Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:03:32
17Jeremy Cabot (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 16 - Cell 2
18Alo Jakin (Est) St Michel-Auber 930:03:58
19Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:04:11
20Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 19 - Cell 2
21Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 20 - Cell 2
22Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:00
23Tom Dernies (Bel) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 22 - Cell 2
24Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 23 - Cell 2
25Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 24 - Cell 2
26Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 25 - Cell 2
27Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:02
28Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:06:46
29Ion Ander Intsausti (Spa) Team Euskadi0:06:55
30Pierre Gouault (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 29 - Cell 2
31Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 30 - Cell 2
32Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:07:03
33Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 32 - Cell 2
34Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 33 - Cell 2
35Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 34 - Cell 2
36Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:07:06
37Damien Touze (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93Row 36 - Cell 2
38Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Tarteletto-Isorex0:09:18
39Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:11:09
40Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 39 - Cell 2
41Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Team EuskadiRow 40 - Cell 2
42Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 41 - Cell 2
43Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-CebonRow 42 - Cell 2
44Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 43 - Cell 2
45Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 44 - Cell 2
46Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 45 - Cell 2
47Jerome Mainard (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:11:20
48Dennis Coenen (Bel) Cibel-CebonRow 47 - Cell 2
49Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 48 - Cell 2
50Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:12:26
51Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 50 - Cell 2
52Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept ClubRow 51 - Cell 2
53Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 52 - Cell 2
54Yannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 53 - Cell 2
55Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJRow 54 - Cell 2
56Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Joker Icopal0:13:26
57Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 56 - Cell 2
58Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex0:17:56
DNFCarlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 58 - Cell 2
DNFGatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 59 - Cell 2
DNFBrenton Jones (Aus) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 60 - Cell 2
DNFIuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 61 - Cell 2
DNFBert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 62 - Cell 2
DNFDorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJRow 64 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Duval (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 66 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Trarieux (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 67 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 68 - Cell 2
DNFAxel Journiaux (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 70 - Cell 2
DNFBruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFYoann Paillot (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93Row 72 - Cell 2
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFLennert Teugels (Bel) Cibel-CebonRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFHerman Dahl (Nor) Joker IcopalRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFHenrik Evensen (Nor) Joker IcopalRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFOle Forfang (Nor) Joker IcopalRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFBjørn Tore Hoem (Nor) Joker IcopalRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFKristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Joker IcopalRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFMorgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Leroux (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93Row 82 - Cell 2
DNFJimmy Janssens (Bel) Cibel-CebonRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFFlavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93Row 84 - Cell 2
DNFMichiel Dieleman (Bel) Cibel-CebonRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFCamille Thominet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93Row 86 - Cell 2
DNFArne De Groote (Bel) Tarteletto-IsorexRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFJelle Cant (Bel) Tarteletto-IsorexRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFPolychronis Tzortzakis (Gre) Tarteletto-IsorexRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFKevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-IsorexRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFEgoitz Fernandez Ayarzaguena (Spa) Team EuskadiRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFGotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Team EuskadiRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFMarc Buades Ferriol (Spa) Team EuskadiRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFJuan Antonio Lopez-Cozar Jaimez (Spa) Team EuskadiRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFPeio Goikoetxea Goiogana (Spa) Team EuskadiRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Le Cunff (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93Row 96 - Cell 2
DNFTravis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFSergio Rodriguez Reche (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFEnrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFHector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFSondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFMihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFHamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFAviv Yechezkel (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFChristophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFFlorian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFAlexander Cataford (Can) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFRoy Jans (Bel) Cibel-CebonRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFAdrian Hegyvary (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFAnder Barrenetxea Uriarte (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFErwann Corbel (Fra) Vital Concept ClubRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFCorentin Ermenault (Fra) Vital Concept ClubRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) Vital Concept ClubRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFJérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept ClubRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFMarc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept ClubRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFJonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept ClubRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFFabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFBoris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFPieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFRobby Cobbaert (Bel) Cibel-CebonRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 121 - Cell 2
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KOM 1 - Milizac Trebaol - 41.7 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex5pts
2Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon1Row 2 - Cell 3
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KOM 2 - Landerneau Kergreis - 73.8 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex5pts
2Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex1Row 2 - Cell 3
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KOM 3 - Guisseny Kervaro - 142.3 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ole Forfang (Nor) Joker Icopal5pts
2Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex8pts
2Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ole Forfang (Nor) Joker Icopal5Row 2 - Cell 3
4Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ3Row 4 - Cell 3
6Marc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Plabennec - 55.7 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex3pts
2Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Plouneventer - 87.4 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex3pts
2Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Guisseny - 135.4 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex3pts
2Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ylber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex9pts
2Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel-Cebon6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex3Row 2 - Cell 3
Row 3 - Cell 0 Row 3 - Cell 1 Row 3 - Cell 2 Row 3 - Cell 3

 

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