Vendrame wins Tro-Bro Leon

Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) became the first Italian winner in the 35-year history of the Tro-Bro Leon, the Breton version of Paris-Roubaix held one week later on gravelled roads near the coast bordering the English Channel.

The Venetian outsprinted French favourites Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ) and Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie), who also missed out on the podium occupied by Baptiste Planckaert (Wallonie-Bruxelles) and Emil Vinjebo (Riwal).

"Luck was on my side as I had no crash and no puncture," Vendrame said. "We came across to the leaders in the last lap and the race situation was perfect for me. On Saturday at the Tour du Finistère, I finished second but I didn’t have good legs. Today, I felt great all the way so I was confident in my sprint even though I knew some of the riders up there were quite fast."

Vendrame was never far behind the attackers, who were four with 50km to go. Sergio Rodriguez (Euskadi-Murias) was first to disappear from the front of the race due to a flat tyre. Alex Paton (Canyon), Kim Magnusson (Riwal Readynez) and Julien El Farès (Delko Marseille) remained in the lead and were reinforced by Conor Swift (Madison Genesis) and Vinjebo. Paton also suffered a flat tyre.

Damien Gaudin (Total Direct Energie), the winner of the 2017 Tro-Bro Leon, made the race very hard in the pursuit of the leaders. He bridged the gap and continued with Vinjebo – the Danish sensation of the day. With 22km to go, five riders came across: Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Thomas Boudat (Total Direct Energie), Anthony Delaplace (Arkea-Samsic) and Alo Jakin (St-Michel-Auber).

Groupama-FDJ brought Sarreau back to the front, but in the last lap, 11 riders regrouped following several attacks by Backaert, who loves the Tro-Bro Leon so much that he mentions this race in every interview he gives.

As Groupama-FDJ outnumbered their rivals with the return of Mickael Delage while Gaudin was out of contention after a puncture with 15km to go, Gougeard forced Sarreau to one last chase that cost him the strength he needed for the final sprint. Vendrame could watch the fight of the French teams and time his sprint at perfection.

"The gravelled roads don’t normally suit me so much because I’m very light, but today the conditions were perfect for me," the Italian noted. He was welcomed on stage by his compatriot Claudio Chiappucci, who was the guest of honour of the 36th Tro-Bro Leon. The former runner up of the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France and the world championship translated Vendrame telling race speaker Daniel Mangeas that he’d like to ride for a French team in the future.

Vendrame actually performs particularly well in the west of France since he claimed the silver medal at the 2016 U23 European championship in Plumelec. He also won the last stage of the 2017 Tour de Bretagne. Tro-Bro Leon is the second pro win for the 24-year-old after the final stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe 10 days ago. Now second in the French Cup, he’s set to ride his second Giro d’Italia, starting from Bologna on May 11 after trying to score more points for Androni in the Giro del Appennino on April 28.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec5:00:20
2Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 1 - Cell 2
3Emil Nygaard Vinjebo (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Romain Hardy (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 3 - Cell 2
5Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 4 - Cell 2
6Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 5 - Cell 2
7Mickael Delage (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 6 - Cell 2
8Kevin Le Cunff (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93Row 7 - Cell 2
9Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 8 - Cell 2
10Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:00:03
11Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:06
12Floris Gerts (Ned) Tarteletto-Isorex0:00:29
13Andreas Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:00:35
14Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 13 - Cell 2
15Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 14 - Cell 2
16Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 15 - Cell 2
17Pierre Idjouadiene (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille MetropoleRow 16 - Cell 2
18Clément Russo (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 17 - Cell 2
19Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 18 - Cell 2
20Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 19 - Cell 2
21Anthony Maldonado (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93Row 20 - Cell 2
22Tony Hurel (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93Row 21 - Cell 2
23Tom Dernies (Bel) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille MetropoleRow 22 - Cell 2
24Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 23 - Cell 2
25Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 24 - Cell 2
26Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 25 - Cell 2
27Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 26 - Cell 2
28Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:42
29Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille MetropoleRow 28 - Cell 2
30Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:47
31Connor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis0:00:55
32Kirill Pozdnyakov (Aze) Tarteletto-Isorex0:01:13
33Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:01:31
34Andrew Tennant (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes0:02:16
35Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:02:39
36Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 35 - Cell 2
37Alexandar Richardson (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor HomesRow 36 - Cell 2
38Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 37 - Cell 2
39Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 38 - Cell 2
40Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 39 - Cell 2
41Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:02:48
42Thomas Joseph (Bel) Tarteletto-IsorexRow 41 - Cell 2
43Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:08
44Alo Jakin (Est) St Michel-Auber 930:03:18
45Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:33
46Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 45 - Cell 2
47Iuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 46 - Cell 2
48Laurent Pichon (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 47 - Cell 2
49Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy0:03:37
50Flavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93Row 49 - Cell 2
51Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 50 - Cell 2
52Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:38
53Kim Magnusson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:03:48
54Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 53 - Cell 2
55Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 54 - Cell 2
56Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Interpro Cycling AcademyRow 55 - Cell 2
57Torkil Veyhe (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Polychronis Tzortzakis (Gre) Tarteletto-Isorex0:03:50
59Aksel Nõmmela (Est) Wallonie Bruxelles0:03:54
60Bram Welten (Ned) Arkéa SamsicRow 59 - Cell 2
61Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:59
62Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Cycling Academy0:06:20
63Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 62 - Cell 2
64Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 63 - Cell 2
65Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 64 - Cell 2
66Mark Downey (Irl) Evopro RacingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Thomas Stewart (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor HomesRow 66 - Cell 2
68Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:31
69Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie0:07:09
70Cormac McGeough (Irl) Evopro Racing0:08:03
71Tobias Mørch Kongstad (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:10:38
72Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 71 - Cell 2
73Pierre Gouault (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille MetropoleRow 72 - Cell 2
74Samuel Leroux (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille MetropoleRow 73 - Cell 2
75Abram Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex0:11:17
76Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Cycling Academy0:11:18
77Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 76 - Cell 2
78Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 77 - Cell 2
79Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille MetropoleRow 78 - Cell 2
80Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 79 - Cell 2
81Lukas Spengler (Swi) Wallonie BruxellesRow 80 - Cell 2
82Emils Liepins (Lat) Wallonie BruxellesRow 81 - Cell 2
83Ryan Christensen (NZl) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor HomesRow 82 - Cell 2
84Mathias Norsgaard Jørgensen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 84 - Cell 2
86Filippo Fortin (Ita) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 85 - Cell 2
87Sergio Rodriguez Reche (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 86 - Cell 2
88Florian Hudry (Fra) Interpro Cycling Academy0:13:24
DNFDominic Mestre (Por) Evopro RacingRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFOliver Wood (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor HomesRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFMaris Bogdanovics (Lat) Interpro Cycling AcademyRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFYuki Ishihara (Jpn) Interpro Cycling AcademyRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFSimon Jones (USA) Interpro Cycling AcademyRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFGauthier Navarro (Fra) Interpro Cycling AcademyRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFYoann Paillot (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93Row 94 - Cell 2
DNFRory Townsend (Irl) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor HomesRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Paton (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor HomesRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFMaxime Vantomme (Bel) Tarteletto-IsorexRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFJonathan McEvoy (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFJoseph Laverick (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFRichard Handley (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFMatthew Holmes (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFJoey Walker (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFJelle Mannaerts (Bel) Tarteletto-IsorexRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFPierre Barbier (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille MetropoleRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93Row 105 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Cuming (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFStijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFKévin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ ContinentalRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFJulian Fernando Cardona Henao (Col) Betplay Cycling TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFLeonardo Fedrigo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFMattia Viel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFJérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFFabien Schmidt (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFKris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFAxel Journiaux (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFHarrison Sweeny (Aus) Evopro RacingRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFMikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFMario Gonzalez Salas (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFGarikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFOscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFEdwin Avila (Col) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFOmer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFNicolai Philip Brochner Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFMaxime Cam (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFFranklin Six (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFTom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFAaron Kearney (Irl) Evopro RacingRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Trarieux (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 131 - Cell 2
DNSSamuel Ponce Alvarez (And) Interpro Cycling AcademyRow 132 - Cell 2

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