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2020 Bretagne Classic Ouest-France
(World Tour)

84th edition: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Bretagne Classic podium history | 2019 edition | Start list

Formerly named "GP Ouest-France Plouay".

Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews wins the 84th edition of the Bretagne Classic Ouest-France.

Plouay - Plouay, 247.8 km. A circuit of 234.1 kilometers plus a lap of 13.65 km = 247.75 km

Weather at the start/finish city of Plouay at 2:10 PM, local time: 21C (70F), cloudy, with the wind from the west at 29 km/hr (18 mph). There is a 5% chance of rain.

The race: Because one of its riders tested postive for Covid-19, the entire Bora-hansgrohe team withdrew from the race.

Here's the report from winner Michael Matthews' Team Sunweb:

As was the case with the Women’s race earlier on in the day, this year’s edition of the Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France featured a brand new route. The challenging 247.8 kilometre parcours included a whole host of short punchy climbs spread across the course, three of which, the Côte du Lézot, Montée de Lann Payot and Côte du Pont-Neuf, featured in the finishing circuit.

Six riders decided to try their luck early on and formed the morning breakaway. Despite gaining a healthy advantage, the peloton, commanded by Team Sunweb in conjunction with some of the other favourites, were always in control of affairs. With just under 50 kilometres to go, the remnants of the early escape were reeled in. However, the early catch encouraged a flurry of attacks which eventually resulted in a group of three getting away before the peloton settled down once again.

The unrelenting nature of the parcours whittled the peloton down to around about 60 riders and left Michael Matthews with just one team mate in the form of Nils Eekhoff going into the closing stages. The leading trio held their ground until 20 kilometres to go leading to yet more attacks.

One by one the moves were neutralised. The most dangerous one coming in the last few kilometres closed down superbly by Eekhoff with Matthews in his slipstream creating a split in the process. The young Dutch rider didn’t let anyone out of his sight, setting Matthews up perfectly to take his first victory of the season. Rounding off an impecable team effort, Nils Eekhoff took his first World Tour top 10 by finishing 7th.

“Luka had to go early so I could wait.” reflected Matthews at the finish. “This time I sprinted to perfection. After my crash in San Remo it was really difficult mentally. I knew I was in really good shape. To come back here and win in only my second race, I’m really happy.”

Speaking about the team’s performance, Team Sunweb coach Sebastian Deckert said: “It was a really tough race, especially considering the tough weather conditions early on. Felix did an amazing job riding on the front for 160km, which meant the guys didn’t have to spend any extra energy. They were really well positioned throughout. In the crucial moment, Nils and Michael had very good communication. It was such an incredible team performance. A great sprint and a superb lead out. Winning such a race is not easy. They can be so proud of their achievement.”

Complete results:

150 riders entered, 9 did not start, 46 abandoned, 104 classified finishers.

247.75 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.151 km/hr

1 MATTHEWS Michael Team Sunweb 6hr 1min 14sec
2 MEZGEC Luka Mitchelton-Scott @ 1sec
3 SENECHAL Florian Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
4 DE GENDT Aime Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
5 FEDELI Alessandro Nippo-Delko Provence s.t.
6 SIMMONS Quinn Trek-Segafredo s.t.
7 EEKHOFF Nils Team Sunweb 0:03
8 MCLAY Daniel Arkea-Samsic 0:05
9 ROUX Anthony Groupama-FDJ s.t.
10 GARCIA Ivan Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
11 PHILIPSEN Jasper UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
12 GROSU Eduard-Michael Nippo-Delko Provence s.t.
13 VERMEERSCH Gianni Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
14 KIRSCH Alex Trek-Segafredo s.t.
15 VENDRAME Andrea Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
16 BATTISTELLA Samuele NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
17 MORIN Emmanuel Cofidis s.t.
18 PASQUALON Andrea Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
19 HAAS Nathan Cofidis s.t.
20 SBARAGLI Kristian Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
21 MOZZATO Luca B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
22 GUGLIELMI Simon Groupama-FDJ s.t.
23 THWAITES Scott Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
24 BONNAMOUR Franck Arkea-Samsic s.t.
25 BAKELANTS Jan Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
26 GODON Dorian Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
27 BIERMANS Jenthe Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
28 VANMARCKE Sep EF Pro Cycling s.t.
29 GUERREIRO Ruben EF Pro Cycling s.t.
30 ARASHIRO Yukiya Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
31 LIENHARD Fabian Groupama-FDJ s.t.
32 LIGTHART Pim Total Direct Energie s.t.
33 ARMEE Sander Lotto-Soudal s.t.
34 CLAEYS Dimitri Cofidis s.t.
35 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
36 DELAPLACE Anthony Arkea-Samsic s.t.
37 GAILLARD Marlon Total Direct Energie s.t.
38 FERNANDEZ Delio Nippo-Delko Provence s.t.
39 PICHON Laurent Arkea-Samsic s.t.
40 DEWULF Stan Lotto-Soudal s.t.
41 HENAO Sergio UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
42 LE GAC Olivier Groupama-FDJ s.t.
43 VERMOTE Julien Cofidis s.t.
44 ARANBURU Alex Astana s.t.
45 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Start-Up Nation 0:27
46 SEIGLE Romain Groupama-FDJ 0:43
47 STEIMLE Jannik Deceuninck-Quick Step 0:57
48 GRMAY Tsgabu Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
49 BJERG Mikkel UAE-Team Emirates 1:14
50 VAN RENSBURG Reinardt NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
51 GENIETS Kevin Groupama-FDJ 1:20
52 LAFAY Victor Cofidis 2:27
53 SCHULTZ Nick Mitchelton-Scott 3:21
54 NAKANE Hideto Nippo-Delko Provence 3:48
55 ALBASINI Michael Mitchelton-Scott 4:01
56 VANHOUCKE Harm Lotto-Soudal 4:18
57 DE TIER Floris Alpecin-Fenix 4:38
58 ZABEL Rick Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
59 DIBBEN Jonathan Lotto-Soudal s.t.
60 DE VREESE Laurens Astana s.t.
61 VAN HOECKE Gijs CCC Team s.t.
62 TILLER Rasmus NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
63 DUVAL Julien Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
64 VAN LERBERGHE Bert Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
65 BOLE Grega Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
66 MARTINELLI Davide Astana s.t.
67 KAMP Alexander Trek-Segafredo s.t.
68 DE BOD Stefan NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
69 HOLLENSTEIN Reto Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
70 JACOBS Johan Movistar s.t.
71 MAS Lluis Movistar s.t.
72 VAN GOETHEM Brian Lotto-Soudal s.t.
73 NAESEN Lawrence Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
74 TORRES Albert Movistar s.t.
75 PIBERNIK Luka Bahrain-McLaren 4:40
76 CAVAGNA Remi Deceuninck-Quick Step 6:40
77 KEISSE Iljo Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
78 VAN DER SANDE Tosh Lotto-Soudal s.t.
79 MCCABE Travis Israel Start-Up Nation 7:11
80 STANNARD Robert Mitchelton-Scott 9:41
81 VERGAERDE Otto Alpecin-Fenix 10:10
82 DOCKER Mitchell EF Pro Cycling s.t.
83 STEELS Stijn Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
84 LE ROUX Romain Arkea-Samsic s.t.
85 SISKEVICIUS Evaldas Nippo-Delko Provence 13:39
86 CLARKE Will Trek-Segafredo 14:06
87 QUARTERMAN Charlie Trek-Segafredo s.t.
88 DENZ Nico Team Sunweb s.t.
89 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
90 BACKAERT Frederik B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
91 BOHORQUEZ Hernando Astana s.t.
92 FOMINYKH Daniil Astana s.t.
93 ROSSKOPF Joey CCC Team s.t.
94 MERTZ Remy Lotto-Soudal s.t.
95 GHIRMAY Biniam Nippo-Delko Provence s.t.
96 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
97 MORA Sebastian Movistar s.t.
98 INKELAAR Kevin Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
99 ELOSEGUI Inigo Movistar s.t.
100 CULLAIGH Gabriel Movistar s.t.
101 GIDICH Yevgeniy Astana s.t.
102 BENNETT Sean EF Pro Cycling s.t.
103 SCOTSON Callum Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
104 COURTEILLE Arnaud B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.

Start list with back numbers, August 24, 2020:

EF PRO CYCLING
1 VANMARCKE Sep
2 BENNETT Sean
3 DOCKER Mitchell
4 GUERREIRO Ruben
5 OWEN Logan
7 SCULLY Thomas
ASTANA
11 ARANBURU Alex
12 BIZHIGITOV Zhandos
13 DE VREESE Laurens
14 BOHORQUEZ Hernando
15 FOMINYKH Daniil
16 GIDICH Yevgeniy
17 MARTINELLI Davide
LOTTO SOUDAL
21 ARMEE Sander
22 DEWULF Stan
23 DIBBEN Jonathan
24 VAN DER SANDE Tosh
25 VAN GOETHEM Brian
26 MERTZ Remy
27 VANHOUCKE Harm
AG2R LA MONDIALE
31 GOUGEARD Alexis
32 DUVAL Julien
33 GODON Dorian
34 NAESEN Lawrence
35 VANDENBERGH Stijn
36 VENDRAME Andrea
37 JAUREGUI Quentin
CCC TEAM
51 BEVIN Patrick
52 CERNY Josef
53 KOCH Jonas
54 ROSSKOPF Joey
55 BARTA William
56 VAN HOECKE Gijs
57 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
BAHRAIN-MCLAREN
61 ARASHIRO Yukiya
62 BATTAGLIN Enrico
63 BOLE Grega
64 BUITRAGO Santiago
65 GARCIA Ivan
66 PIBERNIK Luka
67 INKELAAR Kevin
BORA-HANSGROHE Entire team withdrew from the race
71 BENEDETTI Cesare
72 BURGHARDT Marcus
73 DRUCKER Jean Pierre
74 GAMPER Patrick
75 GATTO Oscar
76 MCCARTHY Jay
77 SCHELLING Ide
NTT PRO CYCLING
81 DLAMINI Nicholas
82 BATTISTELLA Samuele
83 DE BOD Stefan
84 SVENDGAARD Michael
85 SOBRERO Matteo
86 VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
87 TILLER Rasmus
UAE-TEAM EMIRATES
91 FARIA Rui
92 OLIVEIRA Ivo
93 GAVIRIA Fernando
94 HENAO Sergio
95 PHILIPSEN Jasper
96 RICHEZE Ariel
97 BJERG Mikkel
MOVISTAR
101 CULLAIGH Gabriel
102 ELOSEGUI Inigo
103 JACOBS Johan
104 MAS Lluis
105 MORA Sebastian
106 SAMITIER Sergio
107 TORRES Albert
DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP
111 CAVAGNA Remi
112 HODEG Alvaro
113 KEISSE Iljo
114 SENECHAL Florian
115 STEELS Stijn
116 STEIMLE Jannik
117 VAN LERBERGHE Bert
MITCHELTON-SCOTT
121 GRMAY Tsgabu
122 MEZGEC Luka
123 SCHULTZ Nicholas
124 SCOTSON Callum
125 SMITH Dion
126 STANNARD Robert
127 ALBASINI Michael
TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE
132 CARDIS Romain
133 GAILLARD Marlon
134 HIVERT Jonathan
135 LIGTHART Pim
136 CABOT Jeremy
137 SELLIER Simon
ALPECIN-FENIX
141 DE BONDT Dries
142 DE TIER Floris
143 SBARAGLI Kristian
144 VERGAERDE Otto
145 VERMEERSCH Gianni
146 WALSLEBEN Philipp
147 THWAITES Scott
B&B HOTELS-VITAL CONCEPT
151 CAM Maxime
152 COURTEILLE Arnaud
153 GAREL Adrien
154 BACKAERT Frederik
155 MORICE Julien
156 MOZZATO Luca
157 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte
GROUPAMA-FDJ
171 BRUNEL Alexys
172 GENIETS Kevin
173 GUGLIELMI Simon
174 LE GAC Olivier
175 ROUX Anthony
176 SEIGLE Romain
177 LIENHARD Fabian
ARKEA-SAMSIC
181 PICHON Laurent
182 BONNAMOUR Franck
183 HARDY Romain
184 LE ROUX Romain
185 DELAPLACE Anthony
186 LEDANOIS Kevin
187 MCLAY Daniel
COFIDIS
191 ALLEGAERT Piet
192 CLAEYS Dimitri
193 HAAS Nathan
194 LE TURNIER Mathias
195 MORIN Emmanuel
196 LAFAY Victor
197 VERMOTE Julien
TEAM SUNWEB
201 DENZ Nico
202 EEKHOFF Nils
203 GALL Felix
204 KANTER Max
205 MATTHEWS Michael
206 SUTTERLIN Jasha
207 VAN WILDER Ilan
TREK-SEGAFREDO
211 CLARKE William
212 KAMP Alexander
213 KIRSCH Alex
214 LIEPINS Emils
215 MOSCHETTI Matteo
216 QUARTERMAN Charlie
217 SIMMONS Quinn
CIRCUS-WANTY GOBERT
221 BAKELANTS Jan
222 DE GENDT Aime
223 DOUBEY Fabien
224 VLIEGEN Loic
225 PASQUALON Andrea
226 VAN POPPEL Boy
227 VAN POPPEL Danny
NIPPO-DELKO PROVENCE
231 FEDELI Alessandro
232 COMBAUD Romain
233 GIRMAY Biniam
234 FERNANDEZ Delio
235 NAKANE Hideto
236 SISKEVICIUS Evaldas
237 GROSU Eduard
ISRAEL START-UP NATION
241 BIERMANS Jenthe
242 BOIVIN Guillaume
243 CATAFORD Alexander
244 HOLLENSTEIN Reto
245 MCCABE Travis
246 SAGIV Guy
247 ZABEL Rick