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Alexandre Geniez takes the victory in the Tro Bro Léon 3 days after his anniversary

Added: sunday 19 April 2015 at 19:55:00
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    Alexandre Geniez takes the victory in the Tro Bro Léon 3 days after his anniversaryAlexandre Geniez (FDJ) celebrated his birthday 3 days ago at the Grand Prix de Denain. In the breakaway during that race in the north of France, the rider from the south of France didn't manage to take the race victory as his birthday present. By getting in the breakaway of the day and being present in almost all the right attacks, the rider of the FDJ team offered himself a birthday present 3 days late!

    The summary of the Tro Bro Léon 2015

    Under a generous sun, the Tro Bro Léon 2015 got off from Lannilis late this morning. Rapidly, three riders attacked, Dan Craven (Team Europcar), Benjamin Giraud (Team Marseille 13-KTM) and Julien Duval (Equipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre) but this leading trio didn't manage to stay ahead for long.

    A group of 15 riders got away at kilometer 33 of the race and when 4 other riders joined this breakaway we got today's breakaway with 19 men in the lead: Jimmy Turgis and Florian Sénéchal (Cofidis), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R), Francis Mourey and Alexandre Geniez (FDJ), Anthony Delaplace, Benoît Jarrier, Kévin Ledanois and Florian Vachon (BSE), Thomas Voeckler and Alexandre Pichot (Europcar), Raymond Kreder (Roompot), Tim de Troyer (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Quentin Pacher (Armée de Terre), Alexandre Blain and Ignatas Konovalovas (Marseille 13-KTM), Egoitz Garcia (Murias), Clément Koretzky (Vorarlberg) and another rider.

    Before they got on the third ribin (sand road) of the race, a chasing group of 22 riders managed to bridge the gap and to get back on the breakaway which thus grew to 41 elements. The peloton was already over 2 minutes behind at that point and in the big breakaway there were no less than 5 riders of the local team, Bretagne-Séché Environnement: Anthony Delaplace, Benoît Jarrier, Kévin Ledanois and Florian Vachon who were part of it since it got away from the peloton but also Pierre-Luc Périchon who joined the breakaway at this occasion.
    In the 4th ribin of the day a smaller group managed to get away from this breakaway but most of the other riders finally managed to get back in the group a few kilometers further before a new group of 6 riders attacked. These riders were Florian Sénéchal (Cofidis), Alexandre Geniez (FDJ), Pierre-Luc Périchon (Bretagne-Séché), Jimmy Engoulvent (Europcar), Berden de Vries (Roompot) and Tom Dernies (Wallonie-Bruxelles) who were joined by Benoît Jarrier (Bretagne-Séché) and Gediminas Bagdonas (AG2R La Mondiale) and even though their gap briefly went under one minute, these survivors of the initial breakaway managed to keep enough distance on the chasing group so they were never threatened by it, while the peloton was already that far away that it became sure that the winner had to be either in the breakaway or in the chasing group.

    In ribin number 18, the breakway lost Berden de Vries, Tom Dernies and Gediminas Bagdonas and the breakaway thus continued with 5 riders who went on to the final circuit around Lannilis. At the first crossing of the finish line their gap was 1'32" on the chasing group and since there were thus only a bit under ten kilometers to go, they already started to dream of the victory. Alexandre Geniez attacked but was taken back by the 4 other riders of the breakaway at a bit more than one lap to go. The rider of the FDJ team who already race in front of the race at the Grand Prix de Denain last Thursday when he celebrated his 27th birthday clearly kept in mind that he wanted to win this race with its 25 ribins and at the sprint he thus offered himself a belated birthday present!

    The classification of the Tro Bro Léon 2015

    Here's the top 10 of the Tro Bro Léon 2015:

    1/ Alexandre Geniez (FDJ) - 5h07'10"
    2/ Benoît Jarrier (Bretagne-Séché Environnement)
    3/ Florian Sénéchal (Cofidis, solutions crédits)
    4/ Jimmy Engoulvent (Team Europcar)
    5/ Pierre-Luc Périchon (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) - +0'04"
    6/ Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) - +1'32"
    7/ Fabien Canal (Equipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre) - +1'44"
    8/ Francis Mourey (FDJ)
    9/ Kevin Ledanois (Bretagne-Séché Environnement)
    10/ Berden de Vries (Roompot Oranje Peloton)

    The classification of the Coupe de France PMU 2015

    After this 8th race of the Coupe de France PMU 2015, Pierrick Fédrigo (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) keeps the lead in the individual general classification, despite his absence in this Tro Bro Léon 2015, with the same number of points as Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, solutions crédits), also absent today. Today's winner climbed up to the 3rd place in this classification:

    1/ Pierrick Fédrigo (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) - 88 points
    2/ Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, solutions crédits) - 88 points
    3/ Alexandre Geniez (FDJ) - 70 points
    4/ Maxime Renault (Auber 93) - 66 points
    5/ Baptiste Planckaert (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) - 62 points

    In the teams classification, the Bretagne-Séché Environnement team keeps the lead.

    The photos of the Tro Bro Léon 2015

    Late tonight or tomorrow you'll discover a selection of photos of the Tro Bro Léon 2015 here! Early next week you can also find a video summary of the race.

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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Currently 1 comments!
  1. Super course, très débridée. Cette épreuve mérite plus de popularité (quoiqu'on puisse se demander si le parcours prête à accueillir une logistique et un nombre de coureurs plus importants).
    A noter les deux très bonnes performances de deux des jeunes français les plus attendus pour les classiques du genre Paris Roubaix et Flandriennes : Florian Sénéchal, 3ème, et Alexis Gougeard qui, malgré son épopée sur les pavés le week end précédent, avait encore assez de jus pour être présent aux avant-postes sur les ribinous.

    | Freddy | tuesday 21 April 2015 at 15:59:57

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