Bad luck strikes the Academy in Tour de Bretagne’s opener
Today we kicked off the Tour de Bretagne, one of the most important stage races in our calendar. We come back to this edition with high hope and ready to emulate our 2018 team that took two stage wins. As per usual the stage presented a broken parcour, which good positioning in the bunch was key to save energy and face with guarantees the closing part of the day. 

The first part of the stage was marked by a countless number of attacks that were all brought back by the bunch, until one sole rider broke clear with more than 100 km to go, but after 20 km he was joined by 12 other riders. However, the bunch did not leave too much room and the situation was quickly back to the same it was before, with several riders trying to clear off from the bunch. The last attacker was caught 500m before the line, and the race was decided in a bunch sprint. 

Sadly, our youngster could not contest for the victory because with 4 km to go Adam Hartley, Ide Schelling and Jordi Meeus were caught up in a massive crash and lost contact to the head of the peloton. All three of them could be back on the bike, but the talent Dutchman lost some time as he was forced to change his bike after the crash. Tomorrow we have another opportunity with a 170 km long stage finishing in Quimperle.