Cees Bol wins Tour de Bretagne’s stage 5
Today’s stage between Colpo and Plancoët featured a 155 km long stage finishing with five local laps with a hilly profile. The stage followed the same script as the four previous ones and was off to a fast and aggressive start, and after only 20 km a 22-man group went up the road. Our riders kept they strong riding style that they have been carrying since the very first day and Cees Bol and Daan Hoole made it to the front group. 

Once that move was brought back the eventual breakaway of the day went away with five riders and they were allowed a gap by the main group of four minutes. The break got into the final local circuit ahead of the bunch, but the high pace of the bunch led by the Academy riders brought the peloton close to the five leaders. The aggressive riding did not stop and several attacks and counter-attacks began, with our Cees Bol going up the road together with four other riders and they joined the head of the race with 20 km to go and two laps left. The good cooperation among the breakaway members led to a 40 seconds gap at the beginning of the last lap of the day. With less of 4 km to go the strong 22-year Dutchman launched his attack and nobody could follow him. Bol entered solo to the finish line with his closest chaser rolling in five seconds behind. 

Today’s accounts for the second win of the season for Bol, who also took the victory in Wanzeel Koerse. In the overall classification, our Edoardo Affini is now sitting in the sixth position, twenty seconds down on the race leader with Cees Bol in eighth seven seconds further. The Dutch all-rounder leads the overall classification and the team effort is reward by taking the first place in the team’s classification. 

Cees Bol, stage 5 winner:
“I felt good all day long and the team rode perfectly. We countered all the moves and helped each other to be always present in the front, which was our plan since the very beginning. I attacked with 40 km to go after Edo (Affini) tortured the bunch for a few kilometers and went away with four other riders and we eventually bridged to the early break. I knew I had the legs, so I went again with four kilometers left, and it worked. It feels amazing to win, and the plan for the next days is to ride aggressively as we have been doing. The team is still strong and fresh, so we will see how far we can get in the GC and we will fight for another stage win”.