Michael Matthews has won the Brittany Classic – a WorldTour competition – in Plouay. After 250 hilly kilometres the Australian from Sunweb was the fastest of a group of seven men, who had come a little loose from the peloton.
Without Jumbo-Visma and Ineos, who hadn’t been able to get a team going and also without Bora where one rider had tested positive on corona, eight men took the initiative of Rémi Cavagna. They took a good seven minutes lead, but well before the final Cavagna was the last to be whistled back.
Aid from Eekhoff
Thereupon Vanhoucke, Stannard and Torres tried it with an attack, but the depleted peloton also brought them back. After a few more failed attempts Nils Eekhoff made a hole for Matthews.
The Australian, who referred Slovenian Luka Mezgec and Frenchman Florian Sénéchal to second and third place, then finished handsomely. Eekhoff, last Sunday behind Mathieu van der Poel, second in the national championship on the road, was the best Dutchman with his seventh place