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Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France. Spectacular second place for Michael Valgren after hard and rainy day in France

Michael Vagren finished second today in a hard and rainy Bretagne Classic, crossing the finish line just behind winner Oliver Naesen. The race of 256.9 kilometer in the French region of Bretagne was a spectacular one, with Valgren jumping in a leading group of fourteen riders. But going into the final, only three riders, including Valgren, were left in the front. In a sprint between the three, Tim Wellens, Naesen and Valgren, it was Naesen who was the fastest with Valgren finishing second.

- I felt strong, but in the final hundred meters I discovered someone was even stronger. Oliver Naesen was very good today, in the final sprint I tried to go in his wheel but he was just too fast. It was one of my better sprints this season, so I cannot complain. Maybe I was just not cool enough, it’s something I can learn from. I wanted to attack with 5 kilometers to go, but at that moment Naesen puts a tempo that pushed me to the limit, so I was not able to attack anymore. The team was very good during the day, with their help I was in the front the whole time, so I was able to get in the breakaway group that made it to the finish. I’m happy with this result, as I had a lot of bad luck the last weeks, but today everything went well. My legs were good and I had some luck, so I have a good feeling about my second place today – Michael Valgren.

The Bretagne Classic, a race of 256.9 kilometer with start and finish in Plouay. Narrow roads, rain during the whole day and gravels roads: All the ingredients for a spectacular race. With 68 kilometers to go, a group of fourteen riders took off on the gravel section, not to be seen again before the finish. It was Michael Valgren who was able to get away in this group. The group worked well together, creating an advantage of 1’40” on the chasing peloton. But on one of the hills in today’s final, it was Michael Valgren with Oliver Naesen and Tim Wellens getting clear from the leading group. This group would take it to the finish line, with Naesen sprinting to a victory with Valgren in his wheel.

- It was a very special edition of the Bretagne Classic, with the narrow roads, which made it quite dangerous for the riders, but for us it worked out fine. In the race we found out that Magnus Cort had an off-day, something that can happen, that’s why we decided to support Michael Valgren with the whole team. We were able to eliminate the sprinters in the peloton and to keep Valgren in the front of the peloton. In the final, he went all the way, giving everything he had. It was a great race of him and of whole the team, with a nice second place as result.  – sports director Lars Michaelsen.


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