Eryk Latoń claimed his third top 15 spot of the 2016 season, by taking 15th place in GP de Denain – Porte du Hainaut (1.HC).
The French Cup race was held on relatively flat, 200-kilometer course. The route suited the sprinters and breakaway’s chances of holding off the chasing bunch were very slim.
Despite that, Gert Joeaar (Cofidis), Alexandre Geniez (FDJ) and Tony Hurel (Direct Energie) decided to pull away. They established around 4-minute advantage and were never a serious threat for the peloton. The trio was reeled in with 50km to go.
Marc Fournier (FDJ) and Perrig Quemeneur (Direct Energie) tried a late move, but the main group was not going to let them get to much space. They were also caught and the final 17 kilometers of racing was all about positioning for the sprinters.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders did a good job at moving up front and forming its “orange train” with 5-6km remaining. The lead-out men for Eryk Latoń were unable to hold on to that position until the finish though and other teams took over the lead in the bunch.
Latoń kicked off the long sprint from too far back and wasn’t in the contention for the win. He finished in 15th, which is his third top 15 place of 2016, after claiming 9th in Clasica de Almeria and 4th in Sobótka. Daniel Mclay (Fortuneo – Vital Concept) outpowered the competition and grabbed a victory. He bested Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie) and Kenny Dehaes (Wanty – Groupe Gobert).