Maciej Paterski claimed 6th place in the UCI WorldTour race, Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France, coming at the line among the top sprinters.
I’m really satisfied with today’s result. I felt very well throughout the entire race and in the end I was trying to be aggressive. Despite that effort I still had some power left in the legs for the sprint. I hope that this result is a good omen ahead of the next races, in the second part of the season – Maciej Paterski said afterwards.
Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France was held on a modified course (comparing to last year), on the roads around Plouay. It consisted of one big loop (232 kilometers long), which was followed with a short, 13,9-kilometer lap. Small, punchy climb was located with just 4km from the line.
Soon after the start an 8-man group was established in the front: Jack Bauer (Cannondale), Olivier Le Gac (FDJ), Damien Gaudin (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Alexandre Pichot (Direct Énergie), Simone Andreetta (Movistar), Jean-Marc Bideau (Fortunéo-Vital concept), Matej Mohoric (Lampre-Mérida), Romain Combaud (Delko Marseille Provence). They gained 6 minutes of advantage and Katusha was setting the pace in the bunch for most of the time.
The peloton didn’t want wait until the finale to catch the escape and it was all back together with 50km remaining. Given such a long distance left, everyone was expecting new attempts. Next leading group consisted of three riders: Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team), Oliver Naesen (IAM Cycling) and Guillaume Martin (Wanty – Groupe Gobert). Two of them – Bettiol and Naesen – managed to survive until the finish and a 2-man sprint decided who took the win.
It was the IAM Cycling rider who saved the most energy for the last push and earned this impressive, World Tour, victory.
Bettiol was 2nd and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) was the fastest from the bunch. Maciej Paterski lost only to some of the biggest sprinting names, since only Norwegian, Michael Matthews and John Degenkolb finished ahead of the CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider.