Cycling | 28 augustus 2016

GP Bretagne: Team LottoNL-Jumbo gambles with Vanmarcke and loses

Team LottoNL-Jumbo failed to deliver a good result in the GP Bretagne today. Sep Vanmarcke chose to attack in the final part of the WorldTour race in Plouay, but his manoeuvre came too early. Oliver Naesen (IAM Cycling) won the race.


“This isn’t the result we aimed for,” Sports Director Frans Maassen said after he saw Wilco Kelderman finishing 17th. “It was a tough race and a lot happened in the final part. Sep Vanmarcke was strong and attacked, but it he wasn’t able to hold his advantage. A new group of riders escaped and I didn’t expect them to stay in front, but two of did.”


The peloton sprinted for the third place. “Tom Van Asbroeck was our man in that sprint,” Maassen continued. “Wilco guided him to the front, but Tom was boxed in afterwards. We should have done better there, also with Sep. He could have perhaps waited longer to attack. We made this choice, fought for it, but didn’t deliver in the end.”