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2021 Tro-Bro Léon (1.1), France

37th edition: Sunday, May 16, 2021

Tro-Bro Léon podium history | 2019 edition (2020 edition cancelled) | Map & profile

Lannilis - Lannilis: 207 km

Connor Swift

Connor Swift is the first of the muddy riders to cross the line.

Weather at the finish city of Lannilis at 1:45 PM, local time: 13C (56F), cloudy, with the wind from the west at 42 km/hr (26 mph). There is a 50% chance of rain.

The race: Here's the report from third-place Baptiste Planckaert's Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert team.

The Tro Bro Léon (1.Pro, 05/16) was back this Sunday, after a year of absence due to the pandemic. The 37th edition of the Breton classic crossed the surroundings of Lannilis, over a course of 207 kilometers. With the particularity of featuring 26 unpaved sectors, dirt roads called "ribins". In addition to these sections, the climbs of La Croix Neuve, Kervaro and Keravel Broënou, increased the difficulty of the event nicknamed the "Paris-Roubaix of the West".

Under pouring rain and a wind blowing in places up to 80 km/h, nine riders managed to create the first break of the day. The difficult conditions made the race particularly nervous and the breakaway could never enjoy a lead of more than two minutes. 100 kilometers from the finish, a crash sent many riders to the ground in front of the peloton, including Baptiste Planckaert, Ludwig De Winter and Théo Delacroix. Very quickly, fortunately, our three riders were able to go again and regain their positions in the pack.

After three hours of racing, an important selection had been made from behind, and it was a peloton of forty riders who approached the last 12 unpaved sectors, with the attackers sitting 35 seconds in front. At 51 kilometers from the finish, Kévin Van Melsen went in counter-attack, and after a magnificent effort he managed to joint the front of the race on his own. His superb display even allowed him to isolate himself with Brunel (FDJ), before the duo was joined by chasers a few kilometers later.

The decision was made in the last 20 kilometers when Planckaert, like Van Melsen, emerged alone from the peloton and managed to fill the 30 seconds which separated him from the head of the race, with headwind against him. There were four of them at the front, and soon they would be fighting for victory when they entered Lannilis. After countless efforts, Planckaert achieved an impressive final sprint, allowing him to finish third in the Breton classic.

Baptiste Planckaert:
“You can write it down: Tro Bro Léon is one of the most beautiful races of the year. Of course I am very happy with my third place, but if you end up finishing half a wheel from victory, you will always be a little disappointed. But this morning I had definitely signed up for a podium, you know. When almost every strong team was represented in the leading group, I knew the peloton would stop riding. I hoped to get a few riders with me, but when no one followed so I closed the gap with the front group on my own. When I joined them, we were riding towards the final tough gravel section and I tried to anticipate to ride it at my own pace. When I started sprinting I felt the fatigue in my legs after a tough race. My shape is good, but I’m not at my best yet. I could compensate that with my driving skills, experience and love for this race though! You have to be able to fight for your position here and that is one of my specialties!”

Jean-Marc Rossignon (sports director):
“The Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux boys did a great job today. Kévin Van Melsen broke the final open, he can be very proud of his race. Despite all his efforts he had done, he still crossed the finish line in the group that sprinted for sixth place. Then you're in no bad shape, if you ask me! I would also like to praise Baptiste Planckaert. He is third here and that is great anyway. But to do that after so many months without competition and with only Tour of Algarve and Circuit de Wallonie in your legs… then you are a big man. Partly thanks to his experience and excellent driving skills, the race suits him very well. He rode attentively and read the events during the race. If he continues like this, he will continue to achieve great things. He is a true enrichment for our team!”

Complete results:

207 kilometers raced at an average speed of 38.979 km/hr

1 SWIFT Connor Arkéa-Samsic 5hr 18min 38sec
2 ALLEGAERT Piet Cofidis s.t.
3 PLANCKAERT Baptiste Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
4 LE GAC Olivier Groupama-FDJ s.t.
5 TILLER Rasmus Uno-X s.t.
6 DEGENKOLB John Lotto Soudal @ 26sec
7 NAESEN Oliver Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
8 WELTEN Bram Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
9 LAPORTE Christophe Cofidis s.t.
10 GENIETS Kevin Groupama-FDJ s.t.
11 GILBERT Philippe Lotto Soudal s.t.
12 LEVEAU Jérémy Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Métropole s.t.
13 THOMAS Benjamin Groupama-FDJ s.t.
14 RUSSO Clément Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
15 CARDIS Romain St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
16 FERRON Valentin Total Direct Energie s.t.
17 PLANCKAERT Edward Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
18 ERIKSSON Lucas Team Riwal s.t.
19 EL FARES Julien EF Education-Nippo s.t.
20 BOUTS Jordy Beat Cycling s.t.
21 PICHON Laurent Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
22 DE WITTE Mathias Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Métropole s.t.
23 VAN MELSEN Kévin Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
24 RAUGEL Antoine Groupama-FDJ s.t.
25 CABOT Jérémy Total Direct Energie s.t.
26 VERMEERSCH Florian Lotto Soudal s.t.
27 BACKAERT Frederik B&B Hotels s.t.
28 HESTERS Jules Beat Cycling s.t.
29 WALLAYS Jelle Cofidis 0:42
30 HIVERT Jonathan B&B Hotels 0:45
31 BUDDING Martijn Beat Cycling 1:45
32 SKAARSETH Anders Uno-X s.t.
33 URRUTY Maxime Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Métropole s.t.
34 DE PLUS Jasper Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
35 WIRTGEN Tom Bingoal-WB s.t.
36 GENIEZ Alexandre Total Direct Energie 1:47
37 FUENTES Ángel Burgos-BH s.t.
38 DAVY Clément Groupama-FDJ 1:49
39 DOCKER Mitchell EF Education-Nippo s.t.
40 DE BACKER Bert B&B Hotels s.t.
41 FINETTO Mauro Team Delko 2:04
42 HAVIK Piotr Beat Cycling s.t.
43 OSORIO Juan Burgos-BH 2:11
44 TRARIEUX Julien Team Delko s.t.
45 MEISEN Marcel Alpecin-Fenix 2:19
46 MOZZATO Luca B&B Hotels 2:27
47 MORICE Julien B&B Hotels 2:38
48 TOUZE Damien Ag2r-Citroën 3:05
49 SISKEVICIUS Evaldas Team Delko 3:43
50 SWEENY Harry Lotto Soudal 3:45
51 TAMINIAUX Lionel Alpecin-Fenix 4:33
52 SUTER Joel Bingoal-WB s.t.
53 OWEN Logan EF Education-Nippo s.t.
54 VAN HOECKE Gijs Ag2r-Citroën 4:44
55 BOHLI Tom Cofidis s.t.
56 GOIKOETXEA Peio Euskaltel-Euskadi 5:16
57 DEWULF Stan Ag2r-Citroën 5:48
58 ROBEET Ludovic Bingoal-WB 5:54
59 BUGTER Luuc Beat Cycling 6:48
60 KING Ben Rally Cycling s.t.
61 RESELL Erik Uno-X s.t.
62 DRUCKER Jempy Cofidis s.t.
63 VAN DER SANDE Tosh Lotto Soudal s.t.
64 KONGSTAD Tobias Team Riwal 8:40
65 VAN NIEKERK Morne St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
66 BOL Jetse Burgos-BH s.t.
67 DE KLEIJN Arvid Rally Cycling s.t.
68 PAILLOT Yoann St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
69 COTE Pier-André Rally Cycling s.t.
70 DELACROIX Theo Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
71 DE VOS Adam Rally Cycling s.t.
72 BRUNEL Alexys Groupama-FDJ s.t.
73 ASKEY Lewis Groupama-FDJ s.t.
74 DAL-CIN Matteo Rally Cycling 9:48
75 RUIZ Ibon Kern Pharma s.t.
76 DE WINTER Ludwig Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert 9:49
77 LOPEZ Diego Kern Pharma s.t.
78 GAILLARD Marlon Total Direct Energie s.t.
79 DE VREESE Laurens Alpecin-Fenix 9:52
80 VAN GENECHTEN Jonas B&B Hotels s.t.
81 KOWALSKI Dylan Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Métropole s.t.
82 ARISTI Mikel Euskaltel-Euskadi 9:58
83 ORTS Felipe Burgos-BH 14:29
84 ANGULO Antonio Euskaltel-Euskadi 14:58
85 NOVIKOV Savva Kern Pharma s.t.
86 SKAARSETH Iver Uno-X 15:56

Race map:

Tro Bro Leon map