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Cycling.  Swift winner, trapped favorites: takeaways from Tro Bro Leon 2021 – cycling

  • 1. A sacred Breton team
  • Prestigious victory for the Arkéa-Samsic team! The Breton team won, this Sunday, the 37th edition of the Tro Bro Leon thanks to its Briton Connor Swift. The 25-year-old rider felt the blow when he attacked about thirty kilometers from the finish, well advised by his teammate Laurent Pichon who explained, at the finish, that he had urged him to try his luck. as the Arkéa-Samsic formation was outnumbered at this point in the race. Finally, he won, in the sprint and for a few centimeters in front of two Belgians: Piet Allegaert (Cofidis) and Baptiste Planckaert (Intermarché Wanty Gobert).

  • 2. Olivier Le Gac, first Breton but frustrated
  • He had felt the blow, however. Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ) was keen to shine on his land. He had also perfectly followed Connor Swift when he accelerated. But the Finistérien ran out of juice in the last kilometers and did not manage to get involved in the final sprint. A real frustration for those who will have to be satisfied with the place of first Breton but who would have dreamed of winning over Lannilis.

  • 3. The trapped favorites
  • There were big names at the start of this 37th edition of the Tro Bro Leon. But neither the Lotto-Soudal of Philippe Gilbert and John Degenkolb, nor Oliver Naesen (AG2R Citroën) or Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) managed to win this Sunday. The end of the Breton event was moreover very complicated for all the favorites who, after 200 km in the legs, never managed to give a boost to the four leading men.

  • 4. Dantesque conditions before a splendid arrival
  • Splendid scenery like the roads of northern Finistère. But the start of the Tro Bro Leon was not easy for the peloton which suffered several heavy showers, especially on the side of Kersaint-Plabennec. The runners had the right to particularly muddy ribs and passages very exposed to the wind. However, the last hour of the race took place in good conditions and it was under a beautiful sun that Connor Swift finally raised his arms.

    It was under a bright sun that the Tro Bro Leon 2021 ended when it had started in the rain. (Photo Nicolas Créach)

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