Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) won the GP Ouest France-Plouay on Sunday, taking a seven-man sprint just seconds ahead of a closing peloton.
Andrea Fedi (Neri Sottoli) finished second with Arthur Vichot (FDJ.fr) third.
The bunch had just reeled in one seven-man escape short of the finish only to see another seven-man group go.
Tim Wellens (Lotto Belisol) launched attack after attack, but couldn’t gain any advantage. Cyril Gautier (Europcar) also tried and failed to get away.
And in the end, Chavanel led out the sprint and held his edge to the line.
“I was looking at the other riders in the final kilometer and I managed to do what it took to win,” he said. “I was a little bit worried but I said to myself, ‘Let’s do it.’ It’s a wonderful sprint for me, a wonderful day.”