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Michael Matthews powers to win at Bretagne Classic – Ouest

The Sunweb sprint specialist outrode Luka Mezgec and Florian Sénéchal by one second, with a strong kick to the line.

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Michael Matthews notched another win, this time at the 84th edition of the Bretagne Classic.

The Sunweb sprint specialist outrode Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) and Florian Sénéchal (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) by one second, with a strong kick to the line.

“It was super hard today, but my team did a great job all the day to keep me in position… and I sprinted to perfection,” said Matthews. “I knew I was very fit. And I won my second race after confinement. I am very happy,” added the Australian.

The three were part of a seven-rider group who had a slight gap on the field in the final 1,500 meters of a 248.7-kilometer day.

Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) who last weekend won the French national championship road race was away for most of the day, in a group of eight riders.

In rain-slicked roads, the escapees gained as much as seven minutes, while their numbers dwindled to six.

The French national champion attacked the break at 80km to go, while the small group of escapees gave chase.

But with 45km of racing left, the peloton had caught the escapees, and the attacks came furiously while the main field was reduced by half.

Quick-Step’s Sénéchal raised the pace in the closing kilometers of the final ascent, but with the superior numbers of Team Sunweb, this move was neutralized.

Matthews’ teammate Nils Eekhoff split the break and appeared to be in position to take the win, but eased to allow Matthews position in the final dash for the line.

American Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) who won the UCI junior world road championship in 2019 finished in sixth.

Matthews has been showing well since the racing restart a month ago, finishing in third at Milano-Sanremo.

The Australian will not start the Tour Saturday, but he is expected to line up at the Giro.

Bretagne Classic - Ouest-France Results

1MATTHEWS MichaelTeam Sunweb6:01:14
2MEZGEC LukaMitchelton-Scott0:01
3SÉNÉCHAL FlorianDeceuninck - Quick Step0:01
4DE GENDT AiméCircus - Wanty Gobert0:01
5FEDELI AlessandroNIPPO DELKO One Provence0:01
6SIMMONS QuinnTrek - Segafredo0:01
7EEKHOFF NilsTeam Sunweb0:03
8MCLAY DanielTeam Arkéa Samsic0:05
9ROUX AnthonyGroupama - FDJ0:05
10GARCÍA CORTINA IvánBahrain - McLaren0:05
11PHILIPSEN JasperUAE Team Emirates0:05
12GROSU Eduard-MichaelNIPPO DELKO One Provence0:05
13VERMEERSCH GianniAlpecin-Fenix0:05
14KIRSCH AlexTrek - Segafredo0:05
15VENDRAME AndreaAG2R La Mondiale0:05
16BATTISTELLA SamueleNTT Pro Cycling0:05
17MORIN EmmanuelCofidis0:05
18PASQUALON AndreaCircus - Wanty Gobert0:05
19HAAS NathanCofidis0:05
20SBARAGLI KristianAlpecin-Fenix0:05
21MOZZATO LucaB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM0:05
22GUGLIELMI SimonGroupama - FDJ0:05
23THWAITES ScottAlpecin-Fenix0:05
24BONNAMOUR FranckTeam Arkéa Samsic0:05
25BAKELANTS JanCircus - Wanty Gobert0:05
26GODON DorianAG2R La Mondiale0:05
27BIERMANS JentheIsrael Start-Up Nation0:05
28VANMARCKE SepEF Pro Cycling0:05
29GUERREIRO RubenEF Pro Cycling0:05
30ARASHIRO YukiyaBahrain - McLaren0:05
31LIENHARD FabianGroupama - FDJ0:05
32LIGTHART PimTeam Total Direct Energie0:05
33ARMÉE SanderLotto Soudal0:05
34CLAEYS DimitriCofidis0:05
35SMITH DionMitchelton-Scott0:05
36DELAPLACE AnthonyTeam Arkéa Samsic0:05
37GAILLARD MarlonTeam Total Direct Energie0:05
38FERNÁNDEZ DelioNIPPO DELKO One Provence0:05
39PICHON LaurentTeam Arkéa Samsic0:05
40DEWULF StanLotto Soudal0:05
41HENAO SergioUAE Team Emirates0:05
42LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ0:05
43VERMOTE JulienCofidis0:05
44ARANBURU AlexAstana Pro Team0:05
45BOIVIN GuillaumeIsrael Start-Up Nation0:27
46DE BONDT DriesAlpecin-Fenix0:27
47SEIGLE RomainGroupama - FDJ0:43
48STEIMLE JannikDeceuninck - Quick Step0:57
49GRMAY TsgabuMitchelton-Scott0:57
50BJERG MikkelUAE Team Emirates1:14
51JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtNTT Pro Cycling1:14
52GENIETS KevinGroupama - FDJ1:20
53LAFAY VictorCofidis2:27
54SCHULTZ NickMitchelton-Scott3:21
55NAKANE HidetoNIPPO DELKO One Provence3:48
56ALBASINI MichaelMitchelton-Scott4:01
57VANHOUCKE HarmLotto Soudal4:18
58DE TIER FlorisAlpecin-Fenix4:38
59ZABEL RickIsrael Start-Up Nation4:38
60DIBBEN JonathanLotto Soudal4:38
61DE VREESE LaurensAstana Pro Team4:38
62VAN HOECKE GijsCCC Team4:38
63TILLER RasmusNTT Pro Cycling4:38
64DUVAL JulienAG2R La Mondiale4:38
65VAN LERBERGHE BertDeceuninck - Quick Step4:38
66BOLE GregaBahrain - McLaren4:38
67MARTINELLI DavideAstana Pro Team4:38
68KAMP AlexanderTrek - Segafredo4:38
69DE BOD StefanNTT Pro Cycling4:38
70HOLLENSTEIN RetoIsrael Start-Up Nation4:38
71JACOBS JohanMovistar Team4:38
72MAS LluísMovistar Team4:38
73VAN GOETHEM BrianLotto Soudal4:38
74NAESEN LawrenceAG2R La Mondiale4:38
75TORRES AlbertMovistar Team4:38
76PIBERNIK LukaBahrain - McLaren4:40
77CAVAGNA RémiDeceuninck - Quick Step6:40
78KEISSE IljoDeceuninck - Quick Step6:40
79VAN DER SANDE ToshLotto Soudal6:40
80MCCABE TravisIsrael Start-Up Nation7:11
81STANNARD RobertMitchelton-Scott9:41
82VERGAERDE OttoAlpecin-Fenix10:10
83DOCKER MitchellEF Pro Cycling10:10
84STEELS StijnDeceuninck - Quick Step10:10
85LE ROUX RomainTeam Arkéa Samsic10:10
86ŠIŠKEVIČIUS EvaldasNIPPO DELKO One Provence13:39
87CLARKE WillTrek - Segafredo14:06
88QUARTERMAN CharlieTrek - Segafredo14:06
89DENZ NicoTeam Sunweb14:06
90SLAGTER Tom-JelteB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM14:06
91BACKAERT FrederikB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM14:06
92BOHÓRQUEZ HernandoAstana Pro Team14:06
93FOMINYKH DaniilAstana Pro Team14:06
94ROSSKOPF JoeyCCC Team14:06
95MERTZ RémyLotto Soudal14:06
96GIRMAY BiniamNIPPO DELKO One Provence14:06
97CATAFORD AlexanderIsrael Start-Up Nation14:06
98MORA SebastiánMovistar Team14:06
99INKELAAR KevinBahrain - McLaren14:06
100ELOSEGUI IñigoMovistar Team14:06
101CULLAIGH GabrielMovistar Team14:06
102GIDICH YevgeniyAstana Pro Team14:06
103BENNETT SeanEF Pro Cycling14:06
104SCOTSON CallumMitchelton-Scott14:06
105COURTEILLE ArnaudB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM14:06

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