Photo Credit: Direct Velo / Michaël Gilson
The punchy action continued at Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste this afternoon for stage three of the race, as the peloton took on a constantly up and down route that included the Mur de Bretagne before a challenging finish circuit around Le Quillio. It was an attacking start to the day with plenty of moves before eventually a group of three went clear and built up a large advantage, with all Development Team DSM riders in the bunch.
Heading onto the Mur de Bretagne there was a large crash in the peloton which saw a splinter group of 28 that included Enzo Leijnse and Vlad Van Mechelen forge on, before they were caught by a group of around 40 which saw Axel Källberg return. However, the breakaway trio still held onto an advantage that was north of three minutes and 30 seconds as they headed into the last 25 kilometres of the day. Leijnse and Källberg took up the chasing responsibility in the peloton, receiving some assistance from other teams, but the whole bunch never fully committed to the chase.
The Development program duo were undeterred and despite the break holding on to take the win, they did manage to reduce the gap to around 40 seconds come the finish. On the punchy drag to the line, Van Mechelen was able to show what misfortune took away in previous days and produced a great turn of speed to take second in the group, for what was a fine fourth place on the stage. Tomorrow sees a similarly challenging course and a hill-top finish.