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Naesen picks up second victory in three years in Brittany Classic, also Tim Wellens on the podium

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) has Sunday a new victory in the Bretagne Classic Ouest-France (WorldTour) on his list of achievements credited. After 256,9 km, with start and arrival in Plouay, was the West-Flemish are the fastest of a group of three. The podium was completed by the Dane Michael Valgren Andersen (Astana) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal). It is for Naesen his second victory in three years, in Plouay.

After 50 km left for the early flight of the day, with the Dutchman Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo), the French Ourselin (Direct Energy), Gérard and Bouet (both Fortunéo), the Italians Finetto (Delko Marseille) and Turrin (Wilier Triestina) and the Russian Belkov (Katusha). Their clue increased maximum to as small as four minutes, after which the sprintersploegen located in front of the pack reported.

Under more Naesen, Wellens and Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step) profited from the unpaved roads in Brittany to about 65 km from the finish in one go to the front of the race. The koplopersaantal increased to fourteen, but the early escapees lost fast the connection. Wellens, Naesen and the Dane Valgren Andersen reason with z’n threes to the arrival. On and slid up the slippery aankomststrook, in the pouring rain, sprinted Naesen the fastest.

He succeeds on the roll of honour of the Italian rider Elia Viviani. The year before was Naesen even though the party has been in Plouay.

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