Canadian Guillaume Boivin (SpiderTect-Planet Energy) won the first stage of the Mi-Août en Bretagne stage race in Brittany on Thursday. The 21-year-old will wear the leader’s jersey for stage 2 of the six-stage UCI 2.2-level race.
The 177 km stage finished with nine laps of a tough 8.2 km, narrow, technical circuit with an 800-meter hill. Boivin, along with teammates David Boily and Keven Lacombe, was in a lead group of about 34 riders entering the finish circuits. Boily joined a breakaway with five riders on the second lap and Boivin jumped into a bridging group. When the bridging attempt stalled at 30 seconds behind the leaders, Boily faded back and then helped Boivin try to bridge. They were unable to connect to the breakaway, however, and were absorbed by the lead group.
With two laps to go Lacombe and Boily chased hard to close the one-minute gap and give Boivin a chance to contest the sprint. Their efforts brought them to within 11 seconds of the break, and Boivin, the 2009 Canadian U23 road race champion, was then able to bridge to the leaders on the climb. A lap later he won the five-man sprint to the finish.
After their chase efforts, Lacombe and Boily lost contact with the lead group on the last lap, but the rest of the team finished in the peloton.
- 1. Guillaume BOIVIN , (CAN) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy , in 4:05:55
- 2. Fabien SIDANER , (FRA), at 1
- 3. Mathieu HALLEGUEN , (FRA) Bretagne-Schuller , at at 1
- 4. Julien FOUCHARD , (FRA) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne , at at 1
- 5. Jack ANDERSON , (AUS), at 4