A break prevents the options of a sprint with Moschetti
Tour de Bretagne
Stage 6: Plancoët – Dol-de-Bretagne (151.6 km)
A lot of work, little reward. That could be the summary of the performance of the Polartec-Kometa in the sixth stage of the Tour of Bretagne, a day in which the continental formation of Madrid worked hard and persistently to make use of the options of Matteo Moschetti in a massive arrival. This penultimate day was supposed to be the last chance for the transalpine sprinter’s options, but the usual final circuits in the Breton round, and the constant offensives that emanate from the bunch, complicate the management of the last kilometers. This Monday, another hit for the getaway. In Dol-de-Bretagne, where Dutch cyclist Julius van den Berg (SEG) won the race, the top-ranked Polartec-Kometa rider was Moschetti, 30th, who finished in the lead group at 42 seconds.
“We are very happy because the riders have given their all for Matteo’s options and sprint, but we knew it would be difficult to control a bunch at the level of this race and with hardly any sprinters left in competition. The circuit of the last stage is very hard and the people of the general classification are going to move there, a fight in which we are not immersed. That’s why today was our last day to try to win. The whole team has worked hard throughout the day for that total bet on Matteo’s options in a massive arrival. Diego and Michel have pulled long before. Juan Camacho and Patrick Gamper have taken a tremendous beating on the final circuit. But we didn’t have the ability to be in control of the race, although we tried. The evaluation can only be positive, because the kids have given everything and if they don’t give more it is because they don’t have it. But the results will come back sooner or later”, says director Jesús Hernández.
This Tuesday the Tour of Brittany concludes with a 145-kilometre stage between Saint-Pôtain and Dinan in which the Dutchman Jarno Mobach is still on the front of the overall. “To be honest, as a matter of strength, we don’t have the capacity to be fighting for the general classification”, Hernandez said. “The idea for the last stage is to have a presence in the race, to have people on the run. The final circuit is very, very hard, with a hard, cobbled climb. The Polartec-Kometa is one of the seven formations, of the 24 present, that keeps its six riders still in the race.
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