Mûr-de-Bretagne has become an almost compulsory stop when the Tour de France has passed through Brittany since its first arrival in 2011. During these 184 kilometers between Perros-Guirec and Mûr-de-Bretagne, the main difficulty is at the very end stage and the double passage of “Alpe d’Huez Breton”, 2.2 km at 6.5% average. “The approach will be approached differently. We arrive from the national with a false dish. The strongest will be placed ”, details Julien Simon, the lamballais puncheur of Cofidis.
“Everyone has spotted it. It scares runners. You will have to be able to restart on the ledge 500 meters from the finish. It should come down to a hill climb, ”continues Sébastien Hinault, sports director at Arkéa-Samsic.
“On the final circuit, there is one less climb than the last time. We lost a lot of people in 2018, ”recalls Julien Simon.
Can we avoid the hill climb?
The scenario of the day will also depend on the attitude or the possibilities of Matthieu Van Der Poel, one of the great defeated of the Fosse aux Loups, on Sunday. “He is capable of winning at the pedal, assures us, the former rider of AG2R La Mondiale and Crédit Agricole. And I don’t believe in a race of movements. This will only be the 2nd step. All runners will be fresh. The escape will be controlled and the scenario should be written as follows. “
The two Costarmoricans are unanimous. The winner will either be one of the riders playing the general classification as in 2011 when Evans had beaten Contador, or a puncher with a good burst of speed like Dan Martin in 2018. “Van Aert, Sagan, Van der Poel”, quotes Julien Simon, who will have some ideas in his head.
And before ?
The kilometers before arriving in central Brittany are “not very tricky”, according to Sébastien Hinault despite “steep roads”. But it will take one parameter into account. “If there is wind by the sea, there will be danger, analyzes Franck Bonnamour, runner of the B & B – Vital Concept from Lannion and already in sight, Saturday. Even if the course is not very difficult. “When the peloton returns to the land, at Saint-Brieuc, there will be a little more than 60 markers left. But it is unlikely that a peloton will give way under the edging so early in the Tour. Especially at this time of year when the wind is less violent.
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