The rough meteorological conditions spiced up the Route Adélie de Vitré (1.1, 1/10) this Friday in the West of France. This twelfth race of the French Cup was wet from the beginning, causing several crashes from the start, involving Théo Delacroix. That is why the peloton raced with some caution, 5 minutes behind three leaders.
It took before the start of the second local lap around Vitré for the peloton to brutally increase the rhythm. The peloton skimmed dramatically in the second part of the race, composed of eight laps of 9.5 kilometer. Several strong riders, among whom Lorenzo Rota, managed to join the early fugitives. The Italian rider was the engine of the new breakaway but had to make way for a bunch sprint in the final kilometers.
With the help of trainee Maxime Jarnet and Jan Bakelants, despite a crash, vice World Champion U23 Biniam Girmay approached the final kilometer in an excellent position. But a crash with 500 meter to go forced Eritrean to break, hindering his chances for victory. Nevertheless the 21 year old crossed the line in 5th place behind winner De Kleijn.