Tuesday, 26 May 2015

 Danish rider Anthon Charmig won 22nd edition of Le Trophée Centre Morbihan. Michael O'Loughlin from Ireland finished second and Charmig's teammate Mikkel Honore was third. Charmig also won a jersey for a young rider.

Final podium (Photo: Trophée Centre Morbihan facebook)

The two day event started on Saturday with the longest stage of the race (118.8km) from Brandivy to Elven. Riders faced three short climbs in the first part of the stage before heading to Elven to tackle pretty flat circuit around the city. Nicolas Dalla Valle won the first GPM and soon after we had first successful brakaway. German Leo Appelt, one of the riders to watch in 2015, attacked solo and managed to gain a small gap. His gap at highest point reached over a minute and young German managed to win sprint and second GPM but after around fifty kilometers of racing he was caught.

On the ascent of Côte de Cadoudal Anthon Charmig attacked solo and gained small gap over numerous counter attackers behind. He reached the top of the climb solo and his gap was close to thirty seconds. Behind, group of around 15 riders formed and they managed to join Charmig before the race reached circuits in Elven but soon after we had a big bunch at the front again. Sprint coming ?

Charmig and Honore celebrates 1-2 on first stage (photo: Le Telegramme)

Despite many attacks on the circuit no one managed to get away until 5km mark. It was the moment when race was won. Mikkel Honore and Anthon Charmig jumped from the bunch and managed to keep a small gap right until the end. Honore won the stage and took the leaders jersey. Behind, Sergey Rostovtcev lead the bunch for third place.


The final day of racing started with a short seven kilometers long time trial from Réguiny to Naizin. Irish rider Michael O'Loughlin was the fastest. Russain Nikolai Iliichev was second and Louis Louvet from France was third. Anthon Charmig finished sixth and took the leaders jersey.

Charmig riding for yellow (Photo: Trophée Centre Morbihan facebook)

Before the final stage Charmig had six seconds gap over O'Loughlin and seven over Honore and Iliichev. Riders were facing similiar profile to the opening stage. Route from Noyal-Pontivy to Locminé (102.2km) included few short climbs and some dirt road sections before flat circuit around Locminé in the last kilometers.

The final stage started with an attack from three riders: David Klatik (Slovakia), Igor Koval (Kazakhstan) Iver Skaarseth (Norway). Danish team was happy to let these three riders go as the highest placed rider from those three, Skaarseth, was still almost three minutes behind the leader in GC.The breakaway shared sprint and GPM points in the first fifty kilometers of racing.

Anthon Charmig on dirt section (Photo: Trophée Centre Morbihan facebook)

Once the early breakaway were caught, fourteen riders attacked, including vice leader O'Loughlin but the Danish team managed to bring them back quickly. Charmig was very active on front, trying to keep the peleton togther. Despite many attacks from Hecht, Detant, Eenkhoorn, Foss and many others peleton stayed together and the stage was decided in sprint.

Clément Bétouigt-Suire celebrates win (photo: Marion Denis)

Clément Bétouigt-Suire won a stage ahead of Jasper Philipsen and Sergey Rostovtcev. Charmig finished safely in the bunch and sealed overall victory.


Final GC

Anthon Charmig scored the biggest win of his career just a few days after winning Tour of Himmelfart in Denmark. He's clearly in shape and I'm sure it's not his last win in this season. Danish team showed their strength again keeping the bunch together on the final stage.

Michael O'Loughlin proved to be one of the top contenders for rainbow jersey in time trial in Richmond. Amazing time trial gave him second place in GC.

In sprints Russians were great on stage two but the final one was a duel between first year juniors: Bétouigt-Suire and Philipsen. Both amazing in sprints but it was Suire  who won and scores his first win in uci rated race this year (previously he won a sprint stage in Ster van Zuid-Limburg. Philipsen, despite loosing the sprint in final stage rode a very good race finishing fifth in GC and top 10 in all three stages.

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