Matthews triumphs in Brittany with a very active Cortina

The arrival, with an ideal slope for the Australian, served to fulfill the forecasts. Cortina was active all day, but did not enter the key cut (10th).

The Brittany Classic, with a route similar to all the events that will be held this week in the Europeans (this Wednesday, men's elite event), had a great favorite on the starting list: Michael Matthews. A rough terrain and a demanding route (247 km) through the French northwest with a slope finish, ideal for the Australian, whose victory was also largely thanks to his teammate Nils Eekhoff, the very young Dutch rider who was Sub world champion -23 last year ... for 15 minutes, when he was disqualified at the finish line for a trascar. He comes from second in the Netherlands Nationals after Van der Poel.

He was in charge of jumping to all cuts, acting as blotter before the power of Deceuninck and Michelton and also, he left the sprinters on the way. Two kilometers away, the small final group was formed, with everything for Matthews, who in this situation increased his favoritism even more and at the finish line thanked his teammate for his brilliant work. Only Mezgec and Senechal were able to challenge him, and by far, the sprint. On the part of the Spanish, Albert Torres was in a small group that tried it in the final stretch of the stage, although without success. Iván Cortina had a leading role, since he was active throughout the day, jumping to various cuts but all alone, without being able to enter the final one. Finally, he finished tenth and this Wednesday will be one of the great Spanish assets for the European Championship.

One of the news of the day occurred shortly before the start of the Clásica, as Bora announced that it was not starting after detecting a positive for coronavirus in the team. Riders who have been in contact with the rider, who is asymptomatic, will pass the relevant quarantine ... and the Tour de France is just around the corner. Matthews will not be in it at the Sunweb. At 29 years old, and with 37 victories in a brilliant record (including stages in Giro, Tour, Vuelta), he lacks that great triumph in a one-day event according to his great quality.Deignan triumphs in the GP Plouay

British Elizabeth Deignan (Trek Segafredo) was the winner of the Plouay Grand Prix for the third time, this time contested in the rain over 101 kilometers of route, in which the Spanish Alicia González (Movistar) ranked ninth. Deignan, 31, who already prevailed in 2015 and 2017 in Morbihan, invested a time of 2h.43.40, the same as her compatriot Elizabeth Banks (Team Paule Ka) in a sprint between the two riders.

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