The pairing of Martin Mortensen (first place) and Peter Williams (second place) desimated the Tro-Bro Léon peleoton in Sundays ‘Hell of the West’. The leading trio was formed in the last 20 kilometres of racing after a group of 10 riders finally emerged with Sébastien Minard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Mikhel Raïm (Cycling Academy), Jordan Levasseur (Armée de Terre), Baptiste Planckaert (Wallonie-Bruxelles), Dimitri Claeys (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Yohan Gène (Direct Energie), Mortensen, Williams, Pichon and Vachon.
Mortensen attacked the two Frenchmen three times but he was yet to outsprint them while the chasing group was coming across, which allowed Williams to take the second place. Three years ago, FDJ captured the whole podium with Francis Mourey, Johan Le Bon and Anthony Geslin but a 1-2 had never been seen since the inception of the Tro Bro Leon as an amateur race in 1984 [it became a pro event in 2000 with the young Samuel Sanchez finishing second for Euskadil.
We’ve been going well all day,” Williams commented. “We’ve always had guys at the front. Towards the end we were the two of us. With 250 metres to go, I accelerated to take second place. It’s pretty amazing. This is the first big win for our team and it happens in such great race. We’ve done similar races on the British scene last year but with the big boys here, it’s another level. We’re getting there!”
“It’s always nice to win a race,” Mortensen echoed. “Early this year we’ve showed that we’re a pretty good team. This race is not an easy one but it’s really special. It wasn’t new to me and I’ve also done Paris-Roubaix sometimes. We also have the GP Herning that is a bit similar in Denmark.”
A former Vacansoleil and Leopard rider in the World Tour, the 31-year-old has put ONE Pro Cycling right on track ahead of the Tour de Yorkshire, which is obviously a pretty big goal for the squad managed by former cricketer Matt Prior.