EvoPro Racing press hard in France but denied by Bryan Coquard

Posted on: June 10th, 2019

EvoPro Racing riders Mark Downey and Australian Harry Sweeny lead the charge after the breakaway on the final stage in France yesterday.

EvoPro Racing was denied a place on the final podium at Boucles de la Mayenne (2.1) by French sprinter Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept-B&B Hotels).

Irish team EvoPro had Dutch rider Wouter Wippert in 3rd place overall starting yesterday’s final stage; some 173km from Cossé-le-Vivien to Laval.

However, some of the general classification men were separated by a matter of seconds around the top of the standings.

And when the final stage came down to a bunch sprint, Coquard won it and jumped three places overall to 3rd at the expense of Wippert.

It meant there was no final podium placing for EvoPro Racing; Wippert forced to accept 4th place at the conclusion of the four-stage race.

Former An Post-Chainreaction rider and 2011 Rás winner Gediminas Bagdonas of AG2R La Mondiale drives the breakaway on yesterday, chased by EvoPro
Coquard wins the final stage and with that victory took 3rd overall at the expense of EvoPro Racing’s Dutch rider Wouter Wippert
The yellow jersey’s team rode in the early part of the final leg to contain the breakaway, with EvoPro Racing active on the front in the pointy end of the stage

Irish team EvoPro Racing had ridden hard after the breakaway yesterday in a bid to set up Wippert for the sprint.

However, while the breakaway was caught the sprint didn’t go Wippert’s way and he finished 16th.

The race was won overall by Thibault Ferasse (Natura4Ever-Roubaix Lille Métropole).

It was a big victory for his Continental team against WorldTour opposition and many of best ProContinental teams in the world.

EvoPro Racing, which is also a Continental team, punched well above its weight.

As well as Wippert’s 4th place overall, the squad was 3rd in the team classification and picked up 3rd and 6th placings on stages.

Irish riders Matt Teggart and Daire Feeley rode very strongly on stage 2; surviving in the peloton which numbered less than 50 riders as crosswinds and the speed up the final climbs blew the racing apart.

It was a testing finish yesterday; cobbled climbing late in the stage splitting the field
Matt Teggart with Daire Feeley and Harry Sweeny just behind; the EvoPro trio sticking close to Wouter Wippert, just visible in the green points jersey
Aaron Kearney finishes just behind Bert Van Lerberghe of Cofidis

Mark Downey rode strongly on the opening road stage on Friday, a day when the heavens opened.

He made it into a 25-rider chase group that lost time to the breakaway – which featured Wippert – but put considerable time into the rest of the field.

However, after that stage but Downey and Kearney suffered more than their share of bad luck in being held up by crashes at key moments.

EvoPro Racing continues a busy schedule over the next week; riding Ronde van Limburg in Belgium today, Monday.

It then moves on again to the six-stage Tour of Hungary which gets underway from tomorrow.