In-form Simon wins Tour du Finistere
Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun) continued his good start to the season by winning the Tour du Finistere around the city of Quimper.
Simon, who last month won two stages at the Volta a Catalunya, won a sprint finish ahead of Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis le Credit en Ligne) and Britain's Jonathan McEvoy (Endura Racing) who was an unexpected and impressive third.
The victory for Simon was special as it was his first pro victory in his homeland of France and he was also grateful for team-mate Jean-Marc Marino who along with Dimitri Champion (Bretagne-Schuller) was in a breakaway that was only caught one kilometre from the end of the 186.1km race.
"With my teammate away almost all day, my situation was royal,” Simon said.
“With two laps to go (17km), I told myself that I had to focus solely on the sprint. We had to use the final hill to put the pure sprinters like (defending champion) Romain Feillu in the red. I’m not a pure sprinter but I was logically announced as one of the favourites because the uphill finish suited me really well.
“My two victories in Catalunya have definitely changed me. In the past, I would have never dared to launch the sprint the way I’ve done it today. My confidence is great now."