Bole wins GP Ouest-France
Lampre's Grega Bole won the GP Ouest-France in Plouay.
The Slovenian kept up his powerful final spurt to the line at the end of the 248km race to hold 2009 winner Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) at bay, 2007 race winner Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) coming in third close behind. Garmin-Cervelo sprinter Thor Hushovd finished just off the podium in fourth place.
Bole had been part of an eight-man breakaway that held the chasing peloton at bay until the closing stages, and the 26-year-old was thrilled after completing the 12th win of his career.
"This is the best victory in my career, because it's my first success in a classic and because I got it at the end of a very good performance," Bole said,
"After the Tour de France, I produced some important performances and I was always near the top part of the race standings. Finally today I won."
Lampre team director added his praise.
"This is a well-deserved victory for Bole and for all the team members, who performed a perfect race.
"We knew Grega was in a good fit, that's why we decided to work hard in the head of the group in order to chase the attackers: it could be a risk, but Bole, thanks to the outstanding attack in the final kilometres, made the most of all that work."