How The Race Was Won – GP Ouest-France 2013

Sep 3 2013

I know, I know—we’d all rather see a Vuelta recap, but this month the day job has been particularly rigorous. You’ll all have the ability to help me out with that in the near future, but for now, the Grand Prix Ouest-France will have to suffice.

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Anyway, plenty of aggression—sometimes senseless, sometimes half-hearted—characterized this one-day WorldTour circuit race. Intrigue, some clever riding, and something of a surprise at the end. Still not quite as “classic” as its spring counterparts, but as a World Championships tune-up, it’ll do.

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17 Responses to “How The Race Was Won – GP Ouest-France 2013”

  1. resultsboy 3 September 2013 at 9:08 am #

    This was the best coverage of a race I didn’t know existed ever.

    • Parrulo 3 September 2013 at 9:17 am #

      Hey, great analysis as always cosmo.

      Just a small correction, Visconti is a double Giro stage winner. You probably confused him with his team mate Costa who is the double tour stage winner.

      • cosmo 3 September 2013 at 9:30 am #

        @Parrulo: Gah—yep. You’re exactly right. Totally got ‘em mixed up. I’ll have to fire the research team.

        • Parrulo 3 September 2013 at 10:00 am #

          You will surely make it up with some great analyses of the Vuelta :p

  2. Dane 3 September 2013 at 11:18 am #

    A bit obscure for the WorldTour calendar though it may have been, it was a pretty awesome race, except for the fact that Pippo won.

  3. SWellsq 3 September 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    No doubt that energy flavor was Malt Nut. Blecch.

    Good stuff, Cosmo. Thx.

  4. BoboFett3 3 September 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Wait, Borat?

  5. Pickles312 3 September 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Nice job Cosmo. But what do you mean with, “We’ll help you with that in the near future”

    • Jank 3 September 2013 at 9:41 pm #

      Tell me where to send the check. Or the growler of Hooker beer.

      • Pickles312 4 September 2013 at 6:48 pm #

        I’ll agree to that too.

  6. Pickles312 3 September 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Cosmo you are American right? Where are you from. I’m from Connecticut.

  7. ErvgoPwr 4 September 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    I’ve actually been to the GP Oueste France (and the Vuelta the same year) and it’s in a lovely area of France. A very accessible race to go check out since it’s low key and one day. Thanks for the write up, always brings back memories.

  8. Anthony Bramante 4 September 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    “You’ll all have the ability to help me out with that in the near future,”

    Wait, really‽ Hell’s yes.

  9. Mike 4 September 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    Masterful sprint from Pozzato, kept calm and out of the wind until the last seconds. He was 25 riders back with about 500 m to go.

  10. Matt 5 September 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Nice job as always, but you should know more about GP Plouay, following pro cycling as close as you do. It’s been held since 1931 and has always been part of UCI ProTour since its creation. It is a very nice classic with massive crowds and famous winners. Not a monument but still, does not deserve to be compared to the unexisting Tour of Hangzhou…

  11. Mike 5 September 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Damn I love these videos!

  12. geromey 12 September 2013 at 3:54 am #

    Nice race summary. Thanks for pointing out how about the “Grand Prix des Chaudières”. I’m French and I didn’t even heard of this race too. Even so, in France, there is a lot of races to qualify as “Grand Prix des Chaudières”, still in 2013. Even stage races such as Tour du Haut var and Tour Mediterranéen both don’t have doping controls. strangely you can see someone like Jonathan Tiernan-Locke winning these races in 2012, signed with Sky in 2013 and since then didn’t do anything.

    Sadly, French elite amateur races have barely no doping controls either…

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