ONE Pro Cycling Secure Top Two Finish in Tro Bro Leon- 18/04/2016 -
The town of Lanniliz hosted the 33rd Tro Bro Leon. 132 riders rolled out for the 203km race that would take them over farm tracks, gravel roads and even a small section of beach!
The front of the peloton was very active from the off with several attacks going away but all failing to stay clear. Hitting the first section of gravel roads after 62km the peloton battled for position and Martin Mortensen came down in a heavy crash affecting several riders having to remount and chase back on through the cars. There then followed a period of three breakaways in quick succession with ONE Pro Cycling being active in all three through Pete Williams, Dion Smith and Hayden McCormick. Misfortune struck Martin for the second time in the day when he suffered a puncture but the team car was quickly on the scene and he was quickly back in the bunch. With Martin and Dion now chasing through the convoy, Hayden McCormick and Pete Williams both slipped up into the new breakaway. Dion rode magnificently across to this front group with an hour of racing remaining, making it a 21 man group.
However the peloton were not happy to let the break go, and quickly chased it down to create a peloton of around 40 riders. Aggressive riding from Martin and Pete split the field again with 10 riders gaining a 30 second advantage over the group. Martin was clearly feeling strong as he launched a solo attack with 18km remaining, he was shortly joined by two riders but attacked again with 5km remaining. After 3km out front the two chasers clawed their way back to the front with one last sector of gravel road remaining.
With the finish line ahead of them the riders were still battling for position as the remains of the breakaway were clawing their way back to the front. Pete Williams who had been policing the chase group jumped out of the group as Martin Mortensen started his sprint, accelerating away from the two riders that had accompanied him in the breakaway. Mortensen crossing the line arms aloft whilst teammate Pete Williams raced home to take 2nd.
The result is ONE Pro Cycling’s best UCI result to date a 1-2 after a fantastic day of racing a really strong showing by the team.