Vollering on the line
The dim sunshine struggled to pierce the clouds above the harbour in Brest at the start of the 8th edition of La Course by Le Tour de France powered by FDJ. The gruelling course ahead failed to deter the 127-strong peloton from unleashing a barrage of attacks as soon as the flag went down...
Evita Muzic rolls the dice
The newly crowned French champion, riding for FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope in her blue, white and red jersey, was part of an 8-strong move which has also been shut down by the main group.
Laurance takes a chance
The front of the peloton is still riding like a bat out of hell. Arkéa–Samsic's Typhaine Laurance only gained a few bike lengths before being chased down.
Abgrall snaps up the first point
Noémie Abgrall (Stade Rochelais), who hails from the Finistère department, where the race is taking place, was first over the top of the Côte de Trébéolin (category 4, 900 m at 5.1%) and bagged the first mountain point.
Race still together
Despite the hectic pace and non-stop attacks, no-one has managed to escape the clutches of the peloton in the first 11 kilometres.
Crash at the bottom of the first climb
Several riders at the back of the peloton have hit the deck right after starting the Côte de Trébéolin (category 4, 900 m at 5.1%).
Split closed down
A brief split has just been reabsorbed. There is still a flurry of attacks at the front of the race, but no-one has managed to break away so far.
Good memories for Labous
The peloton has just exited Plougastel-Daoulas, the venue of the 2018 French U23 Championships. Team DSM's Juliette Labous has fond memories of this place, where she took gold in the U23 time trial and silver in the road race. Arkéa–Samsic's Lucie Jounier claimed bronze in the U23 road race.
We are just a few hundred metres into the race and attacks are already coming thick and fast on an uncategorised climb.
The 8th edition of La Course by Le Tour de France powered by FDJ is under way! We have 107.7 km of racing ahead of us.
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