Tour de Finistère
Saint-Évarzec to Quimper, 194.8km
Round Seven Coupe De France
Sat 18th March
The third race of the week and the action moves to Brittany and the pretty town of Quimper and it's surrounding countryside.
After two races where the sprinters have held sway, the Tour de Finistère with it's narrow winding roads and short steep climbs is a puncheurs paradise.... which sometimes suits a strong sprinter.Previous Winners
2016 | PLANCKAERT Baptiste
2015 | DE TROYER Tim
2014 | DEMOITIE Antoine
2013 | GAUTIER Cyril
2012 | SIMON Julien
2011 | FEILLU Romain
2010 | VACHON Florian
2009 | CHAMPION Dimitri
2008 | LELAY David
2007 | BROUZES Niels2016 Edition
2016 produced a reduced bunch sprint where Wallonie-Bruxelles, Baptiste Planckeart stormed home in front of
Samuel Dumoulin and
clearer on this one from Lasterketa Burua
The peloton start out on a big 150km of loop of Quimper which takes in 6 categorised climbs, and many uncategorised...there's really not much flat here. After that they'll complete laps of the 9km finishing circuit in Quimper. On each lap they tackle two climbs Côte de Meilh Stang Vihan (12.5%) and the Côte de la Voie Romaine which pitches up to 12%.
Last 4 km
After final climb there's around 700m false flat towards the finish line. It's not a simple run in either with several twists and turns to catch out the unwary.2017 Start List
Guessing the smart money will be on
Samuel Dumoulin. Don't discount Coupe de France leader
Laurent Pichon or
start with a small team but I'd be thrilled to see David Gaudu at the sharp end. Dark horses - anyone from
Joker. They've been on several successful Viking raids recently ]Live Streams
Pretty sure French Eurosport will show it.
Direct Velo will have a livetickerSocial MediaWebsite
Twitter hashtag is #TourDuFinistere
OOOOH nearly forgot - Podium prizes
A quick look at the sponsors
2 charcuteries and a biscuit manufacturer - very promising.
However, my favourite is
Jaunty Breton stripes AHOY!