Estivale Bretonne (stage 3 Scrignac – Poullaouen)
Each in turn, they raised their hands to heaven as they crossed the line. The first Rhône-Alpin Labrosse, he was convinced to score again in Finistère, a week after his podium success (in Carhaix) at the Kreiz Breizh Elites. Saint-Guilhem then, was convinced, too, to “jump” his opponent at the top of the fight in Luzivilly (800 meters and a 12% route) that he liked the first time. “There’s that between us,” he said at last, spreading his thumb and forefinger. Confidence. Well almost. With the judges’ confirmation at the end overdue, the 25-year-old former mountain biker, brand new to cycling, began to doubt his success. Seriously, even.
“I have just been confirmed. sorry man…”
A few meters down, Jordan Labrosse, couldn’t believe it anymore. “I think he is for it. I fell…”, sighed the reserve rider of AG2R-Citroën, keeping a small hope of victory. Because the judgment, the long-awaited judgment has not yet fallen. It is unheard of here in Luzivilly where there is never a picture, as they say in bicycle.
It was finally Thibaud Saint-Guilhem, a good twenty minutes after the two men, who was going to be responsible for announcing the (bad) news to his victim. “I have just been confirmed. Sorry, man…” To convince himself of that or because in his heart he still had hope, Labrosse went down to the jury platform of the commissioners to see the famous picture. Which certainly cleared up any confusion. We saw there, at the same time, Labrosse beginning to raise his right hand in victory and the cunning Saint-Guilhem throwing his bicycle over the line like an athlete. “Like, you have to change to ride a bike”, can laugh Aixois, former solo winner of Paris-Vierzon (in 2020), stage winner, last month, in the Tour de Côte d’Or and already famous very much. Saturday between Scrignac and Poullaouen.
“I came out confused, I wanted to avoid that today,” he said again. By a few centimeters and at the end of a noseless Jean-Paul Minec (who will remember!) at the start of the event that was celebrating his 47th edition, Thibaud Saint-Guilhem thus avoided such frustration. Jean-Louis Le Ny, for his part, did not experience the same feelings: the leader since the day before, Baldivian from Team WB-Fybolia Morbihan made sure in the last climb and is gently heading towards winning the general classification. Because there shouldn’t be any need for an inspection to complete the picture on Monday afternoon in Loudéac.