Kirsten Wild sprinted to victory to win the first stage of Tour de Bretagne Feminin Ceratizit, taking the race lead at the same time as well as the intermediate sprints jersey. The 122km stage was raced from Val d’Anast to Goven including 3 QOM climbs and rolling terrain.
Coming into the final dash for the line, the tactically astute Kirsten was first into the last corner before opening up the sprint and holding on the hard drag to the line. The perfect way to come back after a mini break post Classics season. Speaking to Kirsten post-race she had this to say;
“It was a hard finish, I haven’t checked my Wahoo yet, but my heart rate was definitely high! It was certainly a shock for the body. It’s nice to pull on the Ceratizit overall jersey but mostly to get a win. It would be nice to hold on to it but if not, it would be nice to pass on to one of my teammates.”
Laughing, Kirsten adds “I saw a lot of teammates today during the race, which was cool because everyone had Ceratizit on their race numbers, so it was a super nice feeling, but seriously it was really nice to take a victory especially with employees from Ceratizit to witness too!”
It was the first race with the new customized ALEENA saddle dedicated by Selle Repente to this to great road and track rider.