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Gallery: Hugo Hofstetter wins a wet and wild Tro-Bro Léon

16 May 2022

Covered in mud and exhausted from an attritional day out on the farm roads of Brittany, Hugo Hofstetter beat Luca Mozzato of B&B Hotels-KTM in a two-man sprit to give Arkéa-Samsic their second consecutive victory in the race.

The Frenchman broke away from a depleted group alongside Mozzatto with 7km to the finish.

Defending champion and Arkéa-Samsic teammate Connor Swift soon managed to bridge to the leading duo before the final of 29 secteurs.

Tro-Bro Léon is well-loved for its gravel roads, or ribinoù in local language, and piglet prize for the best-placed Breton rider.

The 2022 edition didn’t disappoint, producing some spectacular images of another brilliant day out at Tro-Bro Léon. Here's how it looked through the lens of snapper James York.

Over 200km of riding awaits.

Wet weather meant punctures, crashes and mechanicals over the muddy farm roads.

And away they go.

Come rain or shine.

Marc Sarreau (AG2R-Citroën) and Charles-Etienne Chretien (Premier Tech U23 Cycling Project) formed an initial breakaway.

Jake Stewart (Groupama-FDJ) punctured three times on the day. He later said it was a ‘bloody cool race’ and that he’s already looking forward to coming back.

Morné Van Niekerk (St Michel-Auber93), Martin Urianstad (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) and Chrétien were reabsorbed into the Arkéa-Samic-led peloton with 40km to go.

Cyril Lemoine (B&B Hotels-KTM).

Arkéa-Samsic dominated through the strength of riders such as Connor Swift and Hugo Hofstetter. 

Eventually the rain ceased...

Hofstetter wins Tro-Bro Léon! He edges out Mozzato in a two-man sprint.

Swift was able to hang on and finish third.

[Loud yelling]

Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) looks exhausted.

Laurent Pichon, the best-placed Breton rider, wins a pig at Tro-Bro Léon. The 35-year-old is from Quimper.

Hofstetter collects his trophy.

Photography: James York

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