Masetti Wins In Morbihan

Gaia Masetti, AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step’s 21-year-old Italian, took her first pro win after some fantastically strong teamwork in La Classique Morbihan on Friday May 5th. AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step are evidently in a winning mood, with victory number seven of the season for the elite team, plus multiple wins for both the U23 and U19 teams.

La Classique Morbihan is a hilly race in the region of Morbihan, Brittany. The team, led by Servais Knaven, that lined up for the 114,7 kilometre-long race consisted of Gaia, Maud Rijnbeek, Romy Kasper, Anya Louw, Ilse Pluimers and Britt Knaven. It was a race where attacks could make it all the way to the line and so all riders tried to be in moves. In the end, it turned out to be a sprint and Gaia was the dedicated rider.

“It was a hard race,” Gaia admitted after the finish. “I have to say immediately that I have this win thanks to my teammates. They were so dedicated to me. As a team, we raced aggressively all day. Romy was our captain, but she was unlucky with punctures, so we talked and the girls had faith in me.

In the last lap, there was one attacker and my teammates did a really impressive job to catch her. In the penultimate corner, just before the finish climb, there was a crash. Me and the other rider avoided the crash. Romy said to me on the radio; go now Gigi! I did and I won. I am so proud of how we rode together. We were all so strong! I am still a bit speechless that I won, because I knew my form was good but I didn’t see this coming.”

For birthday girl Romy Kasper, it was a special day. She returned after a rest period after Roubaix and a hard Spring season.

“It was hectic from the beginning. Anya crashed out after three kilometres in a big crash. We were down to five but we kept working together, ” the experienced German rider explains. “In the first crosswinds, we tried to split but it wasn’t working. No teams helped us there. The race was even neutralised and then we had a headwind and nothing happened.

On the local laps I attacked and the others tried too. That was also the plan. No attack made it to the line so we decided to go for Gaia in the final sprint and it worked out! This was a nice birthday. Personally, I had two flat tyres and didn’t like the rain so much but we win as a team and that counts!”

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