Super domestique, Ali Slater, given chance to shine in Brittany at four-stage Kreiz Breizh Elites.
Ali Slater launched a winning solo attack on the final day of the prestigious Kreiz Breizh Elites (UCI 2.2) in France. His brave move came after nearly 170 kilometres of racing on the fourth stage. Team manager, John Herety described Slater victory as showing “exceptional tactical nouse”.
The victory is even sweeter for Ali Slater whose role as super-domestique often sees him leading his teammates to victory. Earlier this season, Slater narrowly missed out on a stage win at the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire, when he finished second on the opening stage of the race.
The team took part in the race as part of their 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain race preparations. Several other teams from Britain were also in attendance at Kreiz Breizh Elites including One Pro Cycling, Madison Genesis and Team Wiggins.
How the stage unfolded
The peloton wasted little time in getting going with a strong pace being set by French team St Michel – Auber93, who were defending the lead of Damien Touze in the overall competition.
Eventually, a breakaway escaped, containing Tom Stewart and the group gained a maximum of three minutes and forty-second advantage over the peloton.
The peloton began to chase the break and the pace split the field. Eventually, the breakaway group were reeled in with 10km and almost immediately a flurry of attacks ensued eventually forming a dangerous eight-rider move containing Tom Moses.
The break looked as though it would just make it to the finish without being caught by the peloton. At 5km to go sensing a lull in pace, Ali Slater attacked from the bunch to ride across to his teammate Tom Moses.
Slater reached Moses with three kilometres to go to the finish. Slater launched his attack at 1km to go and never looked back, sailing over the line solo to claim his first UCI level victory.
“Ali is very emotional, we are all extremely happy for him. He is one of the hardest working guys in the team and he took the win today through sheer determination and strength“, explained John Herety.
The team will travel back to Britain to take part in final two races of the HSBC Grand Prix Series in Leicester (12th August) and Ryedale (26th August) before announcing the squad selected for the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain.