Stage 2 of Kreiz Breizh Elites started at 8am (UK time) in the small town of Ploërdut before winding through the lanes of Brittany to the finishing circuit in Callac, where riders would complete 3 laps of a 7km circuit featuring 2 steep climbs per lap and covering a total distance of 83km.
As the peloton rolled past the 3km point 3 riders escaped from the group and over the next 32km were held at 45 seconds as the race stayed compact due to the short nature of the stage. When the White (leaders jersey) team of Cibel finally closed the gap to the 3 riders in the break there was a short lull in the peloton before another small group of 3 riders broke free.
James Oram had managed to get himself into the leading group and the three riders worked well together as the main peloton looked at each other and played a bit of poker over who should chase. Before long, the 3 leaders had opened up a gap of 1 minute 40 seconds over the bunch.
Oram was looking good in the break as they hit the finishing circuits and was riding smartly on the steep climbs around the course. With the gap now down to 50 seconds the break managed to hold their advantage as they crossed the line with 2laps (14km remaining).
With 10km to go, Oram launched a fierce attack on the climb immediately opening up a gap between him and his breakaway companions. Over the top of the climb he went into time trial mode as he set about holding the chasing peloton at bay. 5km to go and the gap was down to 30 seconds as Oram raced towards the line. The final time check was given in the final kilometre and read just 22 seconds.
James Oram solo’d to victory with his arms aloft to take the win and the white leaders jersey by 9 seconds over the rest of the field.
This afternoon’s stage sees the riders complete 10 laps around a challenging 10km circuit in the town of Carhaix-Plouguer. With 3 short steep climbs per lap, it’s going to be a short but testing stage.