García and Kraak had gone on the chase of solo escapee Sara Martín (Movistar Team) with 35 km to go and were joined by 11 other riders on the finishing circuit around Plouay where they caught Martín.
The group worked well together until the final lap where there were many attacks, several from García herself who was was brought back each time. At 1.5km from the finish, the Spanish champion made her final move with Kraak on her wheel, and Kraak took turns with García to bring their attack to the line where García won the sprint.
Five seconds later, Grace Brown (FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope) won the sprint for third place.
“It’s my first victory in a WorldTour classic, so I am very happy,” said García after her win. “It is now what I expected. I attacked on the last two climbs because I was the best climber in the group but could not get away.
“I thought we would arrive for a sprint, but nothing is lost by trying, so I attacked again. And finally, with one kilometre to go, I got away with the girl from Jumbo. I am not a sprinter, but neither was she, and I won.”
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