24 Ago GP Plouay – Lorient Agglomération Preview (1.WWT)
One week after the seventeenth UCI WWT round held in Norway, it is now turn for Plouay, France. The sixteenth edition of GP Plouay – Lorient Agglomération (previously part of the defunct UCI Women’s Road World Cup) will witness the antepenultimate round of the 2017 UCI WWT series. Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) leads the UCI WWT ranking 57 points ahead of Polish Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3 Energie) and 92 points ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott).
On Saturday, 26 August Plouay will be once again the center of women’s cycling. GP Plouay – Lorient Agglomération is a women’s elite cycling one-day race that has been held uninterruptedly under UCI WE status since 2002. Dutch rider Marianne Vos (WM3 Energie) and former riders Italian Nicole Cantele and British Emma Pooley are the current record holders of the race, with two pro victories each.
Saturday, 26 August 2017, local time from 13:40 pm until 16:50 pm approx (UTC+2)
Route 121.5km: Plouay – Plouay
Same race course as in the previous editions of GP Plouay. Riders will have to cover four laps to a 26.9-kilometre circuit, which includes three climbs, and a final lap to a 13.9-kilometre circuit, which only includes the first and third climbs, totalling 121.5 kilometres. The three climbs are:
- Côte du Lezot: 1 kilometre long at a 6% average gradient
- Chapelle Set Anne des Bois: 6 kilometres long at a 1% average gradient (final kilometre at a 3% average gradient)
- Côte de Ty Marrec: 1.1 kilometres long at a 6% average gradient
Favourites & Outsiders
Elisa Longo Borghini, Coryn Rivera, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
Shara Gillow, Leah Kirchmann, Amanda Spratt, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig
Giorgia Bronzini, Hannah Nilsson, Sheyla Gutiérrez, Alice Barnes, Lauren Stephens
Our favourite: Lizzie Deignan
Our outsider: Giorgia Bronzini
Lierni Lekuona, Lorena Llamas, Lourdes Oyarbide and Clara Playán (Bizkaia-Durango); Bea Gómez, Alicia González, Lucía González, Cristina Martínez, Alba Teruel and Ariadna Trías (Lointek); and Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance) will be our Spanish representatives at the sixteenth edition of GP Plouay – Lorient Agglomération.
Polish rider Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana) won the previous edition of GP Plouay – Bretagne. Bujak was the fastest of the reduced group that contested the final sprint to claim an impressive victory and her first victory ever at the UCI WWT. Italian rider Elena Cecchini (Canyon//SRAM) and Canadian Joëlle Numainville (Cervélo Bigla) completed the podium in second and third place respectively.
How to follow the race
The race will be broadcasted live on:
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: