26 May Grand Prix de Plumelec – Morbihan Dames Preview (WE 1.1)
After La Classique Morbihan it is turn for GP de Plumelec-Morbihan Dames, the second UCI WE 1.1 ranked one day race organised by Grand Prix de Plumelec Organisation. Similarly to previous editions of the race, Plumelec will host both the start and the finish line of the French one day race that maintains the same 108-kilometre race course as the previous edition, featuring Bernard Hinault circuit and Côte de Cadoudal as its iconic and characteristic segments,
Bernard Hinault circuit is a short (only 7.7 kilometre long) but demanding circuit, named after the legendary 10-Grand Tour winner, that features Côte de Cadoudal as its main difficulty, with 1.4 kilometres at a 6.5 % average gradient. French rider Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Wiggle High5) is the current record holder of the race, having won it twice, in 2012 and in 2014.
GP de Plumelec-Morbihan Dames evokes Sheyla Gutiérrez’s (Lointek) historic performance in 2015, winning GP de Plumelec-Morbihan (the first Spanish rider to claim a victory in a UCI ranked event in seven years). In this occasion Gutiérrez won’t participate in the race, as she is having a competition break after sustaining patella fissure due to a crash suffered during Tour of Chongming Island.
Saturday, 27 May 2017, local time from 9:00 to 12:05 pm approx (UTC+2)
Route 108km: Plumelec – Plumelec
Same race course as in the previous edition of the race, which was then lengthened in one more lap to the Bernard Hinault circuit. Riders will have to cover five laps to a 13.8-kilometre, that features Côte de Cadoudal, before entering the final final 7.7-kilometre Bernard Hinault circuit, that riders will cover four times featuring as well Côte de Cadoudal as its key difficulty and characteristic segment. In total riders will have face Côte de Cadoudal nine times and similarly to previous editions of the race we expected a reduced group battling for the win atop it.
Favourites & Outsiders
Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Alena Amialiusik, Eider Merino, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio
Vita Heine, Ane Santesteban, Shara Gillow, Ann-Sophie Duyck, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig
Aude Biannic, Eva Buurman, Elena Cecchini, Hanna Nilsson, Lotta Lepistö, Lorena Llamas
Our favourite: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio
Our outsider: Hanna Nilsson
Naia Leonet, Lorena Llamas and Anna Pujol (Bizkaia Durango); Elisabet Escursell, Miriam Gardachal, Ane Iriarte, Eider Merino, Merce Pacios and Ane Santesteban (Selección Española) will be our Spanish representatives at the seventh edition of La Classique Morbihan.
Australian rider Rachel Neylan (Australia / Orica-AIS) won the previous edition of Grand Prix de Plumelec – Morbihan Dames. Neylan was the fastest from the group sprinting atop Cadoudal. Luxemburger rider Christine Majerus (Luxembourg / Boels Dolmans) and French rider Elise Delzene (France / Lotto Soudal), completed the podium in second and third place respectively.
How to follow the race
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: