One-day racing returns this Sunday as Team BikeExchange head to the Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France ready to fight for the podium in Plouay.
New Zealander Dion Smith heads to France off the back of several impressive rides at the Tour de Pologne, and the 28-year-old will be keen to capitalise on his strong form this weekend. Tanel Kangert, Tsgabu Grmay and Michael Hepburn also line-up after seven days of tough racing in Poland.
Veteran Brent Bookwalter will add experience to the squad, while neo-pro Kevin Colleoni continues his WorldTour racing learning curve.
The 250km route, features more than 4000 meters of climbing, with narrow and twisty roads throughout. Despite a few changes to the course for the 85th edition, the Côte du Pont-Neuf should still be the decisive factor coming two-kilometres from the finish.
Team BikeExchange at 2021 Bretagne Classic:
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Grmay Tsgabu (ETH)
Michael Hepburn (AUS)
Tanel Kangert (EST)
Dion Smith (NZL)
“Coming off Sazka Tour in Czech Republic and after racing Tour de Pologne straight after, I think I can be confident that my form is there.
I have raced Plouay two times before, so I know the roads there suit my characteristics and a podium would be a great result for me and that is the aim.”
Gene Bates – Sport Director
“Our goal here is to support Dion for the day. He has been progressing very well in recent races, and this is a race that suits his characteristics well. A podium result here would be a very good outcome.
The 2021 edition has a very long loop, with small technical roads, and is always going up and down over small climbs. Another factor can be the wind, and in this area particularly, the wind can really affect the race. With a total distance of more than 250km, it’s a real ‘classic’ style race.”
2021 Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France Race Details:
Sunday, August 29th: Plouay – Plouay, 250km
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