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Elvin goes on the attack at Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan

Sat 1 Jun 2019

Australian Gracie Elvin went on the offensive for the second day in a row, going on the attack at Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan before being caught on the final lap.

Track world champion Alex Manly was the team’s highest placed finisher inside in 21st place after another tough day of racing over nine laps around Plumelec.

Laps After Lap

The 108-kilometre course was spread over two circuits, each featuring a testing climb that would gradually thin out the peloton before the finish.

The nature of the circuits made the racing much more cagey that the previous day’s race with the bunch trying to conserve energy ahead of the final laps. Mitchelton-SCOTT did their best to animate the race with the returning Georigia Williams having a dig off the front, along with efforts from Manly and Sarah Roy.

On The Attack

Just like on the previous day at La Classique Morbihan, Elvin went on the attack with around three laps to go as the Australian jumping across to a lone attacker on the descent to edge clear of the peloton.

The duo opened up a gap of 40-seconds and they looked to be holding the bunch at bay inside the final 20-kilometres. But heading onto the bell lap the pack were closing in fast and Elvin was absorbed by the chase group inside the final finishing circuit.

With the race back together there was little time for teams to get organised before the final decisive climb. In the end it was Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla Pro Cycling) who was in the best position as she timed her dash to the line perfectly to take the win while Manly rolled just outside the top-20.

Gracie Elvin:

"I saw a good opportunity when there was one rider up the road with three laps to go and I bridged across on the descent. We opened up a gap of around 40-seconds and it looked like the bunch were easing up behind so we continued to work together, but we were brought back on the last lap."

"When I was caught I did everything I could to help the next freshest rider which was Alex, and she did really well to position herself for the final climb but she just didn’t quite have the legs in the end."

"We came to these races to just race hard and prepare for a tough Women’s Tour coming up next weekend. I think the whole team got a lot out of it and we made it into a little training camp with some sessions earlier in the week, so overall everyone is positive and happy with how the racing went."

Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan Results: 
1. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla Pro Cycling)
2. Sheyla Gutiérrez (Spain)
21. Alex Manly (Mitchelton-SCOTT)

Photos courtesy of Getty Images.

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