Impey to lead Mitchelton-SCOTT at Bretagne Classic - Ouest-FranceThu 23 Aug 2018
South African champion Daryl Impey will lead a strong and versatile Mitchelton-SCOTT team at the Bretagne Classic - Ouest-France this Sunday.
The seven-rider squad has a mixture of strengths with climbers Carlos Verona, Roman Kreuziger and Prueba Villafranca-Ordiziako Klasika winner Rob Power, whilst the Kiwi duo of Jack Bauer and Sam Bewley, plus Australian Michael Hepburn, bring vital horse power to the team that is looking to deliver Impey to the victory.
Compared with previous editions, the 2018 course is slightly altered with one huge 242km loop before returning back to Plouay for a final 14.7km local circuit. The race often finishes with a reduced bunch sprint after an aggressive day, along undulating heavy roads with a scattering of short pinches.
"Plouay is a different to previous years and it is quite narrow and sketchy now which makes it a more stressful race. I think the finishing circuit is suited to me, although the final can be tricky to judge.
"I can definitely do well here if my legs are what they should be and a more aggressive final should suit me.
"I want to finish the season off strong, I have had some nice results throughout the year so closing off the year with another nice result will be great."
"Racing in that part of France is always tricky and a little bit unpredictable so Plouay will be no different. It is a long race and there is always the chance of being exposed to bad weather up there.
"Typically it is a bunch sprint but with a couple of climbs on the final circuit there is the possibility of a more reduced group.
"We have a well rounded team with guys we can play off in different situations and I'm looking forward to racing."
Previously in Bretagne Classic Ouest France
The team has been around the mark on numerous occasions but never been abel to deliver a podium finish. The best team results have been fourth place finishes in both 2012 and 2016 with Mathew Goss and Michael Matthews respectively.
Sunday, 26 Aug: Plouay - Plouay, 257km
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