MTS looking for a hard edition of Bretagne Classic Ouest-France bringing climbers & puncheur ridersWed 28 Aug 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT bring a mixed team to the one-day Bretagne Classic Ouest-France, which boasts both talented climbers and puncheur riders such as Tour de France stage winner Matteo Trentin.
The course is slightly modified for 2019, but with typical undulating terrain in the area, it is set to be a hard day of racing as always.
The former European champion Trentin is a clear and obviously leader for the squad, but when opportunities present themselves, the Australian outfit also has the strength of Jack Bauer, Michael Albasini and youngster Rob Stannard. Jack Haig and Czech Cycling Tour stage winner Lucas Hamilton add the climbing force to the seven-man squad with Alex Edmondson bringing speed.
The course has seen changes for 2019 and the lengthy 248kilometre one-day race is now made up of one main lumpy 234.2km lap, which includes 15 classified climbs, followed by one short 12.9kilometre finishing lap.
The racing in Plouay has always been quite unpredictable over the years, with breakaway’s sometimes surviving to the finish line, whereas other years it has concluded with large bunch sprint finishes.
The team has never quite made it onto the podium in the one-day French race, with the best result being fourth in 2016 and 2012 from two former riders, Michael Matthews and Mathew Goss respectively. Last year the race finished with a small group of three-riders breaking away and crossing the line one-minute ahead of the reduced peloton.
“I am hungry to win again, I finished the TDF with really good form and I want to keep it going as much as I can.
“After the Tour de France, European champs and Hamburg I felt quite good, especially after the TDF and the Euros, I didn’t do too much, just more recovering and getting ready to kick it off this week to make a huge block of training going to the worlds.
“We have a really good team for this race. I think if the racing is hard it will be better for me and for the team we have. We have riders that can be there if it splits or if it is selective and a smaller group than normal. I hope the race is going to go that way.
“I like this race and it is changing every year. I think the first time I did it it was like 14 or 15 laps but now this year we basically do the whole lap of Brittany which is nice to see the region and the people are interested in cycling, so it is always nice to be there.”
Mathew Hayman - Sport Director
“We have a very strong team and this year it is a new course, but we know what this area of France is like, it has the potential to be windy and there’s lots of short sharp climbs.
“Obviously Matteo Trentin has been going well, he has been going well for a few months now and he knows he will probably be a marked rider.
“We are definitely open to racing hard and trying to have a reduced group which would suit our riders.”
Bretagne Classic Ouest-France Race Details:
Sunday, 1st September: Plouay to Plouay, 248.1km
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