Mitchelton-SCOTT return to GP Plouay eyeing the victory after a podium finish last year

Wed 22 Aug 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT women are ready for the next one-day race in the UCI Women’s WorldTour series, the hilly GP Plouay with a small but diverse team.

After finishing on the podium last year in the race, the team return with confidence and look for another solid result in one of the final one-day WorldTour races on the calendar after some promising performances recently.

The race

The French race takes place one-day before the men’s event and consists of four laps of a 27.7km circuit followed by one lap of a shorter 14.7km circuit. 

The event is always an important one as one of the final one-day WorldTour road races before the world championships in September an is always a hard battle between the overall WorldTour series contenders.

The Team

Jessica Allen – (AUS 24)
Jenelle Crooks - (AUS 23)
Alexandra Manly - (AUS 22) 
Sarah Roy - (AUS 32) 
Amanda Spratt - (AUS 30)

Sarah Roy - 3rd place in 2017

“I’ve been eyeing GP Plouay all season so I’m really keen to head back there this week and we have a small but fierce team. Alex Manly and Jess Allen are riding really strong and will be able to set the team up well for a good day. 

“A great option for us is with Amanda Spratt as she is having the greatest season and I’m sure the other teams wish she wasn’t on the start line.

“I do like this race, it’s been a bit of a benchmark race for me throughout my career because in the beginning it was too hard for me and now I’m a genuine contender. 

"The roads can be challenging especially with the steep narrow pincher a few km before the finish, the up hill drag that follows directly is nasty and the remaining twisting roads always makes it hard but fun."

 Alex Manly

"I'm looking forward to racing GP Plouay. I have never raced it before but the team has had some great results previously.

"I think if we play our cards right our leaders will be in a great position to go for the win in any situation."

Previously in GP Plouay

Last year Roy sprinted to third place and Annemiek van Vleuten has formerly won the event back in 2011 but whilst riding for a different team.

Race details

Saturday 25th August: Plouay to Plouay, 125km

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