Mitchelton-SCOTT ride into France for two one-day racesMon 27 May 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT will head to France for two one-day races as they debut at La Classique Morbihan and Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan Dames this weekend.
Several riders will return from sickness and injury with the team heading into both races off the back of a mini-training camp as thoughts turn to the second-half of the season.
Kiwi Georgia Williams will make her return to racing after missing the spring classics campaign while Australian Sarah Roy also lines up for both races after some time off the bike.
Both track world champion Alex Manly and former Australian road race champion Gracie Elvin head into the race off the back of a tough week of racing at Emakumeen Bira. Dutch domestique Moniek Tenniglo will also join up with the team after racing the Tour of Chongming Island, while Grace Brown could also feature depending on her fitness after breaking her collarbone in China race three weeks ago.
Gracie Elvin (AUS, 30)
Alex Manly (AUS, 23)
Sarah Roy (AUS, 33)
Moniek Tenniglo (NED, 31)
Georgia Williams (NZL, 25)
The racing begins with La Classique Morbihan on Friday with the peloton tackling a 121-kilometres route from Josselin to Plumelec. The profile of the stage will see the bunch heading up and down throughout the day with six off-road sectors to contend with before a nasty uphill kick to the finish.
The Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan Dames is another hilly affair with nine categorised climbs spread over two loops on the outskirts of Plumelec. The peloton will do five laps of a 13.9-kilometre loop before moving on to the finishing circuit of 7.7-kilometres for five more circuits. The race will then conclude with the same final three-kilometres as the previous day.
“Alex and I are definitely a little tired after such a hard Bira, but we should have enough time to recover well and I think it was a good tour for both of us to build from.”
“It’s the first time here for the team so we don’t have too many expectations. It’s always nice to come to a new race, and also a lower level race when we are so used to racing WorldTour races most of the time.”
“It’s a great opportunity to race with less pressure, open plans, and just have some fun out there. It looks quite hilly so I think they will both be tough races and hard to win, but it will be good for us all to see what we can do and use it to build towards some hard racing coming in the next couple of months.”
“I’ve been quite sick and have had a lot more time off the bike than I’d like. The plan was to build on things in the last weeks but instead I’ve had to stop. That’s the way it goes sometimes and I’m not the only one coming back from some time off for various reasons.”
“There is no real pressure to feel good here or do anything outstanding. But I think a few days back together with most of the team for a short camp leading into both races will be great for us all.”
“Hopefully we can do some good training with good energy and vibes, and I think planning for the next part of the season will bring us all up another level with new motivation ahead of the weekend. Both of the races are hilly so I think we can expect two solid days of racing.”
Alejandro Gonzalez-Tablas (Sports Director):
“This year we’ve added these two new races in Brittany as part of our preparation towards the Women’s Tour in a few weeks. We come here with the idea of playing an aggressive tactic and making the most of it.”
“We have a good team for these kind of races and we’ll try to keep it open so everybody can give it a go and try take own chances depending on what happens on each day.”
La Classique Morbihan Race Details:
Friday, 31st May: Josselin - Plumelec, 121km
Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan Dames Race Details:
Saturday, 1st June: Plumelec - Plumelec, 108km
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