Spratt and Wiles to lead ORICA-AIS in GP-Plouay Bretagne

Wed 24 Aug 2016

ORICA-AIS travel to France this weekend for the penultimate women’s WorldTour event - GP-Plouay Bretagne.

With just a handful of races remaining on the women’s UCI calendar, GP-Plouay Bretagne, a race well known for it’s challenging, hilly parcours provides the Australian outfit with a good opportunity to round off their season on a high.

Amanda Spratt will be one of the leaders going into this race along with Tayler Wiles,” explained sport director Gene Bates. “Tayler is usually suited a little more to the longer climbs as we saw in Route de France, but the harder the race the better it is for her.”

Rachel Neylan can go well on this course too so we will see on the day how she has backed up, having recently returned from the Olympic Games in Rio. She is very keen to finish off her season well, it is a WorldTour race so it will be a high quality field and a really hard race.”

American powerhouse Wiles recently finished in second place on the general classification at the eight-day Route de France and is looking forward to the tough one-day race hoping it will be an aggressive, active day.

“I like this race, it’s a really good race and always really exciting with lots of attacking,” explained Wiles. “The last couple of year’s that I have raced here they have changed the final climbs from a wide open road to a small narrow road, so the run into that is always so difficult and super aggressive." 

“I’m feeling good, the legs are good and we have a good team for it. It is a good race for us because it is usualy alway´s raced aggressively and that suits us well when the other team’s want to race hard too.

“I am really looking to it, it is one of the few races left on the calendar for us and there is usually such a great atmosphere with so many fans out on the course.”

Joining the trio is Australian time trial champion Katrin Garfoot, also returning for the Olympic Games, sprinter Sarah Roy and youngster Jenelle Crooks who have both had a solid block of racing recently and have been continuously improving with each race. 

“For the other girls it will be about supporting the main riders the best they can,” continued Bates. “Typically it comes down to a small group over the top of the final climb."

“There's not much time between the final climb and the finish line and generally things don’t come back together afterwards. It is really a selective circuit race and will certainly be a hard day for everyone.”

The WorldTour race takes place on Saturday 27th one day before the men’s race, the Bretagne Classic on Sunday.

ORICA-AIS at GP-Plouay Bretagne (10027th Aug):

Jenelle Crooks (AUS, WA, 21)

Katrin Garfoot (AUS, QLD, 34) 

Rachel Neylan (AUS, NSW, 33) 

Sarah Roy (AUS, NSW, 30)

Amanda Spratt (AUS, NSW, 28)

Tayler Wiles (USA, 27)