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GP de Plouay
« on: August 25, 2014, 18:21 »
The final round of the 2014 UCI World Cup! Although after the Open de Suède Vargarda the World Cup's overall classification has been decided in favour of Lizzie Armitstead, this final prize of the world cup will be desired by many.

The parcours features two different loops on the area surrounding Plouay. The first loop is 26.9 km long and is done four times. The second loop is shorter at 13.9 km - essentially a shorter version of the original loop - and is done one time. This makes the race a total 121.5 km long. The race features two climbs: The Côte du Lezot and the Côte de Ty-Marrec, both of which are ridden over in every lap. The latter is likely to decide the race as it features sections of 10%. Neither climb is very long though, so the pure climbers should not expect too much here.

Previous winners of this race include big names like Nicole Cooke, Noemi Cantele, Fabiana Luperini, Emma Pooley and Marianne Vos. The current World Champion Marianne Vos has won the past two editions of this race, and should be considered the big favourite again as the steep yet short climb is just what the best road cyclist in the world likes most. As always, she will be hard to stop. But that doesn't mean no one will be trying: the line-up includes a lot of big names.

Emma Johansson will look to avenge defeat at her home race and has her Orica team at her full disposal. Hitec Products lines up with a strong team including Cordon and Moolman, as well as VR house favourite Chloe Hosking. And Lizzie Armitstead will look to add extra prestige to her World Cup win by adding a second win after her victory at the Ronde van Drenthe. Vos' teammates are as always a danger in their own right: Van der Breggen, Ferrand-Prevot and Brand will all look to add another win to their season's haul. Other favourites include Americans Shelley Olds and Evelyn Stevens, former winner Luperini and her teammate Ratto, and Amy Pieters of Giant-Shimano.

The world cup points as it stands:

#NameNationTeamPoints
1.Elisabeth Armitstead *gb #boels480
2.Emma Johansson *se #orica340
3.Kirsten Wild *nl #giant290
4.Anna van der Breggen *nl #rabfem286
5.Marianne Vos *nl #rabfem270
6.Ellen van Dijk *nl #boels269
7.Chantal Blaak *nl #lululemon225
8.Giorgia Bronzini *it #wiggle225
9.Elisa Longo Borghini *it #hitec215
10.Pauline Ferrand-Prevot *fr #rabfem200

With 120 points available for the winner, Armitstead cannot be caught by her chasers. Behind her however, all is still open. Of the top 10 Wild, Van Dijk and Bronzini are not present so they could lose positions. Otherwise, everyone up to Chantal Blaak could potentially still become second if they gain enough points.

The full start list is here.

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    Re: GP de Plouay
    « Reply #1 on: August 25, 2014, 19:48 »
    Via Peloton watch

    Team rankings
    Rank   Name   Nation   Points
    1 (1)   RABO LIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM   Netherlands   1168
    2 (2)   BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM   Netherlands   942
    3 (4)   SPECIALIZED - LULULEMON   United States   641
    4 (5)   TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO   Netherlands   566
    5 (3)   HITEC PRODUCTS   Norway   466
    6 (6)   ORICA - AIS   Australia   400
    7 (7)   WIGGLE HONDA   Great Britain   310
    8 (8)   ESTADO DE MEXICO FAREN   Mexico   306
    9 (9)   ALE CIPOLLINI   Italy   182
    10 (10)   LOTTO BELISOL LADIES   Belgium   176
    11 (11)   BIGLA CYCLING TEAM   Switzerland   163
    12 (13)   ASTANA BEPINK WOMENS TEAM   Italy   135
    13 (12)   RUSVELO   Russia   130
    14 (14)   AUSTRALIA   Australia   70
    15 (15)   BTC CITY LJUBLJANA   Slovenia   56
    16 (16)   SERVETTO FOOTON   Italy   54
    16 (17)   PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG CONTINENTAL TEAM   Netherlands   54
    18 (18)   TIBCO / TO THE TOP   United States   44
    19 (19)   TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN - PRO - DUO   Belgium   40
    20 (20)   FRANCE   France   36
    21 (21)   TEAM RYTGER   Denmark   32
    22 (22)   POITOU-CHARENTES.FUTUROSCOPE.86   France   10
    23 (23)   TOP GIRLS FASSA BORTOLO   Italy   8
    24 (24)   FUTURUMSHOP.NL - ZANNATA   Netherlands   2
    24 (24)   UNITED STATES   United States   2
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    Re: GP de Plouay
    « Reply #2 on: August 30, 2014, 13:17 »
    Supposedly there is live coverage.

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    Re: GP de Plouay
    « Reply #3 on: August 30, 2014, 13:25 »
    I would as I would love to stay up and watch this .. but I am sooo incredibly shattered.

    Hope its a good race 
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    Re: GP de Plouay
    « Reply #4 on: August 30, 2014, 13:43 »
    It's live on France 3.
    13-20 to 15-25cet, so two hours worth and fairly early.
    Marries nicely with the Vuelta coverage.

    this is the thread for the women's race :P
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    Re: GP de Plouay
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    Re: GP de Plouay
    « Reply #6 on: September 01, 2014, 07:10 »
    With Vos sharing the opportunities, Rabo-Liv has become ridiculously dominant this season. Took them a while though: early part of the season was all about Giant-Shimano. Been a funny old year for the women with a couple of teams doing very little of note after a barnstorming 2013.
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    Re: GP de Plouay
    « Reply #7 on: September 01, 2014, 09:18 »


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