Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig wins Grand Prix Plumelec-Morbihan
This Saturday, Bigla participated at the ninth edition of the Grand Prix Plumelec-Morbihan in Brittany in north-western France. The 108km long course with start and finish in the small town of Plumelec took the riders initially over five laps of 13.9km each, followed by five more laps of 7.7km each. At the end of each round a 10 per cent steep ramp awaited the peloton, making this parcours rather challenging. Initial attacks off the front were neutralised by the peloton and after 50km the field travelled together again. Elizabeth Banks and a breakaway companion were able to break free on the second last round and carved out a small advantage but a chasing group of about 20 riders led by Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig were hard on their heels. On the final round the Danish rider was able to forge ahead and cross the line first. Leah Thomas with an incredible effort won the mountain classification and the team also took the team classification.
This is what Cecilie had to say after the race: “This was a fantastic win. And we have also won the team classification and Leah took the mountain classification, this is terrific. I am very happy. This was a crazy team effort and we worked so well together. We were pulling at the front the whole time. It feels so good to finish off this super team effort with a win. We can be so proud of our efforts as a whole team and it is time now to celebrate.”
Here is what Thomas Campana, team manager, had to say: “We have won this race two times before and our goal was to win it again. This was only possible with a strong team effort. We went early for the QOM with Leah which kept the team concentrated. On the second last round we could launch Lizzy one more time, which put a lot of pressure on the field as they had to chase her down because she was a real threat for the win. At the end of the day, we knew the final climb and we made it hard. Cilie eventually took the win and this was extremely important for the team. This is the second UCI win within a week and it shows that this young team is on the right path."