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GP de Plouay: Moolman-Pasio top ten after impressive team performance

GP de Plouay: Moolman-Pasio top ten after impressive team performance

GP de Plouay: Moolman-Pasio top ten after impressive team performance

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio finished eighth in GP de Plouay on Saturday after sprinting from a reduced group.

The Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team was seen animating the race in what was an impressive team performance. Nicole Hanselmann and Lotta Lepistö put in moves early on. With 30 kilometres to go, the rest of the team lined up at the front of the peloton, increasing the pace. The move reduced the lead group significantly. Moolman-Pasio and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig then put in a number of attacks.

“It was a good race,” Moolman-Pasio said. “As a team, we did a good job but we were pretty much the only team trying to animate the race. We tried to get things going with Nicole and Lotta attacking. Cille, Sophie [Wright], Clara [Koppenburg] and I put on a good effort on the second last lap. It was a good team performance but disappointing to not reward it with a podium. Nonetheless, it was a good team performance, especially from Sophie in her first ride with the team.”

Several attacks in the closing kilometres from the peloton were unsuccessful as the final result came from a reduced bunch sprint with Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) winning the race.  

Lotta Lepistö (FIN) waits to sign on at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Cervélo Bigla sign on at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

The peloton speed by at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Clara Koppenburg (GER) at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

The peloton speed along the river at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Clara Koppenburg (GER) at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Sophie Wright (GBR) at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) on the penultimate lap at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Fans in the stands at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) attacks on the long climb on the final lap at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) attacks on the long climb on the final lap at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) attacks on the long climb on the final lap at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) attacks on the long climb on the final lap at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Clara Koppenburg (GER) in the bunch on the final lap at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

The final sprint at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio sprints to 8th at Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération WNT 2018. A 125.5 km road race in Plouay, France on August 25, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com