13th place for Nikola Nosková at GP de Plouay Lorient Agglomération
The French one-day race was the last major event before the World Championships and the riders were ready to give it their all and test their performance before the big event in September. This year’s course had been changed slightly, and was comprised of six laps of 16.7km and two finishing laps of 13.9km each. The first ascent of the 1km long Côte du Lézot, with its 6 per cent average gradient, commenced almost immediately after the start of the race, and was followed by a 6km-long ascent up to the Chapelle Sainte-Anne des Bois. Afterwards came a flatter section, and subsequently the Côte de Ty Marrec, which featured an average gradient of 10 per cent. The run-in to the finish after the final climb was fast and furious and, as expected, the winner ultimately crossed the line out of a reduced bunch sprint.
Leah Thomas, the recent winner of the Tour of Scotland, participated for the first time in her career in the race, alongside Elise Chabbey, Elizabeth Banks and youngster Mikayla Harvey, who was also participating here for the first time. Teammates Nikola Nosková and Sophie Wright have taken part in previous editions, and were a great support the team in its quest for a good result this coming Saturday. Bigla was represented by Nikola in a move at 50km to go. The Czech rider's group managed to carve out a small advantage, however as the weather turned, the they were reeled back in. Following several attacks on the final lap, Anna van der Breggen managed to pull away and take the win, with Nikola crossing the line in a larger bunch in 13th position as the best-placed Bigla rider.