Bigla ready to take on the Grand Prix Plouay
The French race, which part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, will be taking place for the 18th time this year. Bigla has a long tradition with this event, having won on several occasions. This year, the team will go well prepared into the race that will start and finish in Plouay in the northwest of France. Leah Thomas, the recent winner of the Tour of Scotland will be a key rider, and will participate for the first time in her career in the race, alongside Elise Chabbey, Elizabeth Banks and youngster Mikayla Harvey, who will also be participating here for the first time. Teammates Nikola Nosková and Sophie Wright have taken part in previous editions, and will support the team in its quest for a good result this coming Saturday.
The course consists of six larger laps of 16.7km each, and two finishing laps of 13.9km, which equals a total length of 128km. The parcours around the town of Plouay features several climbs, no doubt making for some challenging terrain. The first ascent of the the 1km long Côte du Lézot, which is on average 6 per cent steep, starts almost immediately after the start of the race, and is followed by a 6km-long ascent up to the Chapelle Sainte-Anne des Bois. This is followed by a flatter section, and subsequently the Côte de Ty Marrec, which features an average gradient of 10 per cent. The finishing stretch is very slightly uphill, as it leads into the town centre of Plouay, where the race will come to an end after 128km in the saddle.