TEAM BAHRAIN MERIDA to Bretagne Classic with a strong squad
BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team will compete at the Bretagne Classic Ouest-France in Plouay on Sunday, August 26th.
The 82nd edition of the one-day World Tour race (256.9km total – 242.2km in line and a 14.7km final circuit) is described as one of the most hard so far, according to the organizers that made some changes to the course with the purpose to have a more selective route, favouring the attackers and giving more chances to the breakaway.
“The course suits our team leader Sonny Colbrelli, maybe this year more than even before” says BAHRAIN MERIDA Team Sports Director Rik Verbrugghe “The route has slightly changed with the introduction of a gravel sector in the main big lap and the riders will face also some difficulties as narrow roads. It remains a sprinter race, but I’m curios to see how it will unfold this year. We will head to Plouay with a strong squad built around Colbrelli, but Grega Bole and Enrico Gasparotto can animate the race as well, with attacks and breakaway or be great helpers for Sonny in the final”.
Bretagne Classic Ouest-France – previously the GP Plouay – is considered as a real classic. After the in line course that constantly goes up and down, the riders will tackle on the traditional final lap in Plouay with narrow roads and five climbs. The last one, the famous Côte de Ty-Marrec (1500 meters, 5.5%), can suit the decisive attack. A perfect scenario for BAHRAIN MERIDA Team leader Sonny Colbrelli, who finished third last year: “I’m heading to Plouay with a good shape, after another week of high-altitude training. I am feeling confident. It’s a race that suits me and it seems more than ever at this edition. The race should be hard and selective, with a reduced group sprint finish. I was close to victory last year and the aim is to go again for it”.
BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team line-up for Bretagne Classic Ouest-France: Valerio Agnoli, Manuele Boaro, Grega Bole, Sonny Colbrelli, Enrico Gasparotto, Kristijan Koren, Domen Novak