Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Audrey Cordon-Ragot will once again be delighted to welcome the rest of the black and orange team to her home region of Brittany, west France, for Saturday’s GP Plouay - Lorient Agglo. The French Time Trial Champion has enjoyed her most competitive season to date, with some of her best ever results in some of the toughest one-day races, so the proud Breton will be going all-out as usual on her favourite roads.
“It’s time to come back in Bretagne after my last race in May in Plumelec,” Cordon-Ragot said. “It's always so special to race home with my public.
“Bretagne is a land of cycling, people are crazy about it and there will be so many on the course on Saturday.”
The rolling, exposed 121km course not only suits the characteristics of local rider Cordon-Ragot, but also her close friend and teammate Elisa Longo Borghini. The Italian Champion finished third in 2012, and has seldom been outside the top ten since. She makes her return to the peloton after training at altitude, having recovered from an intense period of racing that culminated with her podium finish at La Course by the Tour de France.
Also a past podium-finisher in the Breton Classic, two-time former road World Champion Giorgia Bronzini will be on the line in Plouay in the event that the race - as it did last year - should finish in a sprint.
“Winning here would be a dream for me,” Cordon-Ragot continued. “It's one of the hardest races on the calendar and I think the course suits the team really well.
“I'm looking forward to see how I feel and if I can play the game, I've been training well since [the Crescent Vårgårda Team Time Trial in] Sweden but I got a toothache and had to take antibiotics for 6 days so let's see how are the legs.
“We will have good weather, an amazing public, a nice race and a big team, everything is coming together to perform well!”
Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s captains will once again be supported by the climbing talents of German Claudia Lichtenberg, while Australian track star Amy Cure will ride her second UCI Women’s WorldTour race since returning from the injury that forced her out of the Tour of California.
Welsh rider Amy Roberts, whose hard work in the early kilometres has laid the foundation to so much of the black and orange team’s success this year, completes the line up.
Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling team for the GP Plouay - Lorient Agglo
Giorgia Bronzini (Italy), Audrey Cordon-Ragot (France), Amy Cure (Australia), Claudia Lichtenberg(Germany), Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy), Amy Roberts (Great Britain)
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