Saturday 27th August 2016
The GP Plouay is the penultimate race in the UCI Women’s WorldTour – and we know it well, as it used to be the final World Cup of the year. It’s always exciting, with a tough circuit, especially the grinding climb of the Côte du Ty Marrec, and some gorgeous scenery.
Megan Guarnier had already won the WorldTour, even before the Vårgårda races, so this race won’t change anything there – but it’s always a fantastic, beautiful race in its own right – and we get to watch parts of it live!
The race starts at 13:40 Euro CEST (12:40 UK BST/7:40am North American EDT/9:40pm Aussie AEST) and the TV coverage starts at 15:15 CEST (2:15 BST/9:15am/11:15pm AEST) – it’s being shown & streamed in French on French FranceTV, and in English on the Eurosport player to subscribers only. Of course, you will be able to see the French stream via VPN (INRNG explains VPNs here) and there may be streams on sites like these.
Before the TV starts, we can follow on twitter as usual, using the #GPPlouay hashtag, or following the race twitter – and I’ll be updating my usual list of people tweeting from the race too. UPDATE: though I should warn you, most of the course is in gorgeous forested countryside that has no mobile phone signal at all, so it’s lucky we get streaming of this one!
I’ll post links to streams on twitter, if you can’t find them.
The race is 4 laps of the 26.9km circuit (the one in red), then one loop of 13.9km (blue), and there are previews of the race by last year’s winner Lizzie Armitstead on Boels-Dolmans’ website, on Ella Cycling Tips and Road & Mud. The startlist is here, and there’s more information in the roadbook and on the race website.