Watch the 2017 GP de Plouay LIVE!

Saturday 26th August 2017

It’s the last big Classic of the women’s cycling season, and wow, I love this race.  It’s got one of the ugliest tough climbs in the sport, the Côte du Ty Marrec, which is this tough, grinding dual big wide road that looks pretty benign, but is tough as hell. It was the site of what’s still one of my all-time favourite cycling moments, in 2010, when Emma Pooley, after sandbagging her heart out, caught Marianne Vos, Emma Johansson and Judith Arndt out on that last climb, attacking up the inside right just as Vos looked over her left shoulder.  I’ll never get bored of that!

And then last year, after hundreds of attacks, catches, splits and reformations, a group of around 20 elite riders came to the line together, and definite underdog Eugenia Bujak started her sprint surprisingly – and won!  The biggest result of her career, and for her team BTC City Ljubljana.

And that’s what makes a Classic classic to me – that feeling that we’ve got no idea what will happen right up til the last moment.  Plouay, like all my favourite races, has been won every way from solo to small group to large bunch, and I love it for it.  Who could win?  Practically anyone!

Like last year, it’s 4 laps of the 26.9km circuit, and then one of 13.9km.  I have to warn you, there’s pretty much no mobile phone coverage of the northern part of the big loop, because it’s running through beautiful forests, so we don’t get many updates on twitter, BUT part of it is live on TV!

How to watch and follow

The race starts at 13:40 European CEST (12:40pm UK BST; 9:40pm Australian AEST; 7:40am North American EDT)

TV coverage will start at 15:15 CEST (2:15pm BST; 11:15pm AEST; 9:15am EDT) on France 3 TV, which you can watch here if you’re in France (or via VPN).  It’s also going to stream on the Eurosport Player, through maybe without commentary, and there could be more streams here and here – and I’ll tweet streams on the day.

To follow on twitter (with the caveat of the lack of mobile coverage on a lot of the course), the race twitter is a good one, last year’s hashtag was #GPPlouay, and of course there’s #UCIWWT too.  And I have my usual list of live-tweeters.

The provisional startlist is here, and there is the great Cycling Fever one too.  Tons more information, including about the full 4 days of Plouay cycling festival, on the race website.

Want more?  Collections of videos of Marianne Vos winning 2013, 2014‘s solo win by Lucinda Brand;   2015, won by Lizzie Deignan from a small group.

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Videos, photos and more from the 2016 GP de Plouay

The penultimate round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, and the last of the WorldTour Classics, the GP Plouay has always been a fantastic race, with really great media, and 2016 lived up to expectations – with a surprise winner to boot!  I’ll edit more in as I see them – please do share anything else you find, in the comments, or on twitter.

UCI Highlights:

Full stream replay:

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Podcast 2015 Episode 25 – Sarah Loves a Premature Celebration

Podcast logoG’day team, this week we catch up on the last World Cup race in Plouay! We also find out how the rest of the Trophee d’Or went and we discuss a bunch of news and announcements from teams, riders and the UCI. There’s a heap of great videos down below and a lot of exciting stuff. Sit back, crack a cold one and ignore the other commuters on the bus/train, and enjoy! (1:00:51 MIN / 58.43 MB)

 

You can also get free updates from the iTunes store or via our RSS feed.

Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing

Trophée d’Or

Videos from Stage 2 and Stage 3, which we talked about last week.

Stage 4 – with a premature celebration! Photos and results,

Stage 5 photos and results, and the final General Classification results.

GP de Plouay Road World Cup

All the videos and race reports etc are over here – this was one of the very best races of the season, WOW!

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Other things we saw this week

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Videos & more from the 2015 GP de Plouay World Cup

The GP de Plouay-Bretagne is always one of the best races on the calendar, and the 2015 edition didn’t disappoint – NON-stop attacking, non-stop action, and we have a LOT of videos to watch!

Here’s the full last 50 kilometres on the UCI youtube – click through and watch, it’s glorious!  And here’s the highlights – from the UCI and from Wiggle Honda.

Results and photos below, and I’ll add more videos as I see them – anything you see and like, leave me a comment, or tell me on twitter, and I’ll add them in

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Watch the 2015 GP de Plouay World Cup LIVE!

It’s the last round of the 2015 women’s Road Cycling World Cup, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne, on 29th August – and we can watch the last part of it live!

This is always a really exciting race, and part of a fantastic four day festival of cycling, the 4 Jours de PlouayThe route is 4 circuits of a 26.9 circuit (in red) and then a final run of 13.9k, the same course without the northern loop – 121.5k in total.  You can read more about the course on Velofocus’ 2014 preview, as it’s the same.    There’s a provisional startlist on the website, but that’s likely to change.

The race starts at 13:40 Euro CEST (12:40 UK BST; 7:40am N American EST; 9:40pm Aussie AEDT) but the tv starts later on France 3 (stream here, geo-restricted) and Eurosport at 15:30 CEST (2:30 BST, 9:30am EST, 11:30pm AEDT) and international Eurosport (not British)…  and best yet for non-French people, on the UCI website – here’s the stream!

If THIS is blocked for you, or you want to watch the French stream, try Tunnelbear or another VPN solution (paying for Witopia is my recommendation) – if you use Tunnelbear, set yourself to somewhere like the UK, & then turn the TB off as soon as the stream starts, to save your allocation (use at your own risk of course)

To follow the first part of the race until the tv starts, I recommend twitter.  The 4 Jours has a twitter here, and of course I’ve updated my live race tweeting list.  The official hashag is for other updates too.  The festival also has a great facebook, and they’ll put up videos on their Plouay TV page too.

Want more?  Previews from ORICA-AIS and on Velorooms, and here’s what happened last year.   Of course I’ll be back after the race with links to videos, photos, articles and more, so if you see anything you like, leave me a comment or ping me on twitter.

Videos from the 2014 GP Plouay World Cup

On the one hand, I love the end of the Road World Cup, because Crescent Vårgårda and the GP de Plouay-Bretagne are such consistently great races – but on the other hand it’s sad because this is the end of the season….  But at least it went out with a bang, such a great race!  And we have videos, too – you can either watch the short UCI highlights, or the full last hour-and-twenty-ish coverage.  And if you want to read something, I wrote a very short report for Cyclingnews, please click through and read it!

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GP de Plouay World Cup and Para-Cycling Road World Championships – LIVE!

GP de Plouay

Two sets of live women’s cycling this weekend!  Firstly, the final round of the 2014 Road World Cup, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne on Saturday 30th August.  The UCI told us they’d stream this live, and it’s true, their livestream says it’ll start at 14:30 CEST, but people on the ground tell us the broadcast actually starts towards the end of the race at 16:00 (3pm UK BST; midnight Australian AEDT; 10am USA EDT and 7am USA PDT).

Is that right?  I guess we’ll find that out tomorrow!  The actual race starts at 14:10 CEST, but you can definitely follow it from the beginning on twitter – here’s my twitter list, which is the easiest way.  The course changes pretty much every year, and if you’d like to know more about it, read Velofocus’ preview – and Cyclingfever has a startlist.

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2014 Para-Cycling Road World Championships

One thing I can be sure about is the livestream for the Para Road Worlds.  The competition is in Greenville, South Carolina, this year, and the competition started on Thursday 28th, and runs until Monday 1st September.  Thanks to US Paralympics, we’ll have live coverage of some of the road races here:

  • Sunday 31st, 8-11 am EDT (5-8am PDT; 1-3 pm UK BST; 14:00-17:00 Euro CEST and 10pm-1am Australian AEDT)
  • Sunday 31st, 2:30-3 pm EDT (11:30am-12pm PDT; 7:30-8 BST; 20:30-21:00 CEST & 4:30-5am AEDT)
  • Monday, 1st Sept, 8-10:30am (5-7:30am PDT; 1-2:30 pm UK BST; 14:00-16:30 Euro CEST and 10pm-12:30 Australian AEDT)
  • Monday 1st, 1:30-3:30 pm EDT (10:30am-12:30 PDT; 6:30-8:30pm BST; 19:30-21:30 CEST; 3:30-5:30am AEDT)

Here’s the full schedule for what’s on when, so you can see what’s on the streams and to follow all the action before the livestream, you can follow the action as it happens on the race twitter, race facebook and with the US Paracycling twitter.   There are results on the race website and photos on the race flickr, as well as some videos on the City of Greenville’s Youtube.

You can also find daily country-specific reports on some of the national Federation sites – I’m seeing information on British Cycling’s homepage (they’ve also got a good description of the different Para-cycling categories), Cycling Australia, US Paralympics, and Cycling Canada – if you find any more information, please tell me in the comments or on twitter.

There is tons more info on the excellent race site, and if you find any more stuff I should know about, please do let me know!