Illness diminished Boels-Dolmans ahead of GP Plouay but Amy Pieters went on to take final victory
Aug 26 2018 05:34 am CET

Illness diminished Boels-Dolmans ahead of GP Plouay but Amy Pieters went on to take final victory
Illness diminished Boels-Dolmans ahead of GP Plouay but Amy Pieters went on to take final victory
Photo of Amy Pieters by Boels-Dolmans

Boels-Dolmans Amy Pieters has won the 2018 edition of the GP de Plouay. The Dutchwoman was the fastest at the final sprint, beating Marianne Vos and Coryn Rivera.

The riders went through a 125.5-kilometre circuit that was divided into four 27.7-kilometre laps and a last one of 14.7 kilometres. The pace of the peloton was very high from the beginning and managed to break the pack into pieces until only a reduced group of around 20 riders arrived in the last climb.

Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High 5) tried to escape in the last lap, but the others reeled her back in and sentenced the race to a reduced sprint. The Dutchwoman showed to have the better legs and outsprinted Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) and Coryn Rivera (Sunweb).

A six-rider Boels-Dolmans was set to start in the French race but Chantal Blaak and Anna Plichta were out with illness. "We made it a hard race and we did it!" commented Pieters. "We were just with a small team, but we were all really strong."

Megan Guarnier stayed with Pieters until the end and that support helped the rider to take the final victory. "We had to try things, couldn't start saving energy already," she explained. "We tried to help each other as best as we could - until we realised the race was going to end in a sprint.

"I have to thank Megan a lot. Because she attacked multiple times in the final. I tried to recover as much as I could. I was able to hang on and eventually won in the sprint."






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