Preview: Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France

Team Dimension Data will be lining up for the UCI World Tour one day event, Bretagne Classic Ouest–France, this Sunday. The single day classic is not only one of the toughest races due to the narrow, rough and undulating roads in Bretagne, France but at 256km in length, it is also one of the longest.

Starting in Plouy, the 256km parcours undulates all the way out to Vannes, before returning to Plouay, finishing with a 14.7km punchy city circuit. There will be sprinters keen on keeping the race together, as was the case last year and in 2015, but the opportunities proved in 2014 and 2016, that a late attack can also succeed.

Our African Team will prepare for both eventualities, having Edvald Boasson Hagen spearhead our team on Sunday. Boasson Hagen, winner of the race in 2012, will be looking to outwit his competitors on the sharp climbs, and arrive at the final as one of the strongest.

Backing up our Norwegian on the day up will be the Australian duo of Ben O’Connor and Lachlan Morton. Mekseb Debesay, Nicholas Dlamini, Scott Thwaites and Jaco Venter complete a strong Dimension Data for Qhubeka lineup.

Edvald Boasson Hagen
Mekseb Debesay
Nicholas Dlamini
Lachlan Morton
Ben O’Connor
Scott Thwaites
Jaco Venter

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Brittany (Breizh) is a culturally rich region of France which shares ancestry with its Celtic neighbours across the channel as well as its etymological name.

A cycling milieu of legends and current professionals of the sport; its flag the Gwenn-ha-du is one of the most iconic flags seen flanking the parcours when the peloton makes its way through “Little Britain”.

Find the hand.