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A look at the school, the races and the future of this unique 'sport'
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Thor Hushovd (BMC) counts his stage wins
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The American team also includes Mathias Frank, who leaves for IAM Cycling at the end of the year, and Greg Van Avermaet.
The team’s sports director Fabio Baldato believes that the course suits Hushovd. The Norwegian was second in the race in 2007 – albeit on a different course – and has enjoyed a mini-renaissance in his career with wins this year.
"For sure, Thor is our captain for the final. But depending on the situation, we can play many other cards. We have a very strong team around him," Baldato said.
The race consists of nine laps of a 27km circuit and is one that Hushovd believes will be a war of attrition.
"This is a strongmen's race," he said. "There's two hard climbs on every lap and people are getting dropped on every lap. The last two or three laps, it's just hard racing between hard attacks and strong riders and strong teams."
BMC roster for GP Ouest France Plouay:
Adam Blythe, Mathias Frank, Thor Hushovd, Daniel Oss, Taylor Phinney, Manuel Quinziato, Michael Schär and Greg Van Avermaet