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The Women's WorldTour will head to France for the one-day classics 2019 GP de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération Trophée WNT held on August 31 in Plouay.
The Grand Prix event has been hosting a women's one-day race since 2002 and was a part of the Women's World Cup series during that time. It has also been part of the Women's WorldTour since the series replaced the former World Cup in 2016.
The punchy circuit includes two main climbs and has suited former champions such as Regina Schleicher, who was the winner of the first edition. Other winners included Nicole Cooke, Edita Pucinskaite, Noemi Cantele, Nicole Brändle, Fabiana Luperini, Emma Pooley, Annemiek van Vleuten, Marianne Vos, Lucinda Brand, Lizzie Deignan, Eugenia Bujak and Amy Pieters.
The women race a 125.5-kilometre circuit race, where there are five laps around Plouay. The first four laps are 27.7km each, including the climbs of the Côte du Lézot and Côte de Ty Marrec as well as a number of smaller hills as well as a slightly-rising detour along the Scorff river and back again. The final lap does not include the section along the river and is only 14.7 kilometres, but it includes all of the main climbs.
In the 2018 edition of GP de Plouay, Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) won out of a 15-strong group after an animated final 20 kilometres with many attacks. The Dutchwoman beat Marianne Vos (then WaowDeals) and Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) to the line.
In February, organisers announced that they would be forced to cancel the women's race and men's Bretagne Classic after France Télévisions decided it would not broadcast them. France Télévisions has broadcast the race every year since 1991, except in 2007 and 2008. They later confirmed that both races would go ahead after securing television coverage from France Télévisions.
GP de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération Trophée WNT 201931 August 2019 | France | Women's WorldTour
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