Team Sunweb lined up at GP de Plouay today, animating the race with their aggressive racing style.
It was a relatively quiet day in the GP de Plouay peloton until 50 kilometres of racing had been covered and the bunch tackled the ascent of Ty Marec. Here the race begun and the action was relentless until the finish. Attack after attack went clear with the peloton putting in a huge chase to bring them back each time. Team Sunweb’s Leah Kirchmann, Juliette Labous, Liane Lippert, Rozanne Slik and Julia Soek each took turns at the front of the bunch setting the tempo and covering attacks. Despite various groups trying their luck, it wasn’t until the final climb at five kilometres to go that a group of two riders managed to snap the elastic. Leah came back up to the front of the peloton to help with the chase, but the power of two ahead went on to contest the victory. The final climb shredded the bunch and Coryn Rivera suffered cramps, which distanced her from the main group. She continued to fight and sprinted to win the dash to the line from her group on the road, finishing inside the top 30.
After the race Coryn said: “The team were amazing today, everyone put in 110 percent towards our goal which is the most important thing to take away from the day. I suffered some cramps on the final climb that derailed my role, but I still kept fighting despite the pain and did my best to sprint in the group that I was in. Naturally I am a bit disappointed in my results today but its fuel to the fire. It was a great team effort despite some bad luck.”
Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans said: “The team work today was brilliant today, but unfortunately Coryn cramped in the final. Regardless of the result, it was really impressive to see how the team controlled the race with such a young team. Juliette and Liane were still chasing with 15 kilometres to go – it was brilliant to see.”