Accreditation Request
Accreditation Presse

Actualités
Direct TV France 3 National 26/06/2019 En savoir +
Voir toutes les actualités

Bretagne classic ouest-france

Olivier Le Gac is back

08/27/2019

7th of the race and first breton in 2018, Olivier Le Gac (Groupama - FDJ) will return to Plouay on Sunday 1st September to ride his fourth Bretagne Classic. The Finisterien will obviously be one of the most encouraged riders on the breton roads.

Olivier, what's the feeling at the moment to return to Plouay?

It's always nice to race in Brittany, not far from the house. Especially this year, I have not had the opportunity to compete at home. As it is nearby, it allows family and friends to come and see. And then Plouay, we love because it's famous. There is always a stong field. I was already there before becoming a professional, I competed in the Grand Prix amateurs. It's also good to race in Brittany because people are more fans of cycling and there is a special atmosphere.

How do you find the new format of the race, road race in line since 2016?

I only knew this format because I raced for the first time Plouay WorldTour race in 2016. Since then, I come every year. The Bretagne Classic has not yet the same reputation as Gent-Wevelgem or the Tour of Flanders, but by switching from a circuit race to an in line race, the opinion will change. She will become a classic as we see in Belgium. Moreover, we see riders like Naesen and Van Avermaet who come to dispute it which would perhaps not have been the case with a race in circuit ending with a bunch sprint. Now it's a race that they'll check. From the moment it gives rise to a movement race, it will interest the classics riders more than the sprinters. Because the breakaway can go to the end ...

Last year you had a great race before placing 7th!

I had just enjoyed a race of movements. In addition to that, the rain had played a role and it had given a special race in the final with small wet roads. That day, I did not expect to have such a good race. I had good legs. My season had been different from this year because I had done the Tour de France, Plouay was a bit my return to racing. I had only done the Hamburg classic between Tour and Plouay. This year, I did not do the Tour. My approach is different but the motivation is the same. Well there will still be 250 km, we'll see how legs will be ...

What do you think about the route of Bretagne Classic and the routes taken?

We used also small roads on the belgianclassics, but our little roads in Brittany are a little different. Riders who have loved the races like the Tour de Bretagne or the KreizBreizh Elites will also enjoy the Bretagne Classic. This year, we will have two gravel sections. I think this type of course is good even if you do not go to extremes. We approach this as a classic WorldTour where placement is important. If it's wet, it's a little more dangerous and it favors attackers. If it's dry, it can finish in a small peloton. What is certain is that placement in decisive places is important and the whole team needs to be well motivated for these passages. At Groupama-FDJ, we are all motivated.

Do you know the course of the 2019 edition?

I know it's going to places that I know like Saint-Ségal, the Terenez bridge ... It's also happening in the Kalifornhill that we had on the 2018 Tour. I know we're going to take small roads in all directions. We will go recognize the course wednesdaymorning with several Breton riders. We will then know more. As the course changes every year, I think it will become important to recognize it. By going on place, we will have a better idea of ​​what the race will be, even if we also have to take into account the weather. At Groupama-FDJ, we have a team that can distinguish itself in any scenario. And we will also Arnaud Démare who will be there if there will be a sprint finish !

Olivier Le Gac (english)
Olivier Le Gac (français)

Mais aussi

Sep VANMARCKE vainqueur de la Bretagne Classic Ouest-France...
1/09/2019
Partants Bretagne Classic Ouest France...
31/08/2019
Oliver Naesen nous écrit...
29/08/2019
Guide pratique : Bretagne Classic - Ouest-France - UCI WorldTour...
Astana avec Davide Ballerini (actualisé)...
30/08/2019
UAE Team Emirates avec Jasper Philipsen (actualisé)...
29/08/2019
Deceuninck – Quick Step avec Elia Viviani (actualisé)...
29/08/2019
Mitchelton – Scott avec Matteo Trentin (actualisé)...
29/08/2019
Total Direct Energie avec Niki Terpstra (actualisé)...
29/08/2019
InEos avec Filippo Ganna (actualisé)...
29/08/2019
Arkéa – Samsic avec Warren Barguil (actualisé)...
29/08/2019
Cofidis avec Julien Simon (actualisé)...
29/08/2019
Wanty – Groupe Gobert avec Guillaume Martin (actualisé)...
29/08/2019
Groupama - FDJ avec Arnaud Démare (actualisé)...
28/08/2019
Bora - Hansgrohe avec Patrick Konrad (actualisé)...
28/08/2019
Team Dimension Data avec Michael Valgren (actualisé)...
28/08/2019
Trek - Segafredo avec Fabio Felline (actualisé)...
28/08/2019
Lotto - Soudal avec Tim Wellens...
28/08/2019
Movistar avec Richard Carapaz (actualisé)...
27/08/2019
Katusha Alpecin avec Ilnur Zakarin (actualisé)...
27/08/2019
EF Education First avec Simon Clarke (actualisé)...
27/08/2019
Delko – Marseille Provence avec Ramunas Navardauskas (actualisé)...
27/08/2019
Jumbo - Visma avec Amund Grondahl Jansen...
27/08/2019
Bahrain – Merida avec Matej Mohoric...
26/08/2019
Vital Concept – B&B Hôtels avec Bryan Coquard ...
21/08/2019
Ag2r La Mondiale avec Oliver Naesen...
15/08/2019
Team CCC avec Greg Van Avermaet...
13/08/2019
Team Sunweb avec Michael Matthews...
6/08/2019
Israël Cycling Academy avec Davide Cimolai...
4/08/2019
Organisation - Réglement Bretagne Classic UCI WT...
23/07/2019
Le parcours de la BC OF 2019 sur KINOMAP...
10/07/2019
Oliver NAESEN gagne la Bretagne Classic Ouest-France...
26/08/2018
UCI WT BRETAGNE CLASSIC OUEST-FRANCE