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Classique Loire-Atlantique

Bellicaud ready to excel for his leaders

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert starts the last month of the season with the twelfth and thirteenth races of the French Cup. Both La Route Adélie de Vitré (1.1, 1/10) on Friday and the Classique Loire Atlantique (1.1, 2/10) on Saturday are ridden on local circuits in Brittany.

The circuit of 16.8 kilometer of the Classique Loire Atlantique contains two categorized climbs.The Côte de Caffino (0.7km at 5.4%) and the Côte de Saint Fiacre sur Maine (0.4km at 8.7%) have to be covered in each of the eleven laps around La Haye-Fouassière. Probably a skimmed peloton will battle for the victory through the vineyards of the Nantes region.

Silver medallist at the U23 World Championships, Biniam Girmay Hailu, will lead the line up under the direction of Fédéric Amorison. Italian rider Lorenzo Rota, author of a double top 5 in the Tuscan diptych two weeks ago, joins the Eritrean rider. Jan Bakelants returns to competition since the Sazka Tour and is bringing his compatriot Loïc Vliegen. The French trio of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert with Jérémy Belicaud, Théo Delacroix and trainee Maxime Jarnet completes the line up.


« My family will be there to watch me, so this will be a unique weekend! There aren't many opportunities to race in the west of France. I want to show them the attractive racing style of the team, because the local laps with short hills are in favor of an open race. But it is also possible that some teams control the race and organize a bunch sprint. This season I made a linear progression thanks to the numerous World Tour races on my calendar. Making a step forward enabled me to support our team leaders even better. It gives me great satisfaction to contribute to the team's success. Working for riders with the ability to win races motivates me a lot to excel, especially when the atmosphere is good! »

Line up:
Jan Bakelants
Jérémy Bellicaud
Théo Delacroix
Biniam Girmay Hailu
Maxime Jarnet
Lorenzo Rota
Loïc Vliegen

Sports Direction:
Frédéric Amorison


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