Brown leads 'small but strong' BikeExchange team into La Course

They're only a team of five, but the BikeExchange squad for La Course is stacked with talent ready to compete for the crown at the one-day event, lead by Aussie Grace Brown.

Set to take place on a similar route to Stage 1 of the Tour de France tomorrow afternoon (AEST), the eighth edition of the women's race is set to be it's last following the announcement of the Tour de France Femmes for 2022.

The 107.4km route will mirror the men's 197.8km journey from Brest to Landerneau with four loops over the Côte de la Fosse aux Loups climb sure to separate the real competitors.

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The BikeExchange team heads into the race after a stint of altitude training in Switzerland, with Brown lining up alongside national champions Sarah Roy and Georgia Williams as well as climbers Amanda Spratt and Ane Santesteban.

Coming off a recent stage victory at the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas, her 6th podium appearance so far in 2021, Brown is hoping her stellar form will continue on the 10th stop of the Women's WorldTour, predicting a combative race amongst the riders.

"I think it will be a really good course," Brown said. "The climb in the circuit isn't very long or steep, but the repetition over four laps will cause attrition.

"I expect it will be raced quite aggressively with only a select group making it to the final.



"We are lining-up with a small but strong team and I think we will race smart and be really competitive at La Course this year.”

Team director Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas revealed he is looking to get all his riders involved on what will be a testing course.

"We bring in a strong line-up and we are expecting to race in a way where everyone gets an opportunity," he said.

"It’s a pretty hard course and it’s going to be hard to predict how it will develop and where the decisive attack will be; I’m expecting to have a reduced group to the line.

"The group is in great form coming from a good training block at altitude, so we are looking forward to some fun racing.”

Watch all the action from La Course by Le Tour de France from 4.30pm AEST Saturday on SBS VICELAND and SBS On Demand, just ahead of the beginning of Stage 1 of the men's Tour de France. There will also be daily highlights packages from the Giro Rosa, the major women's stage race key moments on SBS mid-afternoon daily from July 3 to 12.


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Published 25 June 2021 at 10:51am
By SBS Cycling Central
Source: SBS