Bretagne Classic

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Bretagne Classic
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Race details
DateLate August
RegionBrittany, France
English nameBrittany Classic West France
Local name(s)Bretagne Classic Ouest-France (in French)
CompetitionUCI World Tour
TypeOne-day race
OrganiserComité des Fêtes de Plouay
First edition1931 (1931)
Editions82 (as of 2018)
First winner François Favé (FRA)
Most wins10 riders with 2 wins
Most recent Oliver Naesen (BEL)

The Bretagne Classic, also called Bretagne Classic Ouest–France, is an elite cycling classic held annually in late summer around the Breton village of Plouay in western France.

The race was originally named Grand–Prix de Plouay and, from 1989 to 2015, GP Ouest–France. It was included in the inaugural UCI ProTour in 2005 and in 2011 in its successor, the UCI World Tour. Since 2016 it is called Bretagne Classic Ouest–France.[1]

Since 2002, a women's event, the GP Plouay–Bretagne is organized on Saturday, the day before the men's race. Supporting events have grown over the years and now include BMX races, track racing and a mass-participation ride, as part of a four–day festival in the last summer weekend in Brittany.


Gilbert Duclos-Lasalle (pictured at the 1993 Paris–Nice) is the last rider who won the race twice

The Bretagne Classic, originally named Circuit de Plouay and later the Grand-Prix de Plouay,[1] was created in 1931 by former Tour de France doctor Berty, who used his influence to attract some of the biggest names of French cycling to the inaugural edition.[2] Breton rider François Favé won the inaugural edition. In its first decades the race was dominated by French riders. The first non-French winner was Italian Ugo Anzile in 1954, the second was Holland's Frits Pirard in 1979. Nine riders have won the race two times, all of them French. The last to do so was Gilbert Duclos-Lasalle, winning in 1981 and 1987.

Throughout its history, the roll of honour includes some illustrious winners. Séan Kelly was the first English-speaking rider to win in 1984. Belgian Frank Vandenbroucke became the youngest winner in 1996, at the age of 21.[3] Italian Vincenzo Nibali, on his way to cycling legend, took a surprise victory in 2006, at the age of 22.[4] Australians Simon Gerrans and Matthew Goss won in 2009 and 2010 respectively, with Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen soloing to victory in 2012 and Italy's Filippo Pozzato helping resurrect his career with a surprise win in 2013.[5][6]

In 2014 the attackers managed to hold off the chasing peloton, with Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel winning the seven-man sprint.[7] Alexander Kristoff was only two seconds behind, winning the sprint for eighth place.[8] In 2015 it was Kristoff's turn for victory, leading out a bunch sprint of 69 riders.[9]


The race starts and finishes in the small village of Plouay, in the heartland of French cycling. The course consists of eight laps of a demanding 27 km circuit and one 14-km lap in the backdrop of Brittany. The circuit is known for its high rate of attrition, featuring climbs and technical descents. The total distance covered is 247 km (153.5 mi).[1]

The first climb is addressed almost immediately after the start as the race goes over the Côte du Lézot, a one-kilometre climb with an average gradient of 6%. Next is a gentle six kilometre ascent up to the Chapelle Sainte-Anne des Bois, marking the halfway point of the circuit. After a flat section, the race addresses the Côte de Ty-Marrec, with a maximum gradient of 10%.

The race ends with a final lap of 14 km, with the last climb of the Côte de Ty-Marrec providing opportunities to launch attacks or distance sprinters. Sometimes a small group of riders manages to stay away, but often they are caught by the sprinters and their teams in sight of the finish line.[2]


Rider Team
1931 France François Favé (FRA)
1932 France Philippe Bono (FRA)
1933 France Philippe Bono (FRA)
1934 France Lucien Tulot (FRA)
1935 France Jean Le Dily (FRA)
1936 France Pierre Cogan (FRA)
1937 France Jean-Marie Goasmat (FRA)
1938 France Pierre Cloarec (FRA)
1945 France Eloi Tassin (FRA)
1946 France Ange Le Strat (FRA)
1947 France Raymond Louviot (FRA)
1948 France Eloi Tassin (FRA)
1949 France Armand Audaire (FRA)
1950 France Armand Audaire (FRA)
1951 France Emile Guerinel (FRA)
1952 France Emile Guerinel (FRA)
1953 France Serge Blusson (FRA)
1954 Italy Ugo Anzile (ITA)
1955 France Jean Petitjean (FRA)
1956 France Valentin Huot (FRA)
1957 France Isaac Vitre (FRA)
1958 France Jean Gainche (FRA)
1959 France Emmanuel Crenn (FRA)
1960 France Hubert Ferrer (FRA)
1961 France Fernand Picot (FRA)
1962 France Jean Gainche (FRA)
1963 France Fernand Picot (FRA)
1964 France Jean Bourles (FRA)
1965 France François Goasduff (FRA)
1966 France Claude Mazeaud (FRA)
1967 France François Hamon (FRA)
1968 France Jean Jourden (FRA)
1969 France Jean Jourden (FRA)
1970 France Jean Marcarini (FRA)
1971 France Jean-Pierre Danguillaume (FRA)
1972 France Robert Bouloux (FRA)
1973 France Jean-Claude Largeau (FRA)
1974 France Raymond Martin (FRA)
1975 France Cyrille Guimard (FRA)
1976 France Jacques Bossis (FRA)
1977 France Jacques Bossis (FRA)
1978 France Pierre-Raymond Villemiane (FRA)
1979 Netherlands Frits Pirard (NED)
1980 France Patrick Friou (FRA)
1981 France Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (FRA)
1982 France François Castaing (FRA)
1983 France Pierre Bazzo (FRA)
1984 Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly (IRL) Skil–Reydel–Sem–Mavic
1985 France Eric Guyot (FRA) Skil–Sem–Kas–Miko
1986 France Martial Gayant (FRA) Système U
1987 France Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (FRA) Vétements Z–Peugeot
1988 France Luc Leblanc (FRA) Toshiba-Look
1989 France Jean-Claude Colotti (FRA) R.M.O.
1990 France Bruno Cornillet (FRA) Z–Tomasso
1991 France Armand de Las Cuevas (FRA) Banesto
1992 France Ronan Pensec (FRA) R.M.O.
1993 France Thierry Claveyrolat (FRA) GAN
1994 Moldova Andreï Tchmil (MDA) Lotto
1995 Switzerland Rolf Järmann (SUI) MG Maglificio
1996 Belgium Frank Vandenbroucke (BEL) Mapei–GB
1997 Italy Andrea Ferrigato (ITA) Roslotto–ZG Mobili
1998 France Pascal Hervé (FRA) Festina–Lotus
1999 France Christophe Mengin (FRA) Française des Jeux
2000 Italy Michele Bartoli (ITA) Mapei–Quick-Step
2001 Belgium Nico Mattan (BEL) Cofidis
2002 United Kingdom Jeremy Hunt (GBR) BigMat-Auber 93
2003 France Andy Flickinger (FRA) AG2R Prévoyance
2004 France Didier Rous (FRA) Brioches La Boulangère
2005 United States George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel
2006 Italy Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Liquigas
2007 France Thomas Voeckler (FRA) Bouygues Télécom
2008 France Pierrick Fédrigo (FRA) Bouygues Télécom
2009 Australia Simon Gerrans (AUS) Cervélo TestTeam
2010 Australia Matthew Goss (AUS) Team HTC–Columbia
2011 Slovenia Grega Bole (SLO) Lampre–ISD
2012 Norway Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Sky
2013 Italy Filippo Pozzato (ITA) Lampre–Merida
2014 France Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) IAM Cycling
2015 Norway Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha
2016 Belgium Oliver Naesen (BEL) IAM Cycling
2017 Italy Elia Viviani (ITA) Team Sky
2018 Belgium Oliver Naesen (BEL) AG2R La Mondiale

Multiple winners[edit]

Wins Rider Editions
2  Philippe Bono (FRA) 1932 + 1933
 Eloi Tassin (FRA) 1945 + 1948
 Armand Audaire (FRA) 1949 + 1950
 Émile Guérinel (FRA) 1951 + 1952
 Jean Gainche (FRA) 1958 + 1962
 Fernand Picot (FRA) 1961 + 1963
 Jean Jourden (FRA) 1968 + 1969
 Jacques Bossis (FRA) 1976 + 1977
 Gilbert Duclos-Lasalle (FRA) 1981 + 1987
 Oliver Naesen (BEL) 2016 + 2018

Wins per country[edit]

Wins Country
62  France
6  Italy
4  Belgium
2  Australia
1  Ireland
 United Kingdom
 United States

Grand Prix de Plouay for Women Elite[edit]

Since 2002, a women's event, the GP de Plouay, is organized the day before the men's race and on the same circuit. The women's race features six 19 km laps, totalling 114 km, and is part of the UCI Women's Road World Cup.[10][11] Italian Noemi Cantele, Holland's Marianne Vos and British pair Emma Pooley and Lizzie Deignan hold the record with two wins.


  • No rider has won the race more than two times so far.
  • The GP Ouest-France is one of only a few international sporting events organized entirely by volunteers: 600-700 members of the Comité des Fêtes de Plouay manage the proceedings of the organization.[12]
  • Plouay has organized the 2000 Road World Championships, using the circuit of the GP Ouest-France.[13] Latvian Romāns Vainšteins won the elite men's road race, beating Zbigniew Spruch and Óscar Freire in a bunch sprint.[14] Belorussian Zinaida Stahurskaia won the women's road race in a solo victory.[15]


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