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(Based on an article I published in Volata #5)
The “Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France” (formerly, “GP de Plouay”) presumes to be the only French race in the top category that is not organized by the giant “Amaury Sport Organization”, an entity that hides even more power than the governing cycling body, the UCI.
Like many cycling events, the “Grand Prix de Plouay” has also the support of a newspaper, in this case a regional one, “Ouest-France”. The birth of this modest race takes us to 1931, when Dr. Berthy, a doctor at the Tour de France, became the new president of the organizing committee of the Plouay festivities. Taking advantage of his passion in cycling and taking advantage of his influences and contacts within the world of cycling, he decided to create the “Grand Prix International de la ville de Plouay”. The friendship that he established with some riders helped him to attract them and that they were part of the departure of this classic.
The race circuit, with the côte de Ty Marrec as the main element of the race, is named Jean-Yves Perron, organizer of the race between 1975 and 1999, who died in February 2000 after being the victim of cancer when he was 53 years old. He was the one who, since joining the committee, saved the race of his disappearance. In 1975 the race hit rock bottom, in that edition there were only nineteen riders registered, one of them was Cyrille Guimard, the great favorite, because the start-list did not present better candidates. Even so the Loire rider, which did not miss the forecasts and ended up winning, claimed to be “the hardest race I had ever played”, because without a team and full of independents, “it was an 18 against 1 race”.
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