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Grace Brown: “Really excited to have the opportunity to race La Course”

Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Grace Brown will lead the black and orange team into La Course by the Tour de France on Tuesday, as the one-day race takes on a mountain course for the second straight year. The 112.5km race will follow most of the route of the tenth stage of the men’s Tour de France, between Annecy and Le Grand Bornand, and take in some of the tough Alpine climbs.

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to race La Course,” said Brown, who joined Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling in May as part of the Amy Gillett Foundation scholarship system. “It’s one of the biggest profile races on the women’s calendar, so I’m hoping to be up there amongst the action and show what I can do.”

Brown’s first appearance in the black and orange jersey was at the Amgen Tour of California, in mid-May, where her strong climbing in the mountainous South Lake Tahoe stage saw her gain a good position overall. An unfortunate crash in the second stage of the Lotto Thüringen Rundfahrt, however, saw her sit out the rest of the race with fractured ribs, and she was unable to do any more to help teammate Lisa Brennauer to victory.

With her ribs healed, however, Brown is ready once again to seize the opportunity given her by the Amy Gillett Foundation and Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling in what will surely be one of the highest profile events of the season.

“Unfortunately after crashing out and breaking some ribs at Thuringen Lotto Ladies Tour I’ve had a long period without racing,” Brown said. “But  I’ve turned that disappointment around and put a lot of focus into my training in that time. I am now feeling very fit and ready to tackle the tough terrain at La Course.”

Brown will be joined in the Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling team by Japanese Champion Eri Yonamine, who has just completed the ten-day Giro Rosa, in Italy. Yonamine first came to international attention with 11th place in the 2017 edition of La Course, at the top of the Col d’Izoard, and looks to go even better over the Col de Romme and Col de la Colombière this time.

Brown’s fellow Australian Macey Stewart returns to racing after her role in Brennauer’s Thüringen victory, with the rest of the team entirely British with sisters Lucy and Grace Garner joined by Olympic and Commonwealth Champion Elinor Barker.

Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling team for La Course by the Tour de France
Elinor Barker (Great Britain), Grace Brown (Australia), Grace Garner (Great Britain), Lucy Garner(Great Britain), Macey Stewart (Australia), Eri Yonamine (Japan)

Photo Credit: Vélofocus

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