When Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste kicks off Sunday in western France, a five-rider squad from Kelly Benefit Strategies will be there. The team, whose European travel plans were thrown into disarray last week by the Icelandic volcano that disrupted travel across the continent, arrived in Brittany Thursday to contest the seven-day race.
“I’ve never seen a logistics mess like the one caused by the volcano in Iceland,” said director Jonas Carney. “This was very stressful for the riders and staff. We had put together a great schedule to prepare our guys for the Tour of California and for a week it was a real possibility that this trip would not happen.”
The team will field a roster in Brittany aimed at winning the stage 2 time trial in Jersey and factoring in the bunch sprints over the first half of the race. Scott Zwizanski rode TT stage wins to overall victories at the Vuelta Ciclista del Uruguay and Tour de Beauce in 2009. David Veilleux is the Canadian u23 national time trial champion and will be key in the team’s set up for sprinters Zach Bell and Alex Candelario.
“Everyone is very disappointed about missing Tro Bro Leon, but we feel fortunate to have made it to France in time for Le Tour de Bretagne,” said Carney. “Our team has been looking forward to this race for some time now. Despite the troubles with travel, we have a very strong team in France that is well suited to the style of racing in Brittany.”
Kelly Benefit Strategies for Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste
Director: Jonas Carney
Ryan Anderson (Can)
Zach Bell (Can)
Alex Candelario (USA)
David Veilleux (Can)
Scott Zwizanski (USA)