01 October 2021

Classic Loire Atlantique, Thibault Guernalec's comeback

Thibault Guernalec, who dislocated his shoulder in a crash during the last stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, will be back in competition during the Classic 44



“I started riding on the road again a little bit more than ten days ago, and before that I did some home-training for three weeks to keep my condition. I started strengthening my shoulder two and a half weeks ago. I wanted to use it at the end of the season. We discussed this with the sports directors and we all agreed very quickly that in 2020 I had a shortened end of season because of my trochanter fracture. I spent last winter without being able to ride, and I didn’t want to cut my season short for a second year in a row in September. That’s why we decided with the team managers that I would use the end of the season. It was important for me to do a full season in 2021. I’ve never ridden the Loire Atlantique Classic, I’ve only taken part in the French Championship that Warren wins on these roads, and for me it’s a very good event to take up again.

Yvon Ledanois, Sport-Director

The briefing


“Classic 44 rhymes in my mind with La Haie-Fouassière and the 2019 French Road Championship title that was won by Warren Barguil after a day spent in front of the race and concluded with a furious sprint. It is therefore with great pleasure that we return each year to these roads and this event with the desire and determination to do well. The team involved in this 2021 edition will be centred around Anthony Delaplace who is in good shape and will want to show it again, as well as Laurent Pichon, Matîs Louvel, without forgetting Thibault Guernalec who will make his comeback on this event dear to the Arkéa-Samsic team.