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  The final round of the UCI Women's World Cup GP de Plouay-Bretagne is not only a race for the win but the overall World Cup is still up for grabs.

Jolien D'hoore leads the series by six points but is not racing to defend the series lead. Anna Van der Breggen is sitting just six points behind D'hoore, while Lizzie Armitstead is in third 21 points behind her Van der Breggen. Elisa Longo Borghini is fourth and if things go right could still take the title.

World Cup Rankings

1 Jolien D'HOORE 391
3 Elizabeth ARMITSTEAD 364
5 Lucinda BRAND 297
6 Alena AMIALIUSIK 255
7 Giorgia BRONZINI 230
8 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN 226
9 Elena CECCHINI 182
10 Pauline FERRAND PREVOT 175

2014 Results

1 Lucinda BRAND
2 Marianne VOS +56
3 Pauline FERRAND PREVOT +56
4 Rossella RATTO +56
6 Emma JOHANSSON +56
8 Elizabeth ARMITSTEAD +56
9 Alena AMIALIUSIK +56
10 Tiffany CROMWELL +56

Past Winners

2014 - Lucina Brand
2013 - Marianne Vos
2012 - Marianne Vos
2011 - Annemiek van Vleuten
2010 - Emma Pooley
2009 - Emma Pooley
2008 - Fabiana Luperini
2007 - Noemi Cantele
2006 - Nicole Brandli
2005 - Noemi Cantele
2004 - Edita Pucinskaite
2003 - Nicole Cooke
2002 - Regina Schleicher

The Route

4 laps of the longer 26.9 kilometre circuit before a final shorter circuit of 13.9 kilometres over part of the opening circuit.

The Contenders

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Rabo Liv

The team dominated last year with Lucinda Brand taking a solo win and Marianne Vos and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot making it a clean sweep of the podium. Rabo bring a strong team including defending champion Lucinda Brand, World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and the rider of the season Anna Van der Breggen. Kasia Niewiadoma, Roxane Knetemann and Shara Gillow add considerable firepower.

Despite having defending champion Brand it is likely the team will ride for Van der Breggen who has the World Cup overall rankings in her grasp. It takes just six points for her to take the title assuming she can hold off Lizzie Armitstead by 20 points. The undulating course is a good one for Van der Breggen who has proven all but unstoppable over all terrain this year. With a number of steep sections including the Cote de Ty Marrec with around four kilometres to go. Van der Breggen has proven if she is given even the smallest gap she can time trial to the finish.

Lucinda Brand, the Dutch Champion also comes in with good form, two stages at the Giro Rosa, second Sparkassen Giro and fourth Vargarda World Cup last weekend. In the event of a select group sprint Brand will be a name to watch but could just as easily go on the attack. European Champion Katarzyna Niewiadoma is another rider who can go well on this undulating course.

Emma Johansson and Orica-AIS

Johansson is in her final World Cup race with Orica-AIS before moving to Wiggle in 2016. A three time podium finisher, mostly recently second in 2013. The course is one that suits Johansson with several steep sections for her attacking riding style. With her sprint not as competitive this year expect to see her even more aggressive than normal.

Johansson is joined by the on form Rachel Neylan who won the Trophée d'Or Féminin earlier this week and seems to be back to her 2012 World Championship silver medallist form. Amanda Spratt has had a strong second half of the season finishing third at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt and fourth Ladies tour of Norway. Katrin Garfoot is another option for the team.

Lizzie Armitstead and Boels Dolmans

As with most races Boels Dolmans brings a team with multiple cards to play. Defending World Cup Champion Lizzie Armitstead has already won two World Cups this season and is just 27 points off D'hoore and 21 behind Van der Breggen. Few in the race will be able to out sprint Armitstead and these short sharp climbs are where she is at her best. With a second overall World Cup title within her reach expect Armitstead to give it everything.

Megan Guarnier has had a highly successful season winning Strade Bianche, US National Championship and the Ladies tour of Norway earlier this month. Generally thought of as a climber but her performances in select finishes this year has shown her sprinting has improved.

Christine Majerus and Evelyn Stevens present two other options for the team. In the past they have allowed their riders to attack and follow moves knowing that if it comes back together Lizzie Armitstead has had an easy ride for a sprint.

Carlee Taylor and Jessie Daams

Lotto Soudal's climbing duo will be looking to continue their success of recent weeks. Carlee Taylor comes in to the race after finishing fourth at La Route de France and fourth at Trophée d'Or Féminin. The shorter climbs are less suited to Taylor but with the form she is on expect to see Taylor put in plenty of attacks trying to get away.

Jessie Daams is another option for the team and comes in after finishing 10th at La Route de France. Together with Taylor the duo are likely to be aggressive and try and ease the pressure on Elena Cecchini who could produce a good result in a reduced bunch sprint.

Ashleigh Moolman

The South African Champion comes in having finished in the top 20 the past four years. After her best season to date Moolman will be looking to improve on that. After winning Auensteiner- Radsporttage, finishing second at Euskal Emakumeen Bira and fourth at the Giro Rosa Moolman has taken another step up this year. Strong on this sort of undulating terrain and also packs a reasonably quick finish.

Wiggle Honda

With World Cup leader Jolien D'hoore focusing on the World Championships the team has to look elsewhere and they bring a team more than capable of taking another world cup victory in 2015. Elisa Longo Borghini has had an excellent season winning Ronde van Vlaanderen and more recently La Route de France. In the right circumstances Longo Borghini can still take the overall win. Seventh last year but has finished on the podium in the past.

Japanese Champion Mayuko Hagiwara is a rider who could surprise. Has had a fantastic season winning a stage of the Giro Rosa and Tour de Bretagne. Will likely play a supporting role but if she is given any room could again spring a surprise.

Other names to watch: Lauren Stephens, Joelle Numainville, Eugenia Bujak, Jesse Walker, Elise Delzenne, Amber Neben and Claudia Lichtenberg.
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