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ORICA-SCOTT women return to happy hunting ground at the Tour of Chongming Island

Wed 3 May 2017

This weekend sees ORICA-SCOTT women return to the sprinters paradise, the Tour of Chongming Island in China. A three-day race that forms part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour.

A compact, yet fast team will be led by 2014 Australian national criterium champion Sarah Roy with the squad welcoming back dual Australian U23 national road and time trial champion Alexandra Manly.

Manly returns to action on the road after a successful, multi medal stint at the track World Championships and will add significant speed to the already fast finishing Roy.

“Chongming is a sprinters paradise,” said sport director Martin Barras. “For the last ten years and 35 or so races that that the Island has hosted, all but one finished in a bunch sprint. It is a very good race to bleed your new sprinters and hone the sprint train of the squad.”

“We have had a lot of success here, winning in 2012 and 2013 and Australians have won four out of the last nine editions. Fittingly we are bringing a very sprint orientated team with Sarah Roy our designated sprinter.

“Sarah will have her work cut out in a very competitive field as every decent bunch sprinter in the Women’s WorldTour licks their lips at the thought of racing on the alluvial island guarding the mouth of the Yangtze River.”

After a long lay off due to injury the competitive Australian Rachel Neylan returns to the squad for her first race of 2017 alongside the consistently strong Jessica Allen and Georgia Williams.

“Sarah will be backed up by tracks stars Alexandra Manly and Georgia Williams,” continued Barras. “Their speed will be vital for the expected sprint finishes and we are happy to welcome back Rachel Neylan to the team after a tough nine months out with injury.”

“The race will be an experience for all, there are usually good crowds at the finishes and the whole event of racing in Asia can be a real one of a kind experience. Hopefully we can perform well, achieve some good results and have some fun along the way.”

The race format has been ever changing since its inception ten years ago, the tour consists of two races: a stage race and a one-day race. Between 2007 and 2009 the final one-day race was a time trial, however since 2010 this has been replaced by a one-day ‘World Cup’ race.

The race has been part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour since 2016.

ORICA-SCOTT at the Tour of Chongming Island (5th – 7TH of May):

Jessica Allen (AUS, 24)

Alexandra Manly (AUS, 21)

Rachel Neylan (AUS, 34)

Sarah Roy (AUS, 31)

Georgia Williams (NZ, 23)

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