New Zealander Georgia Williams and Australian Rachel Neylan both gave their all for ORICA-SCOTT Women on the tough final climb at the historic Giro del Trentino-Alto Adige-Sudtiroltoday, both finishing in the top twenty after a strong effort.
The one-day women’s event is in it’s 24th year and is widely regarded as the final preparatory race before the prestigious Giro Rosa, a straightforward 102kilometres parcours ran flat for around 90kilometres before the field hit the tough final climb up to the finish.
Numerous attacks attempted to break clear throughout the race, but nothing stuck. ORICA-SCOTT were active within the peloton and both Alex Manly and Neylan delivered Williams onto the final climb in a good position alongside the race favourites.
Neylan and Williams climbed well, only losing contact on the steepest ramps and managing to sustain enough momentum to both finish in the top twenty behind race winner Nikola Noskova (Be-Pink-Elite).
“The girls played it very well today,” said sport director Martin Barras. “We were really attentive over the opening kilometres when the attacks were springing, but we quickly realised nobody was committing fully and from then on we concentrated on positioning ourselves within the bunch.”