3-year-old Jess Allen sprinted into 14th place for ORICA-AIS in today’s Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta after the team’s key sprinters Loren Rowney and Sarah Roy crashed with three kilometres to go.
The Australian outfit remained calm throughout the 87kilometre city centre race, protecting their sprinters and attentively covering key moves.
A breakaway of two riders led the race, before finally being swallowed up with just five kilometres to go as the sprinters team’s came to the fore.
Allenm the only rider in ORICA-AIS not drastically effect by the crash, contested the hectic sprint which was won by Jolien D’Hoore (Wiggle-High5).
"The crash basically destroyed our leadout," explained sport director Gene Bates. "All the girls were effected in the crash as they were bunched together ready for the finish."
|1||Jolien D'Hoore (BEL) - Wiggle High5||2:01:01|
|2||Chloe Hosking (AUS) - Wiggle High5||ST|
|3||Marta Bastianelli (ITA) - Alé Cipollini||ST|
|4||Chantal Blaak (NED) - Boels Dolmans Cycling Team||ST|
|5||Maria Giulia Confalonieri (ITA) - Lensworld-Zannata||ST|
|6||Carmen Small (USA) - Cylance Pro Cycling||ST|
|7||Monique Van De Ree (NED) - Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team||ST|
|8||Eugenia Bujak (POL) - BTC City Ljubljana||ST|
|9||Roxane Fournier (FRA) - Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86||ST|
|10||Emilie Moberg (NOR) - Hitec Products||ST|
|14||Jessica Allen (AUS) - ORICA-AIS||ST|
|24||Gracie Elvin (AUS) - ORICA-AIS||0:00:13|
|34||Sarah Roy (AUS) - ORICA-AIS||0:00:13|
|65||Jenelle Crooks (AUS) - ORICA-AIS||0:02:04|
|83||Loren Rowney (AUS) - ORICA-AIS||0:04:05|