When the race was down and dusted, ORICA-AIS had finished second, 29 seconds down on pre-race favorites Specialized-lululemon.
“The time difference between first and second was a little more than I had hoped, but there are so many things the girls said after the race about what they could have done differently,” said McPartland. “It’s not like we did everything right and still finished with a huge time gap on Specialized. We can make some big, big improvements over the next six weeks and close that gap. That’s the biggest positive I take away from today.”