Australian road race champion Sarah Roy powered around the Simac Ladies Tour stage two time trial to take seventh place in Gennep.
New Zealand TT champion Georgia Williams was the first rider down the start ramp for the squad, shortly followed by teammate Jess Allen. Teniel Campbell and Janneke Ensing took to the course six minutes apart, with the pair sitting inside the provisional top-10 after their efforts.
Roy then surged around the opening half of the course and set the provisional fastest time at the first split. The 35-year-old then held on to her advantage across the latter half of the 22.2km course to set the fastest time of 22’09” at the finish line.
It was then a case of waiting to see how the final results would shake out with the remaining riders left to take to the course. In the end it was Swiss champion Marlen Reusser who took the stage victory with a quickest time of 20’41”, with Roy’s time good enough for a strong seventh on the day.
“The course was pretty straight forward being mostly out and back. There was some significant wind, mainly a tailwind out and a headwind back. I think the conditions changed slightly throughout the day as well with some light rain drops at times. There were three main corners as a big triangle turn around, but they were all quite simple. I was quite conservative around those and used them as a bit of recovery to break up my ride.
I’m really happy with the result of my ride today. It’s really my only decent length ITT that I’ve had the green light to give 100% effort. Usually, I am in a domestique role that requires more of a rest day on TT days so I’m grateful for the opportunity to experiment and see what we could do. I had a great team around me with all the GreenEDGE staff in the lead up and on the day. I’ve never raced a TT to a race plan, but I really enjoyed it and am really grateful for the experience. I think we can be happy, and you never know maybe I might give this TT game some more attention!
Looking ahead now though, I’m excited to race with the team we have here in a more aggressive style now. Yesterday didn’t go to our plan but we are looking forward to some more opportunities together. We will go for it tomorrow, being another likely sprint and the final two days are some hectic lapped courses with a lot of vertical gain so probably more a race of attrition.”
Simac Ladies Tour Stage 2 – Results:
1. Marlen Reusser 20:41
2. Ellen van Dijk +0:18
3. Chantal van den Broek-Blaak +0:41
7. Sarah Roy (Team BikeExchange) +1:28
Simac Ladies Tour Stage 2 – GC:
1. Marlen Reusser 3:42:17
2. Ellen van Dijk +0:12
3. Chantal van den Broek-Blaak +0:39
9. Sarah Roy (Team BikeExchange) +1:31
Photo Courtesy of Getty Sport.