A successful Route de France for ORICA-AIS with second overall and sixth place on today's stage

Sun 14 Aug 2016

ORICA-AIS wrapped up the tenth edition of the Route de France today with a second place overall for American powerhouse Tayler Wiles.

Wiles produced strong, consistent results throughout the eight-day tour thanks to the support of her ORICA-AIS teammates. 

Today’s 113kilometre final stage concluded with a bunch sprint with Sarah Roy launching into sixth place behind the stage winner Roxane Fournier (PC-Futuroscope86).

Sport director Gene Bates was overjoyed with the team's performance throughout the tour.

“The girls rode really well once again today, they didn’t miss a beat,” explained Bates. “Jess Allen was in a good move to start with and then for the main break of the day we had both Jenelle Crooks and Alex Manly in there.” 

“They only got caught with around five kilometres to go and then we had Sarah waiting for the sprint. It was a pretty solid circuit in the end with around 40riders left at the finish."

The team concludes their successful week with two second place finishes in the timed events with Roy in the prologue and Wiles in the individual time trial, two fourth places, and top tens in seven of the eight stages.

“The goal coming into the tour was to try and grab a stage win and look for an overall result,” continued Bates. “We certainly came very close to both of those goals.” 

“I don’t think we could have done anything more to tick them off so hats off to the girls they rode a really good race. Considering we started with only five riders and, realistically, a less experienced young team we can definitely walk away very happy.”  

How it happened:

The seventh and final stage of Route de France was an action packed day with a continuous stream of attacks and breakaway’s throughout the day.

ORICA-AIS youngster, Allen put in a strong solo attack within the first 30kilometres of the stage and led the race by one minute as the peloton headed over the first mountain prime. 

Eventually Allen was reeled in and with the remaining ORICA-AIS riders on high alert, a second breakaway formed soon after with Manly and Crooks jumping into solid move which consisted of ten riders.

The group also rode out to a one minute lead which proved to be a danger for the leader so was also reeled back in the final kilometres. More attempts came but nothing was able to stick and with two kilometres to go the peloton was all back together ready for a final bunch kick.

Roy finished the stage in a respectable sixth place and the team wrap up the UCI 2.1 category race with solid second place overall. Next up for ORICA-AIS is the Vargarda one-day WorldTour race next weekend in Sweden.

Route de France stage 7 results:

1. Roxane Fournier (PC-Futuroscope86) 2:48:55
2. Sofia Bertizzolo (Astana) ST
3. Kyara Stijns (Liv-Plantur) ST
6. Sarah Roy (ORICA-AIS) ST

Final general classification:

1. Amber Neben (Be-Pink) 18:43:22
2. Tayler Wiles (ORICA-AIS) +0:57
3. Eugenia Bujak (BTC-City) +1:58