Another podium for ORICA-AIS in Auensteiner-Radsporttage

Sun 12 Jun 2016

Dutch rider Annemiek Van Vleuten claimed another podium for ORICA-AIS finishing in third place on stage one of Auensteiner-Radsporttage. 

The UCI 2.2 category race kicked off with a 88kilometre road stage were Van Vleuten spent most of the stage out front in a breakaway of three. The trio stayed away until the finish with Lisa Brennauer (Cayon-Sram) claiming the victory.

Sport director Martin Barras was happy with the performance today with Van Vleuten still in striking distance of the general classification with two stages remaining.

"Annemiek made the break with two of the pre-race favourites," explained Barras. "That was good for us, keeping her in contention for the race. Our goal for us was the overall general classification as we have two good time trial riders in Katrin Garfoot and Van Vleuten."

"We are in a good position but if we are self critical we weren't really able to capitalise on our strength which is having numbers. That's a big advantage we had coming into the race today.

"We are still in a good position to go for the overall win and obviously Brennauer is a great time trial rider but it is a short race and even if Van Vleuten isn't in the lead after the time trial tomorrow, the road stage is still really hard so we have time to make it up.

"Tomorrow will we look to use our numbers more to our advantage and communicate this better to really try and come away with the overall victory."

How it happened:

The race kicked off with a short 88kilometre stage consisting of 11 laps of an eight kilometre circuit. 

After two laps a bunch of riders had already dropped off the back due to the rapid early pace being set. With such a short opening stage it meant the peloton could afford to race aggressively from the very start.

Van Vleuten jumped into the first breakaway of the day along with Brennauer and Ashleigh Moolman (Cervelo-Bigla). With one rider from each of the big three teams in the race the trio were able to ride out to a sizeable advantage.

Once the leaders gained a 45second lead the finish drew closer and the trio were able to stay away to contest the victory.

Van Vleuten now starts tomorrow in a good position on the general classification with the individual time trial, one of her strengths, still to come.

Tomorrow consists of the early morning 7.6kilometre time trial followed by another short road stage of 82kilometres.

Auensteiner-Radsporttage stage 1 results:

1. Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-Sram) 2:18:38
2. Ashleigh Moolman (Cervelo-Bigla) ST
3. Annemiek Van Vleuten (ORICA-AIS) ST 

General Classification after stage 1:

1. Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-Sram) 2:18:38
2. Ashleigh Moolman (Cervelo-Bigla) ST
3. Annemiek Van Vleuten (ORICA-AIS) ST