Back to Belgium for ORICA-AIS

Fri 3 Jun 2016

ORICA-AIS head back to Belgium this weekend for the Lotto Cycling cup event, Keukens van Lommel.

The team have chosen to send a small Australian squad to the race in order to get some valuable extra racing in their legs before bigger stage race goals to follow.

Queensland rider Loren Rowney is looking forward to the one-day race, being one of the final few one day races on the calendar for a while as the team head into the stage race phase of the season.

"These races are always a good hit out, a good form finder," Rowney explained. This is important for us before the Aviva Women's Tour which starts just over a weeks time."

"For me personally, I love the Belgian racing so it is really nice to have the opportunity to get some extra races in before we move into the all the stage racing.

The 116km race in Herselt covers two 29kilometre laps including two GPM sprints followed by six finishing laps of 9.7kilometres, giving the riders a good opportunity to see the finish line in preparation for a potential sprint.

"The course really suits our team line up," Rowney continued. "We have a predominately fast team with myself, Alexandra Manly, Sarah Roy but we also have Rachel Neylan who can climb well we have the potential to win in a number of ways."

"If it comes down to a bunch kick then we have designated sprinters, but we also have an opportunity to try for attacks and Gracie is known to be successful in her attempts and obviously in great speak after her win last weekend in Gooik.

"It's also a great opportunity for us to practice our lead out's again. Thats what's great about the UCI 1.2 races, they are a slightly lower key race so we have a little more freedom to take risks and try things out before the real goals later in the year."

The last few races for ORICA-AIS have proven to be successful with the team racing onto the podium in each consecutive race slowly moving up one step at a time. This weekend the girls are motivated to continue this racing streak  in what is a great build up to the challenging stage races which follow.

ORICA-AIS in Keukens van Lommel :

Alexandra Manly (AUS, WA, 19)

Rachel Neylan (AUS, NSW, 33) 

Loren Rowney (AUS, QLD, 27) 

Sarah Roy (AUS, NSW, 29)