Elvin sixth on the final stage as Garfoot finishes fourth overall at the Ladies Tour of Norway

Sun 20 Aug 2017

Today’s the final stage of the Ladies Tour of Norway was action packed and aggressive, finally concluding with a reduced bunch sprint where former Australian champion Gracie Elvin sprinted to sixth.

ORICA-SCOTT were active throughout the stage with a gutsy attack from Rachel Neylan in the final 25kilometres, fighting hard to remain ahead of the peloton until the final few kilometres. Katrin Garfoot countered attacked but despite the multiple attacks the race finished with a reduced sprint won by Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans).

“I don’t think the girls could have done much more, they all had a really great race,” said sport director Gene Bates. “The plan was always to set up Katrin and Rachel as soon as we got to the finishing circuits and put a bit of pressure on the other teams.”

“Rachel had a fantastic ride, she dangled 10seconds ahead of the peloton for a long time and it used up a lot of riders to bring her back. Unfortunately it came down to a bunch kick and Gracie was just caught out of position for the sprint.

“Regardless of the result today, I think we did really well, everybody played their role and we wanted to animate the race and I think we achieved that.”

Garfoot took 13th place on the stage which enabled her to jump up one place overall to fourth, which wraps up a solid four-days of racing for ORICA-SCOTT.

“We’ve come away with a third and second place on stages and fourth overall so we can be satisfied with that,” continued Bates. “We didn’t get the stage win we were after but we can be happy with the race and the girls gave 100% to try and achieve their goals.”

How it happened:

The third and final stage of the tour started with plenty of attacks but with 156kilometres ahead, no groups were given much freedom.

After 50kilometres Garfoot found herself in a strong breakaway of six riders but with team’s realising the danger, it was quickly brought back.

It took 90kilometres before a breakaway established as three riders were able to open up a three and a half minute lead.

The trio soon began to shatter as one rider suffered a mechanical and return to the bunch. ORICA-SCOTT lifted the pace in the peloton with an attack from Garfoot followed by a counter attack from Neylan. 

Neylan was quickly able to bridge across to the remaining leader, Lisen Hockings (Australian National Team), however the advanatge was small due to the fast chasing peloton, as the race entered the technical finishing laps.

Around the final circuits the race continued to be aggressive and action packed with Neylan hovering just 10seconds ahead for a number of kilometres. After multiple attacks the race eventually concluded with a reduce bunch sprint with Elvin claiming sixth spot. 

The day wraps up the tour for ORICA-SCOTT, claiming third in the prologue with Garfoot, second place for Elvin on stage one and fourth place overall.

The team are back in action at the next Women's WorldTour race in Plouay.

Ladies Tour of Norway stage 3 results:

1. Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) 4:05
2. Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) ST
3. Marianne Vos (WM3) ST
6. Gracie Elvin (ORICA-SCOTT) ST

General classification after stage 3:

1. Marianne Vos (WM3) 10:10
2. Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) +0:13
3. Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) +0:13
4. Katrin Garfoot (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:26

Photo courtesy of TDWsport