Elvin sprints to 5th on Grand Prix circuit for Race MelbourneThu 26 Jan 2017
Former Australian champion Gracie Elvin has sprinted to fifth place at Race Melbourne, the new curtain raiser event for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
The newly created criterium race took cycling to the city in a unique opportunity to race on the world-famous Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit in Albert Park.
The women’s peloton took on 12 laps of the fast and furious 5.3km course and despite countless attempts to form a breakaway the speed of the peloton, which averaged at 43.3km per hour, and the motivation of the sprinter’s outfits meant that no one gained more than 15seconds advantage.
It was powerful sprinter Kirsten Wild (Cyclance Pro Cycling) who took the inaugural honours in a photo finish ahead of Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini).
Recognising they were without a pure sprinter, ORICA-SCOTT were content with the performance in today’s race and look forward to defending their title in the road race on Saturday.
“For us, we are a team that hasn’t had a dedicated or European sprinter for quite a few years now so we wanted to give an opportunity to practice the sprint train and Gracie for her hand up for it,” sport director Martin Barras.
“It was a good effort, it highlighted a few shortcomings but at the same time it was a great team and dedicated effort and we are happy with the result.”
Barras highlighted the course and its fast nature.
“It was exceedingly fast so you had to be pretty picky in terms of picking your opportunities,” he explained.
“The course delivered the race we expected, the sprinters at the front were who we expected and they are two of the best sprinters in the world.”
ORICA-SCOTT women are back in action for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on Saturday.
Race Melbourne Results:
1. Kirsten Wild (Cylance Pro Cycling) 1:28:06
2. Chloe Hosking (Ale Cippolini) ST
3. Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) ST
5. Gracie Elvin (ORICA-SCOTT) ST