Fresh legs & two new faces for ORICA-AIS going into the Tour de FemininMon 4 Jul 2016
After a couple of weeks of training since the team's previous race, ORICA-AIS return to racing this week in the Czech republic, refreshed and motivated for their next big block of racing.
Two new faces, Australian riders Jenelle Crooks and Jessica Allen will make their debut for the team having recently signed with ORICA-AIS for the remainder of the season.
Sport director Gene Bates see's the race as a great opportunity for the fairly young line up.
"For Jenelle and Jess it's massive, it's their first race with a professional team," said Bates. "They are very excited to be racing and I think the whole team will have good opportunities."
"Tayler Wiles has the potential to go well overall, with a short-ish time trial that will really suit her and also the terrain being quite lumpy, she definitely has a good chance.
"I think there is something for each rider within the race, it's one of the smaller races we do in terms of tours, so I expect their will be a lot of eyes on our team, just because we will be one of the bigger teams at the race. We will take it day by day and see how it all unfolds."
The Tour de Feminin consists of five stages covering a variety of terrain over four-days. The Australian outfit have high ambitions within the race but the race also provides good preparation for the further upcoming goals such as Thüringen Rundfahrt which starts just five days later.
"This race really compliments our programme well with it being just four-days long and with the team we will have." continued Bates. "We have two new riders and also Alex Manly who is only 19, so it not too long that it will burn her out."
"We still have many big goals and races to come and with the world championships so late in the season, it's the perfect race for us during this preparation phase."
Queensland rider Loren Rowney rounds up the squad and being one of the older more experienced riders she is a valuable asset to the young line up.
Tour de Feminin, a UCI 2.2 event kicks off on Thursday with the riders covering a total distance of 394.5 kilometres over five stages.
ORICA-AIS riders in Tour de Feminin:
Jessica Allen (AUS, WA, 23)
Jenelle Crooks (AUS, WA, 21)
Alexandra Manly (AUS, WA, 19)
Loren Rowney (AUS, QLD, 27)
Tayler Wiles (USA, 26)
Tour de Feminin stages:
Thurs, 7th July: Stage 1, Krásná Lípa -Krásná Lípa, 118.7km
Fri, 8th July: Stage 2, Ji?íkov - Ji?íkov, 91km
Sat, 9th July: Stage 3, Krásná Lípa, 14.6km Time trial
Sat, 9th July: Stage 4, Rumburk - Rumburk, 71.6km
Sun, 10th July: Stage 5, Varnsdorf - Krásná Lípa, 98.7km