Gracie Elvin: Classics redemption and building on the team success of 2018Wed 31 Oct 2018
Two-time Australian road champion Gracie Elvin looks ahead to 2019 with Mitchelton-SCOTT motivated and confident for the challenges ahead.
Going into her sixth year with the Australian outfit on the back of playing key roles both as a leader and a supportive teammate in what proved to be the team’s most successful season ever with 27 wins.
Elvin is aiming for results and continued progression in 2019, looking to learn from any mistakes made this year whilst avoiding the untimely illness that blighted her 2018 Classics campaign.
Since joining Mitchelton-SCOTT back in 2013 Elvin has developed a reputation as one of the strongest one-day Classics riders in the women’s peloton. A multiple winner of Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik and double national road race champion, her back-to-back second places at Dwars door Vlaanderen and the prestigious Tour of Flanders in 2017 were seen as breakthrough performances. Testament to a level of form she is keen to recapture.
2018 – team success and consistency:
“I had such a fun year with the team and being part of so much success from many of our riders. Being in support of Annemiek and Spratty for the Giro was definitely a career highlight, and I felt like I had a few breakthrough performances in that tour.”
“I also really enjoyed working on our lead outs and delivering Jolien D’Hoore and Sarah Roy to some awesome sprint results. Personally, I was really happy with my form throughout the majority of the season and my ability to be consistent across a range of races, but I am as motivated as ever to keep challenging myself and aim for some results next season as well as finding satisfaction in my support roles.
“Unfortunately, I fell ill just before my biggest personal target race, the Tour of Flanders, so I really want to make sure I am in great form again in 2019 and avoid any mistakes I made this year, so I can have the best chance to better my second place there from 2017. The Classics will continue to be my favorite races and my biggest goals, and I am already so excited to get back to them.”
Building on positive progression:
With any elite athlete the desire to always keep developing and improving is a key characteristic of what sets them apart from mere mortals and Elvin is no different. Recognising the marked improvement in her time trialling skills – Evidenced at both the Giro-Rosa and the World Championships – the Australian is adding TT results to her goals for next season alongside her favourite Spring Classics.
“As well as the Classics, and particularly Flanders, I will be challenging myself more again next season by setting some goals around hillier one day races and also some time trials.”
“I was happy with how much my time trial skills have progressed this season and want to keep building on that next year and keep working towards being a competitive all-rounder in many different races.”
A perfect balance of professionalism and happy moments:
With her contract remaining for 2019, the 30-year-old praised the balanced, positive environment within the team for both riders and staff and the platform that provides to keep challenging and improving.
“It’s been such a great time with the team so far and I can’t believe it’s already been as long as it has. It’s a testament to the team that riders stay for so long, particularly Spratty who has been in the team from day one and Annemiek who is the world’s number one rider and chooses to continue with us.”
“I’m confident in our systems and management and feel like I am in the best environment to keep challenging myself and those around me. We have a lot of fun too, so it’s a perfect balance of professionalism and happy moments. Bring on 2019!”
Date of birth: 31st October 1988 (30)
Place of birth: Canberra, Australia
Turned pro: 2012
2018 key results:
- 2nd Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
- 2nd Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik
- 2nd Giro-Rosa - Stage 1 (TTT)
- 5th UCI Road World Championships – (TTT)
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