Johansson fifth on final stage and 6th overall in NorwaySun 17 Aug 2014
Emma Johansson has finished fifth on the second and final stage of the Ladies Tour of Norway this afternoon.
The Swedish champion entered the final circuit amongst a lead group of eight riders including teammate Valentina Scandolara and race leader Anna Van der Breggen.
Rabobank’s Marianne Vos took out the stage, whilst teammate Van der Breggen held onto the overall victory. Johansson was ORICA-AIS’ highest overall finisher in sixth.
“Emma attacked on the last lap of the final circuit, she got caught and then the sprint opened up,’ sport director Gene Bates explained.
“She probably assessed the situation and thought she might not beat Vos in a sprint so would take her chances and try and get away on one of the more difficult parts of the circuit.
“It didn’t pay off today, but we needed to try, that’s for sure.”
The ORICA-AIS team started the day with stage victory goals, opting to save their aggression until the latter part of the race.
“Today was all about that stage result and the overall position generally comes with that in these short Tours,” Bates said.
“Our goal was to try to sit back a little bit, be present in any moves if they went but save ourselves for that final circuit and have numbers to support.
“Rabobank did a good job to keep the race as aggressive as possible and they actually forced the winning move with 20km to go and were very well represented within that move.
“We had the two girls in there. We probably could have done with an extra person but we were happy to have Valentina and Emma in there and we knew they would be good on that final circuit.”
The team continues their training camp in the lead up to next weekend’s Open de Suède Vargarda event on Friday 22nd and Sunday 24th of August.
“We are doing some really good work,” Bates said of the squad.
“We are doing all the right things, it’s just a matter of time before we get a grasp on it all and really turn the tables back in our favour.”