Johansson second in final race for ORICA-AIS

Sat 29 Aug 2015

Swedish champion Emma Johansson has sprinted to second place in the final World Cup of the season and her final race for ORICA-AIS at GP de Plouay-Bretagne today.

Johansson arrived at the finish after an exciting race full of attacks, but couldn’t match the move of Lizzie Armistead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) in the final one hundred metres.

“Getting a big result her at Plouay was the perfect way for Emma to race for the last time for us,” sport director Gene Bates said.

“Our plan was to have a good handful of riders in the final and we really made the cut with six riders when the bunch was reduced to 40 riders at the pointy end of the race.

Lizzie Williams had a really good hit out and when her breakaway got caught, it was all about getting Emma in the perfect position.

“The winning move wasn’t made until the last climb and at that point Emma was just trying to focus on doing the best possible sprint. She can be really proud of her race here.”

How it happened:

The 121km started fast and didn’t ease up right to the finish – touted as one of the most excited races of the season.

Oceania time trial champion Katrin Garfoot rode herself into an early breakaway with three others for company. They were the first of many attempts to gain small advantages, 20seconds in this case, only to be shut down again by the attentive peloton.

The relentless nature of racing not only saw plenty of riders off the back, but the race in complete pieces with 45km still to race.

Lizzie Williams was strong in a late breakaway that gained 30seconds lead but they again were caught from behind.

Eventually, an elite group formed in the last four kilometres and would soon contest the sprint.