Johansson sixth in final World Cup raceSat 30 Aug 2014
Swedish champion Emma Johansson has finished sixth at the final UCI World Cup event of the season, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne this afternoon.
Johansson made a ten-rider split with 30km to ride but was outnumbered four to one by the powerful Rabobank line up.
Lucinda Brand (RBW) won solo after an attack from the break in the final ten kilometres. Johansson's sixth enough to hold onto second overall for the series.
Sport director Brian Stephens conceded that the sheer weight in numbers was too much for 30-year-old Johansson to contend with.
“We were up against it a little bit because Rabobank had such a strong team,” Stephens said.
“When the final split went, there was four of them and Emma. We were considerably outnumbered.
“Emma was going well, she had really good form here but the way the race played out, Rabobank had the numbers, they had the strength so it was all going their way.”
In effort to tackle the Rabobank giant, the ORICA-AIS team had developed a plan that would see Johansson mark multiple world champion Marianne Vos.
“What we decided to do was have Emma follow Vos and not move with anything else that went,” Stephens explained.
“Otherwise if she tried to chase everyone else she would be no match in the final.
“We had other girls marking other Rabobank girls but when one of her teammates went down the road Vos just let her go.
“We stayed with the plan and hoped that she would try to go over and ride for herself but it didn’t happen.
“We couldn’t take a trick really. We were damned if we did, damned if we didn’t.”
ORICA-AIS now move onto the Boels Rental Ladies Tour in Holland from Tuesday, the final event before the world championships next month.