Johansson to lead ORICA-AIS on the Champs-Ã‰lysÃ©esThu 24 Jul 2014
Recent Bene Ladies Tour winner Emma Johansson will lead the ORICA-AIS outfit bound for the Champs-Élysées for the inaugural La Course by Le Tour de France this Sunday.
The 90-km one-day race, a breakthrough for women’s cycling, will take place ahead of the men’s event and include 13 laps of the Tour de France circuit and a Champs-Élysées finish.
The six riders who will line up for La Course are: Amanda Spratt, Carlee Taylor, Emma Johansson, Gracie Elvin, Jessie Maclean and Valentina Scandolara.
One of the most talked about women’s events of the year, to be broadcasted to 157 countries, will not disappoint sport director Gene Bates promises.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for not only the ORCIA-AIS team but women’s cycling as a whole,” Bates said.
“To be able to race on the Champs-Élysées on the last day of the Tour de France is monumental.
“I think the girls are really appreciative of what the organisers have been able to do and we will see a race that won’t let women’s cycling down.
“We will see a very aggressive style race, lots of attacks and it may or may not come down to a bunch sprint.”
ORICA-AIS will look to in-form Swedish champion Johansson, fresh off her Bene Ladies Tour victory last weekend and full of confidence.
“We will really support Emma Johansson for the sprint on Sunday in Paris,” Bates said.
“She is going really well, she is confident and the team will rally around her to support her at the finish.
“But prior to that, we will be nice and aggressive as we always are and try and get some moves away.
“The girls are really on a high. They all got through the Giro Rosa really well and are coming into Sunday strong after the win on the weekend in Holland.
“They are all in a good place at the moment, they know how to tackle the race. We will see a really aggressive race from them.”
ORICA-AIS for La Course by Le Tour de France: