Learnings for ORICA-AIS from Vargarda team time trial

Fri 21 Aug 2015

ORICA-AIS has walked away from the Crescent Women’s World Cup Vargarda team time trial with admitted disappointment, finishing an uncharacteristic ninth place in Sweden this evening.

The Australian outfit – featuring Gracie Elvin, Katrin Garfoot, Sarah Roy, Valentina Scandolara, Amanda Spratt and Lizzie Williams – stopped the clock at 55minutes 46seconds, 2:55 behind winner Rabobank-Liv on the 42.5km course.

Despite the initial disappointment, sport director Gene Bates is confident the team will bounce back in time for the world championships after an in-depth review.

“We are obviously disappointed because we had much higher hopes of the outcome overall,” Bates said. “Now it’s really a case of pulling the race apart, seeing where we didn’t go so well and what things we did do well, and trying to improve them in the next four weeks leading into Richmond.”

“We are still really positive, we have a great group of girls and we are really motivated which is the main thing. I think we can really turn it around over the next few weeks.

“We were in a very similar situation last year, with similar time gaps as we are now. We know what it takes to really bounce back hard, it’s become a bit of a trait of ORICA-AIS, and we are confident we can do it again.”