McConville continues podium run for ORICA-AIS in Thuringen

Tue 21 Jul 2015

ORICA-AIS has put their fourth rider on the podium in three days, 27-year-old Chloe McConville sprinting to third place from a break on stage five of the Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen today.

McConville’s ride backs up the performances of Gracie Elvin (1st – stage 3b), Emma Johansson (2nd – Stage 3b and 4) and Amanda Spratt (2nd – stage 2) for the Australian outfit over the past two days.

On domestique duties for general classification rider Johansson, McConville rode herself into a dangerous breakaway of 11riders before the intermediate sprint.

Despite at times looking close to coming back to the bunch, the break managed to stay away until the line, Coryn Rivero (Team USA) too strong in the finish.

“The break got out to nearly four minutes but there was one girl in the break who became the virtual leader on the road so that’s when Velocio had to really get on the front to bring it back,” McConville said.

“Obviously covering for Emma, I didn’t have to do a huge amount of work in the break but once it started to get windy I decided to roll a few more turns to give us the best chance of staying there.

“There was a climb ten kilometres from the finish and I managed to cover the attacks from the break over that, and then just looked for good wheels coming into the last couple of corners.

“Obviously Rivera is a pretty awesome sprinter so I was always going to be struggling to get over her but it was a good day.”

The general classification rankings remained relatively unchanged with Johansson still sitting in fourth position, 31seconds behind leader Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM).

Despite the stability, the ORICA-AIS outfit continued to contribute to the pressure being put on the leading team.

“The way we are riding in making Velocio’s life tough, we are putting pressure on them to chase and hopefully that leads to good things to come for us,” McConville said. 

“It think it’ll only continue over the next couple of days with some longer climbs that suit us pretty well.

“We are looking forward to seeing what other damage can be done to the other general classification contenders and hopefully we can walk out with at least a podium overall and obviously another couple of stage results.”