Mitchelton-SCOTT attack their way through the final of the Ladies Tour of Norway

Sun 25 Aug 2019

Mitchelton-SCOTT attacked their way thought the final 15kilometres of today’s last stage of the Ladies Tour of Norway with Sarah Roy coming close in the final.

Despite the team's efforts, the race came down to another bunch sprint finish won by Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) after Roy was caught with less than three-kilometres remaining, following on from a strong attack by teammate Moniek Tenniglo.

The longest day

The lengthy 156kilometre took a while for the elastic to snap and a breakaway establish. One-rider was able to breakaway ahead of a seven-kilometre gravel section and open up a lead of over one-minute. Yesteday's sixth place finisher Lucy Kennedy did a lot of work covering moves that followed and kept the team in contention before an important final. 

As the race went on, two-riders bridged across to the leader and the trio led the race into the final 50kilometres with a healthy gap of one-minute 50seconds.

Back together for final circuits

With three technical finishing laps around the city of Halden, the peloton increased the speed and the three original escapees were reeled back in with 30kilometres to go as it appeared teams wanted a sprint finish.

Mitchelton-SCOTT, eager to shake up the race, decided to launch some attacks, first with Tenniglo and after with Roy. Tenniglo was able to get away solo and lead around the penultimate lap, but after a similar performance recently at Varagrda WorldTour race, the peloton keep her close.

Directly after Tenniglo was caught with nine-kilometres remaining, Roy launched over the top and also opened up a solo lead. The peloton strung out behind were keen for a sprint and the Mitchelton-SCOTT rider was swallowed up with just three-kilometres to go. Tenniglo remained in the wheels and sprinted into the top twenty on the stage and overall after a busy few days for the team.

Sarah Roy

"We planned to be aggressive from the very start, and Lucy Kennedy was incredible throughout the whole first hour. She covered just about everything and also put in a few attacks herself. Both Jess Alle and Alex Manly were there to help Moniek and I be in position coming into town so we could be aggressive.

"Moniek’s attack was awesome, I thought she could have a great chance there because a number of girls were trying to bridge and just couldn’t. Once she was caught I had a go with 1.5laps to go and was caught with about two-kilometres left.

"It’s a bit of a lottery with moves like that, I probably didn’t have the amazing legs that you need to pull off something like that but I gave it everything I had on the day.

"The whole team has given everything over these four-days. It’s been a solid tour, each day was raced like a one-day race, so we are pretty tired now but I think we can walk away with our heads held high. We improved on a number of things as a team, I think we are leveling up every time we race together which is exciting for the next races coming up."


Ladies Tour of Norway - Stage 4 Results:

1. Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) 3:52:24
2. Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling) ST
3. Ilaria Sanguineti (Valcar Cylance) ST
18. Moniek Tenniglo (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

Final General Classification Results:

1. Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) 13:52:14
2. Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) +0:29
3. Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb) +0:41
18. Moniek Tenniglo (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:17


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