Neylan and Williams climb with the leaders at the Giro del Trentino

Sat 17 Jun 2017

New Zealander Georgia Williams and Australian Rachel Neylan both gave their all for ORICA-SCOTT Women on the tough final climb at the historic Giro del Trentino-Alto Adige-Sudtirol today, both finishing in the top twenty after a strong effort.

The one-day women’s event is in it’s 24th year and is widely regarded as the final preparatory race before the prestigious Giro Rosa, a straightforward 102kilometres parcours ran flat for around 90kilometres before the field hit the tough final climb up to the finish.

Numerous attacks attempted to break clear throughout the race, but nothing stuck. ORICA-SCOTT were active within the peloton and both Alex Manly and Neylan delivered Williams onto the final climb in a good position alongside the race favourites.

Neylan and Williams climbed well, only losing contact on the steepest ramps and managing to sustain enough momentum to both finish in the top twenty behind race winner Nikola Noskova (Be-Pink-Elite).

“The girls played it very well today,” said sport director Martin Barras. “We were really attentive over the opening kilometres when the attacks were springing, but we quickly realised nobody was committing fully and from then on we concentrated on positioning ourselves within the bunch.”

“We spoke about the climb before the race and it was clear that it would be the key moment. Georgia was feeling good and both Rachel and Alex did a great job in setting a good tempo onto the climb and delivering Georgia into a good position.

“They were up against some strong climbers and both Georgia and Rachel did a great job to keep their rhythm on the climb, we are satisfied with our result and our performance. Today has enabled us to continue our preparation for the Giro Rosa by putting our best foot forward and get some more solid racing under our belts.”

How it happened:

A baking hot day in Italy marked the start of the Giro del Trentino Donne in the scenic region of the south Tyrol and a fast race unfolded over 102kilometres.

Attacks peppered the opening kilometres with numerous breakaway moves trying to go clear. Never gaining more than a few seconds the race was still together after 60kilometres and stayed that way to the foot of the climb up to the finish.

Pan flat until the base of the climb, the race exploded on the early slopes with a select group of favourites that included Neylan, Williams and Noskova immediately breaking away.

Both Neylan and Williams rode hard and put up a strong fight against a competitive field, managing to stay with the frontrunners until the final couple of kilometres before slightly losing contact as Noskova pushed on to take the win.

Giro del Trentino-Alto Adige–Sudtirol results:

1. Nikola Noskova (Be-Pink-Elite) 02:40:47

2. Hanna Nilsson (BTC-City-Ljubljana) ST

3. Sina Frei (Switzerland) ST

11. Rachel Neylan (ORICA-SCOTT) ST

19. Georgia Williams (ORICA-SCOTT) ST

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