ORICA-AIS again aggressors on stage five of Giro Rosa

Wed 8 Jul 2015

ORICA-AIS was again amongst the most serious aggressors on the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile today.

On different occurrences throughout the 128km stage from Trezzo Sull'Adda to Aprica, Sarah Roy, Lizzie Williams, Amanda Spratt and Katrin Garfoot all found themselves in moves at the head of proceedings.

The most threatening was a move by Garfoot in the final five kilometres, as the race ascended to its conclusion.

Caught with just a couple of kilometres to go, the 33-year-old held on for 14th position behind Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabobank-Liv) whose counter attack resulted in a solo win.

“Our plan was to be really aggressive today and try and get a move away which would hopefully stick,” sport director Gene Bates said. “We knew the final climb wasn’t so hard in the end, so we were confident if a move went in with a decent gap it could stay away.”

“It turned out that everyone else had the same idea and that nullified any serious moves.

“We had Roy get away which was good, but more counter attacks brought her back. Then a good move with Lizzie went away and Spratty towed across with a couple more riders.

“Then Kat put in a really good move in last five kilometres and we thought she might stay away. As it turned out, the counter attack following was the winning move, so it was really close today.”

It was an active start to racing, with a number of attempted attacks failing to get any real distance.

Roy was the first to gain a small advantage, attacking after 40km and gaining an advantage of 21seconds before she was also sucked back into the peloton.

The second move was much larger in size, 19 riders making the cut.  Amongst them was ORICA-AIS’ Williams for her third break in as many days.

Spratt was also taken across in a counter but a reduced peloton ended up closing it down again to leave a group of around 30 to contest the final climb.

Garfoot’s move in the final five kilometres was with two companions. The trio looked threatening before a counter by Ferrand-Prevot proved successful.