ORICA-AIS girls prominent in exciting womenâ€™s road race world championshipSat 26 Sep 2015
The UCI Road Cycling World Championships are the pinnacle of women’s cycling, and today’s 2015 edition certainly did the sport justice with repeated attacks keeping viewers on the edge of their seats right to the finish line.
Pleasingly, our ORICA-AIS riders were prevalent in much of the action as they represented their individual nations.
The early kilometres of the 129.8km race remained largely all together as the peloton found their legs and sized each other up.
When the attacks began, many of them were by the Australian representatives of ORICA-AIS including Gracie Elvin, Lizzie Williams and Katrin Garfoot who showed her form with a strong fourth place in the time trial world championships a few days prior.
But it was the attack of Rachel Neylan, also of Australia, that created the most dangerous move of the day. Neylan attacked solo and established a ten second advantage before eight others joined her.
The group of nine, which also included Valentina Scandolara (ITA), rode well together and extended their lead to over a minute in the final two of eight 16.2km laps.
When their unity began to falter on the final lap, the enthusiasm of the peloton increased. Scandolara held on with Lauren Kitchen (AUS) at the front for as long as possible before the race was back together on ‘Libby Hill’ - the first of three climbs inside the last five kilometres.
With the race favourites back in the game, a reduced group of elite riders came to the line together. Lizzie Armitstead (GBR) took the honours and will wear the world champion’s rainbow jersey in 2016. Emma Johansson (SWE) was the best ORICA-AIS representative in fifth.