ORICA-AIS race aggressively in the Prudential RideLondon Classique

Sat 30 Jul 2016

The 13th round of the Women's WorldTour series, Prudential RideLondon Classique, concluded with a large bunch sprint on The Mall in London this evening with former Australian criterium champion Sarah Roy battling into 17th place for ORICA-AIS.

The aggressive race saw numerous breakaway attempts but coming in at just 66kilometres in length, the technical city-centre circuit suited the power of Kirsten Wild (Hitec-Product) who took the victory.

"The girls all did a good job today," explained sport director Gene Bates. "They all gave everything they had, helped to put Roy into a good place coming into the finish and took the pressure off her as much as they could."

"Alex Manly did a great job as the final rider to drop Roy off in about sixth wheel with one kilometre to go but in the end Roy just got pushed back. 

"She tried to hit out early to try and make up some lost positions but when you already start the sprint too far back it's always going to be a tough battle. 

"Roy has been making good improvements each race and also winning the prime sprint today shows she has good legs and is getting better and better but just making small errors in the final when you can't really afford to." 

In a high paced active race, ORICA-AIS joined in with the non-stop action as youngster Jessica Allen led the race solo for a period of time before returning to the peloton as Roy went on to take the final intermediate sprint prime.

"Jess was super today, she is getting better and better each race," Bates continued. "Always putting herself into good positions, in the right place to get away off the front and obviously she showed that today."

How it happened: 

After racing last weekend around the streets of Paris, ORICA-AIS continued their city centre racing, taking to the streets of London for another spectacular race passing by Buckingham Palace on each of the 12 laps.

Part of the Women's WorldTour series, many of the best female cyclists lined up on The Mall, ready to challenge for the largest prize fund within women's cycling.

Immediately as the start was given attacks came one after the other with a group of five riders successfully going clear within the opening lap.  

The peloton displayed their aggression with the race just 66kilometre in length as teams worked to bring back the early move as riders prepared to take their chances and jump clear next. 

ORICA-AIS worked to maintain good position near the head of the bunch with Roy the designated sprinter conserving her energy in the early stages. 

Further attacks continued to come but were all quickly neutralised. The tight, technical corners and sprint primes every few laps kept the peloton strung out in one line with the blistering high pace.

Mid-way through the race Allen launched a big attack but with riders directly onto her wheel she was just as quickly brought back to the peloton. This didn't deter the youngster recovering back in the bunch before launching another powerful attack gaining a solo lead. 

Growing her advantage it looked like a promising move, however teams saw the danger and worked to reel the ORICA-AIS rider back in with just four laps remaining. 

Next up from ORICA-AIS was Roy deciding to test her legs on the finish line taking maximum points in the intermediate sprint with just three laps to go.

The pace lifted as teams prepared for a bunch sprint with Wild edging out the others to claim the victory as Roy navigated her way into 17th place.

Prudential RideLondon Classique results:

1. Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) 1:28:13
2. Nina Kessler (Lensworld-Zannata) ST
3. Leah Kirtchmann (Liv-Plantur) ST
17. Sarah Roy (ORICA-AIS) ST


Photo credit: Bart Hazen