ORICA-AIS kick off stage racing phase at Auensteiner-RadsporttageWed 8 Jun 2016
A confident ORICA-AIS team travel to Germany this weekend for two days of racing at Auensteiner Radsporttage.
The UCI 2.2 category event consists of three stages beginning with an 88kilometre road stage and a double stage to follow which includes a morning 7.6kilometre individual time trial followed by a second road stage.
Sport director Gene Bates is looking forward to the start of the stage-racing period and the added opportunity to race a tour this weekend.
"This is the first time we have done this race as a team and with the road calendar changing in June there was a space this weekend for us," Bates said. "The stages are relatively short so it's a really good opportunity this weekend for the whole group not just the time trialers."
"Obviously Annemiek Van Vleuten and Katrin Garfoot will focus heavily on the time trial but for the others it presents a good chance to race hard and be aggressive.
"With it being three stages over two days we can't really afford to have a weak stage, so we will take it stage by stage and try to get the best result out of each day."
The short distances with mean the races can be aggressive right from the start which suits the riding style of world championship silver medallist Rachel Neylan along with Queenslander Loren Rowney.
Fresh from two recent podiums, Sarah Roy, the sprinter of the team will be hoping to move up a podium step and this weekend provides her with two chances. Finally, rounding up the squad is the youngest rider in the team, 19-year-old Alexandra Manly.
Although the motivation to win is high, the Australian outfit will be using the weekend as an extra opportunity and preparation ahead of the Aviva Women's Tour and further goals later in the season.
"Half of the team will head from this race into the Women's Tour," continued Bates. "So it's good final preparation for that race which starts the following week."
"The team has had great results recently and I think it's a product of hard work and a good team environment which we will try to continue into the following races."
The race kicks off this Saturday 11th June with a short 88kilometre road stage.
ORICA-AIS riders at Auensteiner Radsporttage (11-12th June):
Auensteiner Radsporttage Stages:
Sat, 11th June: Stage 1, Auenstein to Auenstein, 88 km
Sun, 12th June: Stage 2a Individual Time trial, Auenstein to Auenstein, 7,6 km
Sun, 12th June, Stage 2b, Auenstein to Auenstein, 82km