ORICA-AIS looking to end World Cup series on a high

Thu 28 Aug 2014

ORICA-AIS will line up at the GP de Plouay-Bretagne this weekend, looking to finish the UCI World Cup with a win in the final race of the series.

On another tough circuit, the team will work to support Swedish champion Emma Johansson who currently sits second overall.  Elizabeth Armistead (DLT) wrapped up the series win last weekend in Sweden.

The six riders for GP de Plouay-Bretagne are: Amanda Spratt, Carlee Taylor, Emma Johansson, Katrin Garfoot, Shara Gillow and Valentina Scandolara.

Sport director Brian Stephens said victory on the tough circuit was always well earned. 

“Plouay is a fantastic race, a great circuit, usually big crowds and a motivating sort of race so the girls will be fired up,” Stephens said.

“It’s not mountainous but it is a hilly circuit and an uphill finish, not really one for the sprinters. 

“It is a circuit that has no lucky winners, a really strong rider always wins there.”  

Johansson finished second in 2013 and on her current form the team will work in support of her efforts to climb the final step on the podium.

“It’s a good circuit for an honest champion like Emma and at this stage it is pretty clear we are racing for her,” Stephens said.

“She is the rider that is in the best form at the moment and the circuit suits her pretty well so we will be trying to keep her under wraps until the final part of the race.

“We don’t want to show our cards too early, we will try to hide under a rock until the action starts in the last couple of laps.”