ORICA-AIS looking to make an impact at the Aviva Women's TourSun 12 Jun 2016
ORICA-AIS head to the third edition of the Aviva Women's Tour aiming to make their mark in the Women's WorldTour race.
ORICA-AIS achieved a stage win and second overall at the 2014 inaugural event and last year earned two podium places concluding the race with the overall mountain's classification.
The team return to the race in a great position after consistent performances in recent races, giving sport director Gene Bates confidence and excitment for what's to come.
"Predominately we will be chasing stage wins," explained Bates. "That's what we are really after, I think the overall will be a bi-product of chasing those daily wins."
"We will go in with some clear and defined goals for everyone. Sarah Roy has been good lately in the sprints finishing on the podium a few times and we've got some good riders to assist her coming into the finishes, so that will be our priority for the first couple of days.
"Then we will look more towards Gracie Elvin, Amanda Spratt and potentially Tayler Wiles for the challenging, hillier stages. As usual we have riders that are more than capable of doing multiple things throughout a stage, so if their roles have to change within the race then these girls are riders that can do that quite easily.
"The main thing is that everyone is fit, healthy and motivated for the race, so it's just a matter of getting on with the job."
Two Australian's Loren Rowney and Alexandra Manly round up the six-rider squad bringing strength and depth to the team with their diverse ability.
For 2016, the race route is far more challenging than the previous edition with an increased amount of climbing. Notably, stage three features 2000metres of climbing packed into a short 109kilometre stage, a day likely to shake up the general classification coming after two long opening stages.
"The third stages looks like it will be the most difficult and potentially the set up for the overall classification," Bates continued. "We will look at things closely after this stage and decide if we will go down the GC path or just continue for the stages."
"I think it's great the race has really stepped up. This year it's part of the new Women's WorldTour series and it has turned into a proper tour with a mix of flatter stages, more challenging hillier stages and the length of the stages has increased, so it is definitely another step in the right direction."
With the Aviva Women's Tour continually gaining momentum each year and attracting huge crowds, it is quickly becoming one of the biggest races on the women's calendar featuring many of the world's top riders. The motivation to win at such a prestigious event is incredibly high and a target for many riders.
ORICA-AIS in the Aviva Women's Tour (15-19 June):
Aviva Women's Tour stages:
Wed, 15th June: Stage 1, Southwold to Norwich, 138.5km
Thu, 16th June: Stage 2, Atherstone to Stratford-Upon-Avon, 140.6km
Fri, 17th June: Stage 3, Ashbourne to Chesterfield, 109.6km
Sat, 18th June: Stage 4, Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent, 119.2km
Sun, 18th June: Stage 5, Northampton to Kettering, 113.2km