ORICA-AIS set sights on final World Cup in PlouayWed 26 Aug 2015
A motivated ORICA-AIS will tackle the final UCI World Cup race of 2015, GP de Plouay-Bretagne, this Saturday looking to finish the series on a high.
The French one-day race is one suited to the Australian outfit with the course offering little flat along the 121.5km journey that features two circuits.
“It’s a great race Plouay,” sport director Gene Bates said “It’s quite a challenging and selective course and it’s a course that really suits our style of racing.”
“You need to be aggressive and constantly in that front portion of the group.
“The girls know it’s the last World Cup of the season and they are super motivated to go for a result.”
Adding to ORICA-AIS’ strength is the show of form by a number of riders in the back end of the season, particularly 2015 Giro del Trentino winner Amanda Spratt and current Trophee d’Or leader Rachel Neylan.
“All the girls are coming together really well,” Bates said.
“We are probably seeing the best form by Amanda Spratt in years. Emma Johansson is always in good shape particularly when the world championship course this year suits her and Rachel has just had a stage win and is in a good position to win overall at Trophee d’Or for the Australian team.
“That’s three cards we’ve got to play in what is a really cohesive group this weekend.”
Also lining up in their favour is the battle for world number one. Whilst not directly involved, ORICA-AIS will benefit from efforts of others to dethrone the sprint group of Wiggle-Honda.
“The Boels Dolmans and Rabobank teams will try to make it a really difficult race because like us they don’t really have pure sprinters and it’s the last opportunity to get World Cup points,” Bates explained.
“We will be in the middle of those tactics and look to capitalise on them.”
ORICA-AIS at GP de Plouay-Bretagne (29 August):