ORICA-AIS wrap up 2015 Giro Rosa with five top-ten placesSun 12 Jul 2015
The only women’s Grand Tour, the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile, wrapped up today, ORICA-AIS finishing with five top-ten places across the ten-day Tour.
It was all or nothing on the final day of racing, but it was no easy lap around Milan – instead they tackled a ten kilometre final climb to cap off a tough race.
Like the Australian outfit, many were keen to be part of the action on the final stage in Italy and as a result all of the early moves cancelled each other out.
Eventually, a group of 12riders broke free and had a lead of one minute as they approached the tough final ascent. Among them was ORICA-AIS’ Valentina Scandolara but their advantage fell as the race broke into pieces on the climb and it became all about the general classification battle.
“It was a very fast start, the fastest hour of racing of the entire Tour,” sport director Gene Bates said. “It just showed that everyone was keen be aggressive to form a good breakaway before the last climb and have one last crack at a result”
“Because of that, the moves were nullified for a long time. Once people started to get a bit tired, that when we saw the only real dangerous break of the day.
“Valentina was in that group which was good and it was a really good mix of riders but they weren’t ever given too much time and following the run in to the final climb it came back pretty quickly after that.”
Wrapping up a week that saw Scandolara finish a narrow second on stage three and Katrin Garfoot miss out on a time trial podium by less than a second, Bates was pleased with the team’s endeavours.
“I was pretty pleased with the week,” Bates said. “We didn’t get a stage win but the really positive thing was that the girls kept putting themselves in the situation where they could win. They were really challenging for the victory on numerous occasions."
“We can’t be disappointed with that, and to come away with a second on a stage and fourth in the time trial also really shows that we had some really good results here. And results that could have potentially been even better had a couple of things gone our way.”