ORICA-SCOTT women hoping for an aggressive Amstel Gold RaceThu 13 Apr 2017
After a great start to the 2017 Spring Classics ORICA-SCOTT women line up with a strong team looking to carry their excellent form into Sunday's Amstel Gold Race.
2017 sees the race return to the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar for the first time since 2003 with sport director Gene Bates praising the addition to the schedule.
“This is another addition to the Women’s WorldTour calendar for 2017” said Bates. “Another race that joins the men’s schedule and that’s fantastic. The growth of women’s road cycling is great to see, and I think that it’s a very exciting time for the Women’s WorldTour.”
Australian Gracie Elvin will be looking to capitalise on her strong form after second place at the recent Tour of Flanders and lines up alongside Dutch ace Annemiek van Vleuten and Australian national champion Katrin Garfoot in a versatile squad.
“We come into this race with multiple options and we are aiming for a podium spot on Sunday,” explained Bates. “We have raced this circuit in the past in other races, and we have performed well with a few different riders so we are both excited and confident.”
“The team has had a great spring so far and we are keen to see this form and momentum roll into the Ardennes next week. One good thing for us is that we have multiple riders who are capable of a podium here, so we are not hamstrung by one in form rider.”
Santos Women’s Tour champion Amanda Spratt completes the team alongside fellow Australians Sarah Roy and Jenelle Crooks with all the riders prepared for a hard race.
“We will look for a tough race,” concluded Bates. “And I think the race on Sunday, with the finishing circuits will allow for this to happen quite naturally. Of course we are expecting a hard race with not that many left at the finish, I think that would suit us well.”
“Obviously there are some strong riders out there, and certainly it won’t be an easy race, but we are ready to put a great race together and deliver our best result.”
The women’s edition takes place on the same roads as the iconic men’s race and covers 121.6kilometres including the famous climb up the Cauberg before the finish.
Starting in Maastrcht the race will travel through the southern hills of the Netherlands before turning back on itself for three finishing circuits.
ORICA-SCOTT at the Amstel Gold Race (Sunday 16th of April):
Jenelle Crooks (AUS, 22)
Gracie Elvin (AUS, 28)
Katrin Garfoot (AUS, 35)
Sarah Roy (AUS, 31)
Amanda Spratt (AUS, 29)
Annemiek van Vleuten (NED, 34)
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