ORICA-SCOTT women look to start the second half of their season at Ride LondonWed 26 Jul 2017
ORICA-SCOTT women are looking to animate Saturday’s UCI Women’s WorldTour race the Prudential Ride London Classique with a compact and fast team as fresh riders return to the squad, hungry and ready to compete.
The one-day event is rapidly gaining in prestige and support four years on from the inaugural edition, 2017 sees twelve laps of a 5.5kilometre circuit starting and finishing on The Mall in central London.
Multiple Australian road race champion Gracie Elvin returns to lead the team alongside Women’s Tour of Britain stage winner Sarah Roy with both riders looking to be positioned well for what is usually a fast finale.
“This is really the start of the second half of the season for us,” said sport director Gene Bates. “And we are coming into this race with some fresh riders looking to kick things off well and quickly get back into some serious racing.”
“In particular this race favours the sprinters and the Grand Prix circuit style usually makes it difficult for breakaway’s to gain much ground, but we are aiming to animate the race as much as we can. Perhaps for the first time we will see a smaller group stay away and contest the finish on The Mall.”
Also making a return to racing is 2017 Australian national criterium champion Jessica Allen after recovering well from a fractured scapula and the 24-year-old joins a strong engine room of support alongside Alex Manly and Georgia Williams.
“Jess started the season really well and her form continued into the spring so we are very pleased to have her back racing again,” continued Bates. “It will be important for the girls to be attentive and alive to every eventuality on Saturday, we are aiming for a good result and however the race finishes we want to be up there challenging for a podium spot.”
“The final stage of the Women’s Tour in June was raced on similar circuits around central London and it was incredibly fast and over very quickly. Saturday’s race is a similar distance with twelve laps in total, but we are expecting it to be just as quick and we are excited to be taking part.”
ORICA-SCOTT women at the Prudential Ride London Classique (Saturday, 29th July):
Jessica Allen (AUS, 24)
Gracie Elvin (AUS, 28)
Alex Manly (AUS, 21)
Sarah Roy (AUS, 31)
Georgia Williams (NZ, 23)
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