ORICA-SCOTT women looking for success in France at GP de Plouay

Wed 23 Aug 2017

ORICA-SCOTT women take a strong six-rider team to France this weekend for the UCI Women’s WorldTour event the GP de Plouay with the Australian outfit aiming high for a top three finish.

A tough and demanding race that covers a 27kilometre loop four times before a shortened 14kilometre finishing circuit, usually becoming a war of attrition fairly rapidly. The initial circuits include three sharp climbs with gradients reaching 10% on the Cote de Ty Marrec before a slightly downhill run to the finish line.

Former Australian national champion Gracie Elvin comes straight back into the team after a some strong results at the Ladies Tour of Norway and is joined by Tour of Britain stage winner Sarah Roy and Santos Women’s Tour champion Amanda Spratt, giving the team solid options for the 16th edition of the race.

“We are nearing the end of the season and as usual at this time of year, the bunch is a funny place to be,” said sport director Gene Bates. “Some riders have already checked out and switched off, some are struggling to hold on to their form and others are starting to peak for the World Championships in September.”

“All of the above contributes significantly to making the racing totally unpredictable. Nevertheless we have a strong team for this race, capable of delivering a podium and versatile because we have more than one option to try and achieve this.”

Current Australian criterium champion Jessica Allen returns to the line up alongside compatriots Jenelle Crooks and Rachel Neylan who will be looking to carry their form from Norway into France at the weekend.

“We have riders like Gracie, Rachel and Jenelle coming straight from the Tour of Norway and others coming out of a solid block of training,” continued Bates. “It is a very honest and fast course and you need to be strong and patient in the final if you want to succeed.”

“I think we have a good spread of talent within the team, we can create opportunities from almost any race scenario and we are really excited to see what we can do this weekend in France.”

ORICA-SCOTT women at Gp de Plouay (Saturday, 26th August):

Jessica Allen (AUS, 24)

Jenelle Crooks (AUS, 23)

Gracie Elvin (AUS, 28)

Rachel Neylan (AUS, 35)

Sarah Roy (AUS, 31)

Amanda Spratt (AUS, 29)