ORICA-SCOTT women open up the Giro-Rosa strongly with third place in the TTTFri 30 Jun 2017
ORICA-SCOTT women kicked off the 2017 Giro Rosa strongly with a third place finish in today’s opening team time trial stage in Aquileia.
As one of the final team’s to start, ORICA-SCOTT set a high bench mark crossing the line with a time of 15minutes and nine seconds to move into the hot seat with just five team’s left to finish.
The Australian outfit remained in the top spot until the final moments as the penultimate team to finish, Team Sunweb, stopped the clock three seconds faster, followed by the eventual winners Boels-Dolmans, who clocked an impressive time of 14minutes and 47seconds, the only team to dip under 15minutes to steal the victory.
Sport director Gene Bates was satisfied with the result and happy with the timing’s looking forward to the nine important stages ahead.
“I predicted we would finish third, most of the girls said it would be great to get third but expected to be around fourth or fifth so I think it was probably a little bit better than we expected considering it hasn’t really been a huge focus event for us,” Bates explained.
“We came into it with the goal of not conceding too much time to the other big teams, which I think we did really well. Everybody rode really well and everyone really contributed to the result.
“It think it leaves us in a really good position going into the next stages. We obviously wouldn’t want more than the 22second loss we have given the course.
“Considering Boels-Dolmans are the current World Champions in the event I think we can be happy with our performance tonight.”
With no time to wait, the race heads into the hills for tomorrow’s stage two and is likely a day to see time gaps in the overall classification.
“It will be really decisive tomorrow, not only the climb but the descent is really quite technical so I expect it to end with small groups, if not individual riders arriving at the finish,” Bates continued. “It is definitely the first real general classification day.”
How it happened:
As the longest tour on the women’s calendar and also with UCI Women’s WorldTour status, it meant all of the big named team’s were on the start line ready for the 10day challenge.
As one of the latter team’s to start, ORICA-SCOTT set off down the ramp with the time to beat being 15minutes and 38seconds set by Astana Women’s Team.
Canyon-Sram crossed the line before them with a new fastest time of 15minutes and 23seconds to lift the bench mark even higher.
With newly crowned Dutch time trial champion and current Australian champion in Annemiek van Vleuten and Katrin Garfoot, the Australian outfit was full of firepower and blasted around the 11.5kilometre course, in a time of 15minutes and nine seconds to go into the hot seat with just five team’s remaining.
The final two team’s to cross the line spoiled the party for the ORICA-SCOTT women, both beating the time to jump ahead and take the first two podium spots.
Tomorrow’s stage two is 122kilometres from Zoppola to Montreal Valcellina.
Giro Rosa stage 1 TTT results:
1. Boels-Dolamns 14:47
2. Team Sunweb +0:19
3. ORICA-SCOTT +0:22
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