Roy finishes 12th in an action packed edition of Vargarda WestSweden

Mon 13 Aug 2018

OVO Energy stage winner Sarah Roy took 12th place today for Mitchelton-SCOTT in the action packed one-day Women's WorldTour race Vargarda WestSweden. 

Despite constant attacks throughout the entire race, no moves were able to survive out front and the 141km race concluded with a reduced bunch sprint with former two-time winner Marianne Vos (Waowdeals) claiming the victory.

Gravel splits

With 12.6km of gravel roads spread across four different sections, the peloton was continued to spread out in one long line with teams continuously attacking and counter attacking. Jess Allen unfortunately crashed early on a gravel corner, thankfully she made it back into the race uninjured but wasn't caught towards the back of the peloton as splits started to occur.

Aggressive racing

Team Movistar, Boels-Dolmans and Team Sunweb did most of the attacking and numerous breakaway group began to form, however no combination seemed to the peloton's liking and almost all attempts were reeled in immediately.

After one large 53km loop the riders compeleted four local finishing laps where Boels-Dolmans and Anna van Der Breggen tried more attacks. Finally with approximately 18km remaining van der Breggen forced a move of five riders which included Mitchelton-SCOTT rider Alex Manly, before attacking away from the group and leading the race solo.

Unpredicatable final

The Olympic champion hovered just 20seconds ahead for almost one lap and on the final climb, with five kilometres to go, Team Sunweb and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervelo-Bigla) lifted the pace and van der Breggen was caught over the top.

With not much time left for counter attacks, the bunch picked up the speed and prepared for a sprint. Vos entered the final corner in front of the rest and remained that way down the 300metre finishing straight, with Mitchelton-SCOTT further behind into the final corner, with Roy the highest finisher in 12th place.

The team continue racing on Thursday 16th at the Ladies Tour of Norway.

Sarah Roy

"I found the race full gas from the start, fast all day with not many lulls at all. There were a few splits throughout the day but all short lived.

"Some attacks on the final circuits seemed like they might go all the way but the bunch was super fast today and nothing stuck which was what we were hoping for. 

"The finish is quite technical, although we went through it seven times before, it’s always a bit of a gamble which side of the road to race on. I was unlucky and picked the wrong side about one kilometre out. 

"I was about fifth wheel at that point I was sort of swamped by riders coming with more speed. I was a little chopped after but that happens in sprinting and by that stage there’s no excuses, I should have been better positioned, that’s the only answer.

"Our plan for today was to go all in for the sprint so I’m very disappointed I didn’t get a result especially after all the work of the team.

"Gracie Elvin and Alex Manly were unbelievable today, so strong and reliable. Lucy Kennedy did a great job as well pulling a big turn on the uphill dirt section and it's great to have her back racing with us.

"It was a shame to lose Jess Allen early after a crash on the super slippery dirt. I was really thankful to the team for this opportunity, for their belief, it hurts not to win."

Vargarda WestSweden results:

1. Marianne Vos (Waowdeals) 3:27
2. Kirsten Wild (Wiggle-High5) ST 
3. Lotta Lepisto (Cervelo-Bigla) ST
12. Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

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