Roy maintains second place overall after stage three in Route de France

Thu 11 Aug 2016

30-year-old Sarah Roy finished safely in the bunch on stage three of Route de France today, sprinting to 12th place to remain in second on the general classification.

The third and final potential sprint stage saw crashes in the closing stages of the race as the riders completed three laps of a three kilometre circuit with Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-High5) claiming the stage win.

ORICA-AIS worked well together to keep sprinter Roy and general classification hopeful Tayler Wiles out of trouble in the final to remain in close contention with an individual time trial and some hillier stages to come.

Sport director Gene Bates was pleased with the Australian outfit's cohesion throughout the stage along with Roy's aggression in the final as the team's focus switches to their general classification ambitions.

“Sarah hit out really early and gapped the bunch today,” said Bates. “It was a slight uphill finish and they caught her before the line. She just mis-timed it a little but had a really good go again.”

“It was the opposite of yesterday were she got a boxed in. It is frustrating for her but she has been putting herself in the game at least. 

“Tomorrow the time trial should suit Tayler quite well, it’s flat and just 15kilometres. She hasn’t had it easy the last three days with the crosswind sections in yesterday’s stage, but the girls have looked after her as best they could. 

“I think Tayler will go well these final few days with the type of stages to come. Sarah will probably have an easier day tomorrow and then, along with all the other girls ride in support of Tayler." 

How it happened:

Today, the shortest road stage of the week, just 102kilometres in distance and the final potential sprint stage made for a fast and chaotic day.

Like the previous stages, a continuous stream of attacks came within the first half of the race however none were given any freedom by the peloton and the race remained mostly together.

Coming into the closing kilometres, the riders faced three laps of a three kilometre technical circuit which saw crashes within the nervous bunch. 

Roy opened up her sprint early and gained a small advanatge on the peloton, however it proved to be a little too early as the fierce charge came from behind swallowing her up before the line. Hosking went on to claim the stage three victory in the bunch sprint.

In the end Roy had to settle for 12th place on the same time as the winner, leaving her in second place overall with four more stages to go. 

Tomorrow ORICA-AIS swap their road bikes for their time trial ones ready for the 15kilometre individual race against the clock followed by hilly road stages the next days.

Route de France stage results:

1. Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-High5) 2:29:59
2. Elize Delzenne (Lotto-Soudal) ST
3. Roxane Fournier (PC-Futuroscope86) ST
12. Sarah Roy (ORICA-AIS) ST

General classification after stage :

1. Amy Pieters (Wiggle-High5) 9:01:55
2. Sarah Roy (ORICA-AIS) +0:10
3. Aude Biannic (PC-Futuroscope86) +0:11