Roy relishing fresh start for 2020Sat 19 Oct 2019
Clasica Femenina Navarra winner Sarah Roy will relish a fresh start in 2020 after a disrupted 2019.
The 33-year-old cut her season short in order to have surgery on femoral artery, with the vision to start the new season with new goals and new possibilities.
In her five seasons to date with Mitchelton-SCOTT, Roy has claimed six victories and contributed to many more. Despite an interrupted 2019, she claimed a bronze medal at the Australian championships, won in Navarra and contributed to the team’s overall victory at the women’s Giro d’Italia.
Whilst recovery is her first priority, the first target for 2020 will be a strong Classics season.
“Looking back on the season, on paper it looked like an alright season, but personally I felt like there was a lot of failures. I have discovered now that I was carrying an injury the whole time so it explains a lot but it’s unfortunate I couldn’t get the results at the time.
“I am proud of the way I got through the season. I’m proud that I investigated and looked into how I was feeling and got the support that I needed for that.
“Looking to next year, the team and I are pretty excited to see what I can do. The idea is that I will be a lot more consistent and that I will have that top-end power that I haven’t had for the last couple of years.
“I’ve just finished my fifth season with the team. I feel at home here, it is a family for me now. I feel incredibly supported, it’s a really special feeling so I want to give the team as much of myself as I can next year. There’s no other team I would want to ride for.”
Martin Vestby – Sport Director:
“Sarah is really strong rider who contributes a lot and she has proved, last year particularly, that she can win races as well.
“This year she wasn’t herself 100% and both her and the team thought it was training and recovery and everything around it, but at least we have now found the reason behind it and that is taken care of.
“How long the recovery will take is a question, but so far it looks a really good for a positive year next year and when Roy is on form she is a valuable rider for our team.”
Date of Birth: 27th February 1986 (33)
Place of Birth: Sydney
Turned pro: 2013
Joined Mitchelton-SCOTT: 2015
2019 Season Highlights:
- 1st Clasica Femenina Navarra
- 3rd National Championships Australia – Road Race