Roy sprints to twelfth place in a wet and rainy edition of Ride London

Sat 29 Jul 2017

Women’s Tour stage four winner Sarah Roy finished in twelfth place for ORICA-SCOTT women in a hectic sprint in heavy rain on The Mall at the Ride London Classique toady after a fast paced 66kilometre grand prix.

Typical conditions for the English summer could do nothing to slow down the speed of today’s race as twelve laps of the 5.5kilometre circuit unfolded in no time at all.

Unsurprisingly the sprinters teams controlled the race from start to finish with the constant high speed discouraging any ideas of attacks.

ORICA-SCOTT women rode well and fought hard to maintain their position near the front and keep Roy and Gracie Elvin in the mix.

In the end the anticipated bunch sprint final played out with Coryn Rivera (Team-Sunweb) taking the victory and Roy in 12th place with Elvin close behind.

“It was an aggressive race right from the start,” said sport director Gene Bates. “The pace was high and all the team’s kept it flat out, there wasn’t much chance for us to create the kind of race that we wanted and I think there were only two early attacks that were shut down instantly.”

“We knew beforehand that there was a high probability of a sprint finish and the big sprinters teams did everything to ensure that was what happened. As a team we did well in our fight for position up until the final lap and the last turn with 500metres to go.

“The girls had done a great job of looking after Gracie and Sarah, but we got a little bit caught out on the turn and you really needed to be right at the front to have any chance of a top result as it kicked back up The Mall.

“Obviously we are not an outright sprinters team and we can take lots of positive from this race and also keep working on the areas where we can improve. I’m pleased with how the girls rode, it was wet, hellishly fast and a constant battle for position and we never shied away from that.”

How it happened:

The 66kilometre race got underway in wet and rainy conditions in central London as a slightly nervy peloton started the first of a fast sequence of laps.

After four circuits the race began to settle, the pace was still high and the rain was still falling, but the control had crept in and the sprinters team’s started to make their presence felt on the front.

ORICA-SCOTT were one of those teams positioning themselves at the front as the peloton strung itself out, the situation remained the same going into the final three laps.

Team Sunweb, Boels-dolmans, Cylance-Cycling and Ale-Cipollini all moved to the front on the final lap with ORICA-SCOTT fighting for position on the right side of the peloton as the tension yet again started to rise.

A fast super fast sprint unfolded with Rivera taking the victory and Roy just outside the top ten in 12th place for ORICA-SCOTT.

Ride London Classique results:

1. Coryn Rivera (Team-Sunweb) 01:29:04

2. Lotta Lepisto (Cervelo-Bigla) ST

3. Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-Sram) ST

12. Sarah Roy (ORICA-SCOTT) 00:00:01

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