Roy sprints to second in Holland at Omloop van de IJsseldeltaSat 2 Jun 2018
In form Australian Sarah Roy came close to a second successive victory for Mitchelton-SCOTT in Holland today, sprinting to second place at Salverda Omloop van de IJsseldelta.
A classic Dutch race covering 125 predominantly flat kilometres along the narrow country lanes around Zwolle and the splits came early with Mitchelton-SCOTT driving things forrward with three riders in the front group and Georgia Williams further back in the chasing bunch.
Around 35-riders made up group one and Jess Allen, and Alexandra Manly were all up there alongside Roy and despite the disruptions from further crashes and attacks the lead group approached the finale intact and at pace.
With a compact group now flying to the finish, it became all about positioning for the sprint and despite being boxed in Roy did well to make some space and ran a very close second behind the race winner Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel-Valkenberg).
“It was a bit gnarly out there. A little bit of wind and lots of narrow winding roads which I think made the young peloton nervous as it was full of mainly club riders. A crash around 30kilometres in split the field in two and three of us were well positioned, so we put the hammer down as that was part of our original plan.
“This front group of about 30 worked quite well together keeping the pace high in the beginning but then it was mainly Alex and Jess doing the hard work especially the last hour and in the last 30kilometres the three of us put in some really good attacks. It was really fun playing off each other.
“There were some good splits made, but we were aware of the dangers from Lorena Wiebes and knew she had been sitting on most of the day. It was tricky in the final. Alex and Jess kept putting in efforts all the way into the closing kilometres, while I decided to back myself in for the sprint.
“In the end I miss-timed it, thinking the line was a couple of hundred metres after a landmark I had looked at last night - my mistake and something I'll learn from. I'm so pleased with the team ride we had today, I think we can all take confidence from the strength we showed.”
Sport director Martin Vestby:
“The girls rode very well as a team today and despite a few positional errors they performed with confidence and Sarah came close to another positive result.”
“It was a tense race, especially in the opening 30kilometres on the narrow roads where there were some crashes and early splits. Georgia was caught behind in the second group, which was a bit stressful, but the rest of the team made it into the front group and rode strongly.
“Even with the attacks within the last hour of racing and we tried to make it hard as possible and put in some attacks, but the group held and went into the sprint and although she was boxed in Sarah did well to execute her sprint and came close again.
“The whole team executed the race plan well and it’s good to see Sarah in particular in such a good place both Physically and mentally, the signs look really good going into tomorrow’s race in Belgium.”
Salverda Omloop van de IJsseldelta results:
1. Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel-Valkenberg) 03:10:19
2. Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
3. Annelis Dom (Lotto-Soudal) ST
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