Roy wins the sprint for third at the GP de Plouay

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Tour of Britain stage winner Sarah Roy won the bunch kick for third place for ORICA-SCOTT women at the GP de Plouay in France today as two leaders battled out the win from a late attack in what became an animated event.

As usual with this race the action came late and it came over the climbs as repeated attacks in the closing 40kilometres brought the race to life.

Strong riding from Gracie Elvin brought the front of the race back together before the wining move was made by Lizzie Deignan (Boels-Dolmans) as Rachel Neylan and Amanda Spratt worked tirelessly to try and make the late catch.

In the end it was to no avail and Deignan held out for the win as Roy took the sprint for third place and a strong result for the team.

“It was quite a negative race at the start,” said sport director Gene Bates. “And it continued like that for a while, nobody wanted to let anything go and to be honest it wasn’t surprising, the action usually happens late here and it was no different today.”

“The race really exploded with two laps to go and we missed the first of the moves as we were trying to work on saving Spratty for the last attacks and it was Gracie who showed her strength and rode really hard to bring things back together.

“As it played out there were repeated late attacks going into the final and the move of Deignan came strong and it came fast so we worked to try and come back for the sprint and we were only a few seconds away from doing that.

“The team rode really well and it was a top sprint from Sarah and a really good result in a big, challenging race. I think it will be a great confidence booster for her and the team ahead of the Boels-Rental Tour in Holland next week and it certainly capped off a good day of racing for us.”

How it happened:

A relatively controlled start to today’s race saw the bunch surprisingly still together after 45kilometres of racing and a fast pace being set over the initial circuits.

The attacks started to come over the climbs as riders looked to get away and form a breakaway move and eventually the bunch split in two as WM3 and Boels-Dolmans pushed the pace.

The race duly came back together again with 40kilometres to go and with the peloton now heavily reduced it was Spratt who clipped off the front to try and shake things up behind an attack by Hannah Barnes (Canyon-Sram).

Spratt didn’t make contact and was brought back before more riders went and caught Barnes to form a small group with a slight lead.

Yet again the moved did not stick and on the penultimate ascent of the Ty Marrec climb a strong selection formed that included Lizzie Deignan (Boels-Dolmans) and teammate Anna van der Breggen.

ORICA-SCOTT missed the move and was part of a 30rider chase group that brought the move back with around 13kilometres to go.

More attacks sprang as the race hit the Ty Marrec for the final time with Deignan and one other going clear, Deignan held on for the win with Roy sprinting strongly behind to take the contest for third.

GP de Plouay results:

1. Lizzie Deignan (Boels-Dolmans) 03:07:29

2. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Canyon-Sram) +0:02

3. Sarah Roy (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:10

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