Season comes to an end with 12th for Elvin at the Tour of GuangxiTue 22 Oct 2019
The 2019 season came to a close for Mitchelton-SCOTT with Australian Gracie Elvin getting in the mix for 12th at the Tour of Guangxi.
Wet roads made for a tricky final with the 30-year-old battling amongst the pure sprinters in the field to finish just outside the top-10.
It was a steady start to the final race of the season with a number of early attacks coming to nothing as the sprint teams controlled the tempo in the peloton. Eventually a lone attacker was allowed some leeway as she took off down the road and opened up a maximum gap of over three minutes.
The race finally burst into life as the bunch hit the first of the two categorised climbs with the solo breakaway rider caught on the slopes. The pace was high over both climbs and the bunch was down to just 25 riders over the summit of the second peak.
However, the tempo slowed on the flat run to the finish and the majority of those dropped managed to make their way back on as attentions turned to a sprint in Guilin. Mitchelton-SCOTT had four riders in contention with Dutch rider Moniek Tenniglo keen to try her luck in the sprint.
But her chance to contest the finish was over when she was caught up in a crash after being unable to avoid a rider falling in front of her on the slippy city streets. It was then left to Elvin in the kick for the line, with the Australian taking 12th behind winner Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini).
“It was a very calm and easy day for the first 90km. There weren’t many attacks and it was clear most teams were waiting for the climbs or the final sprint. The bunch split into a few groups but they all came back together not long after the descent.”
“It was a faster last hour of racing, but overall not too aggressive. It was raining so a lot of riders probably wanted to get home safely and let the sprinters go for the result.”
“I’m not in shape to sprint, but I tried to follow good wheels and stay in the front of the bunch and see what I could do. It was very wet and slippery in the city and unfortunately there were a few crashes, one of which Moniek was involved in. She is ok but it’s never nice. I tried my best in the last run to the line and can be happy enough with 12th for today!”
“It was a quiet race up until the first climb, with one rider from China LIV away with a three minutes lead. Then it was a fast race up the hills, but it slowed down afterwards and pretty much all the bunch came back together.”
“The team rode well and we had four of our girls in the bunch and Moniek was feeling ok to give it a try but one rider crashed in front of her and took her down. Luckily it was nothing serious and she finished on her bike.”
Tour of Guangxi 2019 Results:
1.Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini) 3:58:46
2. Alison Jackson (Team TIBCO - SVB) ST
12. Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST