Seventh place for ORICA-AIS at TTT world championshipsSun 20 Sep 2015
An inexperienced ORICA-AIS line up has fought gallantly to seventh position at the UCI Road Cycling World Championship team time trial in Richmond, Virginia today.
It was a new look line up for the Australian outfit that had just one rider from last year’s silver medal winning performance last year in Amanda Spratt.
2015 debutants Macey Stewart, at just 19 years of age, and Sarah Roy rode their first and second ever event in the team time trial discipline whilst Lizzie Williams rode just her third.
“Our ride today was actually quite good all things considered,” sport director Gene Bates said. “We got the best we could out of our riders.”
“The girls should be happy and proud of their ride.
“Five out of the six had never ridden a world title in the team time trial so there is a lot of growing to do with the team, especially with this group, but in terms of the work and preparation leading in and the ride on the day, it was a good solid race.”
The 38.8km course was a fast one with little technical difficulty and a relatively flat parcours until a final 300m rise to the line.
At each of the intermediate time splits the outfit, which also featured the experience of Gracie Elvin and Katrin Garfoot, sat consistently as the fifth fastest before fading slightly in the final for seventh.
“Technically they were very good,” Bates continued. “We were right around the mark the whole way out but just lacked that serious firepower when we hit the headwind section and we really paid for that in the final kilometres.”
“We knew that the headwind section was going to be critical, we said that all the way through. The girls knew that would be the tough section and there is nothing you can really do to prepare them for that.
“They had a good start, a good middle section and limited their losses as much as they could in the tough final section.”
Velocio-SRAM continued their dominance in the discipline claiming gold in 47minutes 35.72seconds. ORICA-AIS stopped the clock two minutes 53.71seconds behind.