Shara Gillow Time Trials into Fourth Overall at Giro RosaSun 7 Jul 2013
Shara Gillow rounded out the podium on the Giro Rosa final stage individual time trial. Covering the 16.7km course in 22’04, the Australian National Time Trial Champion was 52” behind stage winner Ellen Van Dijk (Specialized-lululemon). In sixth place overall, tied on time with Marianne Vos (Rabobank-Liv Giant) at the start of the stage, Gillow’s race against the clock afforded her a two spot jump on the general classification.
“I’m really happy with our race in the end,” said Sport Director Dave McPartland. “Like I said from the start, we didn’t come here for GC. We came here for stages. We didn’t win any stages, but we come away with fourth overall. Sometimes that’s the way it happens. You can go in fighting for the GC and walk away with stage wins and 15th overall or you can come in for stage wins but get an overall result. The Giro is funny like that.”
“I’m not surprised that Shara did so well,” McPartland added. “She actually could have probably finished higher up if we had done a few things differently.”
The pan flat time trial course suited Gillow’s strengths. The roads were wide and open with sweeping bends rather than angled corners.
“One dodgy u-turn at a roundabout after 6km and a section of pavé in the last 300m were the only remotely difficult sections,” noted McPartland. “It was not a technical circuit. Shara’s strategy was to go fast. It was as simple as that to her. She was highly motivated to move up on the overall.”
Although ORICA-AIS missed out on the coveted stage victory, McPartland is proud of how his team raced the eight day Italian tour.
“We gave it every effort to be on the front foot,” McPartland said. “The second half of the race was probably a bit more restrictive than I had imagined. There weren’t many stages that finished in breakaways. Once the Americans got the jersey, they seemed to want to keep the race together. They sort of panicked anytime anything went up the road – even if the move wasn’t a threat to Abbott’s lead. We had a crack every day. I can’t ask for much more from them than that.”