Solid sixth for ORICA-AIS in Boels Rental Ladies Tour team time trialThu 1 Sep 2016
Stage two of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour saw the teams complete a 26.4kilometre team time trial where ORICA-AIS finished with a respectable time of 32minutes and 45 seconds good enough for sixth place.
Despite not focusing on the event all season the Australian outfit worked well together to maintain a smooth even pace which sport director Gene Bates was satisfied with.
“It was a solid ride from the girls considering our preperation for this event,” explained Bates. “This year we haven't focused on the time trial event as much and I think the girls rode very well together despite that."
"Our goal is for stage victories and we still have a very good chance the coming days. Today we lost a bit of time on the overall but we know after yesterday they are all in good shape and can be really competitive these next few stages.
"The top three teams were as expected, they have all been riding very well in this discipline so we can't be too disappointed with the result tonight. They gave it their all and sixth is still a solid result."
How it happened:
After a fast, flat opening stage of the tour, the riders swapped their road bikes for time trial bikes and set off down the ramp ready for 26kilometres of pain.
With a fast tail-wind section followed by a head-wind and only 12 corners on the course the event was fairly straight forward for the teams.
ORICA-AIS worked hard to gel as one unit despite not having done much specific training in this event and concluded the distance with a time of 32minutes and 45seconds.
The time crossed the line in third place with the final three teams still left to finish. As predicted the podium was filled up by the teams most experienced in this discipline with ORICA-AIS having to settle for a time 45seconds shy of the podium.
Boles-Dolmans, the final team to start took their third time trial victory of the season finishing with a quick time of 30minutes and 58seconds.
The riders now turn their focus back to the road stages where further bunch sprints are a high possibility. Something that the Australian team is very much looking forward to with three fast sprinter in Loren Rowney, Sarah Roy and Gracie Elvin in the squad.
Tomorrow’s stage is 122kilometres starting and finishing in Sittard-Geleen.
Boels Rental Ladies Tour stage 2 TTT results:
1. Boels-Dolmans 30:58
2. Canyon-Sram Racing +0:33
3. Rabobank.Liv +1:05
6. ORICA-AIS +1:45
General classification after stage 2:
1. Amalie Dideriksen (Boels-Dolmans) 3:07:23
2. Ellen Van Dijk (Boels-Dolmans) +0:10
3. Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) ST
27. Sarah Roy (ORICA-AIS) +1:57