Stunning silver for ORICA-AIS at team time trial world championshipsSun 21 Sep 2014
ORICA-AIS has pulled together a stunning ride to take out the silver medal in the team time trial at the 2014 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain this morning.
The outfit rode the 36.15km course to perfection, the result a culmination of training camps and recce rides in preparation for one of the season’s biggest focuses.
The six women team, including Amanda Spratt (AUS), Annette Edmondson (AUS), Emma Johansson (SWE), Jessie MacLean (AUS), Melissa Hoskins (AUS) and Valentina Scandolara (ITA) stopped the clock at 44minutes 50seconds, one minute 17seconds behind that set by gold medalists Specialized-Lululemon.
“We pulled out a really good ride and we got everything right today,” Johansson said.
“We have been working really hard all year for this and to get everything right on the day is the difference between taking a medal or not.”
After a disappointing last hit out at the final world cup event of the season last month, ORICA-AIS bounced back in the best way possible.
“We had a big challenge out there,” Edmondson said after the race.
“We gave it a good crack, we were able to pull off second and we are absolutely stoked about it.
“A month ago we raced the Sweden World Cup and we were about three minutes behind Specialized-Lululemon. It was going to be a big ask, but it was six kilometres shorter and we pulled back two minutes on them so we had a really good ride.”
Sport director Gene Bates echoed the sentiments of his riders, thrilled with their dedication and ability to respond after a set back.
“From the start of the season we wanted to make this a focus for the team and the girls really bought into that,” Bates said.
“It didn’t go our way in Sweden, the team was pretty disappointed but today they were all class to bounce back so well.
“We knew the course, we knew the corners, they all had a roll designated to them and they stuck to it perfectly.
“We’re over the moon and it’s definitely an accolade they deserve.”
Benefiting from their homework, ORICA-AIS had a clear strategy heading into their final race of the season, utilising a fast but difficult course and the strengths of individual riders to deliver an impressive team result.
“We knew it was a really quick start, the middle section was difficult and obviously the climb at the finish was always going to be the pivotal point of the course,” Bates explained.
“The idea was to use everybody as much as possible early, conserve a couple of the riders through the middle section of the race and get to the climb as fresh as possible with as many riders as we could.
“It all really played out well. We will look and have a review afterwards, but I don’t think we will find much to pin point at all.”