Garfoot suprises herself with third in the Ladies Tour of Norway opening prologueThu 17 Aug 2017
Australian time trial champion Katrin Garfoot fought to a fantastic third place today in the Ladies Tour of Norway opening prologue.
The 34-year-old was one of the final riders to start the short 3.4kilometre event and blasted around the course to finish with a time of three minutes and 45seconds, just one second down on the winning time set by Ellen van Dijk (Team-Sunweb).
Sport director Gene Bates was pleased with the ride from Garfoot which was unexpected given the short distance and her preparation.
“We really had no expectation on Kat at all, or for the whole group, we looked at the course before and everybody was ready to go as hard as they could,” Bates said. “I think Kat even surprised herself, she is certainly a class bike rider, but to come off an extended period with no races, with no specific preparation and to produce a ride like that is really fantastic.”
“She was just one second off Van Dijk and Marianna Vos (WM3) who are both in really good form coming off European championship wins so it is a result she can be really happy with.
“It also gives her validation that her preparation has been going well and in the right direction. The prologue wasn’t something she prepared for so it really is an amazing result considering the distance.
“We have three tough days coming up and we have a good team for the rest of the tour.”
How it happened:
The 2017 WorldTour race in Norway kicked off with a lung busting short and fast 3.4kilometre prologue.
The event began with many fast times continuously being set and after the first of three waves of riders, it was Van Dijk who stopped the clock with a time of three minutes and 44seconds to go in to the race lead.
Georgia Williams blasted around the course with producing a time just nine seconds off the fastest to move into ninth place in the early stages.
As the riders completed the distance it proved to be too much to beat the time set by van Dijk and came down to the final few riders to start to get anywhere close.
Garfoot showed her time trial class, crossing the line just one second down to finish in a well fought out third place.
Tomorrow the first road stage takes on an undulating route of 105kilometre with final finishing circuits.
Ladies Tour of Norway
1. Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) 3:44
2. Marianna Vos (WM3) +0:64
3. Katrin Garfoot (ORICA-SCOTT) +1:00
Photo courtesy of TDWsport