Top 20 for Roy and sprint classification win for Elvin in the inaugural women’s Tour of GuangxiTue 24 Oct 2017
OVO Energy Women’s Tour stage winner Sarah Roy sprinted to 16th place today for ORICA-SCOTT in the late season, inaugural edition of the Tour of Guangxi Women’s Elite Challenge.
The 110kilometre event took place thirty minutes after the start of the final stage of the men’s WorldTour race and followed a predominately flat loop.
Former Australian champion Gracie Elvin picked up the overall sprint classification victory after help from her teammates throughout the event, but it was disappointment from Roy in the final sprint.
“We planned to do a full lead-out as we knew it would likely come down to a sprint," Roy explained. "One rider was away with just 45seconds with 10kilometres to go and we used Jess Allen with five kilometres to go to bring it back so we could have a go in the final sprint."
“The plan was for the team to lead me out from the second to last corner, but we just didn’t get there close enough to the front in time.
“For many riders it is their first race back after the off-season so it was a messy final with many riders trying to go for the victory after a flat race.
“I felt awesome today so I am disappointed not to have been able to get into a good position and really go for it."
Despite not coming away with a result in the final sprint the team worked well to secure a victory in the intermediate sprint competition throughout the race.
“Georgia Williams did a great job of leading Gracie out for the first sprint prime and then Jess Allen helped out in the second and I led Gracie out for the final one," Roy continued.
"She was able to win two of the primes to secure the overall win in this which was great for us to take from today's race, the final UCI race of the season for us.”
How it happened:
The one-day UCI 1.1 race followed a pan-flat 110kilometre out and back course and provided the perfect event for the sprinters.
With three intermediate sprints along the way the race remained mostly in-tact with the pace building ahead of the sprint primes.
No real threatening breakaway formed, except one rider in the closing 10kilometres who held a 45second advanatge and forced some of the sprinters team’s to work to ensure it was all back together again before the line.
With a fast pace in the bunch, the final sprint proved to be a hectic one and ORICA-SCOTT found themselves unable to get into good position in time for the final dash to the line.
The event marks the end of a successful 2017 racing season for both ORICA-SCOTT men’s and women’s teams.
Tour of Guangxi results:
1. Maria Vittoria Sperotto (BePink Cogeas) 2:51
2. Amy Cure (Wiggle-High5) ST
3. Lucy Garner (Wiggle-High5) ST
16. Sarah Roy (ORICA-SCOTT) ST
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