Top ten for Roy at Dwars door de Westhoek in BelgiumSun 3 Jun 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT women tried their best to break the race up and make it as hard as possible for the field before Sarah Roy sprinted to eighth place on the cobbled finish of Dwars door de Westhoek today in Boezinge.
A typical Belgian one-day event unfolded over 125kilometres with three ascents of the Rodeberg coming before the finish and the Australian outfit active over each of the climbs, trying to force a move to go clear.
Australian Jess Allen drove the pace on the long approach to the third passage of the climb and succeeded in launching New Zealand champion Georgia Williams into a front group with Roy close behind in a group of chasers.
Inevitably the race came back together before another group of around 25riders went clear with both Roy and Williams in attendance.
The two Mitchelton-SCOTT riders continued to be active going into the closing circuits, trying to force the issue and break things up with Roy managing to gain a small advantage before being caught with around 20kilometres remaining.
Heavily outnumbered in the leading group, Roy and Williams knew the sprint was coming and the Kiwi champion did her best to position Roy for the final effort.
The bunch sped into the 600metre cobbled approach to the line and were met by a strong headwind with Roy finishing in eighth place and the victory taken by Thi That Nguyen (WCC-World-Cycling-Centre).
“We were up against it from the beginning today, but we still tried to follow our plan and take the race to the competition, make it as hard as possible and ride aggressively. Time and again we tried to split the race over the climbs and Jess, Alex Manly and Georgia rode brilliantly.”
“It was so difficult to try and get any moves to stick, more than once we managed things up and tried to get something going, but there were a lot of teams interested in a bunch sprint finish today and that’s what came about.
“Georgia and I were up there in the leading group, but we were outnumbered and outgunned by the sprinters teams and maybe we were also paying for efforts yesterday in Holland.
“I think we cans still take lots of positives out of this race, we went in with a compact team and worked hard to try and make the race as hard as possible and we can look ahead to the Women’s Tour in the UK with confidence.”
Dwars door de Westhoek results:
1. Thi That Nguyen (WCC-World-Cycling-Centre)
2. Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel-Valkenburg) ST
3. Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-PBM) ST
8. Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
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