Three pronged approach for ORICA-SCOTT going into Trofeo Alfredo BindaThu 16 Mar 2017
Dual Australian champion Katrin Garfoot, Santos Women’s Tour winner Amanda Spratt and Dutch time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten will head ORICA-SCOTT’s three pronged approach in the third Women’s WorldTour race of the season, Trofeo Alfredo Binda on Sunday.
Having already achieved a podium placing and a top ten finish in the two opening races of the WorldTour series, the Australian outfit hope to move up a step on the podium this weekend in what is their ‘home race’.
“The finishing circuit is only 10kilometres from where we are based, so the girls train on these roads all the time,” sport director Gene Bates said. “It’s probably an advantage for the girls to know the length of the climbs and being so familiar with the roads.”
“I expect the race on Sunday to be quite like Stande Bianche in that it will be a selective group, so we will go into the race with an open plan.”
With this expectation of a selective race, the team hope to have cards to play coming into the tough finale with a mixed and balanced team.
“We won’t have just one designated leader,” Bates continued. “All the girls are all in good shape, fit and motivated for a good race.”
“In the past year or two we have fallen a bit short going into the finals with just one riders and that has been to our detriment with other teams having multiple riders left at the end.
“We have been finding ourselves in a good situation this year with a few riders still there in the selected groups in the finals so we have numbers to play with and we are relying on that on Sunday.”
The riders will complete one large lap followed by four finishing laps which includes a tough, often decisive climb, the Orino.
With four ascents of the Orino to complete it serves as the perfect place to launch an attack and try to split up the race, however it is likely that the bunch will see initial attacks on the earlier four-kilometre climb coming after 35kilometres.
The team has previously won Trofeo Alfredo Binda back in 2014 with former rider Emma Johansson and last year Van Vleuten made it into the select front group to finish in a well fought out eighth place, but this year the squad are aiming for more.
“We have a really good mixed team, Jess Allen, Jenelle Crooks and Geogria Williams will be good support for our three designated leaders.
“I think all three of these girls are capable of a podium result in this type of race and that’s what we are aiming for.”
Orica-Scott riders in Trofeo Alfredo Binda (19th March):