Two in the Top Ten in Borsele Time TrialFri 25 Apr 2014
Shara Gillow was the top finisher for ORICA-AIS in the individual time trial in Borsele on Friday evening. The Oceania Time Trial Champion slotted into sixth place, covering the 19.9 kilometre course in 27’22. Loes Gunnewijk was three spots further back with the ninth fastest time amongst the 67 starters.
Reigning Time Trial World Champion Ellen van Dijk (Boels-Dolmans) won the event with a time of 26’48 whilst Specialized-lululemon teammates Chantal Blaak and Taylor Wiles secured the lesser spots on the podium.
“It was the first time trial for the girls in Europe,” said Sport Director Gene Bates. “I thought it was a really good effort. We came away with some things for both Shara and Loes to work on, but they’re nothing major. We’re just fine tuning.”
“They’re both obviously quite experienced in the discipline,” Bates added. “We’ll just work on some minor tweaks in the next period before we hit the next time trial. Loes is looking to do a good ride at her National Championships in June. This is an important measuring stick and stepping stone for her as she targets that goal.”
It was a warm, sunny evening in Zeeland. The pan-flat course was exposed to the strong winds. With the entire field facing the same conditions, no one rider benefited over the other from her start time.
“They both found a really good rhythm straightaway on the course,” said Bates. “They knew the course from last year, so they knew what was coming up at each stage. I was there to provide some insight from the car behind. I reminded them to ride a particular gear or exit the corner with more power. It was a good learning experience for myself as well to see the different styles of time trialing between the two of them.”
Racing in the region continues tomorrow with the Omloop van Borsele. Gunnewijk finished second in the road race from a two rider breakaway that escaped the peloton on the final circuit lap and evaded catch all the way to the line
“We’re really looking forward to the road race tomorrow,” said Bates. “I think we have a good chance with Mel [Hoskins] and Loes is also really coming along and finding her legs. I’m keen to see how Nettie [Edmondson] will bounce back after Flèche and handle a race that’s more suited to her abilities at the moment.”
“We race Westhoek on Sunday, which is a great little classic with some climbs and cobbles,” Bates added. “We have a few cards to play there, which is really exciting. The whole team is looking forward to getting back to racing again.”