Williams finishes third overall and Elvin fourth on final stage of the Bay Crits

Mon 5 Jan 2015

Victorian Lizzie Williams has secured third overall in her first outing for ORICA-AIS, impressing at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic that wrapped up today in Williamstown.

Teammate Australian road champion Gracie Elvin contested for honours on the final day, finishing 4th in a diminished bunch sprint.

Williams, who returned to competitive racing last year after a ten-year hiatus, enjoyed her first race with the ORICA-AIS team and is excited about the development still to come.

“It’s been a steep learning curve for me, but it’s fantastic for me in my first time racing as a team,” Williams said.

“Using each other to dominate and not just trying to do it yourself - I haven’t really had a strong enough team to actually experience that before so it’s just such a good feeling to know that your teammates have your back.

“It’s been a good start. I always like the top step rather than second or third but it’s a good start and a bit of a warm up for the rest of the year.”

ORICA-AIS drove the final stage from the gun, counterpunching amongst the team in an attempt to break up the race and decimate the field.

“The plan from the start was to make it as aggressive as possible,” sport director Gene Bates said.

“We were all a little disappointed after yesterday and they wanted to come out and make amends of it and the girls certainly did a good job of that.”

In the final, multiple world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Down Under) took stage honours whilst her teammate Chloe Hosking finish third to claim the yellow overall jersey.

“We wanted to drop as many riders off the back as we could. It didn’t really dwindle down as much as we hoped,” Bates said.

“We wanted to set up Gracie for the finish with Lizzie leading her out.  I think there was a little bit of a mix up in the last corner and Gracie got shuffled out but fourth is still a really good result, especially considering the effort all the girls put in to making it a hard race.”

ORICA-AIS immediately turn their attention to the Cycling Australia Road Cycling National Championships which begin on Wednesday evening for the criterium championships.