ORICA-AIS has finished fourth in the team time trial at Energiewacht Tour this morning, the first of the stage two double-header today.
This morning kicked off with the 15.1km team time trial in De Onlanden, the first of the 2015 season.
Velocio-SRAM were the one’s to beat, dominating the discipline in the women’s peloton in recent years, but they again proved untouchable winning the stage by 14seconds to their nearest rivals in Boels Dolmans.
ORICA-AIS finished 34seconds down in a solid fourth position, but their morning was not without some drama as road captain Loes Gunnewijk noticed a slow leak in her rear wheel just ahead of the start requiring her to race on a road bike.
Despite the disruption the 34-year-old bravely rode on, assisting her teammates until the 11km mark when she dropped from the back.
“We knew with the layout of the Tour with the prologue on day one and team time trial on day three, that those two particular events would be quite important,” sport director Martin Barras said. “We came in fourth, which was the expectation going into the stage that a good ride would get us.”
|1||(Velocio - SRAM) - 0:17:59|
|2||(Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) - 0:00:14|
|3||(Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) - 0:00:30|
|4||(ORICA-AIS) - 0:00:34|
|5||(Hitec Products) - 0:01:00|
|6||(Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team) - 0:01:20|
|7||(United States) - 0:01:23|
|8||(Team Liv-Plantur) - 0:01:29|
|9||(Wiggle Honda) - 0:01:41|
|10||(Feminine Cycling Team) - 0:01:55|