Gracie Elvin was the top finisher for ORICA-AIS at Omloop van Borsele. The Australian National Road Champion sprinted to seventh place from a group of 14 riders that formed in the final lap of the five lap circuit race. Chloe Hosking (Hitec Products) outkicked Kirsten Wild (Giant-Shimano) and Ellen van Dijk (Boels-Dolmans) to the line.
"From the gun, it was chaotic. It was super windy today. I’m talking blowing a gale. Rider had to deal with these winds over dikes, down the ridges and on narrow farm roads. It was really typical Dutch racing. From the first two or three kilometres, the peloton goes from a big road to a narrow road. Inevitably, there are crashes here – as there was today. One kilometre later ther was another crash. We lost Loes in the first pile-up. Shara [Gillow] was tangled up in the second one and then Loes was caught behind. That put us on the back foot right away.
"The way Gracie raced was the biggest positive. She strong and smart, and she was rewarded in making the final moves. I think we’re going to see more from her as she continues to build her confidence." - Sport Director Gene Bates