ORICA-AIS identified the team time trial at the Brianwash Ladies Tour as the team’s main objective during the five-day Dutch race. Coming ten days before the reintroduction of the team time trial at the World Championships, stage two represented the final opportunity for teams to hone their preparation in a race setting. The Australian outfit finished in second-place, 19 seconds down on Specialized-lululemon, after covering the 34 kilometer course in a blistering pace of 49 kilometers/hour.
"We’ve spent a lot of time and energy on this discipline, doing specific training to close the gap to Specialized. We were 19 seconds behind the win, which is a little disappointing. We’re closer to them than we were in Sweden [at the Vargarda World Cup] but still not there quite yet. We’re happy to be closer but disappointed to not have made up more time.
Since we raced the team time trial in Sweden, our biggest gains come from knowing each other better. In Sweden, we blew the team up 25 kilometers into the race and groveled home. Today, we all knew what each of us was capable of doing. If someone was struggling, they took a shorter turn. Someone else would take a longer turn to compensate. We looked after each other a bit better." - Alex Rhodes
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