30-year-old Sarah Roy finished safely in the bunch on stage three of Route de France today, sprinting to 12th place to remain in second on the general classification.
The third and final potential sprint stage saw crashes in the closing stages of the race as the riders completed three laps of a three kilometre circuit with Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-High5) claiming the stage win.
ORICA-AIS worked well together to keep sprinter Roy and general classification hopeful Tayler Wiles out of trouble in the final to remain in close contention with an individual time trial and some hillier stages to come.
Sport director Gene Bates was pleased with the Australian outfit's cohesion throughout the stage along with Roy's aggression in the final as the team's focus switches to their general classification ambitions.
“Sarah hit out really early and gapped the bunch today,” said Bates. “It was a slight uphill finish and they caught her before the line. She just mis-timed it a little but had a really good go again.”
|1||Chloe Hosking (AUS) - Wiggle High5||2:29:59|
|2||Elise Delzenne (FRA) - Lotto Soudal Ladies||ST|
|3||Roxane Fournier (FRA) - Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86||ST|
|4||Amy Pieters (NED) - Wiggle High5||ST|
|5||Maria Vittoria Sperotto||ST|
|6||Kendall Ryan (USA) - Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank||ST|
|7||Michela Pavin (ITA) - INPA - Bianchi||ST|
|8||Arianna Fidanza (ITA) - Astana Women's Team||ST|
|9||Eva Buurman (NED) - Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team||ST|
|10||Eugenia Bujak (POL) - BTC City Ljubljana||ST|
|12||Sarah Roy (AUS) - ORICA-AIS||ST|
|25||Alexandra Manly (AUS) - ORICA-AIS||ST|
|55||Jenelle Crooks (AUS) - ORICA-AIS||ST|
|64||Jessica Allen (AUS) - ORICA-AIS||0:26|