The first Norwegian UCI stage racein Halden was a fantastic addition to the womens calendar. Nice accomodation, courses and surroundings. The race started with a technical prologue and continued with 2 hard and hilly road races, The strong Rabobank team dominated the race almost like if Barcelona were allowed to play in a tournament in the Norwegian 3 division of football, they won all the stages, all the jerseys, and took the 3 first places on the podium. Anna vd Breggen was the end winner. Our best result was Emilie Moberg’s 14th place in the 1.stage.
Team: Emilie Moberg, Sara Olsson, Thea Thorsen, Tone Hatteland Lima, Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen, Miriam Bjørnsrud
Audrey was the captain for her national team France in this long stage race across France. She won stage 5 in brilliant style, and was set to be on the GC podium, but a late crash in the last stage put her on 4th place. Another proof on Audreys progress in 2014. Claudis Lichtenberg (Giant Shimano) won the race.
Miriam and Siri participated in the NC in Bergen – true to tradition it was a hard course. It was a fight against the 7 CK Victoria riders. Miriam ended 4th, after Lisa Axman (CK Victoria) won solo, ahead of teammate Lorvik and Bergen CK’s Vita Heine. Siri ended on 16th place, only 19 of the 32 riders finished.
Team: Miriam, Siri
Hitec Products show again commitment to womens cycling by sponsoring Ladies Tour of Norway in Halden 15. and 17.August. Hitec Products AS will sponsor the climbers jersey. The race will be shown on Norwegian TV2, Eurosport and Swedish STV. Here is a true Halden Commercial, and this is the homepage of the race.
The 6th round of the World Cup was held in the familiar Sparkassen Giro course in Bochum, Germany. The team protected Emilie Moberg well throughout the race, and she took a nice 13th place in the select group of 50 riders who sprinted for the victory. Marianne Vos (Rabobank) winning, was maybe no surprise. The team kept the 3d place in the UCI World Coup team competition, and now have 3 riders in the top 15. Results can be found here and the whole ranking can be found here.
Team;: Emilie, Julie, Lauren, Tone, Sara, Thea
Hitec Products Team at Sparkassen Giro (Hitec Products) From left: Lauren Kitchen, Julie Leth, Sara Olsson (hanging), Thea Thorsen, Emilie Moberg and Tone Hatteland Lima
Chloe and Ashleigh represented the team for Australia and South Africa respectively. Elizabeth Armitstead of Great Britain won ahead of Emma Pooley, and Ashleigh took the bronze in the duel against Tiffany Cromwell (Australia). Chloe ended on 27th place. The
Ashleigh took part in the games in Glasgow for South Africa and ended 15th. Linda Villumsen (New Sealand) won.
It was a big happening for all involved with the inaugural first Champs Elysees stage of Tour de France for women. Our plans were partly interupted by a crash in the last KM, partly by punctures. Audrey was the most active girl in the team with 3d place in the sprint competition. Marianne Vos won the sprint ahead of Kirsten Wild.
Team: Elisa, Tone, Audrey, Emilie, Cecilie, Chloe
A stunning team performance mixed with world class individual displays by Elisa and Audrey secured the teams first stage race victory this season, as well as 3 stage wins. Elisa won overall with 2 stage wins, Audrey was 2 in the GC, being 5 stages on the podium and winning the last. She also took the sprint and climbing jerseys.
Team: Thea, Sara, Audrey, Tone, Elisa
A nice new race, but for our part marred by illness and crashes. Julie was in the youth jersey on her way to a good top 10 placement when she crashed in the final kilometers of the last stage. Emma Johansson won overall.
Team: Lauren, Julie, Siri, Chloe