In the return og marianne Vos, the team did a great job of defending last years podium. We set up our 2 captains beautifully to place Elisa back on the podium with 3d and Ashleigh on 5th. Nothing could be done with the winner Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabobank) and world cup leader Elisabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) on 2d. Audrey Cordon was in a serious break attempt 20 k from the finish and followed deep into the final.
Team: Elisa, Ashleigh, Julie, Audrey, Lauren, Cecilie
The team followed tradition and raced in Apeldoorn in the spring, for the 6th time. We were chasing to beat our best result which was in 2013 with Chloe Hosking’s 3d place. It looked very well for us when we placed 4 girls in the leading group (Chloe, Audrey, Elisa and Cecilie). However in the finish only Elisa contested the sprint in a select group of 12 riders, and she finished 7th behind the winner Kirsten Wild (Giant Shimano). Julie had an unlucky day with an early puncture.
Team: Elisa, Chloe, Audrey, Julie, Cecilie, Lauren
Tone and Lauren raced this criterium in Rotterdam, Anna vd Breggen (Rabobank) won in a 3 girl break, Lauren and Charlotte Becker was the chase duo where Lauren ended 5th. Tone was number 20.
The opening race in Jønkøping (where Sara lost some teeth in 2007) was the first win for her in the Hitec Products jersey. There were 19 riders at the start.
The race was won by Giorgia Bronzini, and our best was Lauren Kitchen.
Team: Lauren, Julie, Siri, Cecilie, Sara, Chloe
As last year, Elisa got into the descicive chasde break of 3 riders after Oude Kwaremont, following a strong team performance in the early stages of the race. But ahead was Ellen van Dijk (Dolmans) who was uncatchable that day. Elisa got 4th in the sprint. Elisa moves up to 5th place in the new world cup rankings, as do the team.
Team: Elisa, Chloe, Lauren, Ashleigh, Cecilie, Audrey
Ranking after 3 rounds
In the first national road race for Tone in 2014 she won the 10 km time trial ahead of Hanna Eikås (Stavanger SK) and Cathrine Alfredsen (CK Haugaland)
A good team effort put Elisa in the final break of 8 riders. It ended in a photo finish between Emma Johansson (Orica) and Elisabeth Armitstead (Dolmans) that Emma won by a whisper. Elisa ended 6 in the sprint. Also Ashleigh had a fine result with her 15th place. The team is now number 8 in the overall ranking with Elisa our best placed rider on a 10th place.
Team: Elisa Longo Borghini, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Audrey Cordon, Julie Leth, Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen, Lauren Kitchen
World Cup ranking after 2 rounds
The race went in excellent conditions, in sharp contrast to the 2013 edition. The team raced well together for the first 36 km and our leaders Emilie and Chloe were placed well in the first group over the Kemmelberg. In the descicive moment after about 90 km, there formed a group of 8 riders were we unfortunately werent present. We made a sprint for Emilie in the peloton were she ended 5th and thereby 13th overall. Lauren Hall (USA) won the race.
Team: Emilie Moberg, Chloe Hosking, Thea Thorsen, Sara Olsson, Miriam Bjørnsrud, Siri Minge, Tone Hatteland Lima
In the womens version of Dwars Door Vlaanderen, Thea Thorsen finished 4th after joining a 5 rider break that beat the peloton with 40 seconds. Amy Pieters (Giant Shimano) won. The rest of the team did a fine work for Thea in the peloton.
Team: Thea Thorsen, Tone Hatteland Lima, Emilie Moberg, Sara Olsson