The first day of LToQ is done and with success for the girls of Hitec Products. The 97km stage was considered a preview of the World Championships course in October. It had two intermediate sprints where the riders could fight for 3″, 2″ and 1″ bonus seconds. Kirsten won the first sprint at 39km and gained valuable seconds for the leaders jersey. In the final it came down to a sprint where Kirsten proved to be the strongest and could celebrate her 10th stage win in Qatar. Gaining another 10 bonus seconds for her victory she now holds a lead of 7″ ahead of Annalisa Cucinotta (Alé Cippolini) and 9″ ahead of Lizzie Williams (Orica AIS).
An interview with Kirsten: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MQBkPm1lhQ
On Saturday Lauren Kitchen and Julie Leth competed at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race as guest riders for the composite team “Hogs Breath Cafe Tineli”. The race was won by the Australian Champion Amanda Spratt (Orica AIS) who attacked in a breakaway of five. Behind Dani King (Wiggle High5) chased with last year winner and Spratt’s teammate Rachel Neylan on her wheel. Neylan sprinted to second ahead of King. The rest of the breakaway got caught by a group of five were also Lauren where sitting. Lauren was able to finish to a strong 5th place with Julie in the group behind on a good 16th place. This was the duos last race in Australia before heading to Qatar where they will be joined by teammates Kirsten Wild, Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen, Emilie Moberg & Charlotte Becker.
Full results: http://metarace.com.au/road/cegorr/2016_cegorr_wom_Result
First stage offered good weather and 30dgrs on a 19km circuit that was to be encountered 5 times, including intermediate sprints and QOM points. Lauren got into a five rider breakaway with Dani King (Wiggle), Shelley Olds (Cylance), Tiffany Cromwell (SASI) and Kathrin Garfoot (Orica). In the last km Garfoot attacked the group. Lauren managed to close the gap just before the finish to make sure there was no time gap and finished 4th. In the bunch Julie also finished to a top 10.
The second stage was a criterium downtown Adelaide. With no bonus seconds to sprint for, the fight for the jersey would be between the four riders holding same time from stage 1. With four laps to go the race got hectic and Tatiana & Julie was caught in crashes. In the front of the race, Lauren did a great job to finish 5th on the stage and advanced to 2nd overall behind Garfoot.
On stage three, still without bonus seconds to fight for, it was all about placing high in the race to take the advantage for the leader’s jersey. The 100.8km long stage of four laps would be a tough one for the girls with 42dgrs out in the burning sun in addition to hard racing. After several attempts of breakaway, Amanda Spratt (Orica) managed to escape. Behind a chase formed with all the GC contenders (Garfoot, Olds, King & Cromwell) including our Lauren in addition to Lizzie Williams (Orica). Orica played their cards well and as Spratt got caught after hard work by Lauren and Cromwell, Williams attacked and stayed away for the win. In the sprint behind Williams, Garfoot finished 2nd ahead of Lauren in 3rd. Garfoot kept her leader’s jersey for another day, 2 places ahead of Lauren in 2nd. In the bunch Julie got another good top 10 in 9th.
On the last stage, another criterium in Adelaide, Lauren knew she would have to finish 2 places ahead of Garfoot to take the overall. The Hitec girls did all they could, with small number of riders, to protect Lauren. The race finished in a bunch sprint and Lauren eventually finished in 8th place while Garfoot took 3rd and won the overall. With Olds finishing in 4th place she sneaked into a 2nd in the GC leaving Lauren at 3rd overall. A great and solid start to the season. The stage was won by Kimberly Wells (High5).
Team in Australia: Lauren Kitchen, Tatiana Guderzo, Julie Leth and Janicke Gunvaldsen.
While most of the team’s riders are training in the winter cold in Europe, Julie Leth is in Australia where she’s been competing in the four day criterium series Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic. Julie has been showing good form in her first competitions since her injury early 2015 season. Racing on a composite team put together for the race Julie has been finishing top ten all week. On the last stage she finished to a great 2nd place behind Lizzie Williams after making it into the decisive move of the day. A good preparation for Julie ahead of the Tour Down Under 16-19 January.
The Australian national championships week is underway and our Lauren Kitchen started the week with a nice bronze medal in the criterium. She got into the nine rider breakaway that stayed together to the line where she sprinted to the bronze medal behind Sophie Mackay and Lizzie Williams. The race was Laurens first race since the world championships in September and reassures Lauren to be on track with training and form ahead of Sundays road race.
The last race of the season, and Julie Leth was finally back after her injury in June. She can be content with her 17th spot and grabbed the last chance to take home some points for the 2015 season. Cecilie did a good race even if she was somewhat down on the list from last year, the 9th place was satisfactory. Tatiana Antoshina won the race.
Report from Cecilie
Full results here
The Road Race in Richmond became a nailbiting experience, when Lauren Kitchen (Australia) was away with Scandolara (Italy) in the final kilometers of the race. Unfortunately the duo was catched in the last hill and Elisabeth Arimitstead (England) won from a small group in the end.
We had 7 girls from the team to start, Emilie, Ingrid, Cecilie, Miriam, Charlotte, Tatiana and Lauren.
Full Results here
21-09-2015: Wielrennen: WK tijdrijden U23 en junior vrouwen: Richmond (USA) wielrennen: Valentina Scandolara
A good race from Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen, in a very high quality field. Linda Villumsen of New Zealand won.
22-09-2015: Wielrennen: WK tijdrijden vrouwen: Richmond
RICHMOND (USA) wielrennen
Cecllie Gootaas Jensen
We hoped for a good result in Richmond for the proteams’ TTT Sunday. The hopes was dealt a hard blow when Charlotte Beckers’ bike was disallowed by a UCI commisaire 4 minutes before the start, after the bike was approved in the pre-race check 1,5 hours before. The bike has been used in 5 UCI races this year. So the team had to start with 5 riders, and the girls did a decent result with a 10th place. The first 10 teams takes the precious UCI points that count as the «5th rider» in the 2016 world rankings. Velocio Sports won the race ahead of Boels Dolmans and Rabobank.
Team: Charlotte Becker, Tatiana Guderzo, Lauren Kitchen, Emilie Moberg, Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen, Miriam Bjørnsrud
Video of the race
It was a beautiful first Vuelta race in Madrid centre on Sunday, where the whole team contributed to a podium for Kirsten Wild. Janicke Gunvaldsen covered countless attacks the first hour. Tatiana Guderzo and Lauren Kitchen covered whatever Janicke missed. Charlotte Becker was everywhere, including guarding Wld in the first part. Tone Hatteland Lima had a tough day but closed the dangerous attack of Valsecchi (BePink), when immediately after Guderzo and Kitchen ambushed the peloton with a surprise attack. The group grew to 13 when Charlotte Becker followed 5 chasers, and we had a very good situation with 3 in the break. Unfortunately, too many in the break saw the danger and stopped riding. The peloton came altogether, and the Hitec team made a powerful leadout train for sprinter Kirsten Wild. Despite the good team effort she was passed by Bronzini (Wiggle) and the winner Shelley Olds (Ale Cippolini), and finished 3d in the bunch sprint.
Team: Janicke Gunvaldsen, Tone H.Lima, Kirsten Wild, Charlotte Becker, Tatiana Guderzo, Lauren Kitchen
Final Kilometers on Eurosport