This Sunday Team Hitec Products lined up for Gent-Wevelgem (WWT) with goal of another top ten result. The race of 114km included two times the cobbled climbs Kemmelberg & Monteberg and once the Baneberg. Although the weather was nice, the winds were strong and already early in the race the peloton split in two because of it.
At 50km the first climb came and over the top a selection of 25 riders got clear, none of our Hitec girls. Emilie was the closest over Les videre
Saturday we lined up for the second race of the Women’s Worldtour (WWT). The riders were met by good weather, the wind was present but not strong, the roads were Dutch, the VAM-berg and cobbles great fun, but tough! With such a strong peloton it would be all about positioning for the crucial moments. We hoped to get
someone in a breakaway before the long cobles. Janicke tested the Les videre
It was a weekend of ups and downs. Bike trouble for Emilie in the show criterium on Friday as well as in the final of stage 1. Crash for Vita Heine, and a complete off-day for Miriam and Thea on the first day, so we had to start stage 2 with only 4 riders . Luckily it ended in a positive way, with Emilie Moberg sprinting to third place in contest with the worlds no 1, 2 and 9 on the UCI ranking. And Tatiana ended 8 and Charlotte 10th in the GC. Our goal for the race was a podium on a stage and a top 10 in the GC so we met and exceeded our expectations. On the last day, the small team responded well, with Vita getting bottles in the car with a broken rib, Charlotte working like a slave in all the breaks, Our road captain Tatiana leading out Emilie and Emilie taking the «border sprint» and her 5th UCI-podium this summer. Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) won overall.
Team: Charlotte, Tatiana, Miriam, Thea, Emilie, Vita
A big result for Emilie with her first UCI World Cup podium, when she was 3d in the sprint behind Guarischi (Velocio) and Brand (Rabo). The race was not too eventful, and as predicted came down to a bunch sprint.
Team: Kirsten, Emilie, Charlotte, Tatiana, Thea
Emilie, Ingrid and Janicke raced with the Norway national team in Czech Republic this weekend. And Emilie had 2 nice stage wins from bunch sprints, in stages 2 and 4. This was her first UCI-wins since 2012, so they must have been very welcome. Ingrid ended on a decent 16th pace in the GC after 2 13th places on the hard mountain stages. Janicke did a nice job as a domestic.
Results here: http://www.tourdefeminin.com/en/results-2015/
Time to find the MTBs again, and 7 girls to start in the local marathon race outside Stavanger. For the 6th time in a row we won the elite women class, but for the first time we didnt have the fastest women of the day. Young junior Susanne Andersen from Stavanger won the 2-up finish line sprint vs Emilie, on a day the rest of the team didnt have the best form. Emilie won the elite class and both the intermediate sprints, while Tone was 4th and Vita 5th.
Team: Thea, Vita, Tone, Emilie, Lauren, Tatiana, Cecilie
The girls made a great effort to get a result in the 6th round of the world cup. Multiple attacks in the end lead to nothing as Charlotte Becker was reeled in by the chasing peloton with 4-5 km to go. Emilie Moberg won the integral sprint contest, after great leadouts by Kirsten Wild. Miriam Bjørnsrud was our best with a 21th place, while Elisabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) won the race.
Team: Kirsten, Emilie, Vita, Miriam, Charlotte
Results and Movie from the race
13/14.September. Lauren, Emilie and Tone proved a deadly trio in the last Norwegian cup races of the year. On the saturday on Malmheim, Lauren and Emilie did a massive leadout and Tone took a long wanted win on home turf. On the Sunday, Escapees Lorvik (CK Victoria) and Lauren was caught in the final 300 meters, Emilie took the win ahead of Bjønnes (Grimstad), Lauren and Tone. Results for the Norwegian Cup here and for the Ranking race here
Emilie took her best ever placement in a world cup in China Sunday with her 4th place in the sprint. Nothing to be done with winner Kirsten Wild (Giant Shimano). The team was very active during the race, Sara took the ‘queen of mountain’ sprint on the bridge to Shanghai. Tone was in a solo break and was caught in the final kilometers. In the sprint Lauren commanded the team and did a great leadout for Emilers 4th, we even got Cecilie on 10th and Julie on 12th place. This was enough to win the team competition. We are now 3d in the UCI World Cup ranking for teams.
Team: Emilie Moberg, Tone Hatteland Lima, Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen, Lauren Kitchen, Sara Olsson, Julie Leth
UCI Verdenscup Ranking
The stage race as a prelude to the world cup was a team effort for our sprinter Emilie Moberg. 2 x 7th place, and 2 precious bonus points on stage 3 gave her a 8th place in the GC that tripled her account of UCI points. Kirsten Wild won overall after total domination on the first 2 stages.
Team: Tone, Emilie, Lauren, Sara, Cecilie, Julie