In a somewhat dissapointing stage race compared to last year, the team took comfort in Julies overall 10th spot. The star of 2013 Cecilie, crashed on the first day and never came back in the top.
Team; Julie Leth, Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen, Lauren Kitchen, Tone Hatteland Lima, Sara Olsson, Emilie Moberg
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
Not a race for the history books for Hitec Products. Big crowds and high profile, but no luck in the race (or outside, we also had illness). Our only notable result was Chloe Hoskings 7th place on the last stage. Marianne Vos won overall.
Team: Elisa, Chloe, Ashleigh, Audrey, Thea, Siri
Emilie, Miriam and Cecilie was with the national team in Czech Republic for the stage race Gracia Orlova. Miriam showed increasing form by taking a nice 4th place on stage 3.
After several breakaways with our team involved, Anna vd Breggen (Rabo) was allowed to go solo to win. Julie finished 12th for us.
Team: Julie, Audrey, Elisa, Emilie
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