Elisa Longo Borghini crowned a fantastic week of team racing today with her first national title – she is the new Italian TT Champion. She beat Elena Berlato (Ale Cippolini) with 1 minute in the 23,8 km course. Her average speed was almost 46 km/h.
1. Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) 31:04:51
2. Elena Berlato (Ale Cippolini) +01:00:00
3. Vittoria Bussi (Michela Fanini) +01:03:45
Audrey and Elisa were express freighted from success in Plumelec to more success in Belgium the day after. Elisa and Ashleigh got in the descicive break with Emma Johansson (Orica) and Marianne Vos (Rabo). Vos won, Elisa took 3d spot and Ashleigh 5th. To top the good day Chloe won the peloton sprint for 6th. More details you can read here
Team: Elisa Longo Borghini, Chloe Hosking, Audrey Cordon, Miriam Bjørnsrud, Lauren Kitchen, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
On a beautiful day in Bretagne we succeeded with our tactics – be patient and attack when the field tired in the hard course. Siri, Tone and Sara did a good job in the first part to reel in the attacks. Sara Olsson did the race of the season and her place in the break was spoiled by a mechanic on a critical time. Audrey and Elisa attacked on the 6th round and managed to get loose from all followers and catched the solo rider Bravard (Futuroscope), only to leave her behind up the hill towards the finish. The duo cruised the last round and finished hand-in-hand – Elisa just taking care so Audrey would win on home soil. The first double UCI win for the team ever.
Team: Audrey Cordon, Siri Minge, Elisa Longo Borghini, Tone Hatteland Lima, Sara Olsson
The 4 rider team did a very good job against a strong field, and although Ashleig missed the break, she was agonizing close to retrieve it. But in the end she had to settle for a 10th place in the race she won last year. Winner was Emma Johansson (Orica). Read Chloe Hoskings race report here
Team: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Miriam Bjørnsrud, Lauren Kitchen, Chloe Hosking
Siri and Miriam were pretty much alone against the 10 CK Victoria girls in Trondheim. However they were all beaten by Vita Heine (Bergen CK) who won solo. Miriam took a 4th place and retained her youth jersey in the Norwegian cup. Siri ended on 13th place.
Team: Miriam Bjørnsrud, Siri Minge
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
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
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
Elisa and Ashleigh had decent GC placements in Luxembourg but it was Julie Leths first UCI podium, just beaten by worlds number 1 and 2 Marianne Vos and Emma Johansson on stage 3, that gave the biggest celebrations for the team. The stage race was won by Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Women)
team: Elisa, Ashleigh, Julie, Sara, Audrey, Thea