Hot racing in El Salvador (3 x UCI 1.1)

We did 3 races in El Salvador the 6., 7. amnd 8.March. All 3 were very hot, more than 40 degrees. This gave us big problems, and in all the 3 races we dropped from the leaders in the final climbs. In Grand Prix GSB, Miriam was our best with a 26th place. In GP de Oriente and GP El Salvador Cecilie was our best with 32d and 27. places. Tone was in a break in GP el Salvador, but the break was catched by the peloton. Races were won by Zabelinska (Rusvelo), Abbott (United Health Care) and Amialusik (BePink) respectively. Next week is the Vuelta El Salvador, from 11. to 16.March. 
Results, GP GSB
Results, GP la Oriente
Results, GP El Salvador

Ashleigh No 8 in ‘Omloop Het Nieuwsblad’ (UCI 1.2)

Saturday kicked off the spring classics in Europe, and it was just as hectic and chaotic as expected. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio was out best with an 8th place, after a sprint for 4th place with 22 riders. Only 6 seconds ahead was a small breakaway where Amy Pieters (Giant-Shimano) was the strongest in a 3-girl sprint. It was a day where we had some bad luck at strategic moments, Chloe Hosking had a small crash on top of the Cote-de-Trieux which cost her too many places, and Elisa Longo Borghini had a crash going into Patersberg, which disturbed her rythm.
The start of the race was going well for us, and Thea Thorsen and Sara Olsson guarded Elisa until the entrance of the first major climb. A small crash for Ashleigh didnt destroy anything at this early stage. Elisa handed over the captain role to her after her crash, as she was apparently in a good shape. She almost bridged to the leaders (Majerus/Johansson/Pieters/Armitstead)  together with Van Vleuten (Rabo), but they were caught up by a chase group. This chase group never cooperated well, and failed to catch the 3 leaders (Majerus dropped back to this group). Audrey Cordon did some chasing with Lotto and Futurumshop, but Audrey had to use most of her energy on closing down attacks on the chase group. So as a result the leaders stayed away.  In the final sprint Audrey lead out and Ashleigh did a fine sprint for the 8th place. Chloe took the peloton sprint (for rehearsal, she said :-),
So we ended up with 8th place and 4 riders in the top 30, and a good team effort. It could easily have been a podium with a little more luck.
Team: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Audrey Cordon, Elisa Longo Borghini, Chloe Hosking, Thea Thorsen, Sara Olsson
Results

Photos

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio

Triple for Chloe in Ladies Tour of Qatar (UCI 2.1)

As in 2013 Kirsten Wild dominated this race with 3 stage wins. She also won the overall. Chloe Hosking was our strongest rider and she impressed with powerful riding over the 4 stages, taking 2 3d places on the stages 1 and 3, and ending up on 3d place overall in the GC. Lauren Kitchen showed a strong addition to the team with an impressive 15th place in the GC.  Audrey, Tone, Thea and Emilie added to the teamwork with attacks, leadouts and defensive work. A good first stage race for the season!
Results

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Training Camp in Benidorm

This year we managed to gather the entire team for a 10 day camp in Bendorm. It was a great camp lead by new sports director Marc Bracke. Also some race specific training was done since the Qatar selection leaves directly after the camp. One day we had a photo session, and the results you can see here.
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The complete team for 2014 on the beach of Benidorm

Silver to Lauren in the Australian Championships

Australian national championships are just completed and we ended up with a surprising but pleasing silver medal for our newcomer Lauren Kitchen. Surprising because of the hard course that favored more specialist climbers. In the final sprint of 10 riders including 4 GreenEDGE riders, Gracie Elvin won narrowly over Lauren in the final sprint.  Lauren did all 3 races, starting with a 9th place in the ITT, continued with bronze in the criterium (when Chloe Hosking went down in an early crash), and completing a great week with the silver in the road race.
Race Report on Peloton Cafe
Video summary Road Race
Results Criterium
Results ITT

Sprint
Lauren Kitchen (left) just misses the Australian jersey on the line to Gracie Elvin (Orica GreenEDGE)