A good team effort put Elisa in the final break of 8 riders. It ended in a photo finish between Emma Johansson (Orica) and Elisabeth Armitstead (Dolmans) that Emma won by a whisper. Elisa ended 6 in the sprint. Also Ashleigh had a fine result with her 15th place. The team is now number 8 in the overall ranking with Elisa our best placed rider on a 10th place.
Team: Elisa Longo Borghini, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Audrey Cordon, Julie Leth, Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen, Lauren Kitchen
World Cup ranking after 2 rounds
The race went in excellent conditions, in sharp contrast to the 2013 edition. The team raced well together for the first 36 km and our leaders Emilie and Chloe were placed well in the first group over the Kemmelberg. In the descicive moment after about 90 km, there formed a group of 8 riders were we unfortunately werent present. We made a sprint for Emilie in the peloton were she ended 5th and thereby 13th overall. Lauren Hall (USA) won the race.
Team: Emilie Moberg, Chloe Hosking, Thea Thorsen, Sara Olsson, Miriam Bjørnsrud, Siri Minge, Tone Hatteland Lima
In the womens version of Dwars Door Vlaanderen, Thea Thorsen finished 4th after joining a 5 rider break that beat the peloton with 40 seconds. Amy Pieters (Giant Shimano) won. The rest of the team did a fine work for Thea in the peloton.
Team: Thea Thorsen, Tone Hatteland Lima, Emilie Moberg, Sara Olsson
The team started for the 4th consecutive time in the French cup opener. The team raced well and got Julie, Elisa and Audrey in the select group of 15. Later the group was down to 11 and in the end Emma Johansson (Sweden) escaped with Elisa. Emma was the strongest in the sprint and Elisa was also overtaken by the sprinter Jolien d’Hoore (Lotto) in the end. Audrey sprinted to a 5th place in the chase group, while Julie took the peloton sprint for a nice 11th place.
Team: Elisa Longo Borghini, Tone Hatteland Lima, Sara Olsson, Audrey Cordon, Julie Leth, Emilie Moberg
The stage race was a difficult affair for the small team. After the 3 first races week 1, everybody got sick, and barely made it to the start. Miriam never recovered and only started 2 stages. We came a little short in the brutal final climbs that almost all stages finished with. On the last day Tone and Siri pulled a nice sprint for Cecilie to finish in a 6th place.
Team: Cecilie, Miriam, Siri, Tone
Audrey had a solo attempt in the 3d of the Drenthe races, but was caught. Kirsten Wild (Giant Shimano) won the race.
Team: Audrey, Emilie, Julie, Thea, Sara