Elisa again showed her world class with 5th in a very tough staring field. Ashleigh likewise with her 8th place.
Team: Chloe Hosking, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Sara Olsson, Miriam Bjørnsrud, Elisa Longo Borghini, Audrey Cordon
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
As last year, Elisa got into the descicive chasde break of 3 riders after Oude Kwaremont, following a strong team performance in the early stages of the race. But ahead was Ellen van Dijk (Dolmans) who was uncatchable that day. Elisa got 4th in the sprint. Elisa moves up to 5th place in the new world cup rankings, as do the team.
Team: Elisa, Chloe, Lauren, Ashleigh, Cecilie, Audrey
Ranking after 3 rounds
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