This Sunday Team Hitec Products lined up for Gent-Wevelgem (WWT) with goal of another top ten result. The race of 114km included two times the cobbled climbs Kemmelberg & Monteberg and once the Baneberg. Although the weather was nice, the winds were strong and already early in the race the peloton split in two because of it.
At 50km the first climb came and over the top a selection of 25 riders got clear, none of our Hitec girls. Emilie was the closest over Continue reading
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 first race in the Drenthe triple was won by Chantal Blaak (Specialized Lululemon). Chloe was our best on 9th place.
team: Chloe, Elisa, Julie, Sara, Lauren, Shana van Glabeke (Guest Rider)
Sunday was time for our 4th time in this classic in Tielt-Winge. We managed to place 3 riders in the break of 17, Elisa, Julia and Audrey. Julie later dropped from the group, but this was a promising start for her. With a few km to go Emma Johansson (GreenEdge) and Elisabeth Armitstead (Dolmans) attacked the group, Elisa was close to catch them but couldnt quite make it. Instead there was a group sprint of 9 riders and Audrey took the last posium spot after Armistead beat Johansson for the win. Elisa took the 10th spot.
Team: Audrey, Elisa, Julie, Lauren, Ashleigh, Thea