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!
The first UCI-win for the team in 2014 was a fact on Thursday when Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio beat No 2 Heidi Dalton with aømost 2 minutes over 30 km. It was Ashelighs first race in the new jersey.
results RSA ITT Nationals
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.
The complete team for 2014 on the beach of Benidorm
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
Lauren Kitchen (left) just misses the Australian jersey on the line to Gracie Elvin (Orica GreenEDGE)
The first ranking is lead by our previous rider Emma Johansson. Our best rider in Elisa Longho Borghini on 6th place, while Chloe Hosking, Audrey Cordon, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Lauren Kitchen and Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen all are in the top 100. As a team we are on the 5th place. Ranking can be found here
After double world champ Giorgia Bronzini won stage 1 yesterday Chloe hit back with a nice win in stage 2. It was another fast bunch sprint when Chloe just beat Bronzini to the line.