Rowney rises to the top to win stage two of the Tour de Feminin
27-year-old Loren Rowney found her sprinting legs today to take an impressive victory on stage two of the Tour de Feminin.
ORICA-AIS marked out the stage as a good opportunity for Rowney to challenge for victory and she certainly delivered, overcoming sprint star Jolien D’hoore (Belgium National Team) to claim her first win of the 2016 season for ORICA-AIS.
Rowney was overjoyed to be given the opportunity to sprint and then achieve the victory.
“It’s nice to finally get that win under the belt, it’s a bit of a relief,” explained Rowney. “I was targeting today so it’s great to pull it off.”
“It has been really great this year with the team, I’ve been a bit more in a workers role, so it was really cool that the team backed me and that I was able to deliver.
“I felt confident and in control the whole day, and I knew the girls would deliver me to the perfect spot as we rode the finish this morning, so I knew I had to be dropped off around 200metres to go.
“It’s just really cool to take my first win in the ORICA colours.
“Tomorrow we have a time trial in the morning but then I will really focus again for the road stage in the afternoon.”
Sport director Gene Bates was pleased with the team commitment today, helping Rowney into position for the sprint.
“The girls did a great job in the lead-out,” explained Bates. “Tayler Wiles did a huge turn, then Alex Manly took it from around two kilometres to go until 500metres to go and it was a technical downhill finish.
“We knew that last year the stage was the same course and finished in a bunch sprint so we had a good idea that there was a good chance for a sprint again today.
“It’s fantastic that Loren delivered the victory and she’ll definitely take confidence from this.”
How it happened:
A short 91kilometre stage meant for a fast and furious day, and after yesterday’s winning breakaway forming late on in the stage, the first half of the race saw the peloton attentive and remain all together.
The teams battled it out through the first Queen of the mountains classifications and intermediate sprints, however like the first stage the elastic of the peloton remained in tact with no successful breakaways forming.
Manly made the first key move of the day, attacking solo and riding out to a 30second advantage. In doing so she captured the top spot in the second intermediate sprint and the third QOM.
This gave Manly three bonus seconds, a small reward for her gutsy solo attempt, before she was eventually swallowed up by the chasing bunch as the race came down to the business end.
Before the stage start Rowney expected today’s race to be a bunch sprint and indeed it did.
With that mindset in place and the other key sprinters marked out, Rowney waited until the perfect moment to launch off the wheel and was able to overcome Jolien D’hoore (Belgium national team).
First place also provided Rowney with ten bonus seconds on the line which moves her up in the overall.
Tour de Feminin stage two results:
1. Loren Rowney (ORICA-AIS)
2. Jolien D’hoore (Belgium national team)
3. Emilie Moberg (Norway National Team)