Silver Double For ORICA-GreenEDGE & ORICA-AIS In World Championships TTT

2014 UCI Road World Championships  - TTT - Orica AIS
2014 UCI Road World Championships – TTT – Orica AIS (image copyright Bart Hazen)
ORICA-GreenEDGE and ORICA-AIS have won silver in the team time trial events at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain today. A strong finish pulled ORICA-GreenEDGE onto the podium but it wasn?t enough to top a dominant BMC Racing who won by over 30seconds. Meanwhile, a perfectly executed race by ORICA-AIS this morning saw them improve on last year?s bronze effort.? More on the women?s team time trial can be found below. The six-man ORICA-GreenEDGE outfit, including Brett Lancaster (AUS), Damien Howson (AUS), Jens Mouris (NED), Luke Durbridge (AUS), Michael Hepburn (AUS) and Svein Tuft (CAN), went into the championships with high hopes of a gold medal but settled for silver for the second consecutive year. ?We suffered out there,? Tuft said. ?Second again is not our favourite thing, but we gave everything we had that?s for sure. ?It was definitely a lot tougher than we thought pre-riding the course. The last 10-15km was just a boxing match and it was really hard coming home.? As the team completed the final stages of the 57.1km course the weather began to turn but it didn?t affect the strength of the outfit?s finish. Sitting fifth fastest at the first intermediate split, ORICA-GreenEDGE put the foot down to move into fourth position at the second and third time checks before one of the strongest finishes of the day moved them onto the second step of the podium. ?The boys rode well, very solid,? sport director Matt White said. ?They lost a little bit too much time at the start and at this level you just can?t lose 20-30seconds. ?We were one of the strongest, if not the strongest team coming home but the gap was just too much to BMC Racing to bring back. ?For us to win today, all six guys had to be exceptional.? We haven?t got any superstars in our team and the guys were good but not everyone was incredible and you need to be, to be world champions.? Whilst it wasn?t the strategy to start out conservatively, a fast start backfired on some of the other favourites, including reigning champion Omega Pharma ? Quickstep who settled for bronze. ?We wanted to be the fastest team early and put pressure on the other teams to push through the second part of the course,? White explained. ?I think a lot of teams had the same idea to go out really really fast and Omega and Sky sort of imploded. ?We soldiered on through and came home as strong as we knew we would but we were too far back to threaten for that gold medal.? Women’s Report ORICA-AIS has pulled together a stunning ride to take out the silver medal in the team time trial at the 2014 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain this morning. The outfit rode the 36.15km course to perfection, the result a culmination of training camps and recce rides in preparation for one of the season?s biggest focuses. The six women team, including Amanda SPRATT (AUS), Annette EDMONDSON (AUS), Emma JOHANSSON (SWE), Jessie MACLEAN (AUS), Melissa HOSKINS (AUS) and Valentina SCANDOLARA (ITA) stopped the clock at 44minutes 50seconds, one minute 17seconds behind that set by gold medalists Specialized-Lululemon. ?We pulled out a really good ride and we got everything right today,? Johansson said. ?We have been working really hard all year for this and to get everything right on the day is the difference between taking a medal or not.? After a disappointing last hit out at the final world cup event of the season last month, ORICA-AIS bounced back in the best way possible. ?We had a big challenge out there,? Edmondson said after the race. ?We gave it a good crack, we were able to pull off second and we are absolutely stoked about it. ?A month ago we raced the Sweden World Cup and we were about three minutes behind Specialized-Lululemon. It was going to be a big ask,?but it was six kilometres shorter and we pulled back two minutes on them so we had a really good ride.? Sport director Gene Bates echoed the sentiments of his riders, thrilled with their dedication and ability to respond after a set back. ?From the start of the season we wanted to make this a focus for the team and the girls really bought into that,? Bates said. ?It didn?t go our way in Sweden, the team was pretty disappointed but today they were all class to bounce back so well. ?We knew the course, we knew the corners, they all had a roll designated to them and they stuck to it perfectly. ?We?re over the moon and it?s definitely an accolade they deserve.? Benefiting from their homework, ORICA-AIS had a clear strategy heading into their final race of the season, utilising a fast but difficult course and the strengths of individual riders to deliver an impressive team result. ?We knew it was a really quick start, the middle section was difficult and obviously the climb at the finish was always going to be the pivotal point of the course,? Bates explained. ?The idea was to use everybody as much as possible early, conserve a couple of the riders through the middle section of the race and get to the climb as fresh as possible with as many riders as we could. ?It all really played out well.? We will look and have a review afterwards, but I don?t think we will find much to pin point at all.?

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