Tiffany Cromwell Sprints To Best Ever World Championship Result

Peloton Cafe || 2014 UCI Road World Championships Elite Women's Road Race

Peloton Cafe || 2014 UCI Road World Championships Elite Women’s Road Race – Rachel Neylan & Tiffany Cromwell (image copyright Bart Hazen)

South Australia?s Tiffany CROMWELL sprinted to claim her best result at a World Championships, finishing fifth in the women?s road race, while?West Australia?s Jai Hindley was Australia?s highest placed finisher in 24th place the under 19 men?s road race in Ponferrada, Spain. Women’s Recap South Australia?s Tiffany CROMWELL sprinted to claim her best result at a World Championships, finishing fifth in the women?s road race in Ponferrada, Spain. “I?m very happy, top five at the world championships. I would have liked a podium but top five it is up there,” said Cromwell, who narrowly missed the bronze medal in the road race at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow by the width of a tyre. “I felt like maybe I had a little more, but sprinting against the best in the world I?m happy,? said Cromwell who finished ninth in 2013. “To get top five it shows how much my sprint has improved.” 134 riders set out to complete seven laps of 18.2km circuit (127.4km) in Ponferrada, with the field remaineing together on the first lap. The race was marred by a crash on the second lap which saw half the field either involved or held up behind. Cromwell, Katrin Garfoot (QLD) and Rachel NEYLAN (SA) were ahead of the crash, however Carlee TAYLOR (SA), Loren ROWNEY (QLD) and Lizzie Williams (VIC) were less lucky. Taylor was able to quickly recover and get back on her bike and luckily for Rowney her bike took much of the impact and she was able to continue on but the peloton was already well up the road. However Williams was forced to retire from the race and was taken to a nearby hospital for a check up and observation. After a chase Carlee TAYLOR was able to rejoin the front group and Loren ROWNEY fought hard to try and rejoin the peloton before stepping off at the end of lap four. “The crash had a big impact. I used a lot of energy earlier to cover moves. But that is just the way it goes,” said the 2012 silver medallist Neylan. With two laps to go the peloton was rolling along and the rain started to fall and on the final lap the attacks really set off causing the already reduced peloton to split. Neylan was caught on the second climb of the day with a group of four; Emma JOHANSSON (SWE), Lizzie Armitstead (GBR), Marianne VOS (NED) and Elisa LONGO BORGHINI (ITA) going ahead over the top. The race looked over before the four stopped cooperating, with the chasing group reeling the the leaders inside the final kilometre to set up a sprint. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (FRA) took the win ahead of Lisa BRENNAUER (GER) and Emma JOHANSSON (SWE). Neylan finished in 24th, Garfoot 48th and Taylor 57th. “It was a real team effort, thank you to all of them they really supported me,” said Cromwell who was ecstatic to finish a solid 2014 campaign with the top five result. “It is a fantastic way to finish off the year, it has been my strongest year so far.” “I have continued to develop and the back end of the season has been great with a lot of strong results; podiums and top fives.” Likewise Neylan was happy with her return to top level competition after two years of injuries. “I put it all out there for Tiff and it worked,” Neylan said. “I couldn?t be happier. To get a hug from Marv [Martin Barras] was a special thing.” Cycling Australia National Women’s Road Coach Martin Barras was please with the outcome. “It was a smart race by the team and a very good outcome,? he said. ?”We had two riders there with the top riders coming to the finish. “We had a bit of adversity with the crash, losing Loren [Rowney] and Lizzie [Williams] two riders we had for the early work but the team adapted. “Rachel NEYLAN especially was great. The work she did early on made options for Tiff.” “One of the things we have been working on with Tiff is to develop patience. She really did that today and she was rewarded for it.” Under 19 Recap West Australia?s Jai Hindley was Australia?s highest placed finisher in the under 19 men?s road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain; Hindley the bronze medallist in the road race at both Australian and Oceania Championships earlier in the year, finished in 24th position in the select group. Fellow West Australian Michael Storer, who claimed bronze in the time trial on Tuesday, finished three spots behind in 27th. James Thompson (QLD) finished just behind the front group in 34th position. ?I?m pretty happy for my first world championships. It would have be nice to stand on the podium but we gave it all we had,? said Hindley. Sun again greeted 187 riders for seven laps of the 18.2km circuit. As seen in the junior women?s race the nervous peloton had several crashes on the opening lap as the race remained together. Australia lost Lucas Hamilton (VIC) on the opening lap after he was brought down from behind. The first real attack came just ahead of the end of lap three by Adrien Costa (USA) and Grigoriy Shtein (KAZ) who quickly gained a near one minute advantage. The move saw Thompson move to the front to keep the break in check with Hindley and Storer safely in the peloton. With two laps remaining the race had come back together. Attacks flew thick and fast on the final two laps, with the Australian?s involved in a number of moves. Despite a group gaining an advantage over the final climb around 30 riders came back together inside the final kilometer setting up a bunch sprint. German Jonas Bokeloh claimed gold ahead of Alexandr Kulikovskiy (RUS) and Peter Lenderink (NED). ?It was a pretty fast start, hectic first few laps. A lot of riders were dropped,? said Hindley. ?None of us are really sprinters so our plan was to go hard over the last climb. ?There were still a lot of guys left, including some real sprinters so we knew it would be hard.?

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