Allen and Roy podium in the one-day Swiss race, Tour de Berner

From Orica Scott: Sat 20 May 2017

Australian criterium champion Jess Allen and former champion Sarah Roy finished second and third today in the one-day race Tour de Berner.

Whist the rest of the ORICA-SCOTT women’s team race in the Basque Country a small but powerful Australian outfit tested their legs in the 102kilometre Swiss event.

Allen successfully broke away with Stephanie Pohl (Cervelo-Bigla) with around 50kilometres to go, however, Pohl was able distance Allen on the tough Frienisberg climb and went on to steal the race victory.

The 24-year-old Australian held off the chasing bunch to take a well fought out second place whist sprinter Roy won the bunch kick to make it two ORICA-SCOTT riders on the podium with Alex Manly also finishing highly in fifth place.

“The goal was to obviously win but I stuffed up a little bit,” Allen explained. “Pohl attacked on the second lap and I bridged across after the climb but then on the final time up the climb, around 25kilometres to go she got away again.”

“We planned to be quite conservative until one lap to go but Cervelo-Bigla were the team with the most numbers and they started attacking already on the second of three laps, so we had to play our cards a bit earlier than we ideally wanted to.

“We didn’t get the win today but we had all three riders in the top five and tomorrow we race again so we have another chance to go for the victory.”

How it happened:

The riders headed to the start line ready for the 102kilometre National race, under sunny blue skies and with a fairly small field of competitors.

The race covered three laps of a challenging circuit which featured the Frienisberg climb each lap which as expected, proved to be the defining sector of the race, with the final three kilometres averaging out around ten percent.

Allen was part of the main breakaway of the day, successfully riding away from the bunch with a Cervelo-Bigla rider on the penultimate lap.

The duo opened up an advantage of one-minute before Pohl put the pressure on over the final ascent of the Frienisberg climb, which consquently proved a little too much for Allen who was left to time trial solo to the finish line.

Pohl took the race victory as Allen battled on to claim second place with Roy taking the bunch kick for third and Alex Manly placing fifth.

Tomorrow the team line-up in another one-day race, SwissEver GP Cham Hagedorn.

Tour de Berner results:

1. Stephanie Pohl (Cervelo-Bigla)
2. Jess Allen (ORICA-SCOTT)
3. Sarah Roy (ORICA-SCOTT)

Roy completes ORICA-SCOTT’s second podium of the weekend at Omloop van het Hageland

2014 Australian national criterium champion Sarah Roy sprinted to third place at the Omloop van het Hageland in Belgium today to give ORICA-SCOTT women their second podium of the weekend.

An impressively controlled tactical performance by the team saw 2017 Tour Down Under winner Amanda Spratt mark and infiltrate the earlier breakaways before ORICA-SCOTT led the peloton into an exciting race finale.

Former Australian national road race champion Gracie Elvin led Roy into the bunch sprint with around 500metres to go with Jolien d’Hoore (Wiggle-High5) eventually just edging out the win and Roy in third.

“We expected a harder race and we wanted that to be honest,” said Sport director Gene Bates. “There wasn’t much wind and the course was relatively straight forward, we missed a key move late on and then we had to work hard to bring it back together which we did very well.”

“The whole team was very strong again today, after Annemiek van Vleuten’s result yesterday its nice to achieve another podium and maintain our momentum after an excellent Australian summer.

“We don’t really have an out and out sprinter and Sarah showed today how well we are developing and racing with confidence. It’s been a great start to the spring campaign and we really wanted to hit the ground running here in Europe.”

How it happened:

The race started and finished in Tielt-Winge with a 56kilometre loop being covered before four laps of a 17kilometre finishing circuit.

The controlled peloton was still together after the first hour of racing with ORICA-SCOTT maintaining position right at the front before a three-rider move began to break clear.

The bunch remained attentive and once through the intermediate sprint the trio was reeled back in.

A crash involving Roy occurred at the back of the bunch with around 80kilometres left to race with Elvin dropping back and regaining contact with Roy in tow a few kilometres later.

As the race reached the halfway point five riders came together to form the next attack with Spratt immediately giving chase and making contact, the group now swelled to seven with a gap of 30seconds.

Spratt’s group was caught with 55kilometres remaining as ORICA-SCOTT upped the pace of the bunch with Elvin and Van Vleuten.

Attacks started to fly throughout the final 30kilometres as move after move was shut down by the now reduced peloton.

ORICA-SCOTT maintained their position at the front of the bunch going into the last five kilometres with only Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) five seconds ahead and alone.

The Australian outfit controlled the catch and reeled in Borghini with less than two kilometres to go, the sprint immediately took shape with Roy just being pipped into third place and the win going to d’Hoore.

Omloop van het Hageland results:

1. Jolien d’Hoore (Wiggle-High5) 03:17:41

2. Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cipollini) ST

3. Sarah Roy (ORICA-SCOTT) ST

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