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Roy takes a spectacular victory on stage four of the Women’s Tour

From: Orica Scott

A challenging few days for ORICA-SCOTT at the OVO Energy Women’s Tour were rewarded today by a stunning ride and victory by Australian Sarah Roy on a wet and windy stage four in England to seal the teams first Women’s WorldTour win of 2017.

Stage four started and finished in Chesterfield in the north and headed out into the rolling countryside for 125kilometres under heavy rain at the start which subsequently subsided after a couple of hours of racing.

Numerous attacks attempted to break clear, but it was the move of Roy that proved to be key. Part of a quartet of riders out front for the final 60kilometres the 31-year-old played it cool even when it looked like the chasing peloton may make the catch Roy persevered and went into the final looking strong.

The group had whittled down to two over the closing Kilometres with Roy and Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) holding 35seconds and the sprint up ahead. Roy held back until 300metres to go before unleashing a blistering attack to take the stage win.

“I saw an opportunity when the break was being formed and we immediately started to work well together,” said Roy. “I had a lot of support from the team car on the radio and that information was invaluable. When the bunch started to get closer we adapted and had a secondary plan to go with Alex Manly for the sprint, but Majerus jumped twice and split our group until it was only the two of us left.”

“Marv (sport director Martin Barras) had given me great instruction as we went into the finale and was constantly encouraging me. It wasn’t as technical as previous days, but I made Majerus lead and I started my sprint from around 300metres and created enough of a gap to hold on.

“It feels so good to get our first WorldTour victory, the whole team has been working really hard and we have come very close so many times this season and it’s a big relief to get off the mark. The girls have been wonderful and I’m really happy.”

It was joy and relief all round for the team as Barras went on to explain.

“For the last three days we have been talking about finding solutions for pulling a win out of this race,” said Barras. “We have really tried to make this happen and today was vindication for all our efforts. The break that Roy got into was tenuous and more than once it looked to be teetering on the edge, but full credit to Roy and her breakaway companions for their persistence and ultimately it paid off.”

“It is a great way to win a bike race and just reward for all the hard work that the team has put in and a great example and inspiration for the team for the remainder of the season.”

How it happened:

The rain returned for the start of stage four in Chesterfield as a constant drizzle characterised the opening 40kilometres over the winding Derbyshire lanes and into the picturesque Peak District national park.

Roy again did well for ORICA-SCOTT, part of an three rider move with two minutes on the bunch after 60kilometres of racing and five more riders chasing behind the lead trio.

The chasers included Lizzie Deignan (Boels-Dolmans) and race leader Niewiadoma and their action led to more groups splintering off the front of the peloton and a significant increase in pace.

The trio out front were joined by Christine Majerus with 45kilometres remaining and began to push their lead back out on the Niewiadoma group.

With 20kilometres to go the Roy quartet was working well together as the Niewiadoma group was absorbed by the peloton with the four leaders now at two minutes 20seconds and looking good.

With the virtual race leader now in the Roy group and two minutes up the road WM3 and Canyon-Sram started to pay attention and began to drive the peloton as the leaders turned back towards Chesterfield and into a headwind.

It turned out to be too little too late as Roy and Majerus took control in the final kilometres and stormed clear.

The pair went on to hold off the field and contest the finale with Roy taking out a spectacular victory in Chesterfields historic centre.

OVO Energy Women’s Tour stage four results:

1. Sarah Roy (ORICA-SCOTT) 03:27:48

2. Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) +0:01

3. Leah Kirchmann (Team-Sunweb) +0:05

General Classification after stage four:

1. Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3) 15:06:31

2. Christine Majerus (Boel-Dolmans) +1:25

3. Leah Kirchmann (Team-Sunweb)+1:36

Photos courtesy of ©TDWsport.com

A Video of Hageland

My team was impressive in Hageland, so humbled by their efforts especially in the final 10km when I fell but we all stayed focused and took control. Thank you for the opportunity. Finished up 3rd to the great Jolien D’hoore and Chloe Hosking – congratulations! Here’s a short vid of today, only wish you got to see that lead out..

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

Photos courtesy of ©TDWsport.com