Brons in WK ploegentijdrit
Geplaatst op dinsdag 24 september 2013 om 10:03
Bij de wereldkampioenschappen wielrennen in het
Italiaanse Florence heeft Loes met haar team Orica-AIS zondag het
brons gewonnen in de WK ploegentijdrit. Samen met Amanda Spratt,
Emma Johansson, Melissa Hoskins, Nettie Edmondson en Shara Gillow
wist Loes in het warme weer de derde tijd neer te zetten. Alleen
Specialized-Lululemon, dat ook vorig jaar al de beste was, en
Rabobank bleken sneller.
Ploegleider Dave McPartland kon na
afloop leven met de derde plaats. "Lululemon verdiende de
overwinning. Daar mag geen misverstand over bestaan. Zij waren de
sterkste en verdienen alle lof. Wij hebben alles gedaan wat binnen
onze mogelijkheden lag en daarmee bleken we het op twee na snelste
team. We zijn op het podium geëindigd en gezien de manier waarop we
reden moeten we daar blij mee zijn."
English: Bronze Medal for
ORICA-AIS in Team Time Trial at the Road World
In the final team race for the 2013
season, ORICA-AIS time trialed to the bronze medal in Florence,
Italy in the team time trial at the Road World Championships.
Amanda Spratt, Emma Johansson, Loes Gunnewijk, Melissa Hoskins,
Nettie Edmondson and Shara Gillow left it all on the road in
pursuit of gold, and while they ultimately fell short of the top
step, the sextet was proud of their effort.
"We have to be happy with the
result," said Sport Director Dave McPartland. "The girls got a
bronze medal at the World Championships. The most impressive part
is they all gave 100%. I can't sit here and say: 'What if we had
done this? or What if we had done that?' They all did everything
their world title, breaking the 50kph mark in the process. The
American registered squad set a time of 51'10 over the 42.7km
course en route to their second consecutive Team Time Trial World
Championships victory. Rabobank Liv/Giant edged out ORICA-AIS for
second with the Dutch squad 1'11 behind Specialized-lululemon.
ORICA-AIS was 23" further back in 52'43.
The flat course between Pistoia and
Florence required collective speed and strength from the six rider
squads. Technical skills came into play only in the finale when
team hit the city centre of Florence in the final 3km of the race.
ORICA-AIS posted the second quickest time at the first of two
intermediate time checks, only 1.87" slower than the eventual
winners and 11" than Rabobank Liv/Giant.
"We went out there today to try to
win this thing," said McPartland. "We were spot on at the first
intermediate time check. The girls worked brilliantly during the
first half of the race. We had the pacing right at the
By the second time check, 27km into
the effort, ORICA-AIS was down 50" on Specialized-lululemon and had
only 3" in hand on Rabobank-Liv/Giant. With the win out of reach,
the fight was on for the silver medal.
"When we got close to Florence,
probably during the last 6-7km or so, we started to back off a
bit," said McPartland. "A few of the girls started skipping their
turn in the rotation and that put pressure on the stronger riders.
It also broke up our rhythm. By the time we hit the technical part,
we were behind and the damage had already been done in terms of our
goal to contend for the win."
"The technical section was where we
needed to fight to hang on to second spot," McPartland added. "In
the end, we got passed by Rabo. They went out easier and came out
strong. The second half is where we came undone."
McPartland extended his sincere
congratulations to the repeat world champions. He knew it was a big
ask for his squad to compete with a team that had won every team
time trial they entered this season.
"Lulu deserve the win," McPartland
said. "No questions about that. They were strongest, so full credit
to them. We did everything we could, and we were third quickest
today. We finished on the podium. We have to be happy with that
given the way we rode."
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