3 races in 3 countries was the challenge for Global Racing Team at the weekend and they all went very well, culminating in the first win of the season for the team in the Cheshire Classic in the UK.
The first race was the GP Aalburg in Holland. Run by the team of the current world champion Marianne Vos, DSB Bank, the race was classic style course over 130km. The fast and aggressive race saw the field reduced very early with 2 Global Racing riders in the lead groups. In her hometown however, there was nothing that could stop Marianne Vos winning her 3rd race of the season as she soled to victory. Debby van den Berg finished 11th and Linda Ringlever was in 26th. It was a good start to the weekend and the team were hoping it would set up a bigger result in the races the following day.
Sunday morning in Cheshire, UK, saw the first round of the National Series where Global had 2 riders on the start line, the in-form Lizzie Armitstead, fresh from her 19th place in the Ronde van Glederland (UCI 1.2) the previous week and Jo Rowsell the National U23 road race champion.
Lizzy managed to produce some more of last weeks great form to win the TT, with Jo finishing 6th. This set up an interesting afternoon road race with the overall lead to defend for the 2 young GB Academy riders.
Stage 1 Time TT
1. Lizzie Armitstead Global Racing 04:51
2. Carlie Bedingfield Team Luciano 04:54
3. Ruthie Manly Rapha-Condor RT 04:55
4. Emma Trott VC Londres 05:01
5. Alice Monger-Godfrey VC Londres 05:03
6. Joanna Rowsell Global Racing Team 05:03
Lizzie set about winning the overall classification and with the help of Jo Rowsell managed to neutralise the many attacks made and then finish the race clear of the bunch with her hands aloft to take the race win.
Stage 2 – 80KM
1. Lizzie Armitstead Global Racing 02.18.40
2 Louise Mahe Cycles Dauphin RT at 4s
3 Alice Monger-Godfrey VC Londres at same time
4 Melissa O?Reilly Planet X at same time
5 Lucy Martin ERV Pro Cycling at same time
1. Lizzie Armitstead Global Racing 2:23:31
2. Carlie Bedingfield Team Luciano 2:23:38
3. Ruthie Manly Rapha-Condor RT 2:23:39
28 Jo Rowsell
Meanwhile over in Belgium, five Global Racing riders were on the start line in the GP Roeslare (UCI 1.2) over the hills of West Flanders. Very early in the race, the riders hit the 2nd climb and the attacks started. Helen Wyman forced the pace over the climb and group of 34 riders went clear. With 4 Global riders marshalling the peleton, the group gained up to 6 minutes and Helen managed to finish20th in the race. It was a good performance all around of the team and was an encouraging performance ahead of the Tour de L’aude which starts in little over 2 weeks.
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