Orica-AIS ladies in action during the Team Time Trial. Image Anton Vos / Orica AIS.
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ORICA-AIS Put In Strong Performance At Boels Rental Ladies Tour In Holland

Amanda Spratt was the highest place finisher for ORICA-AIS on a tough final stage of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour in the Ardennes. Finishing 8th, the Australian Champion rode with the lead group of seven riders with Kasia Niewiadoma of Rabo-Liv going on to win the stage.

The Orica-AIS team are presented at the Holland Ladies Tour. Image: Anton Vos / Orica AIS.
The Orica-AIS team are presented at the Holland Ladies Tour. Image: Anton Vos / Orica AIS.

This comes after teammate and former Australian criterium champion Sarah Roy enjoyed her sensational Stage 4 victory winning the sprint from a breakaway group of 14 riders. Roy waited patiently before winding up to claim her first-ever victory for the Australian outfit. ORICA-AIS also came close to victory on Stage 5 with Loren Rowney sprinting for second.

The Orica-AIS ladies are all smiles prior to a tough day of racing in Holland. Image: Anton Vos / Orica AIS.
The Orica-AIS ladies are all smiles prior to a tough day of racing in Holland. Image: Anton Vos / Orica AIS.

Orica-AIS Sports Director Gene Bates said she was pleased with her team’s performance against the best in the world during the six-day race.

“Spratt rode really well today,” said Bates. “She was in the early move which was probably the best thing for her in the end.”

“We were a little nervous with her being in a move so early on but behind the race was just breaking up, so she actually had a good ride up front, nice and steady until the next group came across.”

Orica-AIS ladies in action during the Team Time Trial. Image Anton Vos / Orica AIS.
Orica-AIS ladies in action during the Team Time Trial. Image Anton Vos / Orica AIS.

“Our number one goal this week was a stage win, which we achieved,” Bates continued. “To match it with a second place and fourth place in the sprint stages is fantastic. We can walk away really happy.”

“A really great week for the team, everyone handled themselves well this week and we can walk away pretty happy.”

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