Over the weekend a number of tours and one day events wrapped up with a number of Aussies among the top performing in the star studded fields.
The three stage Tour de Yorkshire covered 515km of scenic Yorkshire land with Frenchman Thomas Voeckler of Direct Energie taking the General Classification win with a total time of 13:05:16. Our best place Australian in the GC was Rohan Dennis of BMC Racing in twenty-first, 4:19 behind Voeckler. Nathan Haas Also performed superbly, but unable to get his neck in front of Richard Handley (ONE Pro) and Nicolas Roche (SKY) in the Mountains Classification as the trio all finished on seven points and shared first place.
The Tour de Romandie also wrapped up across the Channel in Switzerland. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) came out on top after five stages in a time of 16:20:20. The Swiss rider Michael Albasini of Australian team Orica-GreenEDGE claimed victory on stage five after an epic 100m dash but it was not enough to knock Quintana off the podium. Damien Howson from Orica was our best placed comrade on the GC table in sixteenth, 4:21 off first. Howson and Jack Haig made the top ten of the Young Riders Classification too.
The two-stage Elsy Jacobs race in Luxembourg saw our own Katrin Garfoot of Orica-AIS on the second step of the podium after she finished within one minute of the Polish winner Katarzyna Niewiadoma from Rabo LIV Woman Cycling Team.
In the Woman’s Tour de Yorkshire, Australian Nicole Moerig from Podium Ambition Pro Cycling placed ninth overall in the one-day tour on May 30.