The first event of the Women’s World Tour 2020 brings a great second place to Astana Women’s Team
Also this year the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race brought an amazing satisfaction to the Astana Women’s Team: in the past season the Australian race ended with the beautiful solo victory of Arlenis Sierra, in this 2020 instead the Cuban champion was again at the start with the difficult goal of defending the 2019 title and managed to ride very well obtaining a convincing second place which represents the team’s first podium of the season. A result that was far from easy to obtain, also because the Cadel Road Race has increased its level for this edition, becoming the opening event of the UCI Women’s World Tour and thus attracting an excellent cast at the start.
The race took place on a 121.5 km route around Geelong and exploded in the last 20 kilometers when the peloton’s pace increased significantly to close the gap with the breakaway of the day’s and above all to take the best positions ahead of the climb of Challambra, key point of the race just under 10 kilometers from the finish. Arlenis Sierra always remained with the best, but in the last kilometers Liane Lippert managed to escape from the leading group and she took the victory: the Cuban led the pursuit of a trio that also included Amanda Spratt and Tayler Wiles, but she had to settle for winning the sprint for second place 15″ behind Lippert.
«We are obviously satisfied with this result – explains the sports director Pierangelo Dal Colle – also because all the riders have done their job well, as we had planned before the race. Arlenis went very well uphill, unfortunately in the final it was normal that the teams in numerical superiority tried to attack in order not to arrive to the sprint: during the chase Lippert always remained just a few seconds ahead but from behind they were unable to catch her. But we are still very happy with the podium». Unfortunately, two crashes were reported with Yareli Salazar and Francesca Pattaro involved, fortunately without serious consequences. The Astana Women’s Team will stay in Australia for another week: tomorrow the group will leave the Geelong coast to head to Wangaratta to ride the Lexus of Blackburn Womens Herald Sun Tour on February 5th and 6th.