The Women’s team wrapped up the 2013 Joe Martin Stage Race successfully with three podiums, as well as Joelle Numainville taking home the sprinters jersey. The women head west next for the Tour of the Gila, and look to continue their successful run of podium placing, and victories so far this season.
Rachel Heal Stage 3 Race Report
Great day for the team today, they worked perfectly together during the race and executed the plan for the finish virtually to perfection to come away with a great win.
It was another wet day, but the team girls were fired up and ready to race hard. The first few miles were fairly sedate as riders got themselves warmed up, but as soon as we hit the circuits it was race on. After a few attacks and counters, NOW’s Alexis Ryan went clear and we were happy to sit in and let Tibco chase. She stayed clear for a while, but with a gap never getting more than 30 seconds, it never looked like a dangerous move. After she was reeled back in, cue another flurry of attacks, and the elastic finally broke with Amber, Rushlee Buchanan (Tibco) and Kathryn Donovan (NOW) going clear. Amber was the best placed of the 3 on GC and so we were happy to let it roll, and when Tibco called Buchanan back to help with the chase, Amber and Donovan piled the pressure on further. The gap hovered at around a minute for the best part of 30 miles until they were finally caught with just 5km to go.
The final 5 km was aggressive with attack after attack being launched, but nothing able to get clear and we were headed for a bunch sprint.
With Brie providing a great lead-out, Joelle timed her sprint to perfection taking both the stage win and the green jersey
Rachel Heal Stage 4 Race Report
Another tough crit today for the final stage of Joe Martin. When the field split just a few laps into the race, the girls did a great job of placing Brie and Joëlle in the front group of 15 riders, The race was fast with lots of attacks and the field single file for much of the race. Once again Joelle and Brie worked well together at the finish, Brie helping to launch Joelle out if the final corner to secure 3rd place and the teams 3rd podium of the week. Joelle also picked up enough points at the intermediate sprints and the finish to take the green jersey. We now had to Silver City and join up with Jade, Jane, Lauren and Denise to take on Tour of the Gila