Kasia Pawlowska takes another top five for Team VIRTU Cycling
After a hard finish, Team VIRTU Cycling’s Polish rider Kasia Pawlowska managed to get into 5th place in Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
The VIRTU Cycling Team sprinted for the win again when Kasia Pawlowska was in it a the end of Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race early Saturday morning European time. Chloe Hosking took the victory, while the Polish rider managed to get into 5th place despite a crash almost bringing her down in the final.
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race started out relatively quiet. A break took off in the first flat part of the 113 kilometer long race and the peloton held them at a controlled gap before they were brought back in the last hilly half of the race.
The race was pretty slow, and there was a break of two girls that went on for a long time, but basically when Michelton-Scott wanted to start racing, it started. Our main motivation was to get Kasia and Linda to the front group after the climb and if that happened we would sprint for Kasia,” sports director at Team VIRTU Cycling Carmen Small says.
The Danish team worked out the plan as Kasia Pawlowska was sitting right at the front when the race was to be determined, but her sprint was disturbed as a crash right beside her a few hundred meters before the finish had her settle for 5th place.
“We really like the 5th place apparently. It was a good sprint, she was right by the crash and that kind of took her out of the sprint. It was unfortunate because she comes with quite a lot of speed in the end,” Carmen Small says, and she was very happy with how the girls rode the race.
” We are there, and that is a really good starting point. The girls are riding together, they are communicating, and everyone contributes. That is the first step, and then the wins will come. Everyone was riding very well today, and I’m really pleased with the way they did it,” Carmen Small says.
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race was won by Chloe Hosking in front of Gracie Elvin and Georgia Bronzini. Next race for Team VIRTU Cycling is Women’s Herald Sun Tour, starting Tuesday.