Rachel Neylan: “We fought together day by day, never giving in”
Team VIRTU Cycling wasn’t capable of fulfilling their expectations in last week’s Giro Rosa, where Michelton-Scott dominated the entire stage race.
Last week, Team VIRTU Cycling took part of Giro Rosa Iccrea. The stage race included ten stages with mountains, high speed and hot weather. The race was dominated by Michelton-Scott and CCC – Liv, where both Annemiek Van Vleuten (Michelton-Scott) and Marianne Vos (CCC – Liv) took multiple stage wins. Annemiek Van Vleuten could also claim the overall win and the pink leader’s jersey.
Team VIRTU Cycling came to Giro Rosa hoping for stage wins and a top-10 in the general classification. Unfortunately, the team wasn’t capable of fulfilling these expectations, but Rachel Neylan is still proud of the team effort.
“The Giro was for sure not up to our expectations and capabilities as a team. We fought together day by day, never giving in – this we can be proud of. We leave without a ‘result’ on paper but understanding that not every race can go your way. Luck, timing and tactics also need to go your way, when not going for general classification in a tour”.
Sports director Carmen Small also reflects on the race.
“The Giro is very special, and you really need to have a top climber. I believe Katrine is of that calibre, but everything needs to go right and having bruised ribs before she even started, didn’t help. The other girls did what they could to help support Katrine, while also trying to make a result for themselves. Unfortunately, Michelton-Scott was too strong and controlled everything”.
Team VIRTU Cycling will be racing again on Friday, July 19th, when they participate in La Course by Le Tour de France.