In an epic, one-day race promoting women’s pro cycling in Yorkshire, England--offering the same course, prize money and TV coverage as the men's field--Cylance Pro Cycling turned in great results.
In the first kilometers of the 136k race from Otley to Doncaster, Cylance Pro Cycling's Swiss racer Doris Schweizer pushed ahead and formed a break of three minutes, and held it past the 60-kilometer mark with some of the world’s greatest talent in her midst.
"In the beginning the peloton split a bit but after 20k, the speed went down," Schweizer said. "Alison Tetrick told me that we should do something, so I tried an attack. I was alone off the front and the peloton was chasing me with 115k left to the finish. I went as fast as I could without going fullgas. After 20k the gap increased to 3 minutes, and world champion Lizzie Armitstead & Canadian champion Leah Kirchmann bridged to me. Somehow, I managed to keep their wheels... I was tired, but I wanted this podium so badly and this move looked perfect for us with just 15k to go. Unfortunately the wind was blowing hard, and the bunch was able to catch us with 2.5k to go."
While the finish sprint was eventually won by Hitec’s Kirsten Wild, Wiggle-High5’s Lucy Garner and Liv-Plantur’s Floortje Mackaji, our Rossella Ratto was given the Climber’s Jersey for her aggressive racing. Ratto placed 14th and Cylance powerhouses Sheyla Gutierrez, Valentina Scandolara and Alison Tetrick placed 15th, 21st and 36th in the same-time final field sprint. Schweizer and teammate Rachele Barbieri finished 11 seconds off the main peloton after their solid contributions to the race.
"At the end we can be happy with our team tactic and our performance," says Schweizer. "The next races are coming and we know we are on the right way to the podium."