Alena Amialiusik yesterday made it two podium places in two days when she was second at the UCI 1.1 GP de Plumelec in France. Ashleigh Moolman (CBT) won the sprint from a group of four riders, ahead of Amialiusik with Shara Gillow (FUT) in third place.
On a tougher course than Friday’s La Classique Morbihan where Amialiusik also finished second, CANYON//SRAM Racing had Leah Thorvilson in an early breakaway. Director sportif Ronny Lauke said it was the target of the team for the early part of the race.
“The goal was to create an early break because in our opinion it would be difficult to control something on the final circuits. It was good to have Leah in the break. It showed her progress and development as a bike rider,” said Lauke.
“When Leah came back from the break, unfortunately that brought us in jeopardy and we were forced to chase. We had to use Elena (Cecchini), Lisa (Brennauer) and Barbara (Guarischi) very early in the race. Alena made the best of the situation and is our strongest rider on the climbs. Overall it was a good weekend. We made two podiums and the group raced very well,” said Lauke.
After the race Amialiusik agreed her teammates had performed well over the two days racing in France. “On Friday and again today we raced well. This race was a little harder in my opinion because we had to do the finish climb ten times. The final five laps had constant attacks. In the end I was in the small group of four on the final lap. I just need to find some sprint legs! I am happy to have two podiums and now look forward to my next race, OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Great Britain.”