ORICA-AIS road captain Loes Gunnewijk will race her final year on the bike in 2015, the 34-year-old announcing today she will retire at the end of the season.
A trio of homegrown talent, each with an impressive comeback story, has signed with ORICA-AIS for the 2015 season.
Swedish champion Emma Johansson has taken out the inaugural BeNe Ladies Tour, finishing second on the final road stage in the Netherlands today.
ORICA-AIS brings a team with dual objectives to the Giro Rosa. Seven of the eight riders on the Giro squad have ridden the only women's Grand Tour before, with one rider making her debut.
ORICA-AIS is proud to announce that Katrin Garfoot has signed a contract with the Australian outfit for the remainder of the 2014 season. The German-born Australian will join the team beginning at the Giro del Trentino next Sunday.
ORICA-AIS’ Emma Johansson took her third victory of the season in Cittiglio on Sunday, outfoxing a breakaway of eight riders to win Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup. Although Johansson had previously finished on the podium four times from seven starts in the Italian one day race, her eighth start was the first time she claimed the top step. Johansson sung the praises of her teammates, crediting their commitment to the team plan for her accomplishment.
Riding with the Swedish National Team, Emma Johansson won Cholet Pays de Loire on Sunday, securing back-to-back victories in the French one day race. The win is Johansson’s third in Cholet, making her the first women to attain the hat trick.
Emma Johansson sprinted to victory in Le Samyn, scoring her first win of the 2014 season. A concerted team effort delivered the Swede across the line ahead of Ashleigh Moolman (Hitec Products) and Sofie de Vuyst (Futurumshop.no-Zannata). It is the first international victory of the year for ORICA-AIS and the first European win of the season for the GreenEDGE family.
Shara Gillow soloed to victory on Prospect Road on stage three of the Santos Women’s Cup. Loes Gunnewijk clinched the series overall victory with a second place finish on the final day of racing. Giving ORICA-AIS its second clean sweep of the three day race series, Valentina Scandolara rounded out the podium. It was a highly successful outing for the team in Adelaide.
Amanda Spratt soloed to victory in Angaston after launching a powerful attack at the base of Menglers Hill. The perfectly timed punch distanced her two breakaway companions and afforded Spratt an unassailable gap en route to victory on the second stage of the Santos Women's Cup.
Loes Gunnewijk narrowly held off the sprinters to solo to victory on the opening stage of the Santos Women’s Cup. Behind Gunnewijk, her ORICA-AIS teammates dominated the sprint with Melissa Hoskins benefiting from Nettie Edmondson’s lead-out to take second place while Edmondson rounded out the podium. It is the second clean sweep of the season for the GreenEDGE family after ORICA-GreenEDGE went 1-2-3 in the men’s time trial at the Australian National Road Championships less than two weeks ago.
ORICA-AIS is proud to present its line up for the 2014 season. Set to expand by one rider, the Australian outfit welcomes three new signings alongside eight familiar faces. The team retains a distinctly Australian flavour with eight Australians and three international riders.
ORICA-AIS is pleased to announce the re-signing of Loes Gunnewijk for an additional two seasons. During her initial two year tenure with the Australian outfit, Gunnewijk has emerged as a natural team leader to her younger, less experienced teammates, clearly relishing her role as mentor and road captain.
ORICA-AIS is pleased to announce its six woman squad that will compete at the Team Time Trial World Championships in Italy. The line-up includes three women who were part of the team’s second place effort last year in Limburg alongside three women who are making their first appearance at the TTT World Championships.
Nettie Edmondson won the final stage of the Lotto Belisol Tour in exciting fashion. Leading out her teammate Emma Johnasson, Edmondson had the field strung out as she powered uphill toward the finish line. When Edmondson opened up a small gap, Johansson slowed ever-so-slightly to allow the gap to grow. Edmondson held off the field to take her first professional road victory in Europe while Johansson proved best of the rest to take second on the stage.
With a consistent stream of wins and podium finishes, ORICA-AIS has repeatedly demonstrated this year that they are a highly versatile team as a slew of different riders have stepped onto the podium. To step onto the podium of round six of the World Cup series in Vårgårda, Sweden, a 42.5km TTT, the team will have to demonstrate a different sort of ability – that of being a well-oiled machine.
ORICA-GreenEDGE and ORICA-AIS are set to welcome two late-season stagiaires at upcoming races. Australian Amy Cure will join the women’s team as a trainee at the Giro della Toscana, while Korean rider Jiyong Kang will round out the men’s team at the Tour of Alberta. Kang is the second stagiaire for ORICA-GreenEDGE with Damien Howason currently racing at Tour of Utah.
After wearing the yellow jersey from start to finish at Thüringen Rundfahrt, it was a bit of déjà vu for Emma Johansson at the Route de France. The Swede won the prologue that marks the start of the eight day tour to don the first leader’s jersey at the seventh edition of the French race.
We introduced you to our Giro Rosa squad last week. Today we want to give you a slightly more in depth look at the characteristics of the Italian Grand Tour and the stages that make up the 24th edition of the race. Previously called the Giro Donne, the eight day stage race was re-named the Giro Rosa after a new race director and management company assumed responsibility for the only remaining women’s Grand Tour.
ORICA-AIS is bringing a team of opportunists to the Giro Rosa. Of the eight riders named to the team for the only women’s Grand Tour, two will make their Giro Rosa debut.