October 2, 2010

UCI Worlds: Leadup to the Elite Womens Road Race

The elite women’s road race isn’t far away and the Australian women are positive heading towards the 127.2km circuit, which the women will complete 8 times, it’s a course that suits the Australian women.

Ruth Corset and Carla Ryan where at a team press conference to discuss the Australian women’s chances of standing on the podium this October 2nd.

Ruth Corset’s hand is still bruised from the fall that she experienced at the Herald Sun World Cycling Classic in Ballart last weekend but is healing well and doesn’t expect any problems.

Corset had this to say about the road race on Saturday, "we were told it was a hilly course so we knew it would suit us, but a lot of the other girls hadn’t seen the course at all and they were pretty shocked at how hilly it was."

Carla Ryan is looking forward to showing Australia what she can do and what the entire Australian team can do, she commented that, "we race in Europe for the whole year and no one (in Australia) really knows what we do over there. It’s such a low profile sport (in Australia) but, in Europe, it (cycling) is like Australian Rules Football. To bring it out to Australia and give the public a chance to see us is really special for us."

Unlike Fabian Cancellera, Ryan is of the impression that racing without radios will make things a lot more interesting and said that everyone one was in the same position. Ryan continued on to say, “It’s not as if you have an advantage or disadvantage, but I think it will make things a lot more interesting. I will have to check the girls and look out for them a lot more. It will be an interesting opportunity."

Both Corset and Ryan are happy with how their form has progressed over the season and see a podium finish for the Australian women as a possibility.

The women race at 1pm Saturday 2nd October.

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