The Australian women had been talking up there ability all week, they claimed to be in good form and for the first four laps they were doing well, although seeing Bridie O’Donnell drop to the back of the main bunch for most of the race wasn’t promising.
Climber Tiffany Cromwell who spent some time at the front pacing the peloton said, “It was a tough day out there. We all had our individual roles. We played the strongest part we could but unfortunately we did not have the legs at the finish.”
Cromwell and team mates kept riding and kept pushing through the race, “It hurt. Cramping, dry-retching, but we gave all we had out there, mainly because of the support – there was green and gold everywhere.”
Team mate Carla Ryan who has recently signed with Cervelo Test Team confirmed what Cromwell had said about it being a tough day, “we just kept chipping away, but we were all getting tired. We tried to dig in and give it a bit more, but we could just not find the energy.”
Ruth Corset the protected rider for the Australian women critiqued her performance and the teams, “I had nothing left on that last lap on the climbs – so I think the whole team gave it everything, gave it one hundred per cent today, we didn’t leave anything behind.”
It was Shara Gillow’s first world championship race and she said, “We had a strong team and this is a tough course.”
The Australian Women’s team where excited to race on home soil and gave it all they had, the cheers from the spectators helped them over the climbs to the finish line.
The final results of the Australian women where:
26. Ruth Corset
28. Vicki Whitelaw
The following Australian women did not finish (DNF):