Lauren exceeds expectations with World Championships breakaway

Racing in just her second Elite World Championships in Richmond Virginia, Lauren formed part of a dangerous 9 riders move in the closing 2 laps of the race before attacking the break to ride away with Italian Valentina Scandolara. The duo, who have raced together since junior days, were only caught at 2km to go after a late desperate chase from the Dutch team.

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“I knew there was going to be a chance of a break going today just because of the depth of the field and also the nature of the course”

“I felt strong today and I was really trying to stay relaxed and conserve energy, the final was really hard”

The challenging city course around Richmond, Virginia offered around 12km of mainly flat wide roads with a lot of corners before three short sharp climbs in the final 4km including Libby hill, a twisty cobbled climb and 23rd street, a 13% cobbled climb to test the field.

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“The course wasn’t so hard once or twice but eight times is what did the damage. Each lap the field would stretch through the hilly sector and after 4-5 laps the field was starting to dwindle, just as the Aussies started to light up the race”

“We had numbers so we had to play them. First Rachel went away solo and then I followed a small group that went across to form the group of nine, next up with the break gaining time we had to assess the situation and try to work out what the other teams would do, this is difficult but with Aus having the upper hand with the two of us there we decided to start attacking the break as there was less the 15km to at this point.”

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Lauren tried a few times before getting off the front with scandolara. The two build up a small advantage quickly and lead the world championships with a real chance to take the two top steps of the podium with only a handful of kilometers to go. Unfortunately for Lauren, the Dutch decided to chase and closed the gap in the final kilometers. Lizzie Armistead took the win for Great Britian ahead of Anna van der Breggan of The Netherlands and Megan Guinier of the USA. Lauren finished in 28th place with only thoughts of what could have been.

“Of course I’m disappointed we were caught, but to be able to perform at this level like this in the final of the World Championships gives me a lot of confidence for next season, I’m going to be back for more that’s for sure”

Lauren now heads back to Europe for some rest after a long season. She will return to Port Macquarie in late October to begin her build up for 2016 and a run at Olympic selection for the Rio Olympics.

Hitec Products top 10 in TTT

Lauren’s Hitec Products team finished in 10th place in the World Championships Team Time Trial yesterday in Richmond, USA.

“We didn’t go in with big expectations but we were expecting to be a bit more competitive to be honest, we didn’t have a very smooth run in to the race with some girls being a bit sick and some logistical dilemmas. With all that said I’m pretty happy with my feeling and I also enjoyed spending time with my teammates for the last race of the season as a Hitec Products member. ”

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The Hitec Team unfortunately lost Lotte Becker, their German engine even before the team rolled down the starting ramp due to mechanical issues with the team then having to rely on only five riders compared with six of each of the other teams.

“It was very unfortunate to not start with Charlotte, she is for sure the strongest rider in our team for this discipline so that was a big blow to the team, then we didn’t have the best feeling with the rest of the team, but I am proud of how the girls gave everything they had and its a more a case of what could have been for us, which is a little like unfinished business”

Lauren now turns her attention to the road race on Saturday where she will line up with a strong eight rider squad from Australia.

Lauren selected to represent Australia in Richmond

Today Cycling Australia released the selection for the upcoming World Championships to be held in Richmond, USA from September 20-27th. Lauren was named as part of the eight rider elite women’s team to tackle the road race on September 26th. She will be joined by last year’s 5th place finisher, Tiffany Cromwell and her Velocio Sram trade teammate, Loren Rowney along with Rach Neylan, Amanda Spratt, Gracie Elvin, Lizzie Williams and Katrin Garfoot all from Orica AIS.

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The selection comes off Lauren’s most successful season, including 5 UCI wins including the Oceania Title. However it is Lauren’s recent consistency that has earned her the spot in the squad. In the last 6 weeks Lauren has had 9 top 10 results from 15 starts including in the recent world cup race in Sweden.

“Im really happy to be officially named in the team, this will be my 2nd Worlds as a senior athlete and now I know what to expect and what is expected from me”

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“The course in Richmond will be an interesting one, there is not so much elevation gain but with plenty of corners, cobble sections and short technical climbs, I’m sure it will produce a very worthy World Champion.”

Lauren is now putting the finishing touches on her form with a training block before starting her last two races of the year for Hitec Products next week.

“I have been training hard the past 10 days or so since Sweden, I’m really pumped for Richmond, I’m not only motivated to be there but I think a good result is not out of the question, my form is good and if its a race for me or a teammate I expect to be in the thick of the action in the final few laps”

Lauren will take part in the Lotto-Belgium Tour from September 8-11 along with the La Challenge Madrid by La Vuelta on September 13, which will be available on SBS the evening of September 13th.

Lauren will travel to the USA on September 17th to take part in the trade team time trial World Championships on September 20th before joining the Australian team for the road race. The World Championships will also be broadcast live by SBS.