Lauren finished stage 5 of the Aviva Women’s Tour in 4th spot after successfully making it into the race winning breakaway 25km into the 113k race. The challenging route included 2 QOM climbs along with numerous uncategorised climbs making it a fifth and final tough day in the saddle.
“Im really happy with this result, of course a win would have been nice but I was with some fast girls in the break and I tried to escape a few ties in the final 10km but it wasn’t to be”
“Ive had quite a tough week with some bad luck in terrible moments so Im really grateful to finish on a positive note and prove to myself what I’m capable of at the end of a big week”
Lauren came into the race with General Classification aspirations but after an untimely puncture in the final of stage 2 and a major crash in the final of stage 4, this 4th place in stage 5 proves it will take a bit more to knock her out.
“It wasn’t a good week, I put a lot of pressure on myself and ultimately though just bad luck thing didn’t shape out the way I wanted but that bike racing sometimes, I know I have a really good level at the moment and I really wanted to prove that this week, with this being the last race considered for Olympic selection”
Lauren’s 4th place marks her 15th UCI top 10 result for 2016 and her 5th World Tour top ten result. She hopes that this consistency will help her case for Olympic selection.
“I’ve done all I can now, I believe I’ve proven myself in hilly races this season and towards the end of last season with my ride at the World Championships. Now it’s up to the selectors to decide”