Matrix Fitness took to the start line of Elsy Jacobs a rider down due illness for Christina Siggaard. It wasn’t the start that we were looking for but the time trial performance of Elinor Barker and Laura Trott made up for that straight away. The two team pursuit stars showed their class to ride into the finish in 11th and 12th within 3 tenths of second of each other. Twelfth place also put Elinor in the White Jersey for best young rider, which is the first jersey held by the team in our first professional year.
“It’s a great feeling to have a rider on the podium and break into the stranglehold the bigger teams seem to have. With such a young team I think looking at the young persons jersey as a target is a sensible thing and we discussed it before the race, so for Elinor to be able to carry it off is real bonus.” Commented Stefan Wyman
Stage two was an all together different prospect with a 100km course taking in 5 hilly loops around the same town as the time trial. “We tried to put Lucy Martin in the break. She worked so hard and went with every move, but sadly the one she missed stuck, and took nearly two minutes on the peloton.” Commented Wyman. When that break came back, there was eventually a break on the finishing laps and they would stay away, just, until the finish. Lotto took the win and Laura came home in 25th, and in doing so moved up to 10th on GC, with Elinor now in 11th.
The final stage was more an endurance swim than a bike race. The challenging course repeatedly taking in the same hill proved to be a tough affair it non stop rain.
Sadly Matrix Fitness missed the decisive split of the day with 26 riders powering clear. With the major team represented there was nothing that could be done and Elinor and Laura were left to finished in the 2nd group on the road. “Yes, on the surface of it it’s a disappointing last day, but we need to look at what we’ve achieved over the complete weekend. We’ve been on the podium, and to be holding a top 10 overnight coming into the last stage shows the potential of the squad. We have ‘what ifs’, and I’m sure if Molly and others were healthy giving us some more numbers up there we’d of been able to challenge in some way right to the end. But that’s racing. We’ve done ourselves proud this weekend, and now we can look forward to the next stage race of the season in the UK at the Aviva Tour.”
Young Rider GC