RAS stage 4 and 5…Aggression & climbing!
Written by Velo Staff on 26th May 2016
Stage 4 of the An Post Rás is done and dusted and we ended the day with 2 top 20 results. The team rode really well together as a unit and are showing massive improvement every day. The goal was to set Elliott up for the final climb and to save Marc and Ollie for the final sprint in case it came back together which in fact it did.
Everyday the team is growing in confidence and strength and are showing that they are here to race and not just roll around.
Expect some good results in the last half of the race.
Stage 5 was one of the more brutal days of the race so far. The team was very aggressive early on and sent riders up the road but the Austrian team leading the race were not happy with much getting up the road. Ollie Maxwell got in the best move early on that should have gone away, but the way this race is unfolding – you can’t anticipate anything. That break got brought back before the first climb of the day and the Australians were happy riding the front over the long Cat 2 climb and really strung out the field.
The race never really had anything up the road until after the first four climbs of the day, and that’s when our killer Marc Potts got across to the only move that stayed away. Marc is really coming on strong through the race and his day will definitely come over the next three days. The move of 11 riders he was in actually stayed away, but the climbers in the group hit it up the cat 2 climb splitting the break into two and Marc made it over the front of the climb with the very select group of climbers that surged out of the peleton.
Elliot Porter was able to charge across to Marc’s group in the finish and hang out with the top climbers late in the race.
Jeremy was climbing really well and making sure Elliot was good to go over all the big climbs throughout the day. Ollie was the lead man positioning Elliot into the base of the final climb to make sure he had the best chance when the race really kicked off.
All in all, the team is working together very well and starting to push the limits everyday. We are getting a lot of respect in the peleton and in the commisaires meetings. We can expect some big things from these boys over the final three stages.