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by Shane Stokes
November 11, 2017
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The Veris Mens Development Team was the first team to depart on the 42km team time trial, setting a mark of 1h04’29” at an average speed of 39.1kmh. On a hot day in Nannup, teams struggled to stay together in the heat and along the undulating Mowen Road. The Midland Cycle Alpha Team threatened to trump the Veris squad, but failed to finish fast enough up the final 2.5km climb back into Nannup.
In the women’s race, Holden Racing Team set out as the final team and never looked like falling behind. Ahead at every point, they set a time of 1h08’08”. The squad – which included guest rider Emma Pooley – were over seven minutes ahead of the 2nd placed “The Leftovers” team. 12 teams finished in the women’s division, including Jess Allen’s Joondalup Cycle City 8 minutes behind.
Many of the women’s teams splintered in the warmer weather as the day went on, struggling over the final undulating 10km. “It was a shock to the system,” Erin Kinnealy said. “We got to the finish and I checked my computer and it said 42.8 degrees.” About riding along with Emma Pooley, Kinnealy said that “it took us about 30km to get into our rhythm, but once we found it it was business as usual.”
Various World Tour pros slotted into the amateur teams coming down for the four stage event. Pauliena Rooijakkers (Parkhotel Valkenberg – Destil Cycling Team), riding with Midland Cycle Bravo, is the best placed, 4’55” behind the Veris Squad after placing 16th. Marianne Vos’ EY-1 team finished 6’19” off the pace, while Luke Durbridge’s EY-2 team finished over 22 minutes off the pace. Current NRS Leader Michael Freiburg’s team Unicorn Cycles 1 finished in 4th, 61 seconds behind the Veris team.
Saturday’s stage is 50.8km from Nannup to Greenbushes, with a steep climb out of Nannup and a gradual climb into Greenbushes before a downhill sprint in the town centre.
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