Gracia Orlová Preview (WE 2.2)

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Introduction

Gracia Orlová is an Elite women’s stage road race held in Orlová, Czech Republic. This year the 30th edition of the race will be held under UCI Elite 2.2 ranking. The race course is identical to the 2015 edition with a total race length of 384 kilometres that are covered through four racing days and five stages, including an individual time trial and a half-stage. This will be the second hilly stage race of the season after Emakumeen Bira, a great opportunity for riders to prove their climbing skills as well as getting a very valuable UCI points for Rio Olympics Qualification.

“I think that some of my team mates won’t like the climbs as much as me! But I also don’t like the flat Dutch races and crazy bunch sprints like they do. So it’s a time they can feel a little of my pain.” said previous Gracia-Orlova winner Alena Amialiusik to her team Canyon-SRAM.

I’m really looking forward to racing in Czech Republic. Of course it’s not my home in Belarus but it is close and I always feel nice here in these surroundings,” said Amialiusik who won both overall, mountain and points classifications in 2015.

Programme

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1st stage 28. 4. 2016 101,2 km 13:00 Orlová – Štramberk
2nd stage 29. 4. 2016 100,0 km 11:00 Lichnov – Lichnov
3rd stage 30. 4. 2016 13,5 km 9:30 Havířov – Ostrava – Havířov
4th stage 30. 4. 2016 67,3 km 15:00 Dětmarovice – Visalaje
5th stage 1. 5. 2016 101,6 km 10:00 Orlová

 

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From Thursday, April 28th until Sunday, May 1st

1st stage : Orlová – Štramberk 101,2km Local Time: 13:00-15:50 approx. (UTC +2)
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First hilly stage, identical course to the previous edition.

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Final 3km profile

 

Our favourite:  Alena Amialiusik  Our outsider: [ESP] Ane Santesteban

2nd stage : Lichnov Lichnov 100km Local Time: 11:00-13:45 approx. (UTC +2)

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Second hilly stage, identical course to the previous edition.

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Our favourite:  Alena Amialiusik Our outsider: [ESP] Anna Sanchís

3rd stage 1/2: Havířov-Havířov (ITT) 13,5km Local Time: 9:30 approx. (UTC +2)

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Final 3km

Identical individual time trial to the 2015 edition.

Our favourite:  Mieke Kröger Our outsider:  Ann-Sophie Duyck

4th stage 2/2: Dětmarovice – Visalaje 63,5km Local Time: 15:00-16:45 approx (UTC+2)
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Second Half-stage of the day, identical to the previous edition.

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Final 3km profile

Our favourite:   Tetyana Ryabchenko Our outsider:  Laura Camila Lozano

5th stage: Orlová – Orlová 101,6km Local Time: 10:00-12:50 approx (UTC+2)
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Final stage of the race.

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Final 3km profile

Our favourite:  Elena Cecchini Our outsider:  Malgorzta Jasinska

Favourites & Outsiders

Imagen  Alena Amialiusik, [ESP] Ane Santesteban,  Malgorzta Jasinska
Imagen  Tetyana Ryabchenko, [ESP] Anna Sanchís,  Tatiana Antoshina, [AUS] Shara Gillow
Imagen   Edwige Pitel,  Nicole Brändli,  Laura Camila Lozano, [SLO] Polona Batagelj,  Jessie Daams

Betting area

Our favourite:  Alena Amialiusik 
Our outsider:   Nicole Brändli

Participants

Women Elite Startlist

Previous edition

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Previous edition of the race was dominated by German registered team Velocio-SRAM. Belarusian rider Alena Amialiusik (Velocio-SRAM) won the race while her teammate Trixi Worrack finished second. Polish rider Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana) finished in third place.

Results

Live

Twitter accounts & hashtags to follow the race: @_RoadAndMud / @GraciaOrlova /  / @WMNcycling

Facebook page

Sources

Official web
PCS

Written by:
Diego Martín

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