28 Abr Gracia Orlová Preview (WE 2.2)
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.
|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|
From Thursday, April 28th until Sunday, May 1st
First hilly stage, identical course to the previous edition.
Our favourite: Alena Amialiusik Our outsider: Ane Santesteban
Second hilly stage, identical course to the previous edition.
Our favourite: Alena Amialiusik Our outsider: Anna Sanchís
3rd stage 1/2: Havířov-Havířov (ITT) 13,5km Local Time: 9:30 approx. (UTC +2)
Identical individual time trial to the 2015 edition.
Our favourite: Mieke Kröger Our outsider: Ann-Sophie Duyck
Second Half-stage of the day, identical to the previous edition.
Our favourite: Tetyana Ryabchenko Our outsider: Laura Camila Lozano
Final stage of the race.
Our favourite: Elena Cecchini Our outsider: Malgorzta Jasinska
Favourites & Outsiders
Alena Amialiusik, Ane Santesteban, Malgorzta Jasinska
Tetyana Ryabchenko, Anna Sanchís, Tatiana Antoshina, Shara Gillow
Edwige Pitel, Nicole Brändli, Laura Camila Lozano, Polona Batagelj, Jessie Daams
Our favourite: Alena Amialiusik
Our outsider: Nicole Brändli
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.