Moolman-Pasio Goes Close In GP de Plouay-Bretagne
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio narrowly missed out on a podium spot when she finished fourth in GP de Plouay-Bretagne on Saturday. The race was the last round in the UCI World Cup for the year and the result saw the South African champion finish ninth in the series with Annemiek van Vleuten tenth.
Moolman-Pasio joked about another fourth place this season after the race. "I was fourth in the Giro, fourth in Strade Bianche, fourth in Fleche Wallonne, I need to stop finishing fourth," she said laughing.
The 29-year old was part of a five-rider group coming to the line to contest the victory and was outsprinted by winner Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) and Emma Johannson (Orica-AIS). Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabo-Liv) was part of a group that caught the breakaway on the line and passed Moolman-Pasio by centimetres.
"I'm really happy with the way the race went," Moolman-Pasio said. "I really felt strong. It was a little bit difficult, I had to keep my cool because Boels and Rabo were strong. I had to watch three riders from each team and had to stay calm and patient. I think I made some mistakes in the last 5 kilometres which I feel lost me the podium spot."
"Overall I’m happy with the way I felt and think it was a great race in preparation for the World Champs. Last year I had a stomach bug just before Pluoay and the year before I came back from a broken hand so it’s great for everything to be going right at this part of the year."
The final race of the season for Moolman-Pasio will be Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile . Memorial Michela Fanini before she heads to the USA for the World Championships.
"The plan was to start the year slower. That’s the advice I took from Thomas [Campana] and I feel it has worked as I am on the best form I have ever been on at this time of the year. I’m excited for World Champs and also for Toscana which will be my last race."