Numainville and Moolman-Pasio Reactions After World Championships
The elite women's road race in the UCI World Championships took place on Saturday in Richmond with the Bigla Pro Cycling Team represented by six athletes. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (South Africa), Doris Schweizer & Nicole Hanselmann (Switzerland), Iris Slappendel (Holland), Joëlle Numainville (Canada) and Lotta Lepistö (Finland) formed part of the race.
Canadian national champion Numainville was the team's best finisher in eleventh place, followed closely by Moolman-Pasio in fourteenth. Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) won the gold medal with Anna van der Breggen (Holland) and Megan Guarnier (USA) rounding out the podium.
Joëlle Numainville (Canada)
It was good. Lizzie was the strongest. I enjoyed myself. I missed a little bit of gas at the end. It was great to be part of the action. I was feeling fit and felt like I was part of the race. I missed a bit to make the front split but I am happy to be part of the action. Libby Hill was incredible. This is the best world's I have ever done. The crowd was so loud. World’s should be in America more often.
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (South Africa)
It was a really tough race. It was a race of attrition, every lap took its tool. It was important to save as much as we could until it really mattered. I feel I rode a great race. I did my best to stay calm and save as much as I could for the last two laps. I was right up there but what really cost me at the end of the day was small mistakes in positioning. It was tough coming into Libby Hill. There was a drag coming into it and that’s where you needed raw power. It was a full-on sprint into the Libby Hill every time. At the same time you needed to drop your gear for the climb. I wasn’t so badly positioned on Libby but then going into the 23rd street I took the wrong line and followed the wrong wheels and I had to chase before we hit Governor street and that’s what cost me. I gave it my all and it’s another race ticked off and now we move onto the next goals.