High5 Dream Team’s Chloe Moran has sprinted to third place on Stage 2
of the 2017 Tour of the South West, narrowly being beaten home by Sophie
Mackay (Specialized Women’s Racing) and Macey Stewart (TIS Racing
For Moran, it was her first time on the podium as a member of the High5
Dream Team, in just her fourth National Road Series event.
‘I’m really happy to get my first ever National Road Series podium,
it came down to the wire and I think there were a few things I could’ve
done differently that could’ve changed the result, and as a team
collectively we’ve all come away with some things to improve on going
into the next stage.’
‘The conditions played a big part in the race today, there were strong
winds and some rain which made for a bit of gutter action! There were a
couple of times the High5 Dream Team tried to get a split going, with
really strong riding from Em and Ruby, but I think some of the other
teams wanted to keep it together so nothing got away during the
‘In the end, it came down to a bunch sprint, it was a pretty hectic
finish and I think I got myself a bit caught and when I finally went for
the sprint it was that little bit too late to get the win. I haven’t
raced much NRS before; going in I was a bit unsure of where I was at so
today was a good indicator of what I can work on going forward.’
With the team riding to protect Sam de Riter for a sprint finish, the
plan had to be changed out on the road due to a mechanical issue that
put de Riter out of the race. Thanks to some quick thinking, Moran was
able to take responsibility for the team’s result.
‘Initially, the plan was to ride for Sam but she had an unfortunate
mechanical early in the race, putting her out for the day.
Unfortunately, we didn’t really get a lead out going which is something
to look to improve in other races but with Sam gone, it was up to me to
try to go for the sprint.’
With one stage to go, a 40 minute criterium in Peterborough, the High5
Dream Team are looking to end the tour on a high.
‘We’ve got a few options to play tomorrow depending on how the race
unfolds and what the conditions are like, so we’ll have to see when it
comes down to it but hopefully, the team can get a good result to finish
the tour,’ concluded Moran.
In the morning Stage 1 time trial, wet and wild conditions synonymous
with the Tour of the South West greeted the riders for the early morning
Tessa Fabry was the highest placed High5 Dream Team rider, finishing 9th
in a time of 17:36.04. After Stage 2, Fabry is the highest placed rider
on the team, currently 10th on General Classification, 35 seconds behind
race leader Lisen Hockings with one stage remaining.