Georgia Williams has had a busy spring that has incorporated races at Ronde van Drenthe, Strade Bianche, Tour of Flanders, Dwars Door Vlaanderen and yesterday’s Fleche Wallonne Feminine. The World Tour race saw her form part of an Orica-SCOTT team that placed two riders in the top ten. Afterwards we got to catch up with the 23 year old.
RC: First of all a solid day for Orica-SCOTT with Annemiek Van Vleuten and Katrin Garfoot being up there in the finale. How happy are you with the way the race panned out today?
Georgia: Yeah it was a good day for us, we were after a podium but we were still happy with how we rode as team. We race Liege this Sunday so we’re hoping for a win there as it’s the last race of the classics season where we have had quite a few 2nd, 3rd and 4th places.
RC: This is a race that you’re well familiar with, with two previous outings here. Obviously this year with a new team, how do you feel that you’ve changed as a rider this year compared to previous years?
Georgia: Yeah this is my 3rd time racing Flèche, I do really like this race. It’s a lot different racing with Orica, my role is much more of a support rider. We go into the race with a set plan of who we are riding for. We have specific parts in the race where we have to do our own individual jobs. It’s really rewarding if your team mate that you’ve worked hard for all race is standing on the podium. Most of the girls in the team are older and more experienced so I’m learning lots. The girls are all so nice and we all get along really well so it’s good fun.
RC: Talk us through how the race panned out.
Georgia: The first 50km or so was pretty cruise-y, we knew a critical point would be at 65km where there was a major crosswind section. My job was to be at the front there and lead the team into it which worked well as the bunch split a lot here with us all remaining in the front of it all. My next major job was to attack at the bottom of a long climb with 30km to go and string it out for my teammate Amanda Spratt to attack over me. This blew the bunch up into lots of smaller groups with Annemiek and Katrin in front to try and finish off the job up the last two climbs.
RC: What are you hoping for from this next part of the season?
Georgia: I’m looking forward to the next part of the season as we get into some warmer weather and more stage races. I head to China for the Tour of Chongming Island at the start of May. After that we fly straight to Spain for a training Camp and I will stay on to race Bira Tour. I’m also hoping to race the Giro at the start of July but the team hasn’t been confirmed yet. A busy next few months coming up!