It’s been a big year of growth for Georgia Williams in 2018, and 2019 will see the national road race and time trial champion remain in Mitchelton-Scott colours as she continues to ply her trade in one of the most successful teams in world cycling.

 

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With 25 wins under their belt in 2018, Mitchelton-Scott have easily been one of the most successful outfits of the season.  Three World Tour stage races, the Emakumeen XXXI. Bira, the Boels Ladies Tour and the Giro Rosa have all gone their way along with success at the World Championships for Annemiek van Vleuten who was crowned world time trial champion for the second year running.

Georgia Williams’ year has been clad in the fern, after her breakthrough victories in Napier in January saw her clinch a famous double of road race and time trial titles, accolades that had previously been so near and yet so far away.

“It was such a proud feeling racing in my jersey every race I did and even everyday wearing it when I headed out training.  It was a reminder of the hard work I put in to get that jersey and a bit of extra motivation,” Georgia said in a team announcement. 

It’s been a year of massive highs and massive lows for Williams in 2018.  It began with the nationals and progressed to the Herald Sun Tour where third in the individual time trial landed Williams with 5th overall and a great warm up to what was set to be a busy European season.  After a classics campaign that included 18th in Strade Bianche Williams and the New Zealand women’s team produced a sublime performance to push the Aussies all the way on the Gold Coast; with the national champion claiming the silver medal in the Commonwealth Games.

Georgia Williams (left) took a well earned silver on the Currumbin Beachfront, the biggest result of her career so far, supported by the New Zealand team, photo Guy Swarbrick

4th overall – along with 5th and 9th in stages 2 and 3 – at Emakumeen XXXI Bira was one of the Williams’ stand out performances for the team and all indications were that the Kiwi would be one of the key players in Mitchelton-Scott’s campaign for overall glory in the Giro Rosa; until a crash put a stop to the momentum for what turned out to be a couple of months.

“My lows were my crash at the end of June, fracturing my pubis, hip and sacrum.  This also forced me out of the Giro which was pretty hard as I was excited to race there and play a key supportive role,” Williams said.

A period of uncertainty followed, in which Williams was unsure whether she’d even get to line up for the World Championships in Innsbruck.  We’re grateful she did though as Williams produced the ride of her life in the individual time trial to finish 11th on one of the most testing courses of recent times.

“I feel like I managed to finish the season with a high as I surprised myself to finish just out of the top 10 in the ITT at Worlds.  A couple weeks before the race I wasn’t even planning on racing as I didn’t think I was in good enough form after my mid-season injury.  So it was a real roller coaster,” Williams explained.

Williams has signed a new contract with Mitchelton-Scott which will keep her with the outfit through 2019.  It looks like the team has proven to be the perfect fit for Williams and as she sets her sights on the successful defence of both national titles in just over 7 weeks time she does so knowing that she’s part of an outfit that’s as committed to her as she is to them.  

“I feel so comfortable and happy in the team, everyone works hard but also likes to have fun.  The team is supportive in helping me achieve my goals as well as the support I got off the bike this year when I was injured,” Williams said.  “I think this is a really important balance and is a key to our success this year.  I’m excited for an even better 2019!”

 

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