Race report

Strong team performance with Nicholas Roche 2nd in final Digital Swiss 5 Race

Digital Swiss 5

The final day of racing at the Digital Swiss 5 saw the peloton faced with a difficult day in the virtual Swiss mountains. Climbing from the gun the pace was high and riders were soon spread out all over the mountain.

Continuing the rich vein of form that the team had showed in the previous four days; Chris Hamilton, Jai Hindley and Nicholas Roche were all to the fore on the opening slopes. Cresting the first climb of the day all three riders were well positioned in the top ten and on the descent they made movements further up the order.

Roche was hot on the tail of Race 1 winner Dennis and the two riders entered battle yet again on the final climb. Despite closing in on Dennis in the finale, Roche was unable to topple him, having to settle for a brilliant and hard-fought second place on the line. Behind, Hamilton showed that he measured his effort perfectly, taking his third fourth place finish of the week while series debutant Hindley claimed a very respectable sixth place finish.

Second place on the day Roche said: “I can’t say that I enjoyed it although I did; I’m sure a lot of the other guys in the bunch will recognise that feeling. It was fun. It was good to support the team and the sponsors in these events and really commit and give it my all. Rohan was always going to be the hardest man to beat. Today I really felt the last two races as well, I dug a lot deeper than the other days. I think it was a good effort from the whole team over the five races and it was good to see everyone commit.”

After making his debut, Hindley had this to say: “That was pretty cooked, I’m pretty buckled now. It was hard. I knew Nicholas was the guy to watch all day as he’s been super consistent all week so I just tried to stick around him. It was basically just an hour full gas in the end.”