13 Ene Santos Women’s Tour Preview
International cycling back at Radelaide
The city of Radelaide is once again the epicentre of not only international cycling (Santos Women’s Tour, People’s Choice Classic, Tour Down Under as well as several festival and sportive events) but also women’s cycling hosting a new edition of Santos Women’s Tour, with an increasing number of international teams and riders participating in the four-day stage race.
The third edition of the Santos Women’s Tour is held from Saturday, January 14th until Tuesday, January 17th. Riders will have to cover approximately 270 kilometres throughout four stages. As in the two previous editions of the race the course comprises of two road stages (around Adelaide Hills) and two criterium-stages in Adelaide.
Australian team Orica-Scott (formerly sponsored as Orica-AIS) will try to extend its winning strike, having won the previous two editions of the race with Italian rider Valentina Scandolara and Australian national champion Katrin Garfoot. Similarly to the previous editions of the race, the newly crowned Australian champion Katrin Garfoot will show her brand new jersey, taking part in the race as the defending champion.
From Saturday, January 14th until Tuesday, January 17th
1st stage: Hahndorf – Meadows 106.5km Local Time: 11:00-13:40 approx. (UTC +10:30)
The first and hardest stage of this edition begins in Hahndorf. Riders will have to cover a relatively undulating 80-kilometre section before heading to the main difficulty of both the stage and the race, Paris Creek Road Climb. A 14-kilometre gentle climb at an average 2% gradient with the final 700 metres on double-digit gradients that will likely make the first important differences for the GC.
Our favourite: Dani King Our outsider: Carlee Taylor
2nd stage: Adelaide – Adelaide 32.2km Local Time: 17:45-18:25 approx. (UTC +10:30)
The cyclist will take 14 laps to the 2.3-kilometre People’s Choice Classic circuit ahead of the men preview race of the Santos Tour Down Under. A regular stage at Santos Women’s Tour that has been only by riders from the Australian endurance track team (Melissa Hoskins in 2015 and Nettie Edmondson in 2016). Will they continue the winning strike?
Our favourite: Chloe Hosking Our outsider: Nettie Edmondson
The second and final road stage of the 2017 edition will start in Tanunda. Riders will cover a short loop around Tanunda before heading to Lyndoch, where they will have to cover two laps to the final 25-kilometre circuit that includes Whispering Wall and Williamstown climb as its main difficulties. The stage will likely end with a reduced bunch sprint.
Our favourite: Amanda Spratt Our outsider: Małgorzata Jasinska
4th stage: Victoria Park, Adelaide – Victoria Park, Adelaide: 1 hour+2 laps from 6:30-7:40pm approx. (UTC +10:30)
The regular final installment of Santos Women’s Tour. Once again a great opportunity for the fastest riders of the peloton.
Our favourite: Kirsten Wild Our outsider: Lauretta Hanson
Favourites & Outsiders
Out favourite: Dani King
Our outsider: Tiffany Cromwel
Previous edition (Santos Women’s Tour 2016)
Australian rider Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS) won the previous edition of the Santos Women’s Tour, after winning its first stage and maintaining the leader jersey throughout the rest of the race. Garfoot finished ahead of American rider Shelley Olds (Cylance) and Australian Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products), who completed the podium finishing second and third respectively.
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