Valentina Scandolara was thrilled to take a career-first general classification win.

Photo gallery: Highlights from the 2015 Santos Women’s Tour

by Jessi Braverman

Valentina Scandolara (Orica-AIS) won the inaugural Santos Women’s Tour in Adelaide on Tuesday. She launched a late race attack on the opening stage between Woodside and Murray Bridge that gave her a small advantage over the peloton on the run-in to the finish. The Italian managed to hold off the peloton to pocket a stage win and a six second advantage. She would wear the race leader’s jersey from start to finish, taking the first general classification win of her young career.
Melissa Hoskins gave Orica-AIS further reason to celebrate when she took out the second stage of the race and moved into second overall. She would finish second on stage 3 to Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Down Under). The former two-time world champion won a small group sprint in Campbelltown to deliver Wiggle’s first and only win over four stages.
Adelaide’s Victoria Park played host to the final day of the event. The women’s field put on a show for the crowd estimated at 4,000. Hoskins handily beat out Bronzini to the line. Scandolara rounded out the stage podium, confirming her overall win.
The gallery that follows includes some of our favourite images from photographer Con Chronis and tells the story of the stage race as it unfolds.

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