Western Australian Melissa Hoskins (Orica-AIS) sprinted to victory in Adelaide’s East End on stage 2 of the Santos Women’s Tour. Debuting her new Australian national criterium champion jersey, Kimberley Wells (High5 Dream Team) managed second place ahead of Adelaide local Nettie Edmondson (Wiggle Down Under) in third.

Race leader Valentina Scandolara (Orica-AIS) finished on bunch time to retain her six second advantage in the general classification. With the stage win today and second place on Saturday, Hoskins jumps up to second overall ahead of Lauren Kitchen (Roxsolt).

“I have an amazing team,” said Scandolara. “It’s never easy to keep the jersey, but with this team, it’s much easier. I was really confident because I trust my teammates 100%.”

“Keeping the jersey was the number one priority today,” said Hoskins. “It was the number one target. Anything else is a bonus. We’re pretty stoked.”

The familiar People’s Choice Classic circuit played host to the second stage of the Santos Women’s Tour. The women’s peloton were allotted 40 minutes around the 1.7 kilometre loop. Starting two hours before their male counterparts, the women treated the spectators crowded around the course to a blisteringly fast race.

Although a handful of riders made an effort to escape the stronghold of the bunch, the race stayed together from start to finish without even the slightest hint of a breakaway. With several of the stronger, more experience squads invested in a field sprint and a non-technical course, the outcome seemed somewhat inevitable.

“A few girls tried to attack but the course doesn’t lend itself to anyone getting away,” explained Hoskins. “We were so concerned with keeping the jersey that we weren’t going to let anyone go in a move that didn’t include us, and if we were in the move, the other teams weren’t really interested.”

“It wasn’t a negative race,” Hoskins added. “It was just a fast race. A lot of sprint teams wanted a sprint, too. Kimbers was keen for a sprint and so was Wiggle with Bronzini. They were looking for that opportunity, and I was looking for that opportunity, too.”

With the team’s focus largely on Scandolara, Hoskins would be left to fend for herself in the finale – yet her team was confident she could contend in the sprint.

“We wanted to deliver Mel as best we could to the finish and let her take care of herself from there,” said sport director Gene Bates. “She’s a good track rider, and she knows how to handle herself. We were confident that she’d have a good chance of getting the stage if we took her to the front with one kilometre to go.”

Ruth Corset (Total Rush) jumped between the final two corners, gaining a slight advantage over the field on the run to the line. The move inspired an early start to the sprint. Hoskins surged around the final corner.

“I got onto Lauren Kitchen’s wheel with 500 metres to go,” said Hoskins. “When Ruth attacked, it brought the sprint on early. I was sprinting from the last bend, which was 300 to go. There was a tailwind finish, and it was slightly downhill. You could hit out early and hang on – which I did.”

“I’m extremely happy with the team,” said Bates. “We wanted to start the season off strong, and we’re certainly doing that. The girls are really motivated, and it’s a really good vibe in the team. Back-to-back wins at the Tour Down Under is the perfect start for us.”

The women are back in action on Monday for what is expected to be the most decisive stage of the four day race. The 71km route between Tanunda and Campbelltown travels through the Adelaide hills. Like Saturday’s road race, stage 3 will likely be an aggressive day from start to finish.

“It will be harder tomorrow than today, but I think my job will be pretty much the same – be confident in my teammates and control the race,” said Scandolara. “We’re definitely going to try to keep the jersey, and we maybe will try to win the race, too – just like today.”

“We have a really classy rider in Valentina who can climb, sprint, time trial – the whole lot,” said Bates. “We’re confident that she can wrap up the whole thing.”

Stage 2 Result

Time/Gap Bonus
1. 34 Melissa HOSKINS (OGE) 32:25
2. 111 Kimberley WELLS (HFD) +0
3. 64 Annette EDMONDSON (WHT) +0
4. 75 Emily COLLINS (SUV) +0
5. 61 Giorgia BRONZINI (WHT) +0
6. 35 Lizzie WILLIAMS (OGE) +0
7. 182 Julia KALOTAS +0
8. 32 Valentina SCANDOLARA (OGE) +0
9. 82 Jessica HUSTON (WCV) +0
10. 54 Lauren KITCHEN (RXS) +0
11. 33 Amanda SPRATT (OGE) +0
12. 132 Kristy GLOVER (BSS) +0
13. 115 Georgia BAKER (HFD) +0
14. 1 Ruth CORSET (TRH) +0
15. 51 Tiffany CROMWELL (RXS) +0
16. 113 Jessica MUNDY (HFD) +0
17. 72 Stephanie LORD (SUV) +0
18. 21 Jenelle CROOKS (SPS) +0
19. 183 Nicole WHITBURN +0
20. 31 Loes GUNNEWIJK (OGE) +0
21. 81 Rebecca MACKEY (WCV) +0
22. 133 Tayla EVANS (BSS) +0
23. 45 Rachel NEYLAN (BCS) +0
24. 85 Amanda NABI (WCV) +0
25. 23 Elizabeth DOUEAL (SPS) +0
26. 44 Lydia RIPPON (BCS) +0
27. 104 Kirsten HOWARD (SNS) +0
28. 84 Erin KINNEALY (WCV) +0
29. 101 Angela SMITH (SNS) +0
30. 13 Shannon MALSEED (HWC) +0
31. 131 Taryn HEATHER (BSS) +0
32. 43 Amy CUNDY (BCS) +0
33. 141 Allison RICE (CBR) +0
34. 175 Isabelle BECKERS +0
35. 4 Laura VAINIONPAA (TRH) +0
36. 125 Lisa KEELING (BRT) +0
37. 53 Carlee TAYLOR (RXS) +0
38. 55 Lucy MARTIN (RXS) +0
39. 102 Ella FALZARANO (SNS) +0
40. 11 Lucy COLDWELL (HWC) +0
41. 184 Joanne HOGAN +0
42. 134 Brittany LINDORES (BSS) +0
43. 41 Minda MURRAY (BCS) +0
44. 135 Lucy BECHTEL (BSS) +0
45. 163 Prudence ROTHWELL (BNG) +0
46. 144 Laura DARLINGTON (CBR) +0
47. 92 Stacey RIEDEL (USG) +0
48. 52 Loren ROWNEY (RXS) +0
49. 172 Danielle MCKINNIREY +0
50. 24 Verita STEWART (SPS) +0
51. 25 Jasmine MCMILLAN (SPS) +0
52. 14 Laurelea MOSS (HWC) +6
53. 83 Carley MCKAY (WCV) +6
54. 12 Miranda GRIFFITHS (HWC) +6
55. 15 Ruby GREIG-HURTIG (HWC) +6
56. 142 Alexandria NICHOLLS (CBR) +6
57. 112 Rebecca WIASAK (HFD) +6
58. 152 Narelle HARDS (EOC) +6
59. 94 Naima MADLEN DIESNER (USG) +6
60. 65 Chloe HOSKING (WHT) +6
61. 63 Eileen ROE (WHT) +6
62. 73 Gina RICARDO (SUV) +6
63. 145 Natalie REDMOND (CBR) +6
64. 114 Kendelle HODGES (HFD) +6
65. 22 Anna-Leeza HULL (SPS) +6
66. 151 Victoria VEITCH (EOC) +6
67. 124 Crystal WEMYSS (BRT) +6
68. 153 Lucy BARKER (EOC) +6
69. 93 Merridy PEARCE (USG) +6
70. 173 Chloe MORAN +6
71. 121 Rachel WARD (BRT) +6
72. 122 Gemma ANSELL (BRT) +6
73. 154 Holly RANSON (EOC) +6
74. 103 Hollee SIMONS (SNS) +6
75. 181 Amalie WINTHER OLSEN +15
76. 164 Justyna LUBKOWSKI (BNG) +15
77. 2 Bridie O’DONNELL (TRH) +15
78. 62 Emilia FAHLIN (WHT) +15
79. 42 Emma PANE (BCS) +15
80. 71 Marissa MADDEN (SUV) +15
81. 95 Hannah GEELAN (USG) +15
82. 91 Michelle APOSTOLOU (USG) +1:49
83. 123 Nicole MOERIG (BRT) +1:49
84. 155 Nusha KERIN (EOC) +3:49
85. 162 Elizabeth HALL (BNG) +3:49
86. 165 Jessica LANE (BNG) +4:49
87. 105 Sara MILLS (SNS) +5:49
  • Average speed of the winner: 44.1 km/h
  • Number of starters: 87

General Classification

After Stage 2

Time/Gap
1. 32 Valentina SCANDOLARA (OGE) 1h55:22
2. 34 Melissa HOSKINS (OGE) +6
3. 54 Lauren KITCHEN (RXS) +6
4. 35 Lizzie WILLIAMS (OGE) +6
5. 111 Kimberley WELLS (HFD) +6
6. 1 Ruth CORSET (TRH) +6
7. 33 Amanda SPRATT (OGE) +6
8. 31 Loes GUNNEWIJK (OGE) +6
9. 82 Jessica HUSTON (WCV) +6
10. 21 Jenelle CROOKS (SPS) +6
11. 45 Rachel NEYLAN (BCS) +6
12. 81 Rebecca MACKEY (WCV) +6
13. 141 Allison RICE (CBR) +6
14. 131 Taryn HEATHER (BSS) +6
15. 52 Loren ROWNEY (RXS) +6
16. 184 Joanne HOGAN +6
17. 115 Georgia BAKER (HFD) +11
18. 65 Chloe HOSKING (WHT) +12
19. 12 Miranda GRIFFITHS (HWC) +12
20. 24 Verita STEWART (SPS) +16
21. 51 Tiffany CROMWELL (RXS) +20
22. 13 Shannon MALSEED (HWC) +20
23. 11 Lucy COLDWELL (HWC) +20
24. 61 Giorgia BRONZINI (WHT) +42
25. 132 Kristy GLOVER (BSS) +42
26. 75 Emily COLLINS (SUV) +42
27. 64 Annette EDMONDSON (WHT) +42
28. 23 Elizabeth DOUEAL (SPS) +42
29. 113 Jessica MUNDY (HFD) +42
30. 133 Tayla EVANS (BSS) +42
31. 44 Lydia RIPPON (BCS) +42
32. 53 Carlee TAYLOR (RXS) +42
33. 85 Amanda NABI (WCV) +42
34. 101 Angela SMITH (SNS) +42
35. 175 Isabelle BECKERS +42
36. 84 Erin KINNEALY (WCV) +42
37. 144 Laura DARLINGTON (CBR) +42
38. 125 Lisa KEELING (BRT) +42
39. 142 Alexandria NICHOLLS (CBR) +48
40. 22 Anna-Leeza HULL (SPS) +48
41. 153 Lucy BARKER (EOC) +48
42. 114 Kendelle HODGES (HFD) +48
43. 151 Victoria VEITCH (EOC) +48
44. 63 Eileen ROE (WHT) +48
45. 121 Rachel WARD (BRT) +48
46. 154 Holly RANSON (EOC) +48
47. 172 Danielle MCKINNIREY +52
48. 14 Laurelea MOSS (HWC) +53
49. 62 Emilia FAHLIN (WHT) +57
50. 2 Bridie O’DONNELL (TRH) +57
51. 123 Nicole MOERIG (BRT) +2:05
52. 152 Narelle HARDS (EOC) +2:15
53. 134 Brittany LINDORES (BSS) +3:10
54. 135 Lucy BECHTEL (BSS) +3:10
55. 15 Ruby GREIG-HURTIG (HWC) +3:16
56. 183 Nicole WHITBURN +3:24
57. 55 Lucy MARTIN (RXS) +3:24
58. 41 Minda MURRAY (BCS) +3:24
59. 94 Naima MADLEN DIESNER (USG) +3:24
60. 112 Rebecca WIASAK (HFD) +3:30
61. 4 Laura VAINIONPAA (TRH) +4:13
62. 104 Kirsten HOWARD (SNS) +5:20
63. 73 Gina RICARDO (SUV) +5:26
64. 124 Crystal WEMYSS (BRT) +5:26
65. 83 Carley MCKAY (WCV) +5:31
66. 173 Chloe MORAN +5:31
67. 122 Gemma ANSELL (BRT) +5:34
68. 103 Hollee SIMONS (SNS) +5:53
69. 42 Emma PANE (BCS) +6:02
70. 72 Stephanie LORD (SUV) +6:09
71. 163 Prudence ROTHWELL (BNG) +6:14
72. 91 Michelle APOSTOLOU (USG) +7:09
73. 155 Nusha KERIN (EOC) +9:14
74. 165 Jessica LANE (BNG) +9:40
75. 182 Julia KALOTAS +16:03
76. 43 Amy CUNDY (BCS) +16:03
77. 102 Ella FALZARANO (SNS) +16:03
78. 92 Stacey RIEDEL (USG) +16:03
79. 25 Jasmine MCMILLAN (SPS) +16:03
80. 145 Natalie REDMOND (CBR) +16:09
81. 93 Merridy PEARCE (USG) +16:09
82. 71 Marissa MADDEN (SUV) +16:18
83. 181 Amalie WINTHER OLSEN +16:18
84. 164 Justyna LUBKOWSKI (BNG) +16:18
85. 95 Hannah GEELAN (USG) +16:18
86. 162 Elizabeth HALL (BNG) +19:52
87. 105 Sara MILLS (SNS) +21:52

Sprint Classification

After Stage 2

1. 64 Annette EDMONDSON (WHT) 12 pt
2. 54 Lauren KITCHEN (RXS) 9
3. 34 Melissa HOSKINS (OGE) 7
4. 32 Valentina SCANDOLARA (OGE) 5
5. 111 Kimberley WELLS (HFD) 3
6. 113 Jessica MUNDY (HFD) 3
7. 23 Elizabeth DOUEAL (SPS) 2
8. 33 Amanda SPRATT (OGE) 1
9. 31 Loes GUNNEWIJK (OGE) 1
10. 75 Emily COLLINS (SUV) 1

Intermediate Sprints

Lap 6 Sprint

1. 64 Annette EDMONDSON (WHT) 5 pt
2. 54 Lauren KITCHEN (RXS) 3
3. 113 Jessica MUNDY (HFD) 2
4. 33 Amanda SPRATT (OGE) 1

Finish Lap Sprint

1. 34 Melissa HOSKINS (OGE) 5 pt
2. 111 Kimberley WELLS (HFD) 3
3. 64 Annette EDMONDSON (WHT) 2
4. 75 Emily COLLINS (SUV) 1

Mountains Classification

After Stage 2

1. 52 Loren ROWNEY (RXS) 15 pt
2. 54 Lauren KITCHEN (RXS) 8
3. 32 Valentina SCANDOLARA (OGE) 7
4. 34 Melissa HOSKINS (OGE) 7
5. 35 Lizzie WILLIAMS (OGE) 3
6. 65 Chloe HOSKING (WHT) 2
7. 31 Loes GUNNEWIJK (OGE) 1
8. 61 Giorgia BRONZINI (WHT) 1

Hill Climbs

Lap 4 KOM

1. 52 Loren ROWNEY (RXS) 5 pt
2. 34 Melissa HOSKINS (OGE) 3
3. 54 Lauren KITCHEN (RXS) 2
4. 32 Valentina SCANDOLARA (OGE) 1

Lap 8 KOM

1. 52 Loren ROWNEY (RXS) 5 pt
2. 35 Lizzie WILLIAMS (OGE) 3
3. 34 Melissa HOSKINS (OGE) 2
4. 32 Valentina SCANDOLARA (OGE) 1

Stage Awards

Stage Aggressor

34 Melissa HOSKINS (OGE)

Teams Stage Result

Time/Gap
1. OGE Orica – AIS (34, 35, 32) 1h37:15
2. HFD High5 Dream Team (111, 115, 113) +0
3. WCV Wormall Civil CCS Cycling Team (82, 81, 85) +0
4. RXS Roxsolt (54, 51, 53) +0
5. BSS Bicycle Superstore (132, 133, 131) +0
6. BCS Building Champions Squad (45, 44, 43) +0
7. SPS Specialized Securitor (21, 23, 24) +0
8. SNS Subaru NSWIS NKC Team (104, 101, 102) +0
9. WHT Wiggle Down Under (64, 61, 65) +6
10. SUV SUVelo Racing (75, 72, 73) +6
11. HWC Holden Women’s Cycling Team (13, 11, 14) +6
12. CBR CBR Women’s Cycling (141, 144, 142) +6
13. BRT Boss Racing Team (125, 124, 121) +12
14. USG Unified Solutions Group (92, 94, 93) +12
15. TRH Total Rush Hyster (1, 4, 2) +15
16. EOC EMBA – Ozone Cleaning Specialists (152, 151, 153) +18
17. BNG Bikebug-NextGen (163, 164, 162) +4:04

Teams General Classification

After Stage 2

Time/Gap
1. OGE Orica – AIS 5h46:18
2. RXS Roxsolt +20
3. HWC Holden Women’s Cycling Team +40
4. WCV Wormall Civil CCS Cycling Team +42
5. HFD High5 Dream Team +47
6. SPS Specialized Securitor +52
7. BSS Bicycle Superstore +1:18
8. CBR CBR Women’s Cycling +1:24
9. WHT Wiggle Down Under +1:24
10. BRT Boss Racing Team +1:40
11. EOC EMBA – Ozone Cleaning Specialists +2:12
12. BCS Building Champions Squad +4:00
13. TRH Total Rush Hyster +5:04
14. SNS Subaru NSWIS NKC Team +11:37
15. SUV SUVelo Racing +12:05
16. USG Unified Solutions Group +24:41
17. BNG Bikebug-NextGen +31:00

NRS Teams Aggregate

Standings after 2015 Santos Women’s Tour Stage 2

1. HFD High5 Dream Team 3 pt
1. RXS Roxsolt 3
3. HWC Holden Women’s Cycling Team 2
3. WCV Wormall Civil CCS Cycling Team 2
5. BCS Building Champions Squad 1
5. BNG Bikebug-NextGen 1
5. BRT Boss Racing Team 1
5. BSS Bicycle Superstore 1
5. CBR CBR Women’s Cycling 1
5. SNS Subaru NSWIS NKC Team 1
5. SPS Specialized Securitor 1
5. SUV SUVelo Racing 1
5. TRH Total Rush Hyster 1
5. USG Unified Solutions Group 1

NRS Aggregate

Standings after 2015 Santos Women’s Tour Stage 2

1. 34 Melissa HOSKINS (OGE) 4 pt
2. 32 Valentina SCANDOLARA (OGE) 3
3. 111 Kimberley WELLS (HFD) 2
3. 54 Lauren KITCHEN (RXS) 2
5. 64 Annette EDMONDSON (WHT) 1