Santos Women’s Tour: Orica-AIS dominates third stage

Lizzie Williams during the 2016 Santos Women's Tour

by Anne-Marije Rook


It was a hot day in the saddle for day three of the Santos Women’s Tour, and with 100.8 kilometers to be completed, it was the longest of the tour.

The race around Lyndoch saw various attacks and when a seven-rider breakaway got away on the second time around the 25.2-kilomtere circuit, it looked promising with Orica-AIS, Cylance Pro Cycling and WiggleHigh5 all represented.

Stage 3 was a long scorcher of a day.
Stage 3 was a long scorcher of a day.

(c) Tim Bardsley-Smith
(c) Tim Bardsley-Smith

The break was caught but Orica-AIS was on the attack again. At the start of the final lap it was Australian national champion, Amanda Spratt, who went on a long solo attack and a six-rider chase group formed behind her. The peloton let the break and Spratt dangle for a while before giving chase.

(c) Tim Bardsley-Smith
Amanda Spratt went on a Herculean solor attack (c) Tim Bardsley-Smith

Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM) and Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Product) burned a lot of matches trying to get Spratt back and when they did, it seemed like today’s stage would finish with a group sprint among the breakaway riders.

The Chase (c) Tim Bardsley-Smith
The Chase (c) Tim Bardsley-Smith

But, after two-and-an-hours in the saddle, Lizzie Williams (Orica-AIS) launched a late but successful attack and crossed the finish line solo, 19 seconds ahead of teammate and GC leader Katrin Garfoot and Lauren Kitchen in third.

(c) Tim Bardsley-Smith
(c) Tim Bardsley-Smith

“Spratty was just a workhorse out the front, dangling like a rabbit. She allowed us to sit on the whole time and ultimately I had the energy to go with about four kilometres to go. That’s teamwork,” said Lizzie Williams after the race.

With today’s results, Garfoot retains the overall lead of the tour but four other riders –Lauren Kitchen, Shelley Olds (Cylance Pro Cycling) and Dani King (Wiggle High5) — are on equal time. With only one stage remaining, tomorrow’s evening criterium at Victoria Park promises to be an exciting one.

The stage 3 podium: Katrin Garfoot, Lizzie Wiliams and Lauren Kitchen. (c) Tim Bardsley-Smith
The stage 3 podium: Katrin Garfoot, Lizzie Wiliams and Lauren Kitchen. (c) Tim Bardsley-Smith

Katrin Garfoot and the Orica-AIS team hold onto the leader's jersey for one more day (c) Tim Bardsley-Smith
Katrin Garfoot and the Orica-AIS team hold onto the leader’s jersey for one more day (c) Tim Bardsley-Smith

(c) Tim Bardsley-Smith
(c) Tim Bardsley-Smith

Stage 3 was a long scorcher of a day.
Stage 3 was a long scorcher of a day.

(c) Tim Bardsley-Smith
(c) Tim Bardsley-Smith

Rnk Rider Team Time
1
WILLIAMS Lizzie Orica - AIS
Orica - AIS 02:45:17
2
GARFOOT Katrin Orica - AIS
Orica - AIS 0:19
3
KITCHEN Lauren Hitec Products
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Rnk Rider Team Time
1
GARFOOT Katrin Orica - AIS
Orica - AIS 05:49:06
2
KITCHEN Lauren Hitec Products
Hitec Products 0:00
3
OLDS Shelley Cylance Pro Cycling
Cylance Pro Cycling ,,
Rnk Rider Team Time
1
HANSON Lauretta Colavita/Bianchi
Colavita/Bianchi 05:54:02
2
MALSEED Shannon
0:00
3
MUNDY Jessica
1:36
Rnk Rider Team Time
1
ROWE Danielle Wiggle High5
Wiggle High5 0:00
2
GARFOOT Katrin Orica - AIS
Orica - AIS ,,
3
KINNEALY Erin
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Rnk Rider Team Time
1
Orica - AIS
Orica - AIS
2
Cylance Pro Cycling
Cylance Pro Cycling ,,
3
Wiggle High5
Wiggle High5 ,,

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