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by Mark Zalewski
January 17, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chloe Hosking jumps up to top step of podium in hilly stage 3 of Santos Women’s Tour; Tour Down Under GC battle looms at Paracombe: ‘One of the hardest stages the TDU has seen’; Fractured clavicle ends Toon Aerts’ season; Riders react to Italian World Cup course; Wout van Aert shifts focus to world championship questionable for Hoogerheide; Fight for Giro d’Italia wildcard invite to be fierce; Pinarello responds to claims of intellectual property infringement; Vanmarcke reveals spring Classics programme; Devriendt has knee surgery; Video: 2017 Cylance Pro Cycling; The Road Less Traveled – Why do you ride gravel?; Steven Ceballos Urbano de Manizales jump.
Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini Galassia) stepped up to the top step of the podium in a hot and hilly stage of the Santos Women’s Tour as she turned the tables on yesterday’s winner Kirsten Wild (Cylance Pro Cycling) in a sprint to the line.
Rounding out the podium for stage 3 was Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM) while tour leader Amanda Spratt (Orica-Scott) came in safely with the front bunch, preserving her lead and making it extraordinarily unlikely that anyone else could pull back enough time to take the blue tour leader’s jersey from her in the final criterium stage. The young rider jersey also remained on Ruth Winder’s (UnitedHealthcare) back.
The 92 kilometre stage through the wine growing area of the Barossa in South Australia wasn’t as long or tough as the first stage, but the heat combined with a category three climb was enough to tear the field apart and make it a challenge for the sprinters to come to the end with the group. But it was one that some were up to. The final climb was less than 13 kilometres away for the finish line.
“I was just sucking in air over the climb and it was a matter of trying to recover as quickly as possible,” Hosking told Ella CyclingTips in a video interview.
“Then it was a bit of a waiting game between Kirsten Wild and I. We were sort of following each other, and then with about five kilometres to go I jumped on her wheel and I didn’t let it go until about 150 metres to go when I came around her.”
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