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Garfoot wins at Santos Women’s Tour, UKAD faults British Cycling: Daily News Digest
MENGLER’S HILL, Australia (CT) – The winds whipped up, the rain came down and the gradient turned up on the second stage of the Santos Women’s Tour. Adding to the force of nature was a determined Mitchelton-Scott, putting on the pressure at any opportunity as the peloton wound their way through the Barossa.
However, no one could stop an in-form Katrin Garfoot (UniSA-Australia), who fought off the combination of Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott) and defending champion Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) after the trio rode off the front of a reduced group on the way up the climb. Garfoot crested the final hill with Kennedy on her wheel but managed to shake her off as it flattened out on the final run into the line. Spratt finished eight seconds back in third on the 101.2 kilometre stage from Lyndoch to Mengler’s Hill.
The dual 2017 World Road Championships medallist, Garfoot, is now heading into the final road stage with the Ochre leaders jersey on her back … and as always a big target. The next three spots on the general category are taken by Mitchelton-Scott riders, with Kennedy 4 seconds back, Spratt at 14 and Annemiek van Vleuten at 25 seconds.
The second stage was always going to be a tough and pivotal day, with the first summit finish for the 2.1 ranked tour on the cards. But with the pace being wound up right from the first climb of Whispering Wal,l barely over 10 kilometres in, riders were yo-yoing on and off the bunch all day. Time after time Mitchelton-Scott used the hills and cross winds to apply pressure to the field to try and chip away at the strong national team around Garfoot. They wanted strength in numbers to try and find some way to wear down their former teammate and 2016 tour winner.
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