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Hanson’s nationals ride seals slot on UniSA Team for Santos Tour Down Under

by Simone Giuliani

Kat Garfoot pictured enjoying the huge crowd at the second stage of the 2016 Santos Women’s Tour.

Lauretta Hanson has clinched the final spot on the women’s UniSA-Australia Santos Women’s Tour Down Under team, rounding out the national squad’s team of six.

It was a tough roster to get on. The team that looks well positioned to pose a threat to Mitchelton-Scott’s dominance of the four-day tour boasts a number of the nation’s big name riders – including World Championship silver medallist Katrin Garfoot.

The 23-year-old Hanson earned her position on the team with a feisty ride to take 8th at Australia’s Fed Uni Road National Championships on Sunday.

Hanson is a regular crit racer with US-based team UHC Pro Cycling, but with a proven ability to go long – really long. At 20 she was the winner of the first women’s Melbourne to Warrnambool, a classic 277 kilometre race along the south west of the state of Victoria.

Along with Garfoot, Hanson will be riding alongside Shara Gillow (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine), Rachel Neylan (Movistar), Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM Racing) and Lauren Kitchen (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine) at the South Australian tour.