Garfoot wins Stage 2 Santos WTDU


Katrin Garfoot has snatched the lead of the Santos Women's Tour Down Under with a convincing win atop Mengler's Hill at the end of a rain soaked 102-kilometre stage through the Barossa.

Garfoot, riding for UniSA-Australia, was dominant on the final climb edging out Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-SCOTT) with Kennedy's team mate and 2017 Tour champion, Amanda Spratt, eight seconds back in third place.

The result puts Garfoot into the Santos Ochre Leader's Jersey by four seconds from Kennedy, with Spratt at 14 seconds behind in third.

The race set off from Lyndoch on Friday morning with light rain falling, but conditions worsened with the peloton battling strong cross-winds and, at times, heavy rain.

Mengler's Hill was the second Subaru Queen of the Mountain contest of the day and her win put Garfoot on 18 points, six clear of Kennedy.

Kate McIlroy (NZL) from Specialized Women's Racing sits third on 11 points after she claimed the first Subaru Queen of the Mountain contest at the Whispering Wall in Williamstown, 37 kilometres into the stage, ahead of Dutch riders Roxane Knetemann (Ale Cipollini) and Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton Scott).

Overnight race leader Annette Edmondson (Wigle-High5) was more than a minute off the pace at the end of the stage but remains in the lead in the sprinter's classification after placing third in the only intermediate sprint of the day at Greenock.

New Zealand's Linda Villumsen of Team Virtu Cycling won that sprint ahead of Australian Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini).

The #seesouthaustralia Best Young Rider classification is being led by Grace Anderson of Vantage New Zealand who is placed eleventh overall, 54 seconds off the race lead.

Eighty four riders remain in the race and will contest tomorrow's stage 3 which is a 112km route from The Bend Motorsport Park to Hahndorf.

The world’s best are contesting four stages from Thursday to Sunday, with the event’s new UCI 2.1 ranking prompting longer, tougher race routes and additional new-season points on offer.


Credit TDU