Garfoot to debut green and gold jersey as defending champion at Santos Women’s TourWed 11 Jan 2017
2017 Australian champion Katrin Garfoot will debut her green and gold national champion’s jersey whilst wearing the number one bib at the Santos Women’s Tour starting on Saturday.
Garfoot claimed the time trial and road race national titles in Buninyong last week and will now return to racing to defend her title at the four-day race in Adelaide.
The 35-year-old Queenslander is joined by Amanda Spratt, who she narrowly beat for the Australian championship, and Jessica Allen who won the national criterium championship.
Recently crowned under-23 time trial and road race champion Alex Manly, 22-year-old Jenelle Crooks and Dutch star Annemiek van Vleuten complete the line up.
ORICA-SCOTT will start the race with overall ambitions, hoping to continue the streak that has seen them win the past three editions.
“We have a genuine shot at the overall,” sport director Gene Bates said. “Kat won last year and she is in even better form this year. Amanda Spratt is also there so we have two genuine contenders for the Tour.”
“We won’t target every stage, as we don’t have a pure sprinter in the team. Instead we will focus on stage one and three to set ourselves up for the overall.
“Given what we saw last week, and especially on the weekend, we want a hard race and we will certainly have to force that to happen, you can’t expect the Europeans to come across here and set the pace.”
The Santos Women’s Tour will have one of the strongest fields in history, but Bates said the belief within the ORICA-SCOTT line up should put them in good stead.
“There’s no question this year’s field has the most depth and the most talent of any of the editions so far and that is across the board, Australians and the internationals,” Bates said.
“But our team is really on a high, the staff and the riders. It has been an incredibly successful start to the year, one we’ve been hopefully of achieving for the past few years and this year it has come to fruition.
“In saying that, we won’t change the way we race, we will race to win.”
The Santos Women’s Tour will begin with a road stage from Hahndorf to Meadows on Saturday before joining up with the People’s Choice Classic for a criterium on Sunday. The penultimate road stage is a tough one on Monday before the race closes with the traditional circuit around Victoria Park.
ORICA-SCOTT at the Santos Women’s Tour (14-17 January):
Santos Women’s Tour – Race Details:
Saturday, 14 January: Stage 1, Hahndorf to Meadows, 106.5km
Sunday, 15 January: Stage 2, Adelaide, 32.2km
Monday, 16 January: Stage 3, Tanunda to Lyndoch, 92.4km
Tuesday, 17 Jannuary: Stage 4, Victoria Park, 1.2km circuit