Garfoot grabs first Santos Women’s Tour jersey with stage 1 win

Sat 16 Jan 2016

2016 Australian time trial champion Katrin Garfoot has claimed victory on the opening stage of the Santos Women’s Tour in Adelaide today.

Garfoot escaped with a group of seven in the final ten kilometres of the 95km race around Mt Torrens and surprised her breakaway companions with a long launch to the line to secure the win.

“I think it was a surprise because they knew I was the worst sprinter and I knew that too,” Garfoot admitted. “I just had to do something to at least try.”

“We banked on the move going on the last lumpy ten kilometres. I got away with a group of girls, all of them sprinters, so I wasn’t too happy with that situation.

“With 500metres to go I went for it, I went from last wheel and I don’t think they expected that.”

ORICA-AIS sport director Gene Bates said the team had tried to break up the racing to drop the sprinters but commended Garfoot on her strategy in the final.

“We wanted to make it hard from the mid-way point and the girls worked really well to try to break it up,” Bates said.

“It was touch and go. If it was a sprint she was running fifth out of five but to Kat's credit, she had a think about it and hit them at a perfect time and won the stage.”

The Santos Women’s Tour continues tomorrow with a 1.7km criterium circuit prior to the men’s People’s Choice Classic.

How it happened:

The Santos Women’s Tour kicked off the racing action in Adelaide with a lumpy road circuit around Mt Torrens.

The race stayed together for the first of five 19kilometre laps before Charlotte Lucus (Holden Racing) escaped and rode out to a 25second advantage on the second lap.

As the peloton rolled through to complete their third lap the race was largely back together and about to begin in earnest.

ORICA-AIS was active on the penultimate lap, counter-attacking in attempt to break up racing but it wasn’t until the final ten kilometres that a move got away.

Garfoot escaped with six for company, but recogising the quality of sprinters in the group the 34-year-old attacked with 500metres to go to surprise her companions for the victory.

Santos Women’s Tour – Stage 1 and Overall Results:

1.     Katrin Garfoot (OGE) 2:35:12
2.     Shelley Olds (CPC) ST
3.     Danielle King (WHT) ST