Kennedy active before Williams sprints to fourth in the final WorldTour race of the seasonSun 21 Oct 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT women wrapped up their 2018 season today at the final Women’s WorldTour race in China, the Tour of Guangxi.
New Zealand champion Georgia Williams just missed out on the podium after sprinting to fourth place after Mitchelton-SCOTT were active throughout the final one-day race.
Kennedy climbs away
The peloton faced challenging wet conditions from the start of the day but on wide open roads, the bunch remained together until Mitchelton-SCOTT decided to pick up the pace heading into the bottom of the main series of climbs for the day.
This set up team climber Kennedy who attacked away solo towards the top of the first Queen of the Mountain. She was shortly joined by one rider, Elena Pirrone (Astana), and the pair worked to open up a one minute lead over the bunch.
Duo drawn in
On the second QOM, the peloton reduced with many riders dropped and two more riders attacked and successfully bridged across to join the leaders. Eventually the breakaway was caught by the reduced front group of around 30riders.
With plenty of attacks in the final, including more from Kennedy, the day finished with a reduced bunch sprint were Williams sprinted into fourth spot to round up the 2018 season for Mitchelton-SCOTT women.
“it was a long race, but with mostly such flat roads it was quick. The conditions were pretty awful, but we were fully expecting that so it wasn't a surprise and the roads weren't as slippery as I thought they might be.
“The climbs were just steady, not particularly long or hard, so we knew I'd have to go hard from the start to get a gap. The whole team did a great lead in to the first one allowing me to attack right at the bottom and get away immediately. One other Astana girl came across after the first climb and she gave me a bit of help in between the climbs.
"I'm not surprised it came back with such a long way to go afterwards on flat roads, but it allowed the others to follow wheels and forced other teams to chase.”
Tour of Guangxi results:
1. Arlenis Sierra (Astana) 3:40:12
2. Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) ST
3. Sara Mustonen (Experza-Footlogix) ST
4. Georgia Williams (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
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