Williams third, Garfoot retains lead after second stage of Santos Women’s Tour

Sun 17 Jan 2016

Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic stage winner Lizzie Williams has sprinted to third place as teammate and race leader Katrin Garfoot finished strongly in seventh to retain her overall lead at the Santos Women’s Tour.

Williams hit the front into the final corner but was run down in the closing metres by the Wiggle High5 pair of Annette Edmondson and Chloe Hosking who claimed the top two spots on the podium.

Safely looking after herself, Garfoot got the better of her general classification competitors to retain the blue leader’s jersey into the penultimate day of racing.

“I was a bit overwhelmed at the finish,” Garfoot admitted. “I wasn’t in a great position, I lost Lizzie’s wheel, but I just made sure I rolled through with the other jersey wearers. We didn’t expect to keep the jersey but it’s great we did.”

“The crowd is amazing. It’s a good course, but it was pretty hectic with a lot of crashes so I never felt too comfortable.

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. Hills are much better for me.”

ORICA-AIS’ sport director Gene Bates said the team continued to work on their lead-out but that the signs were promising from Williams.

“It was a really good result for Lizzie,” Bates said. “I think there’s still a lot of room for improvement with our lead out but Lizzie is fast enough to be up there that’s for sure.”

“We weren’t too stressed about the jersey tonight, we know it’s going to hinge on tomorrow and we are really keen to make it a good show.”

The Santos Women’s Tour continues tomorrow with the longest day of the four-day Tour, a lumpy 100.8km road stage around Lyndoch.

How it happened:

It was a short and sharp evening of racing on stage two of the Santos Women’s Tour, as the peloton navigated 12laps of the 1.7kilometre criterium course in East End Adelaide.

Despite a number of efforts riders weren’t given much freedom to move off the front of the peloton outside of contesting for the intermediate sprints.

With the race destined for a bunch sprint, ORICA-AIS hit the front in the final lap as Chloe McConville worked to lead out sprinter Williams for the win.  Hitting out from the final corner Williams held on for third as the two Wiggle High5 riders launched over the top of her.