photo credit @ Orica-AIS
Orica-AIS continued their winning ways, after Melissa Hoskins won stage two of this year’s Santos Women’s Tour today – beating national criterium champion Kimberly Wells (High5 Dream Team) and track Commonwealth Games champion Annette Edmondson (Wiggle Down Under), in a sprint finish in Adelaide.
Meanwhile, her teammate Valentina Scandalora held onto the overall race lead by six seconds with two stages to come.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been able to throw the hands in the air, so I’m pretty stoked to be able to start the season off on such a good run,” Hoskins said after her win.
“We were looking to protect the leader’s jersey, that was our number one priority from the start and the race was so fast that nobody was getting away,” she added.
“A lot of teams didn’t want anything to go up the road either, and they wanted a bunch kick. There were a couple of sprinters who wanted to have a go before tomorrow, so for us it was actually an easy day in the office until the last two laps.”
Loren Rowney (Roxsolt) extended her lead in the King of the Mountain classification, taking the two intermediate points. In the points classification, Edmondson has started to build a lead after winning the intermediate sprint half-way through the race.
1 Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica-AIS 0:32:25
2 Kimberley Wells (Aus) High Five Dream Team
3 Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle Honda
4 Emily Collins (Nzl) SUVelo Racing
5 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda
6 Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica-AIS
7 Julia Kalotas (Aus)
8 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica-AIS
9 Jessica Huston (Aus) Wormall CCS Cycling Team
10 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) RoXSolt
11 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS
12 Kristy Glover (Aus) Bicycle Superstore
13 Georgia Baker (Aus) High Five Dream Team
14 Ruth Corset (Aus) Total Rush Hyster
15 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) RoXSolt
16 Jessica Mundy (Aus) High Five Dream Team
17 Stephanie Lord (Aus) SUVelo Racing
18 Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Specialized Securitor
19 Nicole Whitburn (Aus)
20 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS
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