Guest blog: Gethin and Nikki at the Tour Down Under – Stage 2
Our friends Nikki and Gethin are out in Adelaide, and sending us daily reports from the women’s Tour Down Under. Thank you so much! I’ll be adding any videos of the day’s stage to the bottom of the post as I find them.
Action moved to the 2km long city centre Crit course in Rymill Park, central Adelaide for Stage 2 of the Santos Women’s Tour. The women were sharing the stage with the People’s Choice Classic – the traditional curtain raiser for the men’s event which followed on immediately afterwards, so benefited from much bigger crowds than at Stage 1 yesterday.
It was another great day for Orica AIS as Mellisa Hoskins beat out Kimberly Wells of High 5 Dream Team. The bunch sprint meant that Valentina Scandolara retained the leader’s jersey that she gained in an attack-fest Stage 1.
The race started 5 minutes early, confusing spectators and crowds alike, most thinking the start was parade lap. With the course being pancake flat, it was surprising to hear that the first sprint was in fact for KOM points – it was won by Loren Rowney. Nettie Edmondson took the first intermediate sprint and Rowney took the overall KOM lead by taking the second KOM sprint (confused? We were!).
With all these intermediate sprints in a 14 lap race there was no chance for a breakaway to develop. The bunch stayed together for the whole race and it was no surprise that the race came down to a bunch sprint – Hoskins beat out Wells (High 5) for the win with Nettie Edmondson (Wiggle) completing the podium
Leader: Valentina Scandelora (Orica AIS)
Sprint: Annette Edmondson (Wiggle)
Mountains: Loren Rowney (Roxsolt)
Postponed today due to a wine tasting trip earlier in the day!
I’ll add any videos into this post as I find them – in the meantime, keep following the race through the #TDUwomen hashtag on twitter, where there are links to other reports, other photos and more.
Wiggle Honda’s video:
Specialized-Securitor’s Stage 2 video