Guest blog: Tour Down Under – Stage 3: Forza Italia!

Gethin and Nikki are back with more race reporting – and there’ll be videos added below as they turn up

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It was a successful day for both Italian riders at Stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under as action moved back onto the road.  A tough 71km course from Tanunda in the heart of the Barossa Valley wine region, to Campbelltown on the outskirts of Adelaide whittled the peloton down to 9 riders at the finish as Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle) won the bunch sprint. The group contained race leader Valentina Scandolara (Orica AIS) who finished with the same time to make sure she retained the Blue Leader’s Jersey and put herself in an excellent position to take the GC after tomorrow’s final crit.

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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.

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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.

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Guest blog: Nikki and Gethin at Tour Down Under Stage 1

Huge thanks to our awesome friends Gethin and Nikki, who are blogging for us at the TDU – here’s their Stage 1 report, with photos, interviews and videos.

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Today saw Stage One of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under take place – a 59km road stage from Woodside on the outskirts of Adelaide to Murray Bridge, in true Aussie plain talking style, a town with a bridge over the Murray river!
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Guest blog: Gethin and Nikki preview the women’s Tour Down Under

It’s still road racing time in Australia, and we’re so lucky, our good friends Nikki and Gethin are down at the Tour Down Under, blogging for us – here’s their race preview!  Come back for more throughout the race, follow them on twitter and on their travel blog.

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We’re away travelling at the moment and more by luck than judgement we find ourselves in Australia at the height of their road racing season. At this time of year, most of Australia’s best riders are home from Europe & join the domestic riders for a number of events either side of the Aussie nationals – held last week in Ballarat, Victoria (a couple of hours from Melbourne).  We’d already blogged for Neutral Service about the Bay Crits in Melbourne, then we were delighted to discover that the Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide is also running a 4 stage women’s race alongside the UCI-rated men’s event. We’d already thought about going over and combining the men’s race with a couple of days indulging our inner wine-ponce in the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. The women’s race sealed the deal, so here we are in Adelaide….

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