Grace Anderson leads the best young rider's classification by 1.12mins with one day to go, photo Ernesto

Grace Anderson has taken a commanding best young rider’s lead in the first stage of the Women’s Herald Sun Tour.  The New Zealand National Team rider placed in the bunch in the difficult 123.5km opening stage of the race, which saw Brodie Chapman run away with the win ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten.

After taking the best young rider’s classification at the Santos Women’s Tour Anderson’s pedigree has certainly come into the spotlight on an international scale, but there appears so far that there’s simply nothing anyone can do about it!  The opening stage of the race would surely have been just her cup of tea, with two tricky climbs to contend with before the mad rush to the finish line in Healesville.

The race broke up significantly on day 1 and punished several riders, with 12 riders dropping out of the race on the opening day.  While Van Vleuten and Chapman escaped the rest of the field and contested the win, 1.02mins back a group containing Linda Villumsen of Team Virtu Cycling Women, Georgia Williams of Mitchelton-Scott, Kate McIlroy and Sharlotte Lucas of Specialized Women’s Racing and Grace Anderson all came to the finish line together in a large peloton.  Notably though for Anderson, she was the only rider in the young rider classification there, with the next – Jeanne Korevaar – 1.12mins further back.

It puts Anderson in a commanding position going forward and we look forward to how today’s final stage unfolds to see if Anderson can make it a second best young rider’s win in Australia.

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