Amanda Spratt has won the first stage of the Santos Women’s Tour.  Spratt of Orica-Scott took the stage 19 seconds ahead of Janneke Ensing of Alé Cipollini with Katie Hall of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling third across the line.  Kate McIlroy was first of the Kiwis to cross the line with Georgia Williams also in the top 20.

The first stage of this year’s Santos Women’s Tour, granted UCI 2.2 status, took the field 106.5km from Hahndorf to Meadows.  The stage would be a rolling one with a gradual downhill section taking the field to around the 65km mark before rolling towards the climb of Paris Creek Road.  The climb would likely lure a breakaway with just a short dash downhill taking the field to the finish line from there.

After 20km of racing Kate Perry of Specialized Women’s Racing took off up the road to attempt a breakaway but by the time the first sprint point had come into view the field were together again with Chloe Hosking taking the first sprint.  35km done and the field were still altogether but shortly afterwards Louise Lobigs of Holden Women’s Cycling, Ellen Skerrit of Rush Womens Team and Kate Perry again attacked; only to again be brought back to the pack.

Orica-Scott were in control but Specialized Women’s Racing were trying to attack with Lucy Bechtel also distancing the bunch in the company of Beth Ann Orton of Hagens Berman Cycling briefly.  But on the final climb it became clear that Amanda Spratt was going to be hard to beat.  Spratt was strong as the climb began to bite with Rushlee Buchanan of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling and Janneke Ensing of Alé-Cipollini in her company.  But Buchanan was shaken off while Ensing too lost contact with Spratt approaching the summit of the climb.

Approaching the summit of the climb Spratt’s advantage was slight, but she was able to make it count as she established a lead of 19 seconds by the time she reached the finish line.  Ensing was able to hold on for second place while a large group of riders arrived home just behind Katie Hall.  Alexis Rya of Canyon SRAM took fourth, while Danielle King of Cylance Pro Cycling completed the top five.

Kate McIlroy of Specialized Women’s Racing arrived home in 16th place on the stage, while Georgia Williams of the New Zealand National Team and Rushlee Buchanan of UnitedHealthcare crossed the line 18th and 22nd respectively.


Stage results:

Pos. Rider Team Nation Time


Amanda Spratt Orica-SCOTT AUS 2.51.01


Janneke Ensing Alé Cipollini NED +0.19


Katie Hall UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling USA +0.59


Alexis Ryan Canyon SRAM Racing USA +1.01


Danielle King Cylance Pro Cycling GBR ST


Katrin Garfoot Orica-SCOTT AUS ST


Alice Barnes Drops Cycling Team GBR ST


Peta Mullens Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling AUS ST


Ruth Winder UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling USA ST


Lauren Kitchen WM3 Energie AUS ST


Kate McIlroy Specialized Women’s Racing NZ ST


Georgia Williams New Zealand National Team NZ ST


Rushlee Buchanan UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling NZ ST


Amanda Jamieson Maaslandster Veris CCN NZ +2.33


Mikayla Harvey New Zealand National Team NZ ST


Georgia Catterick New Zealand National Team NZ ST


Racquel Sheath New Zealand National Team NZ +2.57


Madeleine Park New Zealand National Team NZ ST


Bryony Botha New Zealand National Team NZ +10.37


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