Kate McIlroy and Grace Anderson are two stars for New Zealand over in Aussie as the two of them rose to prominence in today’s stage 2 of the Santos Women’s Tour. McIroy’s 5th on the stage was good enough for her to climb to 5th overall, while Anderson’s 11th overall is enough for her to be the overnight leader in the best young rider’s classification.
Stage 2 of the 2018 Santos Women’s Tour was a tough and trying 102km from Lyndoch to Mengler’s Hill. The uphill finish would try all comers with a number of significant time gaps growing over the course of the day. The climb would have been the crunch point of the race, but the wet and windy conditions played their part in equal measure long before the climb proper kicked in. UniSA and Mitchelton-SCOTT were particularly aggressive in the crosswinds tearing the field up before the 3km uphill finish.
The final climb saw seven riders in contention at the front of the field with three Mitchelton-SCOTT riders, Lucy Kennedy, Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt along with UniSA-Australia’s Katrin Garfoot, Cylance Pro Cycling’s Lauren Stephens, Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank’s Shannon Malseed and Specialized Women’s Racing’s Kate McIlroy who’d just come away from finishing fifth in the women’s road race at the National Championships last weekend.
Behind them came a group of Kiwis including New Zealand National Team members Grace Anderson and Mikayla Harvey as well as Team Virtu Cycling Women’s Linda Villumsen and Specialized Women’s Racing’s Sharlotte Lucas.
On the line it was Katrin Garfoot who was able to out-sprint Lucy Kennedy and take the win with Amanda Spratt third. Kate McIlroy completed the top five and moved up from 28th to 5th while Anderson’s 11th place across the line was enough for her to leap from 4th to 1st in the young rider classification, 12 seconds ahead of Abigail van Twisk of Trek-Drops and 14 seconds up on Mikayla Harvey.
Linda Villumsen crossed the line 14th, with Mikayla Harvey 17th and Sharlotte Lucas 20th.