Georgia Williams brought her 2018 Herald Sun Tour to a close in style when she took third place in the closing 1.6km individual time trial behind Katrin Garfoot and Williams’ teammate, stage winner and world champion Annemiek van Vleuten.
It’s been great watching Georgia Williams’ success that is taking place over an increasingly diverse range of disciplines with Mitchelton-Scott. There has been the individual time trial and road race crowns at the Elite Road National Championships that have gone her way, but here was something different. This was 1.6km of pure power over a tight and technical street course that left no room for error. To do well against the clock here Williams needed to be foot to the floor all the way through. Track prowess would come in handy, and we all know she has a bit of that.
“It’s definitely a track distance race and I still have a bit of the track power in my legs so that definitely helped,” Williams said in a post-race interview. “I definitely wasn’t expecting that. I was hoping to get in the top ten but to get on the podium is awesome and it’s super special to wear my jersey.”
Williams finally finished 5th overall, 1.07mins behind race winner Brodie Chapman who laid the groundwork for the overall win with her stage 1 triumph. Van Vleuten claimed second place with Alé Cipollini’s Chloe Hosking third overall.
“It’s a shame we didn’t win the race overall but having two on the podium [on Tuesday] is really cool.”