Kirsten Wild wins Cadel Evans Australia day criterium

Dutchwoman bests Hosking on Albert Park F1 circuit

Race Melbourne officials had to review finish line photos to declare Kirsten Wild (Cylance) the winner of Race Melbourne, the Australia Day circuit race in Melbourne's Albert Park. The Dutchwomen hit the finish line alongside Australian Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini). Neither celebrated. They too needed the photo finish to know who had won.

"I felt like my wheel was maybe first, but it was really, really close," Wild said in a post-race video interview. "She was coming with a bit more speed from the back. It was really dangerous. I think if it was one metre more, she would have won."

The Albert Park Formula 1 circuit played host to the Towards Zero Race Melbourne on Thursday. The fast 5.2-kilometre lap is so flat that race organisers didn’t even bother including a course profile in the technical guide. The women's peloton completed 12, for 63.6-kilometres in total.

Attacks began on the second lap with Specialized Women sending riders up the road. The peloton was quick to respond, and no splits materialised.

UnitedHealthcare were amongst the main aggressors in the laps that followed, repeatedly putting pressure on the peloton on the backside of the course. Holden Women's Cycling, Hagens Berman-Supermint and Drops also got in on the attacking action. Their collective efforts were negated by teams intent on a field sprint.

The race was altogether when the women's peloton received the bell. Wild and her teammates were grouped together in the back of the field as they powered across the line for the start of the final loop around the circuit.

"With two kilometres to go, we went to the front," Wild explained. "It was Dani [King], Marta Taglioferro and me. When we went to the front, we decided to go full gas out of the last corner to try to pass everybody"

Tagliferro sprinted through the final corner with Wild on her wheel. Canyon//SRAM lined up its train outside and to the left of the Alé Cipollini pair.

"I tried to pass on the left side, and it was all or nothing," said Wild. "Then I saw Chloe coming from the right, and all I could think was push the wheel first to the finish line."

Her wheel reached the line first by millimetres. A bike length back, Lisa Brennauer (Canyon//SRAM) rounded out the podium.

Wild's win in Albert Park is the third victory of her Australian summer campaign. She also won two sprint stages of the Santo Women’s Tour, where she finished third overall.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling1:28:06 
2Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé Cipollini  
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
4Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High5  
5Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
6Peta Mullens (Aus) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
7Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
8Anna Trevisi (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
9Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
10Gretchen Stumhofer (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
11Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
12Elizabeth Williams (Aus) Hagens Berman | Supermint  
13Kristina Clonan (Aus) High5 Dream Team  
14Grace Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5  
15Chloe Dygert (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
16Jessica Lane (Aus) Maaslandster Veris CNN International Cycling Team  
17Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Drops Cycling Team  
18Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing  
19Abigail Van Twisk (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
20Lauretta Hanson (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
21Amy Cure (Aus) Wiggle High5  
22Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Maaslandster Veris CNN International Cycling Team  
23Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) High5 Dream Team  
24Erin Kinnealy (Aus) Holden Women's Cycling Team  
25Desiree Ehrler (Sui) Maaslandster Veris CNN International Cycling Team  
26Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
27Beth Ann Orton (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
28Winanda Spoor (Ned) Lensworld-Kuota  
29Nina Marie Laughlin (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
30Amanda Jamieson (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
31Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Drops Cycling Team  
32Jessica Pratt (Aus) High5 Dream Team  
33Minda Murray (Aus) Rush  
34Ivy Audrain (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
35Rebecca Womersley (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
36Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) Sho-Air Twenty20  
37Matilda Raynolds (Aus) Rush  
38Jaime Gunning (Aus) Holden Women's Cycling Team  
39Mikayla Harvey (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
40Taryn Heather (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
41Julie Leth (Den) Wiggle High5  
42Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing  
43Shannon Malseed (Aus) Holden Women's Cycling Team  
44Danielle King (GBr) Cylance Pro Cycling  
45Sofia Arreola (Mex) Sho-Air Twenty20  
46Georgia Catterick (NZl) Team Illuminate  
47Katharine Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
48Kristy Glover (Aus) Rush  
49Lucy Kennedy (Aus) High5 Dream Team  
50Ruby Livingstone (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
51Grace Anderson (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
52Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Holden Women's Cycling Team  
53Tsubasa Makise (Jpn) Maaslandster Veris CNN International Cycling Team  
54Grace Brown (Aus) Holden Women's Cycling Team  
55Starla Teddergreen (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
56Sharlotte Lucas (NZl) New Zealand National Team  
57Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro Cycling  
58Romy Kasper (Ger) Alé Cipollini  
59Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5  
60Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé Cipollini  
61Kate Mcilroy (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
62Sophie Mckay (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
63Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica Scott Women  
64Chloe Moran (Aus) High5 Dream Team  
65Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Alé Cipollini  
66Ayla Rudgley (Ned) Maaslandster Veris CNN International Cycling Team  
67Christel Van Loo (Ned) Maaslandster Veris CNN International Cycling Team  
68Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
69Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle High5  
70Leah Thomas (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
71Anna Christian (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
72Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
73Carlee Taylor (Aus) Alé Cipollini0:00:20 
74Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica Scott Women0:00:21 
75Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica Scott Women0:00:23 
76Mieke Kroger (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:48 
77Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing0:00:57 
78Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint0:01:00 
79Tayler Wiles (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:01:17 
80Lauren Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
81Ella Scanlon-Bloor (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:01:19 
82Ellen Skerritt (Aus) Rush  
83Lucy Bechtel (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:01:47 
84Emma Pooley (GBr) Holden Women's Cycling Team0:01:50 
DNFKate Perry (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
DNSTessa Fabry (Aus) High5 Dream Team  
DNSJustine Barrow (Aus) Rush  

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