Trek-Segafredo Women win Race Melbourne

Lepisto the top sprinter in points-based criterium

Trek-Segafredo Women came out on top in the Toward Zero Race Melbourne on Thursday, guided to victory by sprinter Lotta Lepistö.

In a new format for the mid-week criterium event that precedes Saturday's Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Lepistö was the top point-scorer across five staged sprints on the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, with Ruth Winder helping to seal the title for the new Trek-Segafredo outfit. 

The riders completed 12 laps of the 5.3km track, with sprints at the end of laps 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12. Each sprint carried points for the top eight across the line, stretching to the top 10 on the final finish line sprint. 

Lepistö, who was forced to miss the Tour Down Under due to illness, didn't cross the line first on any occasion but scored points at every sprint - including three second places - to top the individual sprint classification. It was a close contest with Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cipollini), who won the second and last sprints but did not place on sprint four. Lepistö finished on 58 points, with Hosking on 56, while Arlenis Sierra (Astana) was a distant third on 31.

While Ale-Cipollini were more of a one-woman band, Trek-Segafredo ran away with the main title thanks to Ruth Winder, who was consistent across all the sprints and finished as the fifth-highest points scorer. Trek-Segafredo finished on 90 points, with Ale-Cipollini second on 63 and Astana third on 37.

"It was hard! I am from Finland, and there it is now -22 degrees (Celsius), so yeah, the heat played a big factor for me today, especially since I haven't been racing here in the hot weather. I was exploding after every sprint today because of the heat," Lepistö said.

"The team was outstanding, and helped a lot, and Ruth (Winder) was amazing, also taking a lot of the points, and that put us in a good place to win the individual race and the team race."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trek-Segafredo Women90 pts
2Ale Cipollini63 
3Astana Women's Team37 
4Mitchelton - Scott28 
5Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank28 
6Bepink25 
7Rally UHC Cycling21 
8CCC-Liv16 
9Swapit-Agolico12 
10Specialized Women's Racing8 
11Australian Cycling Team-Kordamentha7 
Intermediate sprint 1 - lap 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rachele Barbieri (Ita) BePink15 pts
2Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo Women12 
3Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini10 
4Matilda Raynolds (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing8 
5Allison Beveridge (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women6 
6Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo Women4 
7Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women2 
8Alison Jackson (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank1 
Intermediate sprint 2 - lap 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini15 pts
2Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo Women12 
3Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women10 
4Allison Beveridge (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women8 
5Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipollini6 
6Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team4 
7Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team2 
8Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women1 
Intermediate sprint 3 - lap 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alison Jackson (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank15 pts
2Paola Andrea Muñoz Grandón (Chi) Swapit-Agolico12 
3Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo Women10 
4Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women8 
5Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini6 
6Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team4 
7Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women2 
8Georgia Whitehouse (Aus) Australian Cycling Team-Kordamentha1 
Intermediate sprint 4 - lap 10
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team15 pts
2Alison Jackson (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank12 
3Rachele Barbieri (Ita) BePink10 
4Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women8 
5Allison Beveridge (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women6 
6Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo Women4 
7Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women2 
8Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini1 
Finish line sprint
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini25 pts
2Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo Women20 
3Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women15 
4Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team12 
5Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv10 
6Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women8 
7Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Australian Cycling Team-Kordamentha6 
8Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC-Liv4 
9Agnieszka Skalniak (Pol) CCC-Liv2 
10Sara Bergen (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women1 
Individual sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo Women58 pts
2Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini56 
3Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team31 
4Alison Jackson (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank28 
5Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women28 
6Rachele Barbieri (Ita) BePink25 
7Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women20 
8Allison Beveridge (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women20 
9Paola Andrea Muñoz Grandón (Chi) Swapit-Agolico12 
10Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv10 
11Matilda Raynolds (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing8 
12Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women8 
13Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Australian Cycling Team-Kordamentha6 
14Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team6 
15Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipollini6 
16Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC-Liv4 
17Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo Women4 
18Agnieszka Skalniak (Pol) CCC-Liv2 
19Sara Bergen (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women1 
20Georgia Whitehouse (Aus) Australian Cycling Team-Kordamentha1 
21Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini1 

 

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