Chloe Hosking outsprints Kirsten Wild to Santos Women's Tour stage 3 win

Amanda Spratt remains race leader with one day left to race

Two intermediate sprint wins proved only a warm-up for Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini), who came out on top in a drag race to the line in Lyndoch out Monday. The Australian outsprinted Santos Women's Tour stage two winner Kirsten Wild (Cylance Pro Cycling) to take out the third stage of the four-day Australian tour.

"[Wild] probably started her sprint with 175 [metres] to go," Hosking told a small group of reporters, including Cyclingnews, before podium presentations. "I was able to power over her. I'm really happy with that. This is a lot more reminiscent of real road race, a 93 kilometre stage, rather than a 40-minute criterium.

"It's only January but to start off with a win already this early in the season is really great, especially for the Cipollini team," Hosking added. "I asked Fortunato [Lacquaniti], our manager, when he said we were coming to these races, knowing I wouldn't be in form: 'What do you think?' and he said: "A stage win would do.'"

Hosking survived two ascents of the Whispering Wall, a kilometre-long climb with a maximum grade around eight percent, to remain in contention for the stage win. A 37-strong selection formed over the top of the second time up the climb, 15 kilometres from the finish.

"When we came to the climb the first time, I was fairly sure that it was going to stay together," said Hosking. "I told Janneke [Ensing] and Carlee [Taylor] not to be on the front because even a kilometre faster on a hill is hard for me. I told them to keep it easy on the climb so that they could stay with me and bring it back if needed.

"As it turned out, I got over the climb and I think then it was a waiting game between Wild and I," Hosking explained. "She was following my wheel, and then she found her teammates and I jumped on her wheel.

"I learned my lesson from Worlds," Hosking added. "I followed her wheel and I didn't let anyone on it."

Race leader Amanda Spratt finished safely within the the front group to remain atop the general classification. There was no change to the top three on Monday, and Spratt heads into the final stage, an hour-long criterium, with a comfortable buffer of 19-seconds over Ensing in second place and 50-seconds over Wild in third overall.

"There's still another day, another hour, but this was the big one to get through," Spratt told journalists, including Cyclingnews, following podium. "We're definitely happy to have kept the jersey now and very hopeful we can keep it tomorrow."

How it happened

The women’s peloton set off from Tanunda under a blazing late morning sun. Cooler temperatures during the opening two stages of the race had given way to the heat for which Adelaide in January is known. With temperatures in the mid-thirties (Celsius), the race jury allowed extended feeding.

Ivy Audrain (Hagens Berman Supermint) launched the first attack of the day at six kilometres, but the move was swiftly shut down. Five kilometres later, Erin Kinnealy (Holden) managed to gain a gap with staying power.

With much of the peloton occupied with feeding shortly after Kinnealy’s escape, the lone leader was able to gain a maximum advantage approaching the two-minute mark before an Orica-Scott controlled peloton began to give chase. Three minutes down on the general classification Kinnealy never represented a threat to Spratt’s overall lead.

“Still we didn’t want to let that gap get out too far,” said Spratt. “The team rode so well. They controlled the whole way.”

Kinnealy still had 40-seconds over the peloton when she reached Lyndoch for the first time The first two passage of the line at 41.8 kilometres did double duty as intermediate sprints. Points toward the sprint jersey but no bonus seconds were on offer.

Kinnealy scooped up three points as Hosking outsprinted Lauren Kitchen (NSWIS Sydney Uni) for second.

“The girls did an amazing lead-out for the first intermediate sprint,” said Hosking. “Obviously that’s something we really want to work on through the season. We tried to get it going yesterday but fell a bit short. It was really cool to see it come together in the first intermediate sprint.”

Ten kilometres separated the first time up Whispering Winds from the first intermediate sprint. With Kinnealy’s gap dwindling, Kirsten Howard (NSWIS Sydney Uni) attacked, hoping to bridge and perhaps launch herself further up the road, but a lift in pace spelled escape over for the two out front.

A handful of riders crashed at the base of the Whispering Wall. All were able to remount their bikes. The climb decimated the back of the peloton but didn’t prove particularly selective at the front. Ensing led the front group across the QOM.

“Because the climb was only a kilometre, a kilometre-and-a-half long, the sprinters can sort of suffer over that,” said Hosking. “When it was raced how it was the first time up, you sort of got a good idea that it would come down to a smaller bunch sprint.”

Sixty riders survived the first selection and headed toward Lyndoch for the second passage of the finish line.

Lucy Bechtel (Specialized Women) and Ann-Sophie Duyck (Drops) went on the attack, but with the second intermediate sprint approaching, their advantage was short-lived. Hosking picked up maximum sprint points ahead of Kitchen and teammate Davia Tuslaite.

The second time up Whispering Wall further split the front group. Ensing again set the pace over the top. Having won both QOM primes, Ensing earned herself the Queen of the Mountain jersey she had won during the last two stages on loan from Spratt.

Orica-Scott assumed control of the pace ten kilometres from the finish.

“We got to the top of the climb, and there were a few attacks,” said Spratt. “We really wanted to try to nullify that – to make a presence on the front and ensure we could keep the jersey.

“We had Kat [Garfoot], Annemiek [van Vleuten] and Jenelle [Crooks] left at that stage,” Spratt added. “They got on the front. There was a bit of a crosswind there, which helped, and they basically team time trialled all the way until 1 kilometres to go when we knew it was safe.”

Santos Women’s Tour continues in Adelaide’s Victoria Park on Tuesday night with the final stage criterium.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini2:21:56 
2Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling  
3Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing  
4Peta Mullens (Aus) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
5Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) High5 Dream Team  
6Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing  
7Chloe Dygert (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
8Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Drops Cycling  
9Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling  
10Julie Leth (Den) Wiggle High5  
11Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
12Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) Sho-Air Twenty20  
13Kate Mcilroy (NZl) Specialized  
14Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
15Lauren Kitchen (Aus) NSWIS Sydney Uni  
16Leah Thomas (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
17Amanda Jamieson (NZl) Maaslandster Veris CCN  
18Justine Barrow (Aus) Rush  
19Danielle King (GBr) Cylance Pro Cycling  
20Georgia Williams (NZl) NZ National Team  
21Nina Laughlin (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
22Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Drops Cycling  
23Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-Scott  
24Mikayla Harvey (NZl) NZ National Team  
25Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-Scott  
26Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
27Tayler Wiles (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
28Katharine Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
29Ruth Corsett (Aus) Rush  
30Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-Scott  
31Madeline Wright (Aus) Specialized  
32Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro Cycling  
33Carlee Taylor (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
34Lucy Kennedy (Aus) High5 Dream Team  
35Shannon Malseed (Aus) Holden  
36Janelle Crooks (Aus) Orica-Scott  
37Emma Pooley (GBr) Holden  
38Kristy Glover (Aus) Rush0:01:26 
39Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini  
40Kirsten Howard (Aus) NSWIS Sydney Uni  
41Lucy Bechtel (Aus) Specialized  
42Jaime Gunning (Aus) Holden  
43Abigail Van Twisk (GBr) Drops Cycling  
44Georgia Catterick (NZl) NZ National Team  
45Emily Roper (Aus) High5 Dream Team  
46Davia Tuslaite LTH Ale Cipollini  
47Mayuko Hagiwari (Jpn) Wiggle High5  
48Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
49Verena Eberhardt (Aut) Maaslandster Veris CCN0:01:36 
50Starla Teddergreen (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
51Ashlee Ankudinoff (Aus) NSWIS Sydney Uni  
52Gretchen Stumhofer (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
53Desiree Ehrler (Swi) Maaslandster Veris CCN  
54Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Maaslandster Veris CCN  
55Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
56Bryony Botha (NZl) NZ National Team  
57Narelle Hards (Aus) Mercedes Adelaide Blackchrome  
58Tsubasa Makise (Jpn) Maaslandster Veris CCN  
59Racquel Sheath (NZl) NZ National Team  
60Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
61Mieki Kroger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
62Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
63Amy Cure (Aus) Wiggle High5  
64Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5  
65Victoria Veitch (Aus) Mercedes Adelaide Blackchrome  
66Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
67Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica-Scott  
68Grace Brown (Aus) Holden  
69Grace Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5  
70Anna Christian (GBr) Drops Cycling  
71Lauren Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
72Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High5  
73Ella Bloor (Aus) Specialized  
74Ellen Skerrit (Aus) Rush  
75Lauretta Hansen (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:04:54 
76Rebecca Womersley (GBr) Drops Cycling  
77Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
78Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica-Scott  
79Kate Perry (Aus) Specialized0:09:24 
80Verita Stewart (Aus) Specialized0:09:58 
81Kristina Clonan (Aus) High5 Dream Team  
82Gina Ricardo (Aus) NSWIS Sydney Uni  
83Rebecca Carter (GBr) Mercedes Adelaide Blackchrome  
84Chloe Moran (Aus) High5 Dream Team  
85Hayley Jones (GBr) Mercedes Adelaide Blackchrome  
86Ivy Audrain (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
87Erin Kinnealy (Aus) Holden  
88Sofia Arreola-Navarro (Mex) Sho-Air Twenty20  
89Beth-Ann Orton (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
90Bridie O'Donnell (Aus) Rush  
91Winanda Spoor (Ned) Rush  
92Emma Roberts (Aus) NSWIS Sydney Uni  
93Nicola Macdonald (Aus) NSWIS Sydney Uni  
94Holly Ranson (Aus) Mercedes Adelaide Blackchrome  
95Carley Mckay (Aus) Maaslandster Veris CCN  
96Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:11:49 
DNFTessa Fabry (Aus) High5 Dream Team  
Sprint 1 - Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Erin Kinnealy (Aus) Holden6 pts
2Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini4 
3Lauren Kitchen (Aus) NSWIS Sydney Uni2 
Sprint 2 - Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini6 pts
2Lauren Kitchen (Aus) NSWIS Sydney Uni4 
3Davia Tuslaite LTH Ale Cipollini2 
Sprint 3 - Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch (Stage Finish)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini10 pts
2Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling8 
3Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing6 
4Peta Mullens (Aus) Hagens Berman / Supermint4 
Mountain 1 - Wispering Wall, Williamstown (Cat 3)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini12 pts
2Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-Scott8 
3Peta Mullens (Aus) Hagens Berman / Supermint4 
4Danielle King (GBr) Cylance Pro Cycling1 
Mountain 2 - Wispering Wall, Williamstown (Cat 3)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini12 pts
2Georgia Williams (NZl) NZ National Team8 
3Emma Pooley (GBr) Holden4 
4Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-Scott1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sho-Air Twenty207:05:48 
2Drops Cycling  
3UnitedHealtcare Pro Cycling Team  
4Cylance Pro Cycling  
5Ale Cipollini  
7High5 Dream Team0:01:26 
10NZ National Team  
12Canyon SRAM Racing0:01:36 
13NSWIS Sydney Uni0:03:02 
14Wiggle High5  
15Hagens Berman / Supermint0:03:12 
16Maaslandster Veris CCN  
17Mercedes Adelaide Blackchrome0:13:10 
General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-Scott5:56:54 
2Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:00:19 
3Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:50 
4Lauren Kitchen (Aus) NSWIS Sydney Uni0:00:55 
5Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:00:57 
6Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-Scott0:00:59 
7Katharine Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
8Peta Mullens (Aus) Hagens Berman / Supermint0:01:00 
9Danielle King (GBr) Cylance Pro Cycling  
10Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling0:01:01 
11Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Drops Cycling  
12Kate Mcilroy (NZl) Specialized  
13Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing  
14Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
15Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Drops Cycling  
16Leah Thomas (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
17Georgia Williams (NZl) NZ National Team  
18Justine Barrow (Aus) Rush  
19Ruth Corsett (Aus) Rush  
20Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing  
21Carlee Taylor (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
22Janelle Crooks (Aus) Orica-Scott  
23Lucy Kennedy (Aus) High5 Dream Team  
24Tayler Wiles (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
25Shannon Malseed (Aus) Holden  
26Emma Pooley (GBr) Holden  
27Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro Cycling0:01:47 
28Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-Scott0:02:05 
29Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini0:02:26 
30Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) High5 Dream Team0:02:33 
31Amanda Jamieson (NZl) Maaslandster Veris CCN  
32Mikayla Harvey (NZl) NZ National Team  
33Julie Leth (Den) Wiggle High5  
34Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) Sho-Air Twenty20  
35Nina Laughlin (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
36Madeline Wright (Aus) Specialized  
37Kirsten Howard (Aus) NSWIS Sydney Uni0:03:13 
38Mayuko Hagiwari (Jpn) Wiggle High5  
39Anna Christian (GBr) Drops Cycling0:03:41 
40Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini0:03:59 
41Kristy Glover (Aus) Rush  
42Davia Tuslaite LTH Ale Cipollini  
43Georgia Catterick (NZl) NZ National Team  
44Jaime Gunning (Aus) Holden  
45Lucy Bechtel (Aus) Specialized  
46Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
47Gretchen Stumhofer (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:04:09 
48Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
49Grace Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5  
50Ashlee Ankudinoff (Aus) NSWIS Sydney Uni  
51Victoria Veitch (Aus) Mercedes Adelaide Blackchrome  
52Ella Bloor (Aus) Specialized  
53Ellen Skerrit (Aus) Rush0:04:12 
54Abigail Van Twisk (GBr) Drops Cycling0:04:23 
55Emily Roper (Aus) High5 Dream Team  
56Racquel Sheath (NZl) NZ National Team0:04:33 
57Grace Brown (Aus) Holden0:04:41 
58Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:04:43 
59Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High50:04:49 
60Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
61Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Maaslandster Veris CCN  
62Starla Teddergreen (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
63Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5  
64Tsubasa Makise (Jpn) Maaslandster Veris CCN0:04:54 
65Amy Cure (Aus) Wiggle High50:05:07 
66Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:05:15 
67Lauren Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:05:48 
68Chloe Dygert (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:05:50 
69Narelle Hards (Aus) Mercedes Adelaide Blackchrome0:07:17 
70Lauretta Hansen (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:07:27 
71Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica-Scott0:07:44 
72Desiree Ehrler (Swi) Maaslandster Veris CCN  
73Rebecca Womersley (GBr) Drops Cycling0:07:51 
74Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica-Scott0:08:07 
75Mieki Kroger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing0:08:40 
76Bryony Botha (NZl) NZ National Team0:12:13 
77Verena Eberhardt (Aut) Maaslandster Veris CCN0:12:26 
78Gina Ricardo (Aus) NSWIS Sydney Uni0:12:55 
79Hayley Jones (GBr) Mercedes Adelaide Blackchrome0:13:11 
80Erin Kinnealy (Aus) Holden  
81Ivy Audrain (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
82Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing0:15:22 
83Beth-Ann Orton (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint0:16:06 
84Rebecca Carter (GBr) Mercedes Adelaide Blackchrome  
85Holly Ranson (Aus) Mercedes Adelaide Blackchrome  
86Kate Perry (Aus) Specialized0:16:43 
87Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:18:53 
88Emma Roberts (Aus) NSWIS Sydney Uni0:20:35 
89Nicola Macdonald (Aus) NSWIS Sydney Uni0:21:29 
90Chloe Moran (Aus) High5 Dream Team  
91Sofia Arreola-Navarro (Mex) Sho-Air Twenty200:22:20 
92Winanda Spoor (Ned) Rush0:22:43 
93Kristina Clonan (Aus) High5 Dream Team0:23:48 
94Bridie O'Donnell (Aus) Rush0:25:14 
95Verita Stewart (Aus) Specialized0:26:52 
96Carley Mckay (Aus) Maaslandster Veris CCN0:33:04 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini38 pts
2Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling20 
3Lauren Kitchen (Aus) NSWIS Sydney Uni20 
4Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-Scott10 
5Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing10 
6Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini8 
7Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team8 
8Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling8 
9Erin Kinnealy (Aus) Holden6 
10Katharine Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team6 
11Peta Mullens (Aus) Hagens Berman / Supermint6 
12Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-Scott4 
13Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling4 
14Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Drops Cycling4 
15Danielle King (GBr) Cylance Pro Cycling2 
16Davia Tuslaite LTH Ale Cipollini2 
Mountain classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini40 pts
2Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-Scott24 
3Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-Scott9 
4Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team8 
5Georgia Williams (NZl) NZ National Team8 
6Peta Mullens (Aus) Hagens Berman / Supermint4 
7Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling4 
8Emma Pooley (GBr) Holden4 
9Danielle King (GBr) Cylance Pro Cycling1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team5:57:51 
2Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling0:00:04 
3Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Drops Cycling  
4Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing  
5Georgia Williams (NZl) NZ National Team  
6Janelle Crooks (Aus) Orica-Scott  
7Shannon Malseed (Aus) Holden  
8Amanda Jamieson (NZl) Maaslandster Veris CCN0:01:36 
9Mikayla Harvey (NZl) NZ National Team  
10Julie Leth (Den) Wiggle High5  
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2UnitedHealtcare Pro Cycling Team0:00:59 
3Drops Cycling0:01:01 
4Cylance Pro Cycling0:01:47 
5Ale Cipollini0:01:51 
8Sho-Air Twenty200:04:05 
9Canyon SRAM Racing0:04:49 
10NZ National Team0:05:31 
11High5 Dream Team  
13NSWIS Sydney Uni0:06:21 
14Wiggle High50:07:53 
15Hagens Berman / Supermint0:07:57 
16Maaslandster Veris CCN0:10:14 
17Mercedes Adelaide Blackchrome0:22:35 


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