Whitburn wins Shipwreck Classic from break of five

Peloton decimated in strong wind and rain

In a similar fashion to the men's race that preceded it, the women's Shipwreck Coast Classic was split in cross winds early on with Victoria's Nicole Whitburn (Pensar SPM) prevailing ahead of her fellow escapees in the women's event on Sunday afternoon.

After positioning herself well in the cross winds that blew the race to pieces, Nicole Whitburn (Pensar SPM) clinched her maiden Subaru NRS victory, edging out Jessica Mundy (Jayco/Apollo/VIS) and Kristy Glover (Holden Women's Cycling).

"This win is fantastic for me," Whitburn said. "The conditions were just horrible, the winds were so strong but luckily it didn't rain until the end of the race."

Whitburn, 35, was part of a small five women breakaway which established after just four kilometres of racing in the 142 kilometre race.

The group of Whitburn, Mundy, Glover, Shannon Malseed (Holden Women's Cycling) and Emily Roper (Suzuki-Bontrager) worked well together despite the extremely gusty conditions.

There was no urgency in the peloton with the gap reaching nine and a half minutes at its biggest, allowing the lead group to maintain their grip on the race.

"I was a little bit surprised when we stayed away, I was just hoping to get to the first sprint but then the time gap just kept going out and out and we kept riding."

The women's NRS concludes in two weeks time with the Tour of the Goldfields in Ballarat. The series honours will go down to the wire with Whitburn's teammate Ruth Corset just two points behind leader Katrin Garfoot (Jayco/Apollo/VIS).

Full Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicole Whitburn (Vic) Pensar SPM Racing3:57:15 
2Jessica Mundy (SA) Jayco/Apollo VIS Women's Road Team  
3Kristy Glover (Vic) Target Trek Racing Team  
4Shannon Malseed (Vic) Holden Women Cycling Team  
5Emily Roper (Qld) Suzuki Bontrager0:00:05 
6Katrin Garfoot (Qld) Jayco/Apollo VIS Women's Road Team0:06:55 
7Ruth Corset (Qld) Pensar SPM Racing  
8Peta Mullens (Vic) Target Trek Racing Team  
9Chloe McConville (Vic) Jayco/Apollo VIS Women's Road Team  
10Samantha De Riter (Vic) Holden Women Cycling Team  
11Lauretta Hanson (Vic) Building Champions Squad  
12Felicity Wardlaw (Vic) Bicycle Superstore  
13Zoe Watters (Qld) Pensar SPM Racing0:06:59 
14Tessa Fabry (Vic) Team Breeze  
15Emma Viotto (ACT) Suzuki Bontrager0:07:03 
16Justyna Lubkowski (Vic) Liv / giant  
17Miranda Griffiths (Vic) Holden Women Cycling Team  
18Brittany Lindores (ACT)0:07:08 
19Nicole Moerig (Qld) Pensar SPM Racing0:07:10 
20Crystal Wemyss (Vic) Team Breeze  
21Tanya Matthewson (Vic) Bicycle Superstore0:07:23 
22Georgina Beech (Vic) Team Breeze0:07:35 
23Chloe McIntosh (Vic) Suzuki Bontrager  
24Rachel Ward (Vic)0:07:39 
25Minda Murray (NSW) Team Breeze0:07:44 
26Victoria Luxton-Bain (Vic) Bicycle Superstore0:19:21 
27Ailie McDonald (ACT) Suzuki Bontrager  
DNFTaryn Heather (Vic) Jayco/Apollo VIS Women's Road Team  
DNFSusan McAlister (Qld) Pensar SPM Racing  
DNFCarley McKay (Vic) Bicycle Superstore  
DNFGrace Fryer (Vic) Team Breeze  
DNFNaomi Williams (Vic) Liv / giant  
DNFLisa Hanley (Vic)  
DNFAnnette Edmondson (SA)  
DNSKate Finegan (Vic) Building Champions Squad  
DNSJoanna Wall (Vic) Building Champions Squad  
DNSRebecca Locke (Vic) Liv / giant  
DNSRuby Greig-Hurtig (Vic) Target Trek Racing Team  
DNSSophie Mackay (NSW)  
Intermediate sprints - sprint 1 - Wiltons Rd #1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicole Whitburn (Vic) Pensar SPM Racing  
2Emily Roper (Qld) Suzuki Bontrager  
3Shannon Malseed (Vic) Holden Women Cycling Team  
Sprint 2 - Wiltons Rd #2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicole Whitburn (Vic) Pensar SPM Racing  
2Kristy Glover (Vic) Target Trek Racing Team  
3Jessica Mundy (SA) Jayco/Apollo VIS Women's Road Team  
King of the mountains - KOM 1- Port Campbell
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shannon Malseed (Vic) Holden Women Cycling Team  
2Kristy Glover (Vic) Target Trek Racing Team  
3Nicole Whitburn (Vic) Pensar SPM Racing  
KOM 2 - Boggy Creek Rd
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shannon Malseed (Vic) Holden Women Cycling Team  
2Kristy Glover (Vic) Target Trek Racing Team  
3Jessica Mundy (SA) Jayco/Apollo VIS Women's Road Team  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jayco/Apollo VIS Women's Road Team12:05:35 
2Pensar SPM Racing0:00:04 
3Holden Women Cycling Team0:00:08 
4Suzuki Bontrager0:00:53 
5Team Breeze0:07:54 
6Bicycle Superstore0:19:49 
NRS teams aggregate after round eight
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pensar SPM Racing155 pts
2Suzuki Bontrager82 
3Holden Women Cycling Team74 
4Bicycle Superstore70 
5Team Bikebug54 
6Jayco/Apollo VIS Women's Road Team43 
7Team Polygon Australia34 
8BOSS Racing Team24 
9Specialized Securitor23 
10Building Champions Squad17 
11Team Breeze16 
12Liv / giant9 
13Target Trek Racing Team6 
14Total Rush Hyster2 
NRS aggregate after round eight
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katrin Garfoot (Qld) Jayco/Apollo VIS Women's Road Team99 pts
2Ruth Corset (Qld) Pensar SPM Racing97 
3Felicity Wardlaw (Vic) Bicycle Superstore40 
4Rebecca Wiasak (ACT) Suzuki Bontrager37 
5Miranda Griffiths (Vic) Holden Women Cycling Team26 
6Grace Sulzberger (Tas) Team Polygon Australia25 
7Amy Cure (Tas) Team Polygon Australia19 
8Jessica Mundy (SA) Jayco/Apollo VIS Women's Road Team17 
9Jenelle Crooks (Qld) Pensar SPM Racing17 
10Lisa Keeling (ACT) Bicycle Superstore17 
11Taryn Heather (Vic) Jayco/Apollo VIS Women's Road Team16 
12Zoe Watters (Qld) Pensar SPM Racing14 
13Judith Betts (NSW) Bikebug14 
14Samantha De Riter (Vic) Holden Women Cycling Team13 
15Sarah Roy (NSW) Team Bikebug12 

 

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