Lucy Kennedy wins Women's Herald Sun Tour

Australian wins final stage over gravel climb ahead of Spratt and Chapman

Mitchelton-Scott's Lucy Kennedy attacked on the last climb of the second and final stage of the 2019 Women's Herald Sun Tour on Thursday to take both the stage win and the overall classification, ahead of her teammate Amanda Spratt and defending champion Brodie Chapman (Tibco-SVB).

Kennedy bridged across to Spratt on the lower slopes of the final Jeeralang climb, and then went it alone, up and over the gravel section at the top of the climb, while Chapman was left to chase alone on the descent, with Spratt stuck to her back wheel.

The Australian crossed the finish line to win the stage by 39 seconds, with Spratt overhauling Chapman for both second on the stage and second overall. With the 10-second win bonus, it meant that Kennedy won the race by 36 seconds from her Mitchelton teammate Spratt, while 2018 winner Chapman took third overall, another nine seconds back.

"Once I was off the front, there was no way I was going to let anyone catch me," said Kennedy after being presented with her winner's trophy on the podium at the finish in the Victorian town of Churchill.

With everything still together with 30km to go, but with the final climb starting with 15km to go, Mitchelton-Scott took control at the front of the race and quickly split it apart.

"If there's a crosswind leading into a climb, or a bit of an uphill drag leading into it, then we just really want to make it hard for as long as possible and whittle it down to the fewest numbers by the time we reach the climb," Kennedy said of her team's tactics – employed not just on Thursday's stage, but throughout the season.

Once on the climb, first Spratt attacked, and when Chapman chased, Kennedy followed her, and then jumped across to – and past – Spratt before the start of the gravel section.

With Chapman continuing to chase, Spratt latched on to the Tibco rider's wheel, while Kennedy pushed on alone, increasing the gap as she went, all the way to the line.

Spratt and Kennedy have been the two outstanding riders on a powerful Mitchelton-Scott team throughout the Australian summer. While they were unable to prevent Sarah Gigante from winning the national road race championships in early January, Spratt went on to win the Tour Down Under overall for the third year in a row, and Kennedy and Spratt finished second and third at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race four days before the start of the Sun Tour.

"Everyone's so committed on this team, and what goes around, comes around: on some races you work hard for someone else, and on other days you get the opportunity to get everyone working for you. So although you don't feel pressure to pull it off, when everyone's so committed, you just really want to win," said Kennedy.

"We were joint protected riders today. 'Spratty' had seven seconds over me [on the GC], but we knew that there were probably going to be time splits, so it was just about whoever had the best legs on the day.

"It's really special to win at home," she continued. "We're the big Australian team, in Australia, and so to be able to cross the line with my arms in the air felt amazing."

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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott2:28:02 
2Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:39 
3Brodie Chapman (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
4Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:24 
5Jenna Merrick (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women0:01:28 
6Emily Roper (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:01:51 
7Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:02:06 
8Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:02:35 
9Alison Jackson (NZl) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:02:49 
10Jaime Gunning (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:02:50 
11Holly Harris (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:03:00 
12Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipolini0:03:39 
13Elizabeth Stannard (Aus) Gusto StepFWD0:04:02 
14Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:04:56 
15Taryn Heather (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:05:20 
16Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott0:05:59 
17Deborah Paine (NZl) New Zealand  
18Matilda Raynolds (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:07:10 
19Amanda Jamieson (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
20Sarah Gigante (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
21Kirsty Mccallum (NZl) New Zealand  
22Annelise Jefferies (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team  
23Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink  
24Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
25Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade  
26Jemma Eastwood (Aus) Gusto StepFWD  
27Emma Coral-Roberts (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:07:20 
28Shannon Malseed (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:08:09 
29Anna Booth (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade  
30Sharlotte Lucas (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
31Jessica Pratt (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
32Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink  
33Elyse Fraser (NZl) New Zealand0:08:31 
34Lauren Stephens (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:08:43 
35Ella Bloor (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:08:45 
36Nicole Steigenga (Ned) BePink0:09:39 
37Georgie Whitehouse (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:09:51 
38Annamarie Lipp (NZl) New Zealand0:10:05 
39Briony Mattocks (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
40Gina Ricardo (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade  
41Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
42Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipolini  
43Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipolini  
44Alice Cobb (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
45Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:10:08 
46Maria Apolonia Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Ale Cipolini0:12:06 
47Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo  
48Jessica Mundy (Aus) Gusto StepFWD  
49Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
50Stella Nightingale (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
51Jenny Pettenon (Aus) Gusto StepFWD0:14:39 
52Abigail Morton (NZl) New Zealand  
53Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
54Anya Louw (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
55Nicola Macdonald (Aus) Gusto StepFWD  
56Tereza Medvedova (Svk) BePink0:18:57 
57Kirsty Deacon (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:21:16 
58Rebecca Stephens (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:21:19 
OTLEri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale Cipolini  
OTLJessica Raimondi (Ita) Ale Cipolini  
OTLAmy Vesty (NZl) Sydney Uni-Staminade  
OTLJennifer Darmody (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade  
OTLJade Colligan (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade  
OTLBridget Bremner (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team  
OTLLibby Arbuckle (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
OTLHannah Bartram (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
DNFRachele Barbieri (Ita) BePink  
DNFIone Johnson (NZl) New Zealand  
DNSAbigail Van Twisk (GBr) Trek-Segafredo  
DNSVeronica Lebedev (Aus) Gusto StepFWD  
DNSKatie Banerjee (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team  
Intermediate Sprint 1 - Yinnar
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipolini6 pts
2Rachele Barbieri (Ita) BePink4 
3Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott2 
Intermediate Sprint 2 - Boolarra
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipolini6 pts
2Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott4 
3Maria Apolonia Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Ale Cipolini2 
Intermediate Sprint 3 - Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott10 pts
2Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott6 
3Brodie Chapman (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank8 
4Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo4 
Queen of the Mountain 1 - Mirboo North
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alison Jackson (NZl) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank12 pts
2Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo8 
3Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women4 
Queen of the Mountain 2 - Jeeralang
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott24 pts
2Brodie Chapman (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank16 
3Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott8 
4Jenna Merrick (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women4 
Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchelton-Scott7:27:20 
2Trek Segafredo0:05:12 
3Specialized Womens Racing0:07:56 
4Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:08:23 
5Mike Greer Homes Womens Cycling Team0:12:34 
6KordaMentha Real Estate Australian National Team0:13:56 
7New Zealand National Team0:18:26 
8Gusto Stepfwd Kom Powered By Suzuki0:20:04 
9Ale Cipolini0:20:35 
10BePink0:21:44 
11Sydney Uni-Staminade0:22:10 
12KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:32:32 
Final General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott4:58:21 
2Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:36 
3Brodie Chapman (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:00:45 
4Jenna Merrick (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women0:01:38 
5Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:48 
6Emily Roper (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:01:54 
7Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:02:20 
8Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:02:37 
9Alison Jackson (NZl) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:02:52 
10Jaime Gunning (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:03:00 
11Holly Harris (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:03:17 
12Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipolini0:03:23 
13Elizabeth Stannard (Aus) Gusto StepFWD0:04:12 
14Taryn Heather (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:05:30 
15Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:06:08 
16Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott0:06:09 
17Deborah Paine (NZl) New Zealand  
18Amanda Jamieson (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women0:07:20 
19Matilda Raynolds (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
20Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
21Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink  
22Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade  
23Kirsty Mccallum (NZl) New Zealand  
24Sarah Gigante (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:07:39 
25Annelise Jefferies (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team  
26Jemma Eastwood (Aus) Gusto StepFWD  
27Anna Booth (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade0:08:19 
28Jessica Pratt (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
29Sharlotte Lucas (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:08:35 
30Shannon Malseed (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:08:52 
31Lauren Stephens (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:08:53 
32Ella Bloor (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:08:55 
33Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink0:09:17 
34Nicole Steigenga (Ned) BePink0:09:49 
35Georgie Whitehouse (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:10:01 
36Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:10:05 
37Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:10:15 
38Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipolini  
39Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipolini0:10:22 
40Annamarie Lipp (NZl) New Zealand0:10:31 
41Alice Cobb (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
42Gina Ricardo (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade0:10:34 
43Briony Mattocks (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
44Elyse Fraser (NZl) New Zealand0:11:06 
45Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo0:12:05 
46Maria Apolonia Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Ale Cipolini0:12:19 
47Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo0:12:20 
48Jessica Mundy (Aus) Gusto StepFWD0:12:35 
49Emma Coral-Roberts (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:14:08 
50Nicola Macdonald (Aus) Gusto StepFWD0:14:56 
51Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
52Abigail Morton (NZl) New Zealand0:15:05 
53Anya Louw (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:16:35 
54Stella Nightingale (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women0:18:54 
55Tereza Medvedova (Svk) BePink0:19:18 
56Jenny Pettenon (Aus) Gusto StepFWD0:21:27 
57Kirsty Deacon (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:21:45 
58Rebecca Stephens (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:34:52 
Sprint Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipolini28 pts
2Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott16 
3Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott10 
4Brodie Chapman (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank8 
5Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo8 
6Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo6 
7Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott6 
8Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo4 
9Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott2 
10Maria Apolonia Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Ale Cipolini2 
Queen of the Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott24 pts
2Brodie Chapman (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank16 
3Alison Jackson (NZl) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank12 
4Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott8 
5Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo8 
6Jenna Merrick (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women4 
7Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women4 
Young Rider Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jenna Merrick (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women4:59:59 
2Jaime Gunning (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:01:22 
3Elizabeth Stannard (Aus) Gusto StepFWD0:02:34 
4Deborah Paine (NZl) New Zealand0:04:31 
5Amanda Jamieson (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women0:05:42 
6Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
7Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink  
8Sarah Gigante (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:06:01 
9Jemma Eastwood (Aus) Gusto StepFWD  
10Jessica Pratt (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:06:41 
Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchelton-Scott14:58:26 
2Trek Segafredo0:05:37 
3Specialized Womens Racing0:08:17 
4Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:08:37 
5Mike Greer Homes Womens Cycling Team0:12:55 
6KordaMentha Real Estate Australian National Team0:14:10 
7New Zealand National Team0:19:03 
8Gusto Stepfwd Kom Powered By Suzuki0:20:32 
9Ale Cipolini0:20:49 
10BePink0:21:58 
11Sydney Uni-Staminade0:22:50 
12KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:36:03 
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