Kennedy faces uphill battle to defend Women's Herald Sun Tour title

Mitchelton-Scott’s Lucy Kennedy at the 2020 Women’s Tour Down Under
Mitchelton-Scott’s Lucy Kennedy at the 2020 Women’s Tour Down Under (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Defending Women's Herald Sun Tour champion Lucy Kennedy will this week be without three of her key Mitchelton-Scott domestiques – Grace Brown, Jessica Allen and Georgia Williams – after they crashed out of last weekend's Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

Kennedy has retained Gracie Elvin and Jessica Roberts for the Australian stage race – 20-year-old British rider Roberts also crashed, but has recovered sufficiently to start in Shepparton, Victoria, on Wednesday – and Sarah Roy has been drafted in for her first race of the season to make the squad up to four riders, which is the minimum requirement to take part, while most of the other teams taking part have six riders.

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