Roseman-Gannon’s Santos Festival win ‘small stepping stone for a long season ahead’

WILLIAMSTOWN AUSTRALIA JANUARY 23 Detailed view of Alexandra Manly of Australia and Team BikeExchangeJayco signs prior to the 2nd Santos Festival Of Cycling 2022 Womens Elite Stage 1 a 854km stage from Tanunda to Williamstown TourDownUnder on January 23 2022 in Williamstown Australia Photo by Daniel KaliszGetty Images
Alex Manly (BikeExchange-Jayco) signs on at the start of the 2022 Santos Festival of Cycling (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

BikeExchange-Jayco may have started the Santos Festival of Cycling with a clear winning objective – as Australia’s only WorldTeam it really couldn't be any other way – but there was reason for rivals to hope they may be able to find some weaknesses to exploit. The team was integrating a new group of riders, who had yet to race together on the road, alongside an established road captain only just returning to racing following surgery.

Three days in, though, there were no weaknesses to be found as their ever attentive team leader, neo-pro Ruby Roseman-Gannon, swept toward the line in first place after each member of the squad had stepped up to play their role to perfection – right from the hard-working stagiaire Amber Pate, to the break squashing Amanda Spratt and the final sprint lead out team of Alex Manly and Georgia Baker. 

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.