Santos Festival of Cycling: Sarah Gigante in powerful GC position ahead of Willunga climb

Sarah Gigante stretching out a powerful lead on stage 2 of the Santos Festival of Cycling
(Image credit: Kevin Anderson)

Sarah Gigante (Team Garmin Australia) stretched out a powerful lead on the overall classification during stage 2 of the racing at the Santos Festival of Cycling, with her long solo effort giving her a buffer of almost two minutes before she heads into the Willunga stage.

It has been two days running that an Australian time-trial champion has set themselves up on the overall by playing to those solo riding skills. On stage 1 in the men's race Luke Durbridge (Team BikeExchange) carved out a lead of nearly two-and-a-half minutes with an 80 kilometre solo effort. It is also not the first time Gigante has used the tactic, securing victory during the last block of NRS racing in 2020 with a 55 kilometre break, but that time there were no Women’s WorldTour racers on hand to try and chase her down.

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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.