Kirsten Wild wins Cadel Evans Australia day criterium

Race Melbourne officials had to review finish line photos to declare Kirsten Wild (Cylance) the winner of Race Melbourne, the Australia Day circuit race in Melbourne's Albert Park. The Dutchwomen hit the finish line alongside Australian Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini). Neither celebrated. They too needed the photo finish to know who had won.

"I felt like my wheel was maybe first, but it was really, really close," Wild said in a post-race video interview. "She was coming with a bit more speed from the back. It was really dangerous. I think if it was one metre more, she would have won."

The Albert Park Formula 1 circuit played host to the Towards Zero Race Melbourne on Thursday. The fast 5.2-kilometre lap is so flat that race organisers didn’t even bother including a course profile in the technical guide. The women's peloton completed 12, for 63.6-kilometres in total.

Attacks began on the second lap with Specialized Women sending riders up the road. The peloton was quick to respond, and no splits materialised.

UnitedHealthcare were amongst the main aggressors in the laps that followed, repeatedly putting pressure on the peloton on the backside of the course. Holden Women's Cycling, Hagens Berman-Supermint and Drops also got in on the attacking action. Their collective efforts were negated by teams intent on a field sprint.

The race was altogether when the women's peloton received the bell. Wild and her teammates were grouped together in the back of the field as they powered across the line for the start of the final loop around the circuit.

"With two kilometres to go, we went to the front," Wild explained. "It was Dani [King], Marta Taglioferro and me. When we went to the front, we decided to go full gas out of the last corner to try to pass everybody"

Tagliferro sprinted through the final corner with Wild on her wheel. Canyon//SRAM lined up its train outside and to the left of the Alé Cipollini pair.

"I tried to pass on the left side, and it was all or nothing," said Wild. "Then I saw Chloe coming from the right, and all I could think was push the wheel first to the finish line."

Her wheel reached the line first by millimetres. A bike length back, Lisa Brennauer (Canyon//SRAM) rounded out the podium.

Wild's win in Albert Park is the third victory of her Australian summer campaign. She also won two sprint stages of the Santo Women’s Tour, where she finished third overall.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling1:28:06
2Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé CipolliniRow 1 - Cell 2
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 2 - Cell 2
4Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High5Row 3 - Cell 2
5Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott WomenRow 4 - Cell 2
6Peta Mullens (Aus) Hagens Berman / SupermintRow 5 - Cell 2
7Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 6 - Cell 2
8Anna Trevisi (Ita) Alé CipolliniRow 7 - Cell 2
9Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Gretchen Stumhofer (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20Row 9 - Cell 2
11Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Elizabeth Williams (Aus) Hagens Berman | SupermintRow 11 - Cell 2
13Kristina Clonan (Aus) High5 Dream TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Grace Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 13 - Cell 2
15Chloe Dygert (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20Row 14 - Cell 2
16Jessica Lane (Aus) Maaslandster Veris CNN International Cycling TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Drops Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Abigail Van Twisk (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Lauretta Hanson (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 19 - Cell 2
21Amy Cure (Aus) Wiggle High5Row 20 - Cell 2
22Kylie Waterreus (Ned) Maaslandster Veris CNN International Cycling TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) High5 Dream TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Erin Kinnealy (Aus) Holden Women's Cycling TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Desiree Ehrler (Sui) Maaslandster Veris CNN International Cycling TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 25 - Cell 2
27Beth Ann Orton (USA) Hagens Berman / SupermintRow 26 - Cell 2
28Winanda Spoor (Ned) Lensworld-KuotaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Nina Marie Laughlin (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20Row 28 - Cell 2
30Amanda Jamieson (NZl) New Zealand National TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Drops Cycling TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Jessica Pratt (Aus) High5 Dream TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Minda Murray (Aus) RushRow 32 - Cell 2
34Ivy Audrain (USA) Hagens Berman / SupermintRow 33 - Cell 2
35Rebecca Womersley (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) Sho-Air Twenty20Row 35 - Cell 2
37Matilda Raynolds (Aus) RushRow 36 - Cell 2
38Jaime Gunning (Aus) Holden Women's Cycling TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Mikayla Harvey (NZl) New Zealand National TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Taryn Heather (Aus) Specialized Women's RacingRow 39 - Cell 2
41Julie Leth (Den) Wiggle High5Row 40 - Cell 2
42Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Shannon Malseed (Aus) Holden Women's Cycling TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Danielle King (GBr) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 43 - Cell 2
45Sofia Arreola (Mex) Sho-Air Twenty20Row 44 - Cell 2
46Georgia Catterick (NZl) Team IlluminateRow 45 - Cell 2
47Katharine Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Kristy Glover (Aus) RushRow 47 - Cell 2
49Lucy Kennedy (Aus) High5 Dream TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Ruby Livingstone (NZl) New Zealand National TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Grace Anderson (NZl) New Zealand National TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Holden Women's Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Tsubasa Makise (Jpn) Maaslandster Veris CNN International Cycling TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Grace Brown (Aus) Holden Women's Cycling TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Starla Teddergreen (USA) Hagens Berman / SupermintRow 54 - Cell 2
56Sharlotte Lucas (NZl) New Zealand National TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Romy Kasper (Ger) Alé CipolliniRow 57 - Cell 2
59Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 58 - Cell 2
60Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé CipolliniRow 59 - Cell 2
61Kate Mcilroy (Aus) Specialized Women's RacingRow 60 - Cell 2
62Sophie Mckay (Aus) Specialized Women's RacingRow 61 - Cell 2
63Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica Scott WomenRow 62 - Cell 2
64Chloe Moran (Aus) High5 Dream TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Alé CipolliniRow 64 - Cell 2
66Ayla Rudgley (Ned) Maaslandster Veris CNN International Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Christel Van Loo (Ned) Maaslandster Veris CNN International Cycling TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Orica Scott WomenRow 67 - Cell 2
69Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle High5Row 68 - Cell 2
70Leah Thomas (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20Row 69 - Cell 2
71Anna Christian (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 71 - Cell 2
73Carlee Taylor (Aus) Alé Cipollini0:00:20
74Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica Scott Women0:00:21
75Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica Scott Women0:00:23
76Mieke Kroger (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:48
77Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing0:00:57
78Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint0:01:00
79Tayler Wiles (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:01:17
80Lauren Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 79 - Cell 2
81Ella Scanlon-Bloor (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:01:19
82Ellen Skerritt (Aus) RushRow 81 - Cell 2
83Lucy Bechtel (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:01:47
84Emma Pooley (GBr) Holden Women's Cycling Team0:01:50
DNFKate Perry (Aus) Specialized Women's RacingRow 84 - Cell 2
DNSTessa Fabry (Aus) High5 Dream TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
DNSJustine Barrow (Aus) RushRow 86 - Cell 2

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