Chapman wins women's Race Torquay

Brodie Chapman (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) took victory on home turf at the inaugural women's Race Torquay one-day race in the Victorian seaside town of Torquay on Thursday, holding off the peloton and winning alone after attacking from a four-woman breakaway with two kilometres to go.

The Australian beat Roxsolt-Attaquer's Emily Herfoss, Taylor Wiles (Trek-Segafredo) and Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB), with Rally's Chloe Hosking bringing home the bunch some 30 seconds down.

"It wasn't my plan to be alone; I wanted a solid break," explained Chapman after taking victory. "I was so done when they came across, but Lauren and I worked well together, and the others were so strong that I started to think that we would hold off the peloton.

"I didn't plan my attack at the end; I sort of rolled out of a corner a bit ahead and thought, 'I'll just hit it now, and who knows?'

"It was so tough in the heat," added Chapman. "I was suffering for the first couple of laps, not knowing if I could survive. It was so hard, but I came good about 50km into the race, though.

"I'm actually really shocked. I'm in total disbelief and it's just a relief that I can go for a swim in the ocean now," she said.

How it unfolded

Chapman was arguably the rightful winner of the 104km race after instigating what started as a one-rider move on lap five of the eight-lap race, attracting first the national road race champion of Chile, Denisse Ahumada (Agolico), and later, on lap seven, Tibco-SVB's Lauren Stephens after Ahumada had dropped away on the hilly first section of lap six.

Both that undulating section of the 13.3km lap and the hot temperatures combined to make it a far tougher race than many riders had perhaps envisaged. The new Race Torquay women's and men's events have replaced the previous years' Race Melbourne, which was held on the Mebourne Formula One course in Albert Park, and are considered 'warm-up' races for the women's and men's Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race WorldTour events on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

In temperatures approaching 40°C, the racing was more 'warm' than 'warm up', and once Chapman and Stephens had established what began to look as though it could be the winning breakaway, the chase was on.

No one team ever seemed to have, or want, control of the bunch, and while many were perhaps looking to Amanda Spratt and her Mitchelton-Scott teammates, or sprinter Chloe Hosking and her new Rally squad, Trek-Segafredo's Tayler Wiles decided to try to bridge the gap to Stephens and Chapman on lap seven, and was soon joined by Roxsolt-Attaquer's Emily Herfoss.

The two worked well together, and connected with the leading duo on the final lap. From then on, it was a race of collaboration between the leading quartet to try to hold off the bunch, with what was around a minute's lead quickly plummeting to around half a minute.

Chapman lined the front four out with around two kilometres left to race, and her advantage stretched out, despite the efforts of Stephens to close it. Wiles then chose to set off in pursuit, and, as Stephens continued to try to close the gap, Herfoss jumped away to catch Wiles.

But it was too little, too late, to reach Chapman, who won by four seconds from Herfoss, Wiles and then Stephens, with Hosking bringing the bunch home, 26 seconds behind the winner.


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Full result
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brodie Chapman (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope 2:52:48
2Emily Herfoss (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer 0:00:04
3Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek - Segafredo 0:00:06
4Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank 0:00:11
5Chloe Hosking (Aus) Rally Cycling 0:00:26
6Ruby Roseman-gannon (Aus) Australia
7Peta Mullens (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer
8Lotta Pauliina Henttala (Fin) Trek - Segafredo
9Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb
10Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) Astana Women's Team
11Jutatip Maneephan (Tha) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
12Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
13Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon / /Sram Racing
14Simona Frapporti (Ita) Bepink
15Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton Scott
16Anastasiia Chursina (Rus) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
17Nina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
18Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini - van Eyck Sport uci Women Cycling
19Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton Scott
20Silvia Zanardi (Ita) Bepink
21Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team
22Ruth Winder (USA) Trek - Segafredo
23Katia Ragusa (Ita) Astana Women's Team
24Sharlotte Lucas (NZl) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
25Denisse Aracely Ahumada Riquelme (Chi) Agolico
26Markéta Hájková (Cze) Bepink
27Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
28Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
29Urska Pintar (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
30Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
31Andrea Ramírez Fregoso (Mex) Agolico
32Alana Forster (Aus)
33Sarah Gigante (Aus) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
34Krista Doebel-hickok (USA) Rally Cycling 0:00:33
35Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
36Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
37Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb
38Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott
39Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton Scott
40Rachel Neylan (Aus) Australia 0:00:36
41Jenelle Crooks (NZl) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
42Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
43Trixi Worrack (Ger) Trek - Segafredo 0:00:39
44Anna Plichta (Pol) Trek - Segafredo
45Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott 0:00:43
46Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon / /Sram Racing 0:01:09
47Justine Barrow (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer
48Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Astana Women's Team
49Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team Sunweb
50Marcela Elizabeth Prieto Castañeda (Mex) Agolico 0:02:08
51Anet Barrera Esparza (Mex) Agolico
52Maryna Ivaniuk (Ukr) Astana Women's Team 0:03:49
53Jessica Pratt (Aus) Canyon / /Sram Racing 0:04:47
54Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon / /Sram Racing 0:05:06
55Tanja Erath (Ger) Canyon / /Sram Racing
56Erica Clevenger (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
DNFJessica Roberts (GBr) Mitchelton Scott
DNFJuliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb
DNFAnna Henderson (GBr) Team Sunweb
DNFJulia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNFElla Harris (NZl) Canyon / /Sram Racing
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
DNFAriadna Gutierrez Arzaluz (Mex) Agolico
DNFJennifer Morales Milanes (CRc) Agolico
DNFHeidi Franz (USA) Rally Cycling
DNFLeigh Ann Ganzar (USA) Rally Cycling
DNFSara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling
DNFJustine Vromanne (Bel) Doltcini - van Eyck Sport uci Women Cycling
DNFMinke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini - van Eyck Sport uci Women Cycling
DNFMarieke Van Witzenburg (Ned) Doltcini - van Eyck Sport uci Women Cycling
DNFJenna Merrick (NZl) Doltcini - van Eyck Sport uci Women Cycling
DNFNicole Hanselmann (Swi) Doltcini - van Eyck Sport uci Women Cycling
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink
DNFMelissa Van Neck (Cze) Bepink
DNFGrace Anderson (NZl) Bepink
DNFBree Wilson (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer
DNFEmma Chilton (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer
DNFMadeline Wright (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer
DNFBre Vine (Aus)
DNFPia Smith (Aus)
DNFAmalia Langham (Aus)
DNFSharni Morley (Aus)
DNFJulia Atkins (Aus)
DNFAnya Louw (Aus) Australia
DNFSophie Edwards (Aus) Australia
DNFAlex Martin-wallace (Aus) Australia
DNFNicole Frain (Aus) Australia
DNSAbigail Van Twisk (GBr) Trek - Segafredo

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