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Sarah Gigante goes solo to win Santos Festival of Cycling stage 2

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Sarah Gigante wins stage 2 of the Santos Festival of Cycling with a long range solo effort

Sarah Gigante wins stage 2 of the Santos Festival of Cycling with a long range solo effort (Image credit: Getty Images)
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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22: Georgia Baker of Team Garmin Australia and Peta Mullens of Team Roxsolt Liv Sram sprint to the finish for second and third place at the Women's Bike Exchange Stage 2 from Birdwood to Lobethal of the Santos Festival of Cycling on January 22, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Peter Mundy/Getty Images)

Georgia Baker of Team Garmin Australia sprints for second over Peta Mullens of Team Roxsolt Liv Sram who finishes third at the Women's BikeExchange Stage 2 from Birdwood to Lobethal of the Santos Festival of Cycling (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22: Sarah Gigante of Team Garmin Australia was the stage winner at the Women's Bike Exchange Stage 2 from Birdwood to Lobethal of the Santos Festival of Cycling on January 22, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Peter Mundy/Getty Images)

Sarah Gigante of Team Garmin Australia was the stage 2 winner at the Santos Festival of Cycling (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Sarah Gigante (Team Garmin Australia) won the second stage of the women’s racing at the Santos Festival of Cycling, using the climb halfway through to escape before settling in for a solo ride of more than 40 kilometres to the Lobethal finish line.

Attempts to pull back the gap were all in vain, with the efforts behind barely making a dent in the time gap so ultimately the sprint for the rest of the podium occurred 1:54 after a beaming Gigante threw her hands in the air in victory. Georgia Baker (Team Garmin Australia) took the sprint for second and stage 1 winner Peta Mullens (Roxsolt LIV Sram) rounded out the podium for the lumpy 97.3 kilometre stage of the National Road Series race.

“I feel pretty exhausted but that was so much fun. I can’t believe it,” said Gigante straight after the stage. 

“When I saw I crested with just the two riders from the breakaway, Bree Wilson and Chelsea Holmes, I was like ‘oh my gosh this is so cool, this is so exciting, what do I do?’ And the reason I love cycling is I love going hard, so that was my logical solution.”

That long solo from the 20-year-old Australian time trial champion has left her in prime position on the GC. Gigante leads the overall with a 1:53 gap to her nearest rival, Peta Mullens and Ruby Roseman-Gannon (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast) sits another four seconds back in third position. Lucy Kennedy (Team BikeExchange), a powerful performer on the climbs, sits in tenth at 2:10 behind. 

How it unfolded

As the peloton headed out from the Birdwood the wrangling to get in the early break, of what was expected to be a stage for the sprinters, began with Bree Wilson (Roxsolt LIV Sram) tasting success and then she was joined by Chelsea Holmes (Giant Racing Team). 

The pair initially held firm when Gigante took advantage of the 1.4-kilometre Hawthorn climb just half way through the stage to launch a stinging attack that split the field. However, it wasn’t long before they too faded and Gigante settled in for a long solo ride and continuing to stretch out the gap to all her rivals. First, it went beyond one minute and then two as the group behind hesitated, with riders scrambling to return after that peloton splintering attack.

“By the time there was any real cohesiveness behind it was too little too late and it was a ridiculously strong ride by Sarah,” said Team BikeExchange’s Kennedy.

Now, the Team TIBCO-SVB rider, who is racing for Team Garmin Australia at the event, has a gap of nearly two minutes on her nearest rivals to carry into stage 3, where the women’s field gets to race up Willunga Hill for the first-time in the highly anticipated 48.8-kilometre stage.

Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Gigante (Team Garmin Australia) 2:29:06
2Georgia Baker (Team Garmin Australia) 0:01:54
3Peta Mullens (Roxsolt LIV Sram)
4Matilda Raynolds (Specialized Women's Racing)
5Annette Edmondson (Team Garmin Australia)
6Ruby Roseman-gannon (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women)
7Amber Pate (South Australian Institue of Sport)
8Laura Luxford (Specialized Women's Racing)
9Alexandra Manly (Team BikeExchange)
10Elizabeth Stannard (Specialized Women's Racing)Sydney Uni Staminade
11Nicole Frain (Sydney Uni Staminade)
12Neve Bradbury (Team Garmin Australia)
13Maeve Plouffe (Team Garmin Australia)
14Ella Bloor (Specialized Women's Racing)
15Danielle de Francesco (Specialized Women's Racing)
16Sarah roy (Team BikeExchange) 0:01:57
17Anya Louw (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women)
18Lucy Kennedy (Team BikeExchange)
19Carlee Taylor (Roxsolt LIV Sram)
20Cassia Boglio (Velofit Australia)
21Chelsea Holmes (Giant Racing Team)
22Loretta Hanson (Team Garmin Australia)
23Breeana Hargrave (Specialized Women's Racing)
24Darcie Richards (Velofit Australia)
25Hailey Mason (Butterfields Racing)
26Hannah Seeliger (Butterfields Racing)
27Holly Harris (Specialized Women's Racing)
28Staci Mccudden (StepFWD IT Suzuki)
29Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange)
30Ashlee Akundinoff (Team Garmin Australia)
31Haylee Fuller (Sydney Uni Staminade) 0:02:05
32Alana Forster (Unattached) 0:02:32
33Bree Wilson (Roxsolt LIV Sram)
34Alexandra Martin Wallace (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:08:20
35Shannon Mccurley (Unattached)
36Jessica Lawler (Velofit Australia)
37Holly Lubcke (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women)
38Erin Bertram (Velofit Australia)
39Jennifer Darmody (Sydney Uni Staminade)
40Nicole Mitsigeorgis (Veris Racing Women's Team) 0:08:23
41Brittany Petersen (Butterfields Racing)
42Sophie Edwards (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women)
43Sa?ron Button (Roxsolt LIV Sram)
44Amalia Langham (StepFWD IT Suzuki)
45Kelly Fettes (Butterfields Racing)
46Emily Fowler (StepFWD IT Suzuki)
47Jessica Allen (Team BikeExchange)
48Isabella Flint (Roxsolt LIV Sram)
49Nicola Macdonald (Roxsolt LIV Sram)
50Courtney Sherwell (Roxsolt LIV Sram)
51Pia Smith (StepFWD IT Suzuki)
52Kate Bonner (Velofit Australia)
53Katarina Chung-orr (South Australian Institue of Sport)
54Victoria Barry (Velofit Australia)
55Catelyn Turner (Sydney Uni Staminade)
56Libby Young (Butterfields Racing)
57Fleur Wellings (South Australian Institue of Sport)
58Celia Cowan (South Australian Institue of Sport)
59Emma Viotto (Giant Racing Team) 0:08:30
60Lauren Perry (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:17:35
61Stephanie Corset (Veris Racing Women's Team)
62Kirsty Deacon (Veris Racing Women's Team)
63Gemma Mollenhauer (Giant Racing Team)
dnfElla Falzarano (Giant Racing Team)
dnfSue ann Woodwiss (Butterfields Racing)

General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Gigante (Team Garmin Australia) 4:47:24
2Peta Mullens (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 0:01:53
3Ruby Roseman-gannon (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:01:57
4Nicole Frain (Sydney Uni Staminade) 0:02:03
5Matilda Raynolds (Specialized Women's Racing) 0:02:06
6Neve Bradbury (Team Garmin Australia) 0:02:07
7Laura Luxford (Specialized Women's Racing)
8Elizabeth Stannard (Specialized Women's Racing)Sydney Uni Staminade
9Danielle de Francesco (Specialized Women's Racing)
10Lucy Kennedy (Team BikeExchange) 0:02:10
11Anya Louw (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women)
12Carlee Taylor (Roxsolt LIV Sram)
13Holly Harris (Specialized Women's Racing) 0:02:21
14Georgia Baker (Team Garmin Australia) 0:03:13
15Amber Pate (South Australian Institue of Sport) 0:03:19
16Alexandra Manly (Team BikeExchange)
17Ella Bloor (Specialized Women's Racing)
18Chelsea Holmes (Giant Racing Team)
19Ashlee Akundinoff (Team Garmin Australia) 0:03:20
20Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) 0:03:21
21Breeana Hargrave (Specialized Women's Racing) 0:03:22
22Darcie Richards (Velofit Australia)
23Hailey Mason (Butterfields Racing)
24Cassia Boglio (Velofit Australia)
25Staci Mccudden (StepFWD IT Suzuki)
26Haylee Fuller (Sydney Uni Staminade) 0:03:30
27Annette Edmondson (Team Garmin Australia) 0:03:33
28Loretta Hanson (Team Garmin Australia) 0:03:37
29Alana Forster (Unattached) 0:03:54
30Bree Wilson (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 0:03:56
31Sarah roy (Team BikeExchange) 0:05:22
32Hannah Seeliger (Butterfields Racing)
33Maeve Plouffe (Team Garmin Australia) 0:07:39
34Victoria Barry (Velofit Australia) 0:09:48
35Emma Viotto (Giant Racing Team) 0:09:55
36Jennifer Darmody (Sydney Uni Staminade) 0:11:43
37Holly Lubcke (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:11:45
38Sophie Edwards (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:11:48
39Courtney Sherwell (Roxsolt LIV Sram)
40Pia Smith (StepFWD IT Suzuki)
41Jessica Allen (Team BikeExchange)
42Nicola Macdonald (Roxsolt LIV Sram)
43Catelyn Turner (Sydney Uni Staminade)
44Kelly Fettes (Butterfields Racing) 0:12:58
45Brittany Petersen (Butterfields Racing) 0:13:08
46Libby Young (Butterfields Racing)
47Erin Bertram (Velofit Australia) 0:14:05
48Nicole Mitsigeorgis (Veris Racing Women's Team) 0:14:08
49Kate Bonner (Velofit Australia)
50Alexandra Martin Wallace (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:16:14
51Shannon Mccurley (Unattached)
52Isabella Flint (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 0:17:29
53Katarina Chung-orr (South Australian Institue of Sport)
54Stephanie Corset (Veris Racing Women's Team) 0:19:00
55Jessica Lawler (Velofit Australia) 0:21:49
56Sa?ron Button (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 0:21:52
57Fleur Wellings (South Australian Institue of Sport)
58Celia Cowan (South Australian Institue of Sport) 0:23:46
59Amalia Langham (StepFWD IT Suzuki) 0:27:31
60Kirsty Deacon (Veris Racing Women's Team) 0:27:45
61Emily Fowler (StepFWD IT Suzuki) 0:27:59
62Gemma Mollenhauer (Giant Racing Team) 0:28:53
63Lauren Perry (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:36:43

Sprints
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Gigante (Team Garmin Australia) 6
2Ruby Roseman-gannon (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 6
3Kirsty Deacon (Veris Racing Women's Team) 5
4Peta Mullens (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 4
5Chelsea Holmes (Giant Racing Team) 3
6Alana Forster (Unattached) 3
7Georgia Baker (Team Garmin Australia) 2
8Ashlee Akundinoff (Team Garmin Australia) 2
9Nicole Frain (Sydney Uni Staminade) 1
10Matilda Raynolds (Specialized Women's Racing) 1
11Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) 1
12Annette Edmondson (Team Garmin Australia) 1
13Bree Wilson (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 1

Mountains
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Gigante (Team Garmin Australia) 14
2Kirsty Deacon (Veris Racing Women's Team) 5
3Chelsea Holmes (Giant Racing Team) 5
4Nicole Frain (Sydney Uni Staminade) 3
5Laura Luxford (Specialized Women's Racing) 3
6Bree Wilson (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 3
7Lucy Kennedy (Team BikeExchange) 2
8Ruby Roseman-gannon (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 1

Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Gigante (Team Garmin Australia) 4:47:24
2Neve Bradbury (Team Garmin Australia) 0:02:07
3Anya Louw (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:02:10
4Chelsea Holmes (Giant Racing Team) 0:03:19
5Darcie Richards (Velofit Australia) 0:03:22
6Hailey Mason (Butterfields Racing)
7Cassia Boglio (Velofit Australia)
8Staci Mccudden (StepFWD IT Suzuki)
9Haylee Fuller (Sydney Uni Staminade) 0:03:30
10Hannah Seeliger (Butterfields Racing) 0:05:22
11Maeve Plouffe (Team Garmin Australia) 0:07:39
12Sophie Edwards (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:11:48
13Catelyn Turner (Sydney Uni Staminade)
14Kelly Fettes (Butterfields Racing) 0:12:58
15Alexandra Martin Wallace (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:16:14
16Isabella Flint (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 0:17:29
17Katarina Chung-orr (South Australian Institue of Sport)
18Stephanie Corset (Veris Racing Women's Team) 0:19:00
19Jessica Lawler (Velofit Australia) 0:21:49
20Celia Cowan (South Australian Institue of Sport) 0:23:46
21Amelia Langham (StepFWD IT Suzuki) 0:27:31

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Garmin Australia 7:31:06
2Specialized Women's Racing 0:01:54
3Team BikeExchange 0:02:00
4Roxsolt LIV Sram 0:02:35
5ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women 0:08:23
6Velofit Australia 0:08:26
7Butterfields Racing 0:08:29
8Sydney Uni Staminade 0:08:31
9South Australian Institute of Sport 0:14:52
10StepFWD IT Suzuki 0:14:55
11Giant Racing Team 0:24:14
12 Veris Racing Women's Team 0:39:45

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