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Santos Festival of Cycling: Baker wins stage 4 as teammate Gigante secures overall

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Georgia Baker (Team Garmin Australia) wins stage 4 of Santos Festival of Cycling

Georgia Baker (Team Garmin Australia) wins the final stage of the Santos Festival of Cycling (Image credit: Sarah Reed)
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The final podium at the Santos Festival of cycling, won by Sarah Gigante (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Sarah Gigante (Team Garmin Australia) has a huge future ahead of her in cycling (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Team Garmin Australia had a huge Santos Festival of cycling, winning three stages and the overall (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Sarah Gigante (Team Garmin Australia) on the front in the Santos Festival of Cycling (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Darcie Richards (Velofit Australia) came down on stage 4 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Garmin Australia team controlled stage 4 of the Santos Festival of Cycling (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lucy Kennedy (Team BikeExchange) signs on at the Santos Festival of Cycling (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Team BikeExchange at the Santos Festival of Cycling (Image credit: Getty Images)

Georgia Baker (Team Garmin Australia) won the final hot and hectic stage of the Santos Festival of Cycling, wrapping up the criterium while teammate Sarah Gigante made it safely to the finish line to comfortably take overall victory at the 4-day National Road Series event. 

Team Garmin Australia were always among the favourites to win the one hour criterium at the 1.1 kilometre Victoria Park circuit, as the team of the overall winner was also stacked with Australian track talent. That’s why Gigante, secure in her lead of the general classification, instead became a workhorse on the final stage of the four-day National Road Series tour.

“What a perfect day. It was so so cool. We were hoping to finish it off today strong,” said the 20-year-old Australian rider who won the tour with a gap of 3:12 to Lucy Kennedy (Team Bike Exchange).

“We were trying to keep the bunch under control, we knew we had some awesome sprinters and that was pretty much the ideal scenario. I tried my best, I’m not the best crit rider but I wanted to help pay them back for all their wonderful work this week,” said Gigante.  

Team Garmin Australia made the most of those efforts, adding a third stage victory to Gigante's overall title and two stage wins.

“Given the heat and the really hard conditions today we weren’t sure how we would go,” said Baker who said they had decided to make the call on the road about whether her or Annette Edmondson would go for the final sprint. “I am just so happy. I feel so honoured to have had my track girls lead me out. I couldn’t have asked for a better lead out in the entire world so it was just awesome.”

“We came together at the beginning of the week not having worked together much and by the end of the week it is like we have been working together all year,” said Baker.

Roseman-Gannon sprinted to second behind Baker, with stage 1 winner Peta Mullens (Roxsolt LIV Sram) in third. That second place and time bonuses from the intermediate sprints meant Roseman-Gannon comfortably retained her third position on the overall and even got close to threatening Kennedy’s second place, finishing only one second behind.

How it unfolded

Riders on the exposed Victoria Park track were desperately trying to keep cool any way they could with ice vests and stockings filled with ice cubes shoved down the back as the temperature hovered around 40 degrees. The wind too was set to add to the degree of difficulty, with the flags on the side of the course flying and the sight of a billowing plume of smoke rising off in the distant hills of the bushfire prone area. 

When they took off from the line the ever-aggressive individual rider, Alana Forster went straight to the front leading out the peloton as they braced for an hour of hot racing. The speed ebbed and flowed, with some small digs at the head of the race and riders falling off the back when the accelerations came but it was the intermediate sprints the riders were mainly saving their reserves for.

At the bell to indicate the first of four intermediate sprints the group wound up the pace but with teammate Alexandra Martin Wallace providing a powerful lead out for Ruby Roseman-Gannon (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast) there was no real competition. The young rider swept up the top points and 3 second time bonus with ease, both crucial to Roseman-Gannon as at the start of the stage she was just two seconds ahead of Nicole Frain (Sydney Uni Staminade) on the overall and was equal with Gigante in the competition for the sprint jersey.

Right before the second intermediate sprint with 15 laps to go Chelsea Holmes (Giant Racing Team) took off out the front to take maximum points while Roseman-Gannon secured second just ahead of Frain. As the third approached Amber Pate was off the front on her own, but was more interested in grabbing a bottle of water than trying to grab the points so got swept up before the line and Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) took maximum points. The fourth, at five laps to go, ended up going to Kelly Fettes (Butterfields Racing) but by now the focus in the peloton was squarely shifting toward that final line.  

Team Garmin Australia started flexing their muscles with an impressive train led by Gigante. Other riders tried to infiltrate but ultimately the team managed to placed Baker where she needed to be before the tricky run into the line so she could respond to the charge of Mullens and Roseman-Gannon and take victory on the final stage.

Roseman-Gannon’s second added to her lead in the sprint classification, which meant that at least one of the individual jerseys went to some one other than Gigante. Not surprisingly Team Garmin Australia also won the team classification.

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

Ziptrak Sprint 1: 20 Laps to go
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruby Roseman-Gannon (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 3
2Alexandra Martin Wallace (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 2
3Nicole Frain (Sydney Uni Staminade) 1

Ziptrak Sprint 2: 15 Laps to go
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chelsea Holmes (Giant Racing Team) 3
2Ruby Roseman-Gannon (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 2
3Nicole Frain (Sydney Uni Staminade) 1

Ziptrak Sprint 3: 10 Laps to go
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) 3
2Ruby Roseman-Gannon (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 2
3Nicole Frain (Sydney Uni Staminade) 1

Ziptrak Sprint 4: 5 Laps to go
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kelly Fettes (Butterfields Racing) 3
2Nicole Frain (Sydney Uni Staminade) 2
3Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) 1

Sprint Finish
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Georgia Baker (Team Garmin Australia) 3
2Ruby Roseman-Gannon (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 2
3Peta Mullens (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 1

Teams
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Garmin Australia 2:50:59
2Roxsolt LIV Sram
3Specialized Women's Racing 0:00:03
4Team BikeExchange 0:00:17
5Sydney Uni Staminade 0:00:43
6Butterfields Racing 0:01:02
7ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women 0:01:05
8Velofit Australia 0:01:39
9South Australian Institute of Sport 0:01:50
10StepFWD IT Suzuki 0:01:51
11Giant Racing Team 0:01:54
12Veris Racing Women's Team 0:03:47

Final general classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Gigante (Team Garmin Australia) 7:02:01
2Lucy Kennedy (Team BikeExchange) 0:03:12
3Ruby Roseman-Gannon (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:03:13
4Nicole Frain (Sydney Uni Staminade) 0:03:28
5Laura Luxford (Specialized WomeN'S Racing) 0:03:47
6Neve Bradbury (Team Garmin Australia) 0:03:50
7Carlee Taylor (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 0:03:53
8Elizabeth Stannard (Specialized WomeN'S Racing)Sydney Uni Staminade 0:04:04
9Matilda Raynolds (Specialized WomeN'S Racing) 0:04:13
10Danielle de Francesco (Specialized WomeN'S Racing) 0:04:48
11Holly Harris (Specialized WomeN'S Racing) 0:04:52
12Anya Louw (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:05:07
13Alexandra Manly (Team BikeExchange) 0:05:11
14Chelsea Holmes (Giant Racing Team) 0:05:15
15Amber Pate (South Australian Institue of Sport) 0:05:16
16Peta Mullens (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 0:05:40
17Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) 0:05:47
18Ella Bloor (Specialized WomeN'S Racing) 0:05:57
19Staci McCudden (StepFWD IT Suzuki) 0:06:34
20Hailey Mason (Butterfields Racing) 0:07:15
21Georgia Baker (Team Garmin Australia) 0:07:17
22Bree Wilson (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 0:07:32
23Cassia Boglio (Velofit Australia) 0:07:40
24Darcie Richards (Velofit Australia) 0:08:03
25Breeana Hargrave (Specialized WomeN'S Racing) 0:08:08
26Alana Forster (Unattached) 0:08:36
27Haylee Fuller (Sydney Uni Staminade) 0:08:58
28Loretta Hanson (Team Garmin Australia) 0:09:23
29Hannah Seeliger (Butterfields Racing) 0:09:31
30Ashlee Akundinoff (Team Garmin Australia) 0:09:43
31Annette Edmondson (Team Garmin Australia) 0:09:51
32Sarah roy (Team BikeExchange) 0:10:45
33Maeve Plouffe (Team Garmin Australia) 0:12:09
34Victoria Barry (Velofit Australia) 0:14:44
35Emma Viotto (Giant Racing Team) 0:16:21
36Pia Smith (StepFWD IT Suzuki) 0:17:56
37Brittany Petersen (Butterfields Racing) 0:18:04
38Nicola Macdonald (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 0:18:06
39Courtney Sherwell (Roxsolt LIV Sram)
40Sophie Edwards (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:18:21
41Jessica Allen (Team BikeExchange) 0:18:41
42Libby Young (Butterfields Racing) 0:18:43
43Jennifer Darmody (Sydney Uni Staminade) 0:18:46
44Holly Lubcke (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:18:55
45Kelly Fettes (Butterfields Racing) 0:19:33
46Erin Bertram (Velofit Australia) 0:21:33
47Shannon McCurley (Unattached) 0:22:05
48Katarina Chung-Orr (South Australian Institue of Sport) 0:24:33
49Stephanie Corset (Veris Racing WomeN'S Team) 0:26:02
50Alexandra Martin Wallace (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:26:04
51Nicole Mitsigeorgis (Veris Racing WomeN'S Team) 0:26:36
52Fleur Wellings (South Australian Institue of Sport) 0:27:16
53Jessica Lawler (Velofit Australia) 0:28:52
54Sa_ron Button (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 0:29:12
55Kate Bonner (Velofit Australia) 0:30:39
56Celia Cowan (South Australian Institue of Sport) 0:30:49
57Emily Fowler (StepFWD IT Suzuki) 0:32:31
58Amalia Langham (StepFWD IT Suzuki) 0:35:11
59Gemma Mollenhauer (Giant Racing Team) 0:36:48
60Kirsty Deacon (Veris Racing WomeN'S Team) 0:37:11
61Lauren Perry (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:49:15

Sprints classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruby Roseman-Gannon (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 18
2Sarah Gigante (Team Garmin Australia) 9
3Nicole Frain (Sydney Uni Staminade) 8
4Chelsea Holmes (Giant Racing Team) 6
5Peta Mullens (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 5
6Georgia Baker (Team Garmin Australia) 5
7Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) 5
8Kirsty Deacon (Veris Racing WomeN'S Team) 5
9Alana Forster (Unattached) 3
10Kelly Fettes (Butterfields Racing) 3
11Lucy Kennedy (Team BikeExchange) 2
12Ashlee Akundinoff (Team Garmin Australia) 2
13Sarah roy (Team BikeExchange) 2
14Alexandra Martin Wallace (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 2
15Matilda Raynolds (Specialized WomeN'S Racing) 1
16Bree Wilson (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 1
17Annette Edmondson (Team Garmin Australia) 1

Mountains classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Gigante (Team Garmin Australia) 24
2Lucy Kennedy (Team BikeExchange) 8
3Nicole Frain (Sydney Uni Staminade) 7
4Kirsty Deacon (Veris Racing WomeN'S Team) 5
5Laura Luxford (Specialized WomeN'S Racing) 5
6Chelsea Holmes (Giant Racing Team) 5
7Bree Wilson (Roxsolt LIV Sram) 3
8Ruby Roseman-Gannon (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 2

Young Rider Classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Gigante (Team Garmin Australia) 7:02:01
2Neve Bradbury (Team Garmin Australia) 0:03:50
3Anya Louw (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:05:07
4Chelsea Holmes (Giant Racing Team) 0:05:15
5Staci McCudden (StepFWD IT Suzuki) 0:06:34
6Hailey Mason (Butterfields Racing) 0:07:15
7Cassia Boglio (Velofit Australia) 0:07:40
8Darcie Richards (Velofit Australia) 0:08:03
9Haylee Fuller (Sydney Uni Staminade) 0:08:58
10Hannah Seeliger (Butterfields Racing) 0:09:31
11Maeve Plouffe (Team Garmin Australia) 0:12:09
12Sophie Edwards (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:18:21
13Kelly Fettes (Butterfields Racing) 0:19:33
14Katarina Chung-Orr (South Australian Institue of Sport) 0:24:33
15Stephanie Corset (Veris Racing WomeN'S Team) 0:26:02
16Alexandra Martin Wallace (ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women) 0:26:04
17Jessica Lawler (Velofit Australia) 0:28:52
18Celia Cowan (South Australian Institue of Sport) 0:30:49
19Amalia Langham (StepFWD IT Suzuki) 0:35:11

Teams classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Garmin Australia 21:17:10
2Specialized Women's Racing 0:00:32
3Team BikeExchange 0:02:59
4Roxsolt LIV Sram 0:05:32
5ARA Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast Women 0:15:57
6Velofit Australia 0:17:09
7Sydney Uni Staminade 0:20:01
8Butterfields Racing 0:21:38
9South Australian Institute of Sport 0:45:06
10StepFWD IT Suzuki 0:45:10
11Giant Racing Team 0:47:23
12Veris Racing Women's Team 1:18:47

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