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Ruby Roseman-Gannon takes the stage and overall victory at Santos Festival of Cycling

LOBETHAL AUSTRALIA JANUARY 25 Ruby RosemanGannon of Australia and Team BikeExchangeJayco Blue Santos Leaders Jersey celebrates at finish line as stage winner during the 2nd Santos Festival Of Cycling 2022 Womens Elite Stage 3 a 869km stage from Lobethal to Lobethal TourDownUnder on January 25 2022 in Lobethal Australia Photo by Daniel KaliszGetty Images
Ruby Roseman-Gannon (BikeExchange-Jayco) takes out stage and the overall at the Santos Festival of Cycling (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Ruby Roseman-Gannon (BikeExchange-Jayco) added a stage victory to her unyielding grip on the overall on day 3 of the Santos Festival of Cycling, finishing the GC determining road stages of the South Australian race on a high note before getting set to put on the jersey of the Australian criterium champion for Wednesday's women's racing finale.

The newly signed BikeExchange-Jayco rider, who took second place in the first two stages, delivered a clear win in the stretched out sprint in Lobethal after the team fighting off the numerous attempts during the stage to try and chip away at the lead in the overall competition. Roseman-Gannon, however, didn't give them that chance, just stretching it with intermediate sprint placings and that podium topping finish.

"It's so good to finish it off on a high," said Roseman-Gannon. "The last two days were good but not what I wanted, I wanted  to finish off the job so today is the dream day."

Australian champion Nicole Frain (Roxsolt Liv SRAM) came over the line second, which also helped her jump up to second overall, while Roseman-Gannon's teammate Georgia Baker held on after the lead-out to take third on the stage. That also made it a tight run battle for third on the GC, putting Baker 25 seconds back with Maeve Plouffe (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) , but the stage two winner Plouffe held the position.

How it unfolded

With the General Classification so tight – the top 23 riders all within 23 seconds – the decisive 86.9km stage, which started and finished in Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills, was always going to be fiery and with the first of two unpaved sections barely 2km into the racing it was not surprising that the moves started rolling early. It was the versatile multi-discipline rider Peta Mullens (Roxsolt Liv SRAM) who initially shot across to the gravel out the front and Ruth Corset (VA Pro Racing) was among those that joined, but with key riders attentive to the danger and quick to react it was a split that wasn’t allowed to get well established.

Next out the front it was Lauren Thomas (Giant Racing), Sydney Uni Staminade teammates Josie Talbot and Georgia Whitehouse along with Nicola Macdonald (Roxsolt Liv SRAM). After that it was Australian champion Nicole Frain (Roxsolt Liv SRAM) that set the peloton scrambling, shooting out the front solo and stretching the gap as the first intermediate sprint approached at 23 km into the racing. 

There were reactions aplenty, but Frain had a big enough gap out the front that it was clear she would sweep up the top intermediate sprint points and 3 second bonus, enough to move her up one spot on the GC before lining up the next shift up the overall on the final line. Georgie Howe (Knights of Suburbia Racing), who was chasing Frain, took  second place in that intermediate sprint while Roseman-Gannon made another small deposit in her bonus time piggy bank. 

The break attempts continued but weren’t let run too far after until Elizabeth Young (Butterfields Racing) built a solid gap, stretching it out to over a minute as Ella Bloor (Inform TMX MAKE) fought to catch on behind with around 40 kilometres to go.  Bloor held on just long enough to take second place behind Young in the next intermediate sprint of the day, at nearly 60 kilometres in, while Roseman-Gannon again jumped to accumulate another second of time bonuses.

With Amanda Spratt (BikeExchange-Jayco) working relentlessly on the front as the second gravel section approached the gap to Young shrunk. It was down to around 30 seconds by the time the race had moved into its final 14km and as the gravel gave way and the challenge of that final climb, and the day’s QOM point, approached the field was together. Grace Brown (Team Garmin Australia) went right at the base, providing what looked like a perfect lead out to Corset, who attacked over the top to secure the Queen of the Mountain jersey. 

Behind Roseman-Gannon was on guard – not wanting to be undone at the final hurdle – with the climb just two kilometres from the line, particularly not after all the work that had been put in.

“I remember thinking just coming out of the gravel you have got to so deep, whatever goes you have got to be there," said Roseman-Gannon. "I knew I had to take full responsibility for that because my team had been working all week for me, so I was ready.” 

It was then a flawless run into the line for BikeExchange-Jayco, with the ever hard working Alex Manly driving the pace, then Baker and finally the launch of Roseman-Gannon to clinch the stage victory to add to her two stage second places and overall tour victory.

The four days of women’s racing in South Australia finishes on Wednesday evening with a criterium on a 1.35km circuit in the heart of Adelaide, running over 45 minutes and 1 lap.

Results - stage 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 2:17:21
2Nicole Frain (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM
3Georgia Baker (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco
4Matilda Raynolds (Aus) Inform TMX Make
5Peta Mullens (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM
6Hayley Jones (Aus) Giant Racing Team
7Ruth Corset (Aus) VA Pro Racing
8Matilda Field (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM
9Danielle de Francesco (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
10Emily Watts (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing 0:00:04
11Katie Banerjee (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing 0:00:05
12Georgia Whitehouse (Aus) Sydney Uni Staminade Women's
13Amelia Watkinson (Aus) Individual Riders
14Mia Hayden (Aus) Women's Racing Project
15Maeve Plouffe (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
16Justine Barrow (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM
17Isabelle Carres (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
18Courtney Sherwell (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM
19Carlee Taylor (Aus) Inform TMX Make
20Hannah Seeliger (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
21Alisha Wells (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
22Megan Armitage (Irl) Team Westpac
23Georgie Howe (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing
24Alexandra Manly (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco
25Gina Ricardo (Aus) Sydney Uni Staminade Women's
26Samara Sheppard (NZl) Team Westpac 0:00:13
27Grace Brown (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
28Amber Pate (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 0:00:23
29Rose Vassel (Aus) Stepfwd Soomom 0:00:25
30Sophie Edwards (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:00:28
31Kathryn Mcinerney (Aus) Stepfwd Soomom
32Sharni Morley (Aus) Stepfwd Soomom
33Elizabeth Young (Aus) Butterfields Racing Team
34Alli Anderson (Aus) South Australian Sports Institute
35Chelsea Holmes (Aus) Inform TMX Make 0:00:34
36Jennifer Darmody (Aus) Sydney Uni Staminade Women's
37Sophie Malowiecki (Aus) Giant Racing Team 0:00:52
38Darcie Richards (Aus) VA Pro Racing
39Claire Battle (Aus) Giant Racing Team
40Jessica Pratt (Aus) Sydney Uni Staminade Women's
41Lauren Thomas (Aus) Giant Racing Team
42Nicole Oh (Aus) Individual Riders 0:01:16
43Nicole Wilson (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:01:19
44Ella Simpson (Aus) Butterfields Racing Team 0:01:48
45Imogen Alton (Aus) Sydney Uni Staminade Women's
46Laura Chancellor (Aus) Women's Racing Project
47Nicole Mitsigeorgis (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation 0:01:50
48Mackenzie Coupland (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
49Haylee Fuller (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
50Brittany Petersen (Aus) Team Westpac
51Emma Pratt (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
52Lucinda Stewart (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
53Josie Talbot (Aus) Sydney Uni Staminade Women's
54Kerry Jonker (RSA) Team Westpac
55Loretta Hanson (Aus) Team Westpac 0:01:57
56Amanda Spratt (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 0:02:04
57Rachel Wales (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:02:05
58Belinda Bailey (Aus) Stepfwd Soomom 0:03:05
59Emma Viotto (Aus) Giant Racing Team 0:03:09
60Bree Playel (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:03:29
61Phillipa Ash (Aus) Individual Riders 0:03:49
62Ella Bloor (Aus) Inform TMX Make 0:04:10
63Lucie Fityus (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
64Alana Forster (Aus) Butterfields Racing Team 0:05:12
65Sophie Marr (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing 0:11:15
66Julia Atkins (Aus) Women's Racing Project
67Holly Lubcke (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
68Maddison Taylor (Aus) Giant Racing Team 0:11:19
69Celia Cowan (Aus) Butterfields Racing Team 0:12:30
70Rachel Hore (Aus) Individual Riders 0:13:30
DNFNicola Macdonald (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM
DNFAlyssa Polites (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
DNFJessa Francis (Aus) Women's Racing Project
DNFEloise Sandow (Aus) Inform TMX Make
DNSAnya Louw (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
DNSAlexandra Martin-wallace (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
DNSShannon Mccurley (Irl) Knights of Suburbia Racing

Sprint 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicole Frain (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM 3
2Georgie Howe (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing 2
3Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 1

Sprint 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elizabeth Young (Aus) Butterfields Racing Team 3
2Ella Bloor (Aus) Inform TMX Make 2
3Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 1

Sprint 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 3
2Nicole Frain (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM 2
3Georgia Baker (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 1

Mountain 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruth Corset (Aus) VA Pro Racing 10
2Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 6
3Alexandra Manly (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 4
4Nicole Frain (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM 2
5Hannah Seeliger (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation 1

Young rider
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emily Watts (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing 2:17:25
2Mia Hayden (Aus) Women's Racing Project 0:00:01
3Isabelle Carres (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
4Hannah Seeliger (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
5Alisha Wells (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
6Sophie Edwards (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:00:24
7Sharni Morley (Aus) Stepfwd Soomom
8Alli Anderson (Aus) South Australian Sports Institute
9Chelsea Holmes (Aus) Inform TMX Make 0:00:30
10Darcie Richards (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:00:48
11Lauren Thomas (Aus) Giant Racing Team
12Ella Simpson (Aus) Butterfields Racing Team 0:01:44
13Laura Chancellor (Aus) Women's Racing Project
14Mackenzie Coupland (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation 0:01:46
15Haylee Fuller (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
16Lucinda Stewart (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
17Belinda Bailey (Aus) Stepfwd Soomom 0:03:01
18Bree Playel (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:03:25
19Lucie Fityus (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation 0:04:06
20Sophie Marr (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing 0:11:11
21Holly Lubcke (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
22Celia Cowan (Aus) Butterfields Racing Team 0:12:26

Team
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Roxsolt Liv Sram 6:52:03
2Team BikeExchange-Jayco 6:52:08
3Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 6:52:13
4Knights of Suburbia Racing 6:52:17
5Inform TMX Make 6:52:42
6Sydney Uni Staminade Women's Cycling 6:52:47
7Team Garmin Australia 6:52:49
8Stepfwd Soomom 6:53:24
9Giant Racing Team 6:53:47
10TeamWestpac 6:54:11
11Va Pro Racing 6:54:14
12Cycling Development Foundation 6:55:48
13Butterfields Racing Team 6:59:31
14Women's Racing Project 7:05:11

General classification after stage 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 6:53:53
2Nicole Frain (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM 0:00:18
3Maeve Plouffe (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:00:25
4Georgia Baker (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco
5Emily Watts (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing 0:00:29
6Matilda Raynolds (Aus) Inform TMX Make 0:00:35
7Matilda Field (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM
8Ruth Corset (Aus) VA Pro Racing
9Danielle de Francesco (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
10Peta Mullens (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM
11Georgie Howe (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing 0:00:38
12Georgia Whitehouse (Aus) Sydney Uni Staminade Women's 0:00:40
13Katie Banerjee (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing
14Mia Hayden (Aus) Women's Racing Project
15Gina Ricardo (Aus) Sydney Uni Staminade Women's
16Amelia Watkinson (Aus) Individual Riders
17Alexandra Manly (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco
18Courtney Sherwell (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM
19Carlee Taylor (Aus) Inform TMX Make
20Justine Barrow (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM
21Grace Brown (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:00:48
22Samara Sheppard (NZl) Team Westpac
23Isabelle Carres (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:01:09
24Alisha Wells (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
25Megan Armitage (Irl) Team Westpac
26Hannah Seeliger (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
27Amber Pate (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 0:01:15
28Sophie Malowiecki (Aus) Giant Racing Team 0:01:27
29Rose Vassel (Aus) Stepfwd Soomom 0:01:29
30Elizabeth Young (Aus) Butterfields Racing Team
31Sharni Morley (Aus) Stepfwd Soomom 0:01:32
32Hayley Jones (Aus) Giant Racing Team 0:01:34
33Jennifer Darmody (Aus) Sydney Uni Staminade Women's 0:01:38
34Jessica Pratt (Aus) Sydney Uni Staminade Women's 0:01:56
35Lauren Thomas (Aus) Giant Racing Team
36Darcie Richards (Aus) VA Pro Racing
37Nicole Wilson (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:02:23
38Josie Talbot (Aus) Sydney Uni Staminade Women's 0:02:53
39Emma Pratt (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation 0:02:54
40Ella Simpson (Aus) Butterfields Racing Team 0:02:59
41Kathryn Mcinerney (Aus) Stepfwd Soomom 0:03:00
42Loretta Hanson (Aus) Team Westpac 0:03:29
43Rachel Wales (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:03:37
44Kerry Jonker (RSA) Team Westpac 0:03:53
45Lucie Fityus (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation 0:05:14
46Sophie Edwards (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:05:36
47Ella Bloor (Aus) Inform TMX Make 0:06:11
48Bree Playel (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:08:17
49Amanda Spratt (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 0:08:44
50Chelsea Holmes (Aus) Inform TMX Make 0:09:30
51Claire Battle (Aus) Giant Racing Team 0:10:19
52Nicole Oh (Aus) Individual Riders 0:11:11
53Imogen Alton (Aus) Sydney Uni Staminade Women's 0:11:43
54Brittany Petersen (Aus) Team Westpac 0:11:45
55Alli Anderson (Aus) South Australian Sports Institute 0:11:56
56Belinda Bailey (Aus) Stepfwd Soomom 0:12:01
57Emma Viotto (Aus) Giant Racing Team 0:12:08
58Sophie Marr (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing 0:12:19
59Maddison Taylor (Aus) Giant Racing Team 0:12:23
60Phillipa Ash (Aus) Individual Riders 0:13:13
61Holly Lubcke (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:13:18
62Haylee Fuller (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:14:50
63Nicole Mitsigeorgis (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation 0:17:18
64Lucinda Stewart (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:21:10
65Laura Chancellor (Aus) Women's Racing Project 0:22:52
66Alana Forster (Aus) Butterfields Racing Team 0:24:32
67Rachel Hore (Aus) Individual Riders 0:30:03
68Julia Atkins (Aus) Women's Racing Project 0:30:35
69Mackenzie Coupland (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation 0:32:25
70Celia Cowan (Aus) Butterfields Racing Team 0:35:50

Points classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 20
2Maeve Plouffe (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 8
3Nicole Frain (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM 7
4Georgia Baker (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 7
5Emily Watts (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing 3
6Elizabeth Young (Aus) Butterfields Racing Team 3
7Georgie Howe (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing 2
8Ella Bloor (Aus) Inform TMX Make 2
9Hayley Jones (Aus) Giant Racing Team 1
10Josie Talbot (Aus) Sydney Uni Staminade Women's 1

Mountain classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruth Corset (Aus) VA Pro Racing 17
2Georgie Howe (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing 7
3Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 6
4Justine Barrow (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM 6
5Alexandra Manly (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco 4
6Nicole Frain (Aus) Roxsolt Liv SRAM 2
7Hannah Seeliger (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation 1

Young rider classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emily Watts (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing 6:54:22
2Mia Hayden (Aus) Women's Racing Project 0:00:11
3Isabelle Carres (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:00:40
4Alisha Wells (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
5Hannah Seeliger (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
6Sharni Morley (Aus) Stepfwd Soomom 0:01:03
7Lauren Thomas (Aus) Giant Racing Team 0:01:27
8Darcie Richards (Aus) VA Pro Racing
9Ella Simpson (Aus) Butterfields Racing Team 0:02:30
10Lucie Fityus (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation 0:04:45
11Sophie Edwards (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:05:07
12Bree Playel (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:07:48
13Chelsea Holmes (Aus) Inform TMX Make 0:09:01
14Alli Anderson (Aus) South Australian Sports Institute 0:11:27
15Belinda Bailey (Aus) Stepfwd Soomom 0:11:32
16Sophie Marr (Aus) Knights of Suburbia Racing 0:11:50
17Holly Lubcke (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:12:49
18Haylee Fuller (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:14:21
19Lucinda Stewart (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:20:41
20Laura Chancellor (Aus) Women's Racing Project 0:22:23
21Mackenzie Coupland (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation 0:31:56
22Celia Cowan (Aus) Butterfields Racing Team 0:35:21

Team classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Roxsolt Liv Sram 20:43:24
2Team BikeExchange-Jayco 20:43:29
3Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 20:43:34
4Knights of Suburbia Racing 20:43:38
5Inform TMX Make 20:44:32
6Sydney Uni Staminade Women's Cycling 20:44:37
7Team Garmin Australia 20:45:08
8Giant Racing Team 20:46:06
9Stepfwd Soomom 20:46:12
10Va Pro Racing 20:46:33
11Team Westpac 20:46:58
12Cycling Development Foundation 20:48:36
13Women's Racing Project 21:06:21
14Butterfields Racing Team 21:10:42

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Simone joined the team as Production Editor based in Australia at the start of the 2021 season, having previously worked as Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg.

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