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Wells victorious at East End in Santos Women's Cup

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Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) sprinting ahead of Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle Honda) and Jenny Macpherson (Liv Giant)

Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) sprinting ahead of Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle Honda) and Jenny Macpherson (Liv Giant) (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The bunch was strung out when the pace rose and the chase started in earnest

The bunch was strung out when the pace rose and the chase started in earnest (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The leaders worked well together

The leaders worked well together (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle Honda) and Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) were always close together in the bunch

Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle Honda) and Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) were always close together in the bunch (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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A counterattack went as soon as the break was caught

A counterattack went as soon as the break was caught (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The bunch allowed the leaders to stay away for a handful of laps

The bunch allowed the leaders to stay away for a handful of laps (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The four breakaway leaders only ever managed to gain 10 seconds over the chasers

The four breakaway leaders only ever managed to gain 10 seconds over the chasers (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The bunch passes the historic buildings in East Terrace

The bunch passes the historic buildings in East Terrace (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The race begins - Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) heads off

The race begins - Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) heads off (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The start line in Adelaide's East End

The start line in Adelaide's East End (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Criterium National Champion, Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) lines up for the race

Criterium National Champion, Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) lines up for the race (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The race was televised on big screens around the course

The race was televised on big screens around the course (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Jenny Macpherson (Liv giant) sits just ahead of Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) in the bunch

Jenny Macpherson (Liv giant) sits just ahead of Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) in the bunch (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The podium - Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle Honda), Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) and Jenny Macpherson (Liv Giant)

The podium - Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle Honda), Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) and Jenny Macpherson (Liv Giant) (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The podium - Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle Honda), Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) and Jenny Macpherson (Liv Giant)

The podium - Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle Honda), Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) and Jenny Macpherson (Liv Giant) (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle Honda) and Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) discuss the sprint after the race

Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle Honda) and Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) discuss the sprint after the race (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Round 1 winner - national criterium champion, Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor)

Round 1 winner - national criterium champion, Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Spectators congratulated Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) during her victory lap

Spectators congratulated Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) during her victory lap (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle Honda) and Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) go head-to-head for the win

Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle Honda) and Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) go head-to-head for the win (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) sits in the peloton with a couple of laps to go

Kimberley Wells (Specialized - Securitor) sits in the peloton with a couple of laps to go (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Isabella King (Jayco-AIS) leads the chase

Isabella King (Jayco-AIS) leads the chase (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Jasmine Hurikino (Crino Cycles / Casa & Boggeta) gained a small lead with 4 laps to go

Jasmine Hurikino (Crino Cycles / Casa & Boggeta) gained a small lead with 4 laps to go (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Amy Cure leads team-mate, Isabella King (Jayco-AIS) at the front of the chase

Amy Cure leads team-mate, Isabella King (Jayco-AIS) at the front of the chase (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)

Kimberley Wells (Specialized-Securitor) has continued her fantastic display of early season form by taking out Stage 1 of the Santos Women's Cup. Wells outsprinted Commonwealth Games road champion Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle-Honda) to the line with a photo-finish necessary before Jenny Macpherson (Liv-Giant) could claim the final podium spot.

The recently crowned Australian criterium champion has been a dominant force during the Australian summer, winning stages at the NSW Grand Prix, Mitchelton Bay Series and finally the Australian criterium championships just one week ago in Ballarat.

The Specialized-Securitor squad were simply too good at the end of the 24km with three riders finishing in the top-10 however, it was not an easy ride to the finish. The race was aggressive from the start with the lead continuously changing at the front of the race.

The attacks were constant throughout and it wasn't until the final three laps that the bunch sprint seemed inevitable. In the long drag to the line it was Wells who had the power to make it all the way. Another victory for the rapidly-developing Australian criterium champ. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kimberley Wells40pts
2Rochelle Gilmore35
3Jenny Macpherson30
4Jessica Mundy25
5Amy Cure20
6Nicole Whitburn18
7Sarah Roy16
8Kate Finegan14
9Tanya Matthewson12
10Amy Bradley10
11Carla Ryan5
12Lauretta Hanson5
13Joanne Hogan5
14Joanna Wall5
15Cassandra Dodd5
16Ashlee Ankudinoff5
17Emma Mackie5
18Nicole Mcnamara5
19Lucy Barker5
20Jasmin Hurikino5
21Isabella King5
22Carly Williams5
23Rebecca Domanage5
24Hannah Geelan5
25Brittany Lindores5
26Philippa Read5
DNFRebecca Werner
DNFCarla Franson
DNFStephanie Ives
DNFClaire Homsey

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