Lizzie Williams solos to victory on Santos Women’s Tour stage three

Lizzie Williams (Orica-AIS) attacked from a seven-rider breakaway to take a solo victory in Lyndoch on Monday on the third stage of the Santos Women's Tour. Race leader Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS) led home the chasers 19 seconds later to hang onto the blue jersey she's worn since her stage win one win. Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products) rounded out the all-Australian podium.

"I saw an opening at four kilometres to go," said Williams. "I was on the back. I was hurting really bad, but I just thought I needed to bury myself to the end. I went, and I went with a lot of speed from the back. I went as hard as I could, and when I looked back, I had a gap."

"I got into that head space that I would just have to push, push as hard as I can," said Williams. "It was only four kilometres – and yeah, it ultimately worked."

The Lyndoch circuit proved the most dynamic day of racing yet. The women's peloton covered four laps of an undulating 25.2-kilometre loop with a significant ascent up Whispering Wall on every lap. With a number of riders capable of contesting the stage, Orica-AIS seized control of the race from the start and used their strength in numbers to dictate the action.

"It was a complete team ride today," said Williams. "I couldn't have won by myself. Everyone put in something. Everyone did something for that victory to happen. We have such a strong and cohesive team at the moment. I'm really looking forward to the season."

How the race unfolded

The women's peloton rolled out for the longest stage of the Santos Women's Tour in sunny, hot and humid conditions. A lift in pace up the Whispering Wall caused a split in the peloton and signified the aggressive nature of racing still to come.

The two main groups on the road came together before the start of lap two, but the calm was short-lived. Nicheliving Vault teammates Erin Kinnealy and Liz Leyden slipped away form the field just beyond the feed zone. Their gap yo-yo'ed between 10-seconds and 30-seconds until Kinnealy lifted the pace, dislodging Leyden in the process. Now a lone leader, Kinnealy had pocketed slightly more than a minute by the time she hit the Whispering Wall.

The peloton attacked its way up the climb with a group of eight riders forcing clear from the bunch. By the time the group reached the top of the climb, they had caught Kinnealy and put in ten seconds on an elite selection of 30 riders. The first two groups on the road rejoined on the descent. A third group of around 20 riders madly pedalled to catch back on to the leaders.

Next it was a group of six slipping up the road. Rosella Ratto (Cyclance), Dani King (Wiggle High5), Tayler Wiles (Orica-AIS), Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS), Louisa Lobigs (Holden) and Jo Hogan (Rush) distanced themselves from a 30-rider peloton.

Kimberley Wells (High5 Dream Team) put in a huge effort to bridge the gap to the leaders. With Wells present, every major team was represented in the move, but Wells would be a clear favourite for a sprint, making her a less than ideal breakaway companion.

As lap three began, the seven-rider escape held onto a 50-second advantage over a peloton that had swelled to include around 50 riders.

The break was caught before the third ascent of the Whispering Wall, but the steep gradient and injection in pace split the field. Spratt managed to sneak away alone. Garfoot, King, Kitchen, Shelley Olds (Cylance), Lizzie Williams (Orica-AIS) and Tiffany Cromwell (SASI) formed the chase in her wake.

"Our plan was to push it really hard up the climbs every lap," said Williams. "We wanted to try to break the field. It did that every lap but nothing really stuck. On the second last lap, Rachel [Neylan] did a really hard effort up the climb and that ultimately created the break which I was in."

Spratt heard the bell sound as she crossed the finish line for a fourth and final lap 24 seconds ahead of the six chasers. With the bunch more than two minutes down, it was becoming increasingly clear that the stage winner would come from this selection.

"With Spratty dangling off the front, Kat and I could sit on," noted Williams. "Tiffany Cromwell and Lauren Kitchen worked very hard to get Spratty back."

The chasing group overtook Spratt on the final time up the Whispering Wall – and the counter-attacks were swift and immediate. First three were away. Then four. Then it was all back together. Finally Williams broke the elastic.

Having gained a gap, Williams never looked back. Pedalling furiously all the way to the finish, Williams snagged her second victory of the still early season – adding a Santos Women's Tour stage win to the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic stage victory she earned earlier this month.

The battle for the overall remains fierce with one stage left to race. While Garfoot leads, she's tied on time with three riders – Kitchen in second, Olds in third and King in fourth. The general classification will be decided on Tuesday in Victoria Park with an hour-long criterium.

"It's all about the defence tomorrow," said Williams. "We won't be too confident, but we're out there to see if we can take away the tour."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lizzie Williams (Orica-AIS)2:45:17
2Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS)0:00:19
3Lauren Kitchen (HiTec Products)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Shelley Olds (Cylance Pro Cycling)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Danielle King (Wiggle High5)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Tiffany Cromwell (SASI)0:00:24
7Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS)0:00:40
8Kimberley Wells (High5 Dream Team)0:04:28
9Julie Leth (HiTec Products)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Jessica Huston (Nicheliving Vault)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Lauretta Hanson (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Emily Collins (New Zealand)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Chloe McConville (Orica-AIS)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Valentina Scandolara (Cylance Pro Cycling)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Sophie Mackay (SPECIALIZED WOMEN'S RACING)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Shannon Malseed (Holden Women's Cycling Team)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (Cylance Pro Cycling)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Justine Barrow (BOSS Racing Team)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Jessica Mundy (SASI)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Emily Cunningham (BOSS Racing Team)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Rebecca Mackey (Nicheliving Vault)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Taryn Heather (Bikebug-NextGen)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Sarah Duffield (Nicheliving Vault)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Kendelle Hodges (High5 Dream Team)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Hannah Gumbley (Roxsolt)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Rachel Neylan (Orica-AIS)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Tessa Fabry (High5 Dream Team)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Georgia Catterick (Roxsolt)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Sophie Williamson (Holden Women's Cycling Team)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Erin Kinnealy (Nicheliving Vault)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Louisa Lobigs (Holden Women's Cycling Team)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Joanne Hogan (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Tayla Evans (Bikebug-NextGen)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Samantha De Riter (High5 Dream Team)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Tayler Wiles (Orica-AIS)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Lynne Clarke (BOSS Racing Team)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Peta Mullens (Wiggle High5)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Aimee Ingram (Mercedes-Benz Adelaide Blackchrome)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Rachel Ward (Bikebug-NextGen)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Victoria Veitch (Mercedes-Benz Adelaide Blackchrome)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Gina Ricardo (BOSS Racing Team)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Rossella Ratto (Cylance Pro Cycling)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Tatiana Guderzo (HiTec Products)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Miranda Griffiths (Holden Women's Cycling Team)0:04:43
48Sharlotte Lucas (Holden Women's Cycling Team)0:04:51
49Narelle Hards (Mercedes-Benz Adelaide Blackchrome)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Jessica Allen (High5 Dream Team)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Lucy Garner (Wiggle High5)0:11:26
52Liza Rachetto (BCWS)0:11:37
53Alison Tetrick (Cylance Pro Cycling)0:13:21
54Annette Edmondson (Wiggle High5)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Doris Schweizer (Cylance Pro Cycling)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Esther Borg (BCWS)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Amy Roberts (Wiggle High5)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Laurelea Moss (Holden Women's Cycling Team)0:16:29
59Jasmine McMillan (SPECIALIZED WOMEN'S RACING)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Carley McKay (BOSS Racing Team)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Lucy Barker (Mercedes-Benz Adelaide Blackchrome)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Gaby Leveridge (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)0:16:55
63Verita Stewart (SPECIALIZED WOMEN'S RACING)0:20:41
64Minda Murray (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Julia Kalotas (Nicheliving Vault)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Madison Farrant (New Zealand)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Josie Talbot (Subaru NSWIS NKC)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Angela Smith (Subaru NSWIS NKC)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Amy Bradley (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Liz Leyden (Nicheliving Vault)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Emma Viotto (Bikebug-NextGen)0:20:45
DNFAmanda Jamieson (New Zealand)Row 71 - Cell 2
DNFMichaela Parsons (SPECIALIZED WOMEN'S RACING)Row 72 - Cell 2
DNFRose Osborne (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)Row 73 - Cell 2
DNFGemma Ansell (BOSS Racing Team)Row 74 - Cell 2
DNFJade Colligan (Subaru NSWIS NKC)Row 75 - Cell 2
DNFRuby Livingstone (Roxsolt)Row 76 - Cell 2
DNFKate Finegan (BCWS)Row 77 - Cell 2
DNFKristy Glover (Bikebug-NextGen)Row 78 - Cell 2
DNSSerene Lee (BCWS)Row 79 - Cell 2
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Intermediate Sprint 1 - Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
2Lauretta Hanson (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lucy Garner (Wiggle High5)2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Amy Roberts (Wiggle High5)1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Intermediate Sprint 2 - Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS)5pts
2Tiffany Cromwell (SASI)3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lauren Kitchen (HiTec Products)2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Danielle King (Wiggle High5)1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Climb 1- Yetti Rd near Wispering Wall
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Erin Kinnealy (Nicheliving Vault)5pts
2Danielle King (Wiggle High5)3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS)2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (Cylance Pro Cycling)1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Climb 2 - Yetti Rd near Wispering Wall
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Danielle King (Wiggle High5)5pts
2Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS)3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Shelley Olds (Cylance Pro Cycling)2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lizzie Williams (Orica-AIS)1Row 3 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Cylance Pro Cycling0:08:16
3Hitec ProductsRow 2 - Cell 2
4Wiggle High5Row 3 - Cell 2
5Nicheliving Vaultheliving Vault0:12:25
6New ZealandRow 5 - Cell 2
7High5 Dream TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Boss Racing TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Holden Women's Cycling TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Bikebug-NextgenRow 9 - Cell 2
11Mercedes-Benz Adelaide Blackchrome0:12:48
12Rush Women's Team0:24:52
13Specialized Women's Racing0:40:39
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General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS)5:49:06
2Lauren Kitchen (HiTec Products)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Shelley Olds (Cylance Pro Cycling)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Danielle King (Wiggle High5)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Tiffany Cromwell (SASI)0:00:14
6Lizzie Williams (Orica-AIS)0:00:28
7Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS)0:01:08
8Kimberley Wells (High5 Dream Team)0:04:56
9Emily Collins (New Zealand)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Jessica Huston (Nicheliving Vault)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Lauretta Hanson (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Julie Leth (HiTec Products)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Shannon Malseed (Holden Women's Cycling Team)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (Cylance Pro Cycling)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Valentina Scandolara (Cylance Pro Cycling)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Rachel Neylan (Orica-AIS)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Joanne Hogan (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Justine Barrow (BOSS Racing Team)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Rebecca Mackey (Nicheliving Vault)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Aimee Ingram (Mercedes-Benz Adelaide Blackchrome)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Victoria Veitch (Mercedes-Benz Adelaide Blackchrome)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Tessa Fabry (High5 Dream Team)0:05:04
26Tayler Wiles (Orica-AIS)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Rossella Ratto (Cylance Pro Cycling)0:05:09
28Tatiana Guderzo (HiTec Products)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Chloe McConville (Orica-AIS)0:06:32
30Jessica Mundy (SASI)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Taryn Heather (Bikebug-NextGen)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Samantha De Riter (High5 Dream Team)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Peta Mullens (Wiggle High5)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Georgia Catterick (Roxsolt)0:10:49
35Sophie Williamson (Holden Women's Cycling Team)0:10:50
36Kendelle Hodges (High5 Dream Team)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Erin Kinnealy (Nicheliving Vault)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Sarah Duffield (Nicheliving Vault)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Louisa Lobigs (Holden Women's Cycling Team)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Sophie Mackay (SPECIALIZED WOMEN'S RACING)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Miranda Griffiths (Holden Women's Cycling Team)0:11:05
42Sharlotte Lucas (Holden Women's Cycling Team)0:11:13
43Jessica Allen (High5 Dream Team)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Annette Edmondson (Wiggle High5)0:13:49
45Tayla Evans (Bikebug-NextGen)0:14:08
46Hannah Gumbley (Roxsolt)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Emily Cunningham (BOSS Racing Team)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Lynne Clarke (BOSS Racing Team)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Gina Ricardo (BOSS Racing Team)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Rachel Ward (Bikebug-NextGen)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Narelle Hards (Mercedes-Benz Adelaide Blackchrome)0:14:31
52Amy Roberts (Wiggle High5)0:19:43
53Lucy Garner (Wiggle High5)0:21:06
54Liza Rachetto (BCWS)0:21:17
55Emma Viotto (Bikebug-NextGen)0:22:49
56Doris Schweizer (Cylance Pro Cycling)0:23:01
57Alison Tetrick (Cylance Pro Cycling)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Esther Borg (BCWS)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Laurelea Moss (Holden Women's Cycling Team)0:26:09
60Gaby Leveridge (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)0:26:35
61Lucy Barker (Mercedes-Benz Adelaide Blackchrome)0:27:58
62Julia Kalotas (Nicheliving Vault)0:30:21
63Madison Farrant (New Zealand)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Minda Murray (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Verita Stewart (SPECIALIZED WOMEN'S RACING)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Liz Leyden (Nicheliving Vault)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Josie Talbot (Subaru NSWIS NKC)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Amy Bradley (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Jasmine Mcmillan (SPECIALIZED WOMEN'S RACING)0:30:33
70Carley McKay (BOSS Racing Team)0:30:41
71Angela Smith (Subaru NSWIS NKC)0:35:56
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Lauretta Hanson (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)19pts
2Annette Edmondson (Wiggle High5)10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sophie Mackay (SPECIALIZED WOMEN'S RACING)10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS)7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Lucy Garner (Wiggle High5)4Row 4 - Cell 3
6Danielle King (Wiggle High5)3Row 5 - Cell 3
7Tiffany Cromwell (SASI)3Row 6 - Cell 3
8Lizzie Williams (Orica-AIS)3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)3Row 8 - Cell 3
10Valentina Scandolara (Cylance Pro Cycling)3Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jessica Mundy (SASI)3Row 10 - Cell 3
12Lauren Kitchen (HiTec Products)2Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jessica Allen (High5 Dream Team)2Row 12 - Cell 3
14Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS)1Row 13 - Cell 3
15Kimberley Wells (High5 Dream Team)1Row 14 - Cell 3
16Tayler Wiles (Orica-AIS)1Row 15 - Cell 3
17Rossella Ratto (Cylance Pro Cycling)1Row 16 - Cell 3
18Amy Roberts (Wiggle High5)1Row 17 - Cell 3
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Mountain classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Danielle King (Wiggle High5)13pts
2Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS)6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Erin Kinnealy (Nicheliving Vault)5Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sharlotte Lucas (Holden Women's Cycling Team)5Row 3 - Cell 3
5Shelley Olds (Cylance Pro Cycling)4Row 4 - Cell 3
6Lauren Kitchen (HiTec Products)3Row 5 - Cell 3
7Joanne Hogan (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)3Row 6 - Cell 3
8Lauretta Hanson (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)2Row 7 - Cell 3
9Lizzie Williams (Orica-AIS)1Row 8 - Cell 3
10Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (Cylance Pro Cycling)1Row 9 - Cell 3
11Peta Mullens (Wiggle High5)1Row 10 - Cell 3
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Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lauretta Hanson (RUSH WOMEN'S TEAM)5:54:02
2Shannon Malseed (Holden Women's Cycling Team)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Jessica Mundy (SASI)0:01:36
4Georgia Catterick (Roxsolt)0:05:53
5Sophie Williamson (Holden Women's Cycling Team)0:05:54
6Tayla Evans (Bikebug-NextGen)0:09:12
7Hannah Gumbley (Roxsolt)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Gina Ricardo (BOSS Racing Team)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Amy Roberts (Wiggle High5)0:14:47
10Lucy Garner (Wiggle High5)0:16:10
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Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Cylance Pro Cycling0:08:16
3Wiggle High5Row 2 - Cell 2
4Hitec Products0:08:29
5New Zealand0:13:12
6High5 Dream Team0:14:56
7Nicheliving Vaultheliving Vault0:19:06
8Mercedes-Benz Adelaide Blackchrome0:22:47
9Holden Women's Cycling Team0:25:00
11Boss Racing Team0:31:36
12Rush Women's Team0:34:51
13Specialized Women's Racing1:02:26


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