Katrin Garfoot wins the Santos Women's Tour

Kimberley Wells won a fast and furious sprint in Adelaide’s Victoria Park on Tuesday to take out the final stage of the Santos Women’s Tour. Local hero Nettie Edmondson (Wiggle High5), the winner of Sunday’s criterium, settled for second place while race leader Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS) sealed the overall victory in third.

“It was so fast and so hectic,” said Wells. “We all saw what happened the other day with Wiggle and their lead-out train at the city crit. I didn’t want to get dominated by them again.”

“I used a lot of energy to put myself in a good position for that really sharp corner,” Wells added. “When I went for it, I never looked back.”

Tied on time with Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products), Shelley Olds (Cylance Cycling) and Dani King (Wiggle High5) at the start of the stage, Garfoot would need to finish first amongst the top four to win the overall. The Australian time trial champion, Garfoot is far better known for her diesel engine than her quick turn of speed in the fast finishes, but she proved up for the challenge.

“I wasn’t sure how I rated my chances,” admitted Garfoot. “I tried not to think about it. I was confident I could sprint after the last two days, but I wasn’t sure how I could sprint in the bunch with so many strong sprinters pushing each other around like dominos. It strung out toward the back end, which probably suited me.”

Georgia Catterick (Roxsolt Ladies) slipped away from the bunch following the first intermediate sprint. The Kiwi’s solo move proved short-lived. Newly crowned Australian criterium champion Sophie Mackay (Specialized Women) set a quick clip on the front of the bunch to chase back the lone leader.

Tiffany Cromwell (SASI) kick-started the relentless attacks that characterised the second half of Tuesday’s race. Valentina Scandolara (Cylance), who was undoubtedly the most aggressive rider of the night, and Amy Roberts (Wiggle High5) jumped on Cromwell’s wheel. The trio never gained more than five seconds over the peloton, but the move signified the start of non-stop action.

During the next 20 minutes, we would see attack after attack after attack. Scandolara, the 2015 Santos Women’s Tour champion, managed to feature in nearly every move. The New Zealand national team, Wiggle High5, High5 Dream Team and Nicheliving Vault’s Erin Kinnealy were amongst the other primary instigators.

A solo move by world time trial champion Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) looked particularly dangerous until the peloton made quick work of shutting down her 20-second advantage with three laps left to race.

With two laps remaining, Garfoot’s team had four riders setting pace on the front of a stretched-out bunch. As the bell rang to signify one lap to go, Wiggle High5, Cylance and Orica-AIS were fighting for control at the head of affairs. 

“It really heated up toward the end,” said Garfoot. “I just tried to sit on Chloe [McConville’s] wheel, but she got boxed in. And then Lizzie said: ‘Me! Me! Me!’ So I jumped quickly over. She did a perfect lead-out.”

“It was great to hear the crowd cheering,” added Wells. “It really motivated us to put on a show. We were doing 50 kilometres an hour out there. I reckon the women went a little faster than the men at the Tour Down Under today.”

Wells hopes her performance in Adelaide is the start of a winning season. 

“I managed to sign for Team Colavita/Bianchi,” she said. “I’ll do some races over in the United States, but I’ll also be doing some racing in Europe. Hopefully you’ll see the name Kimberley Wells on the podium again. I want to go to the World Championships in Qatar this year and demonstrate the same thing that I just did out there today on the world’s biggest stage.”



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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kimberley Wells (High5 Dream Team)1:03:30
2Annette Edmondson (Wiggle High5)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Shelley Olds (Cylance Pro Cycling)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Tiffany Cromwell (SASI)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Josie Talbot (Subaru NSWIS NKC)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Danielle King (Wiggle High5)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Emily Collins (New Zealand)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Lauretta Hanson (Rush Women's Team)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Lizzie Williams (Orica-AIS)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Liza Rachetto (BCWS)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Jessica Huston (Nicheliving Vault)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (Cylance Pro Cycling)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Shannon Malseed (Holden Women's Cycling Team)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Julia Kalotas (Nicheliving Vault)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Sophie Williamson (Holden Women's Cycling Team)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Chloe Mcconville (Orica-AIS)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Jessica Mundy (SASI)0:00:06
22Julie Leth (Hitec Products)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Tayla Evans (Bikebug-Netgen)0:00:08
25Laurelea Moss (Holden Women's Cycling Team)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Justine Barrow (Boss Racing Team)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Sophie Mackay (Specialized Women's Team)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Kendelle Hodges (High5 Dream Team)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Rebecca Mackey (Nicheliving Vault)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Angela Smith (Subaru NSWIS NKC)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Louisa Lobigs (Holden Women's Cycling Team)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Taryn Heather (Bikebug-Netgen)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Minda Murray (Rush Women's Team)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Madison Farrant (New Zealand)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Samantha De Riter (High5 Dream Team)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Tessa Fabry (High5 Dream Team)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Sarah Duffield (Nicheliving Vault)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Georgia Catterick (RXS)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Verita Stewart (Specialized Women's Team)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Lynne Clarke (Boss Racing Team)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Aimee Ingram (Mercedes Benz Adelaide Blackchrome)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Erin Kinnealy (Nicheliving Vault)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Rachel Ward (Bikebug-Netgen)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Victoria Veitch (Mercedes Benz Adelaide Blackchrome)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Jessica Allen (High5 Dream Team)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Joanne Hogan (Rush Women's Team)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Gina Ricardo (Boss Racing Team)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Lucy Garner (Wiggle High5)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Esther Borg (BCWS)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Sharlotte Lucas (Holden Women's Cycling Team)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Narelle Hards (Mercedes Benz Adelaide Blackchrome)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Peta Mullens (Wiggle High5)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Emily Cunningham (Boss Racing Team)0:00:18
55Jasmine Mcmillan (Specialized Women's Team)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Hannah Gumbley (RXS)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Doris Schweizer (Cylance Pro Cycling)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Miranda Griffiths (Holden Women's Cycling Team)0:00:23
59Liz Leyden (Nicheliving Vault)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Rossella Ratto (Cylance Pro Cycling)0:00:26
61Tayler Wiles (Orica-AIS)0:00:32
62Amy Roberts (Wiggle High5)0:00:40
63Alison Tetrick (Cylance Pro Cycling)0:00:55
64Rachel Neylan (Orica-AIS)0:01:06
65Lucy Barker (Mercedes Benz Adelaide Blackchrome)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Amy Bradley (Rush Women's Team)0:01:26
67Tatiana Guderzo (Hitec Products)0:01:29
68Valentina Scandolara (Cylance Pro Cycling)0:02:13
69Gaby Leveridge (Rush Women's Team)0:03:00
70Carley Mckay (Boss Racing Team)0:04:30
DNSEmma Viotto (Bikebug-Netgen)Row 70 - Cell 2
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Intermediate Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sophie Mackay (Specialized Women's Team)5pts
2Lauretta Hanson (Rush Women's Team)3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jasmine Mcmillan (Specialized Women's Team)2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Valentina Scandolara (Cylance Pro Cycling)1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Intermediate Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Minda Murray (Rush Women's Team)5pts
2Erin Kinnealy (Nicheliving Vault)3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Amy Roberts (Wiggle High5)2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lauretta Hanson (Rush Women's Team)1Row 3 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wiggle High53:10:30
2Orica-AISRow 1 - Cell 2
3New Zealand0:00:06
4Holden Women's Cycling Team0:00:08
5Nicheliving VaultRow 4 - Cell 2
6High5 Dream Team0:00:16
7Rush Women's TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Cylance Pro CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
10Boss Racing TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Mercedes-Benz Adelaide BlackchromeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Specialized Women's Racing0:00:34
13Hitec Products0:01:35
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General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS)6:52:36
2Shelley Olds (Cylance Pro Cycling)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products)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)0:01:16
8Kimberley Wells (High5 Dream Team)0:04:56
9Emily Collins (New Zealand)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Lauretta Hanson (Rush Women's Team)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Jessica Huston (Nicheliving Vault)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Shannon Malseed (Holden Women's Cycling Team)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (Cylance Pro Cycling)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Julie Leth (Hitec Products)0:05:02
17Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Justine Barrow (Boss Racing Team)0:05:04
19Rebecca Mackey (Nicheliving Vault)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Joanne Hogan (Rush Women's Team)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Aimee Ingram (Mercedes Benz Adelaide Backchrome)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Victoria Veitch (Mercedes Benz Adelaide Backchrome)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Tessa Fabry (High5 Dream Team)0:05:12
24Rossella Ratto (Cylance Pro Cycling)0:05:35
25Tayler Wiles (Orica-AIS)0:05:36
26Rachel Neylan (Orica-AIS)0:06:02
27Chloe Mcconville (Orica-AIS)0:06:32
28Jessica Mundy (SASI)0:06:38
29Tatiana Guderzo (Hitec Products)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Taryn Heather (Bikebug-Nextgen)0:06:40
31Samantha De Riter (High5 Dream Team)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Peta Mullens (Wiggle High5)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Valentina Scandolara (Cylance Pro Cycling)0:07:09
34Sophie Williamson (Holden Women's Cycling Team)0:10:50
35Georgia Catterick (Rxs)0:10:57
36Kendelle Hodges (High5 Dream Team)0:10:58
37Sophie Mackay (Specialized Women's Racing)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Louisa Lobigs (Holden Women's Cycling Team)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Erin Kinnealy (Nicheliving Vault)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Sarah Duffield (Nicheliving Vault)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Jessica Allen (High5 Dream Team)0:11:21
42Sharlotte Lucas (Holden Women's Cycling Team)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Miranda Griffiths (Holden Women's Cycling Team)0:11:28
44Annette Edmondson (Wiggle High5)0:13:49
45Tayla Evans (Bikebug-Nextgen)0:14:16
46Lynne Clarke (Boss Racing Team)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Gina Ricardo (Boss Racing Team)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Rachel Ward (Bikebug-Nextgen)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Hannah Gumbley (Rxs)0:14:26
50Emily Cunningham (Boss Racing Team)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Narelle Hards (Mercedes Benz Adelaide Backchrome)0:14:39
52Amy Roberts (Wiggle High5)0:20:23
53Lucy Garner (Wiggle High5)0:21:14
54Liza Rachetto (BCWS)0:21:17
55Esther Borg (BCWS)0:23:09
56Doris Schweizer (Cylance Pro Cycling)0:23:19
57Alison Tetrick (Cylance Pro Cycling)0:23:56
58Laurelea Moss (Holden Women's Cycling Team)0:26:17
59Lucy Barker (Mercedes Benz Adelaide Backchrome)0:29:04
60Gaby Leveridge (Rush Women's Team)0:29:35
61Julia Kalotas (Nicheliving Vault)0:30:21
62Josie Talbot (Sns)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Madison Farrant (New Zealand)0:30:29
64Minda Murray (Rush Women's Team)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Verita Stewart (Specialized Women's Racing)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Liz Leyden (Nicheliving Vault)0:30:44
67Jasmine Mcmillan (Specialized Women's Racing)0:30:51
68Amy Bradley (Rush Women's Team)0:31:47
69Carley Mckay (Boss Racing Team)0:35:11
70Angela Smith (SNS)0:36:04
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Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Lauretta Hanson (Rush Women's Team)23pts
2Sophie Mackay (Specialized Women's Racing)15Row 1 - Cell 3
3Annette Edmondson (Wiggle High5)10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS)7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Minda Murray (Rush Women's Team)5Row 4 - Cell 3
6Valentina Scandolara (Cylance Pro Cycling)4Row 5 - Cell 3
7Lucy Garner (Wiggle High5)4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Danielle King (Wiggle High5)3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Tiffany Cromwell (SASI)3Row 8 - Cell 3
10Lizzie Williams (Orica-AIS)3Row 9 - Cell 3
11Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)3Row 10 - Cell 3
12Jessica Mundy (SASI)3Row 11 - Cell 3
13Erin Kinnealy (Nicheliving Vault)3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Amy Roberts (Wiggle High5)3Row 13 - Cell 3
15Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products)3Row 14 - Cell 3
16Jessica Allen (High5 Dream Team)2Row 15 - Cell 3
17Jasmine Mcmillan (Specialized Women's Racing)2Row 16 - Cell 3
18Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS)1Row 17 - Cell 3
19Kimberley Wells (High5 Dream Team)1Row 18 - Cell 3
20Rossella Ratto (Cylance Pro Cycling)1Row 19 - Cell 3
21Tayler Wiles (Orica-AIS)1Row 20 - Cell 3
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Hill climb 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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Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Wiggle High50:08:16
3Cylance Pro Cycling0:08:34
4Hitec Products0:10:04
5New Zealand0:13:18
6High5 Dream Team0:15:12
7Nicheliving Vault0:19:14
8Mercedes-Benz Adelaide Blackchrome0:23:11
9Holden Women's Cycling Team0:25:08
11Boss Racing Team0:32:00
12Rush Women's Team0:35:07
13Specialized Women's Racing1:03:00

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