Amanda Spratt (Orica-Scott) made her race-winning move on Stage 1 when she won by a margin of 19 seconds to take the blue leader’s jersey and continue the domination of Australian riders and/or teams in this race. It was pretty much job done, game over. Queen of the Mountains, 21-year-old Janneke Ensing (Canyon Sram) was runner-up, with winner of the two sprint stages Kirsten Wild (Cylance) rounding out the podium.
It might be cold, grey and wet here in the northern hemisphere, but the it’s hot, sunny and full of lycra-clad racers down under. Social media abounds with photos of pro-cyclists with cute joeys, stoned Koalas and scary looking snakes – it can only mean one thing. HELL YES!!! the off season is OVER, people, and we’re shivering on the brink of a great year of racing, I feel it in my bones. Leading the peloton charge is the Santos Women’s Tour.