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Leah Kirchmann third on GC after first stage of 2020 campaign opener Tour Down Under

Stage winner Chloe Hosking gets off the mark with new team Rally

Leah Kirchmann

The women’s pro road season kicked off Thursday in Australia with the first stage of the Tour Down Under. Chloe Hosking won her first race for new outfit Rally, coming around Trek’s Lotta Hentalla (née Lepisto) for the victory in Macclesfield, South Australia. Leah Kirchmann, one of three Canadians in the race, worked hard to be in top-3 of all three intermediate sprints.

The first intermediate sprint was 7-km into the 116-km route, and Kirchmann was second to the line. After some early attacks were hauled in, Kirchmann was fastest at the second sprint. Finally, with only Brodie Chapman (FDJ) up the road, Kirchmann placed third in the last intermediate sprint.

Chapman was caught within 2-km to the finish. Hosking worked herself into fine position in the final left hand corner and then latched onto Hentalla, coming around the Finn to take the win, first race lead and points jersey.

Hosking receives congratulations of teammates including Canadian Sara Poidevin (85).

Kirchmann’s sprint heroics on the course meant that she is in third place on GC after placing sixth on the day.

Stage 2 runs 115 km from Murray Bridge to Birdwood.

2020 Santos Tour Down Under GC
1) Chloe Hosking (Australia/Rally) 3:16:51
2) Lotta Hentalla (Finland/Trek-Segafredo) +0:04
3) Leah Kirchmann (Canada/Sunweb) +0:06