Brand new women’s squad Trek-Segafredo won at its debut in Stage 1 of the 2.1-rated Santos Women’s Down Under in Birdwood, South Australia on Thursday. Italian Letizia Paternoster triumphed out a bunch sprint, with Canada’s Alison Jackson (Team TIBCO-SVB) fourth and Rally’s Sara Bergen eleventh.
That feeling when you win Ziptrak Stage 1 of the 2019 Santos Women's #TourDownUnder! 🚴♀️🎉👏
— Santos Tour Down Under 🚴🚴♀️ (@tourdownunder) January 10, 2019
Trek’s day didn’t start off well, as one of its major signings, Finn Lotta Lepistö, could not start due to illness.
The riders had 112.9-km to tackle on the first of four stages.
A few QOMs and intermediate sprints, but this stage is really about the final dash to the line in Birdwood.
— BrakeDown Podcast (@BrakeDownPod) January 9, 2019
The field stayed together during the day, with action at the intermediate sprints and QOM points.
— Kirsty Baxter (@kirstybaxter79) January 10, 2019
Paternoster was well protected and got the lead out she wanted, powering ahead of Australian Sarah Roy of Mitchelton-Scott and Arlenis Sierra (Cuba) of Canadian Marie-Soleil Blais’s Astana squad.
Stage 2 ends on the 10 percent grades of Mengler Hill in the heat and it will be a tough ask of Paternoster to keep her ochre jersey with 82-riders within 10-seconds.
Santos Women’s Tour Down Under Stage 1
1) Letizia Paternoster (Italy/Trek-Segafredo) 3:10:28
2) Sarah Roy (Australia/Mitchelton-Scott) s.t.
3) Arlenis Sierra (Cuba/Astana) s.t.
4) Alison Jackson (Canada/Team TIBCO-SVB) s.t.
11) Sara Bergen (Canada/Rally) s.t.
26) Marie-Soleil Blais (Canada/Astana) s.t.
74) Gillian Ellsay (Canada/Rally) s.t.