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.

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.

The field stayed together during the day, with action at the intermediate sprints and QOM points.

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.

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