Unofficial top 3 of Stage 1 of the Women’s Tour Down Under:
1. Ally Wollaston (AG Insurance-Soudal)
2. Georgia Baker (Liv AlUla Jayco)
3. Sofia Bertizzolo (UAE Team ADQ)
Ally Wollaston of AG Insurance-Soudal takes the win!
Battle for the front with 1.8km to go. Liv AlUla Jayco lined up at the front while Lidl-Trek move up.
3km to go and it’s all about positioning – AG Insurance-Soudal on the left, Lidl-Trek on the right and FDJ-SUEZ also taking position at the front, Here comes Liv AlUla Jayco to take their position.
Lidl-Trek takes position at the front, setting up their train.
7km to go – peloton speeding to finish for expected bunch sprint
Another crash in the peloton on the fast, twisty road with two riders hitting the tarmac.
The last rider from the breakaway, Raynolds is caught by the peloton setting up the bunch sprint.
The peloton speeds on the sweeping descent around Millbrook Reservoir while lone leader Raynolds is giving it everything to try and hold them off.
Maeve Plouffe (dsm-firmenich PostNL) is struggling on the rolling terrain.
Riders from AG Insurance-Soudal, Canyon-SRAM setting the pace at the front of the field to bring back solo leader Raynolds.
Crash in the peloton which included Henrietta Christie and Felicity Wilson-Haffenden. They quickly got back on their bike.
A couple of rollers but mostly all downhill to the finish for Raynolds with less than 20kms to go.
Peloton absorbs Grangier and Richardson leaving only Raynolds off the front with a gap of 1:50.
Raynolds keeps pushing the pace in her solo attack with a lead of 1:44 to the peloton. Behind her, Grangier and Richardson are chasing with 24km to go.
No panic for Grangier who calmly fixes her slipped chain. Soon after Ragusa has a mechanical and gets a new rear wheel from neutral service.