Saturday, 4 February 2023

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The final turn in the GC battle at the Women’s Santos Tour Down Under

Alex Manly

There is just one stage of the women’s racing at the Santos Tour Down Under left and one final chance to claim the title in the race’s first year as part of the Women’s WorldTour. While Alex Manly’s (Jayco-AlUla) stage 2 victory means she is sitting in ochre, her rivals are still close enough to detect the scent of victory wafting tantalisingly in their direction.

The three-stage race started off with a crosswind-heavy coastal sprint and then moved onto a lumpy and short but sharp stage 2. It now delivers a climbing finale with the brutal slopes of the Corkscrew topping out little more than 7km from the finish.

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