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Tour Down Under - Women's Criterium Series

January 18-23 

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Round 2

Kate Bates finished easily in front of the bunch to take victory in Round 2 of the Advertiser Women's Criterium Series at the Tour Down Under. Competing on a 640m circuit at Goolwa, the venue for the second sprint point on the place-to-place Glenelg to Victor Harbour stage 3 of the Tour Down Under,  the criterium took place about an 1.5 hours before the race came through the small town in front of a growing and knowledgeable crowd.

With temperatures a little lower than earlier in the week, the women's race was made difficult by a headwind in the finishing straight. With just 30 minutes plus 3 laps, the race was frenetic and perhaps suited those comfortable with the longer, faster track events such as the scratch race or points race. That said, Sara Carrigan worked hard today and showed her form in this series, which comes after last week's Australian National Championship road race, her first racing since the Olympics in August.

The action started almost from the gun, as Jessie MacLean jumped clear and built up a 14 second gap. Her effort lasted about 3 or 4 laps, until she was brought back by the fast moving and ever-attentive bunch. Just after half race distance, Sara Carrigan went off the front on her own and was joined a lap later by Natalie Bates and then, a lap later, by Jenny Macpherson. Macpherson was marking the move - her third place in Round 1 making her the best-placed rider in the breakaway and therefore contender for the series lead if the three managed to stay away until the finish. It was not to be, however, as Kate Bates, sister of Natalie, counterattacked in the finishing straight with about 5 minutes to go. She soon  made space between herself and the bunch. Despite chases by a solo Sara Carrigan and Jenny Macpherson, who was trying desperately to wind up the speed of the bunch, she managed to stay away. Carrigan was pulled back into the bunch and at the bell, there was no obvious contender for second place.

As Bates rounded the final bend about 100m from the finish, she had time to check over her shoulder and coast in with an arm raised to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd. Kate Nichols, who had not really showed her face earlier sprinted clear to take second, like Bates, having time to raise a hand to those lining the barriers and cheering the riders in. Third place was taken by Victorian Emma Rickards. 

Speaking afterwards, Kate Bates was pleased with her victory, which comes on the back of a triple gold medal winning visit to the Track World Cup in Manchester (UK) a couple of weeks ago. She explained that team tactics had played a part in her victory - with the NSWIS riders attacking and then counterattacking when it all came back together. "Its all about timing really". What had  she thought of the circuit? "It was good, it was pretty tough with a big headwind coming up the finish straight.  A lot of girls were just attacking constantly and there wasn't a lot of downtime - that makes the circuit just tough, the only time you had to recover was going into the corners." Whilst this victory had not put Bates into the series lead, she went on to add that "We're pretty keen to have a good day on Saturday and take the jersey". 

The leader's jersey goes to Rochelle Gilmore - ahead of Emma Rickards, who has the same number of points. A countback on placings over the 2 events sees Gilmore as the most consistent, thereby deciding the jersey.



Round 2


Posn Name State Points
1 Katherine Bates NSW 40
2 Kate Nichols NSW 38
3 Emma Rickards VIC 36
4 Candice Sullivan QLD 34
5 Rochelle Gilmore NSW 32
6 Bridget Evans QLD 30
7 Jenny Macpherson VIC 28
8 Katie Brown NSW 26
9 Alexis Rhodes SA 24
10 Sara Carrigan QLD 22
11 Lorian Graham QLD 20
12 Claire Baxter VIC 18
13 Amanda Spratt NSW 16
14 Sally Cowman QLD 14
15 Natalie Bates NSW 12
16 Rachel Sherborne                                   WA 10
17 Emma James NSW 8
18 Emma Mackie                                         VIC 6
19 Kirsty Bortolini                                    VIC 4
20 Leeanne Mandersen                                   WA 2
21 Hannah Banks QLD
22 Jenny Manefield NSW
23 Jessie Mclean ACT
24 Louise Yaxley TAS
DNF Lisa Payne                                          QLD
DNF Nadia Auletta                                       WA
DNF Genna Crean                                         SA
DNS Melinda Wood                                        SA
DNS Bianca Rogers                                       SA

Overall  standings  after Round 2


Posn Name State Points
1 Rochelle Gilmore NSW 70
2 Emma Rickards VIC 70
3 Kate Nichols NSW 68
4 Katherine Bates NSW 66
5 Alexis Rhodes SA 64
6 Jenny Macpherson VIC 64
7 Claire Baxter VIC 46
8 Katie Brown NSW 46
9 Amanda Spratt NSW 38
10 Bridget Evans QKD 38
11 Candice Sullivan QKD 34
12 Bianca Rogers                                      32
13 Emma James NSW 32
14 Lorian Graham QKD 32
15 Natalie Bates NSW 26
16 Sara Carrigan QLD 22
17 Kirsty Bortolini                                   VIC 20
18 Sally Cowman QLD 20
19 Hannah Banks QLD 18
20 Emma Mackie                                        16
21 Rachel Sherborne                                   10
22 Jessie Mclean ACT 4
23 Leeanne Mandersen                                   2






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