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Honda Hybrid Women's Tour

 

 

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Stage 1- Rochelle Gilmore sprints to victory.

Anglesea - Anglesea, 55.5km

 

Race Writeup

Rochelle Gilmore (HP Pinarello), outsprinted Kirsty Broun (MB Cycles) to win the inaugural Honda Hybrid Women’s Tour. Broun lost the wheel of Gilmore on the tight technical run in to the line but held on for second, ahead of Davina Summers (Cycle City/felt) who took third. Gilmore, the pre-race favourite, did not disappoint the crowds waiting at the finish line. With a very technical last 300m, Gilmore was positioned perfectly for her run to the line.

With nearly 80 entries, the Honda Hybrid Women’s Tour started in overcast conditions. Temperatures were below 10 degrees as the bunch rolled out of Anglesea.  As the bunch approached the first climb, they were strung out and jockeying for position at the bottom, but strung out into a line during the assent to the top.

At the top of the climb, it was Simone Grounds (Bundaberg Sugar) who crossed the line ahead of Whitelaw and Gilmore. Over the top the first attack of the day was made by Prime Estate Buyers Agen team’s Joanne Hogan, which forced the bunch to react. Hogan only managed to hold the bunch at 200m, but stayed ahead for several kilometres before the combined SAS/QAS/NTID team moved to close this down. A counterattack was launched by Danielle Nykos (Race) and Rebecca Halliday (Velo Girls).

They were quickly chased down by MB Cycles, when Maryam Rogers (St Kilda A) tried to get away on a small descent but Louise Kerr and Carlee Taylor (SAS/QAS/NTID) closed her gap quickly. Rebecca Locke (Prime Estate) attempted to get clear but only managed an 8m gap before Lauren Kitchen (HP Pinarello) close the gap.

Approaching the first of the sprint points, MB Cycles were on the front and set up the Kirsty Broun. They did the same for the second sprint, allowing Broun to dominate.

Despite a number of attempts to attack on the 15 kilometre lead in to the finish, a leading group of 40 riders were all together at 5km to go. The fast descent to the finish saw the bunch hit a top speed of 75km/hr for the final four kilometers of racing. Whitelaw was on the front to ensure that her team leader was protected and pulled off with 500m to go to allow Gilmore to see the series of turns just before the finishing line.

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Post Race Comments

Rochelle Gilmore (HP Pinarello) was very happy with her win and reflected on the difficult conditions that faced the women on day one. “I don’t think conditions could be much worse, wind, rain and freezing cold,” said Gilmore. “We were under numbered, with only three in the team but they did a great job. We tried to keep control of the race, we did exactly what we wanted to do and finished on top," added Gilmore

Kirsty Broun (MC Cycles) was pleased with second, “In the end it came down to the final sprint, which was very technical, I skidded out on the roundabout coming into the sprint. We are in contention for the overall GC so we are happy,” said Broun. “The MB Cycles team worked really hard for me today. There were a couple of attacks but the team buried themselves to cover them,” added Broun.

Davina Summers (Cycle City/Felt) said she was very happy with her third place. “Conditions were difficult out there today, but the racing was safe and open. The tough technical finish made things difficult right at the end but it was a great race. I like to win, but I am happy with third place, especially next to Rochelle Gilmore and Kirsty Broun, who are both great riders. Being on the podium with them is great,” said Summers.  

Micheal Hands (Race Director) was extremely pleased with the turn out for the Honda Hybrid Women’s tour. “We have been working to this point for a number of years and I could not be happier with the number of entries. Teams have come from right across Australia to participate and the number of teams is more than I could have hoped for. Companies like Bundaberg Sugar, who did not have budget to support a team, managed to find some to support the event,” said Hands.

Mark Higgins (PR Manager- Honda Australia) is sponsoring the Women’s tour for the first time and was asked how important the event is to Honda he said, “This is very important, cycling and Honda has had a long history, Mr Honda’s father, actually set up a bicycle shop in Tokyo and promoted cycle racing in Japan. They actually started putting engines onto bicycle frames, so this really was the beginning of the Honda you see it today, starting, courtesy of the bicycle. Cycle is a wonderful mode of transport and a great sport and is very green, environmentally friendly and high tech and these are very important values of Honda, so this is a very important event for us.”

Looking to future involvement in the sport, Higgins added, “At first it was a see how it goes, with the results we have seen so far and the coverage we have received I think, and I am hoping we will have a long future with the sport. I have been really impressed with the quality of the women’ racing, the skill level is mind blowing.” 

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time Gap Bonus
1  GILMORE, Rochelle HP Pinarello 01:27:53.00 0.13
2  BROUN, Kirsty  MB Cycles   01:27:53.00 0.12
3  SUMMERS, Davina Cycle City/Felt 01:27:53.00 0.04
4  HALLIDAY, Amber  MB Cycles   01:27:53.00
5  WHITBURN, Nicole  Prime Estate Buyers Agent 01:27:53.00 0.01
6  ROY, Sarah  NTID 01:27:53.00
7  LIGHT, Carly NTID 01:27:53.00
8  MCCONVILLE, Chloe RACE 01:27:53.00 0.02
9  LAIDLAW, Miranda Tour Challengers 01:27:53.00
10  LAWSON, Emma Cycle Power 01:27:53.00

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name Team Time Gap
1  GILMORE, Rochelle HP Pinarello 01:27:40.00
2  BROUN, Kirsty  MB Cycles   01:27:41.00 0.01
3  SUMMERS, Davina Cycle City/Felt 01:27:49.00 0.09
4  GROUNDS, Simone  Bundaburg Sugar 01:27:50.00 0.10
5  MCCONVILLE, Chloe RACE 01:27:51.00 0.11
6  WHITELAW, Vicki HP Pinarello 01:27:51.00 0.11
7  WHITBURN, Nicole  Prime Estate Buyers Agent 01:27:52.00 0.12
8  HALLIDAY, Amber  MB Cycles   01:27:53.00 0.13
9  ROY, Sarah  NTID 01:27:53.00 0.13
10  LIGHT, Carly NTID 01:27:53.00 0.13

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