Race Report: Singapore Airways Girls’s Stage 2: South Australia’s Alex Manly powered to a historic Singapore Airways stage 2 win because the Santos Tour Down Underneath conquered Uraidla after a Birdwood begin on Monday. Manly, 26, is in pole place, eight seconds forward of Grace Brown from FDJ-SUEZ and Georgia Williams from EF Training-Tibco-SVB after a livid 90km.
* Race report and quotes courtesy of the Santos Tour Down Underneath. *
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“We simply had the proper lead out and yeah I’m so grateful,” Manly stated. “To do that in my yard is simply so good.”
Manly will put on the ochre chief’s jersey on the ultimate ladies’s Let’s Go stage 3 Adelaide to
Campbelltown on Tuesday. She bumped Sunday’s ochre Tour Down Underneath chief Daria Pikulik out of the distinguished jersey after an excellent tactical efficiency from her workforce Jayco-AlUla.
Amanda Spratt from Trek Segafredo opening a 15-second hole with simply 3.5km earlier than the Uraidla
end line was an ominous signal for her rivals.
Nevertheless, Manly’s workforce’s beautiful lead-out work vetoed Spratt’s hopes of a stage win. Spratt, a three-time Santos Tour Down Underneath champion, was engulfed by Jayco-AlUla and rival groups Trek-Segrafredo and FDJ-SUEZ however Manly did have considerations that her former teammate might have been too robust on the Uraidla end line.
“I knew that (remaining) a part of the highway is all the time painful even whenever you go on a coaching trip,” Manly stated. “So, I simply tried to verify I had the momentum and naturally, Spratty was going to take the chance to assault. I attempted to go (catch her) however I simply didn’t have the identical legs as Spratty on the climb. I suppose me being there (on the entrance of the race) pressured the others to chase a bit after which I knew the descent and we tried to bridge again a while there.”
Nevertheless, Manly’s workforce appeared intent to wrestle the ochre from Pikulik from the off after the Pole’s beautiful Ziptrak Stage 1 victory at Snapper Level Aldinga. Pikulik was nicely protected by her Human Powered Well being teammates however gave the impression to be out of rivalry lengthy earlier than Manly’s victory. Italy’s Ilaria Sanguineti from Trek-Segafredo beat the bunch to the primary prize of the day – the Ziptrak preme dash in entrance of the Kersbrook City Corridor at 34.5km.
The peloton settled right into a rhythm earlier than one other brief queen of the mountain problem. FDJ SUEZ’s Gladys Verhulst claimed consecutive efex queen of the mountain wins after incomes the polka-dot jersey on Sunday.
Verhulst conquered North East Ridge, Chain of Ponds at 40.5km earlier than the race was marred by
a crash when Staff Australia’s Nicole Frain – the 2022 nationwide highway champion – and Emily
Watts from Staff Bridgelane touched wheels. Frain returned to the race, however Watts wanted medical consideration after hitting the tarmac exhausting about 30km from the Uraidla end line.
With 20km earlier than Manly’s fireworks, Georgie Howe from Jayco AlUla marked a lot of the strikes on the entrance of the peloton as teammates Amber Pate and Ruby Roseman-Gannon labored furiously in 31C warmth. Clair Steels from Israel Premier Tech then picked up three bonus seconds crossing the road first within the second Ziptrak preme dash at Summertown, earlier than the grand finale.
With slightly greater than 10km earlier than Uraidla, reigning nationwide highway champion Brodie Chapman from Trek-Segafredo was driving the peloton exhausting earlier than the second queen of the mountain prize on the high of Mount Lofty. Nevertheless, Spratt, 35, claimed the queen of the mountain prize and can put on the jersey for stage 3.
[STAGE WINNER AND SANTOS OCHRE LEADER’S JERSEY] ALEX MANLY, Jayco-Alula:
It didn’t appear to be it was going to be you (successful) however you pulled it off.
Sure, it was a sizzling stage all day and issues had been continuously taking place. On the end after that final dash, I made a decision to maintain going, I believe I gambled slightly bit and by chance all of it got here collectively.
It’s a house race for you, that should be very particular for you?
It’s tremendous particular. Numerous my pals had been out on the end line, so it was very nice.
How essential was energy in numbers in the present day and can or not it’s tomorrow?
I’m so fortunate, I’ve bought the very best assist on the market so I believe on the numbers will play to our benefit. I believe Trek will attempt to put us underneath stress however we’ll attempt to attempt to preserve the jersey.
[EFEX QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAIN] AMANDA SPRATT, Trek Segafredo:
The plan was to go on the market, however clearly, keep away.
We knew we simply must profit from each alternative right here. It’s a three-day tour and we thought in the present day is tougher than what appears to be like like on paper. So, we actually had a plan to set it up exhausting from kilometre 65. The women did a extremely, actually nice job of setting that up, able to take the final pull into the climb. I knew precisely the place I needed to assault. There was just some too many riders left in that chase group they usually bought organized fairly rapidly. And I stored believing all the best way into the end, however it was simply 500 meters too lengthy. I believe if something, we will get numerous confidence from in the present day. And the best way that the workforce raced actually caught to our plan. I used to be feeling actually good on the climb and I believe tomorrow is a a lot tougher climb and we simply have to go away completely nothing on the market – we’re going to present it all the pieces we’ve. We’re nonetheless dreaming of that ochre jersey, and I believe with the workforce we’ve right here it’s doable.
It should be good to get again into form at the beginning of the yr forward of the remainder of your races.
It feels actually wonderful. This has been my first regular pre-season since 2019. It’s fairly particular to have had that at residence – TDU is one in all my favorite races on the calendar so I’m all the time actually motivated. It feels additional particular that Trek picked me up as a rider. (They’ve a few of) the very best riders so I actually wish to repay them for his or her religion as nicely. I come right here actually motivated and desirous to get a outcome.
[ZWIFT YOUNG RIDER JERSEY] HENRIETTA CHRISTIE, Human Powered Well being:
From one Kiwi to a different, had been you registering whenever you had been within the entrance?
I used to be simply making an attempt to carry on and see if I might assist Nina as a lot as doable however in direction of the tip that tempo simply went out with FDJ-Suez making an attempt to chase down Amanda Spratt so I used to be simply making an attempt to remain in a very good place and see if I might assist Nina as a lot as I might. I believe as soon as I crossed the end line it was like did I, didn’t I? I didn’t actually know. It was a bit surreal.
It’s been good workforce type so removed from Human Powered Well being – you guys are killing it.
We’ve bought an superior workforce right here; the workforce ambiance is unimaginable. We’ve got Joanne Kiesanowski directing us right here and he or she’s wonderful at her job and got here right here with a transparent plan and it’s nice to see it figuring out.
SANTOS OCHRE LEADER’S JERSEY – ALEX MANLY (JAYCO ALULA)
ZIPTRAK® SPRINT JERSEY – ALEX MANLY (JAYCO ULULA)
EFEX QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAIN JERSEY – AMANDA SPRATT (FDJ SUEZ)
ZWIFT YOUNG RIDER’S JERSEY – HENRIETTA CHRISTIE (HUMAN POWERED HEALTH)
MOST COMPETITIVE RIDER – CLAIRE STEELS (ISRAEL PREMIER TECH).
Santos Tour Down Underneath Girls – Stage 2 End result:
1. Alexandra MANLY JAY AUS in 2:23:33
2. Georgia WILLIAMS TIB NZL
3. Nina BUIJSMAN HPW NED
4. Danielle DE FRANCESCO ZAF AUS
5. Grace BROWN FST AUS
6. Nicole FRAIN AUS AUS
7. Eugenie DUVAL FST FRA
8. Abi SMITH* TIB GBR
9. Nikola NOSKOVA ZAF CZE
10. Amanda SPRATT TFS AUS.
Santos Tour Down Underneath Girls – General After Stage 2:
1. Alexandra MANLY JAY AUS 5:26:20
2. Georgia WILLIAMS TIB NZL at 0:08
3. Grace BROWN FST AUS
4. Ruby ROSEMAN-GANNON JAY AUS at 13
5. Amanda SPRATT TFS AUS at 0:14
6. Nicole FRAIN AUS AUS
7. Loes ADEGEEST FST NED
8. Krista DOEBEL-HICKOK TIB USA
9. Nina BUIJSMAN HPW NED at 0:16
10. Danielle DE FRANCESCO ZAF AUS at 0:20.