2018 Women's Tour Down Under

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2018 Women's Tour Down Under
Race details
Dates11–14 January 2018
Stages4
Distance384 km (238.6 mi)
Winning time10h 47' 21"
Results
Winner  Amanda Spratt (AUS) (Mitchelton–Scott)
  Second  Lauren Stephens (USA) (Cylance Pro Cycling)
  Third  Katrin Garfoot (AUS) (UniSA–Australia)

Mountains  Amanda Spratt (AUS) (Mitchelton–Scott)
Youth  Grace Anderson (NZL) (New Zealand (national team))
Sprints  Katrin Garfoot (AUS) (UniSA–Australia)
  Team Mitchelton–Scott
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The 2018 Santos Women's Tour Down Under was a women's cycle stage race held in Australia from 11 to 14 January, 2018. The Women's Tour Down Under, being held for the seventh time, was held as a UCI rating of 2.1 race, having been a 2.2 race in 2017.[1]

The race was won for the second year in succession – becoming the first rider to win multiple Tour Down Under races – by Mitchelton–Scott rider Amanda Spratt.[2] Spratt placed third on the stage to Mengler Hill, and assumed the race leader's ochre jersey the following day by winning the stage into Hahndorf. Spratt won the race by 41 seconds ahead of Lauren Stephens, riding for Cylance Pro Cycling.[3] 2016 race winner Katrin Garfoot completed the podium, riding for the UniSA–Australia team, a further 40 seconds in arrears of Stephens.[3] With her above finishes on hill-top stages, Spratt won the polka-dot jersey for the mountains classification, while Garfoot won the sprints classification and its green jersey on the final day in Adelaide, winning all four intermediate sprints during the stage.[4]

The race's other jersey, the white jersey, went to Grace Anderson of the New Zealand national team,[5] as the best-placed rider – in ninth overall – under the age of 25. Mitchelton–Scott won the teams classification,[5] after placing Spratt, Lucy Kennedy and Annemiek van Vleuten in the top-six overall.

Teams[edit]

17 teams participated in the 2018 Women's Tour Down Under.[6]

UCI Women's Teams

Other teams

Route[edit]

The race route was announced on 22 November 2017.[7]

List of stages
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 11 January Gumeracha to Gumeracha 115.7 km (71.9 mi) Hilly stage  Annette Edmondson (AUS)
2 12 January Lyndoch to Mengler Hill 101.2 km (62.9 mi)[8] Hilly stage  Katrin Garfoot (AUS)
3 13 January The Bend Motorsport Park to Hahndorf 121.1 km (75.2 mi)[9] Hilly stage  Amanda Spratt (AUS)
4 14 January Adelaide 46 km (28.6 mi) Flat stage  Chloe Hosking (AUS)

Stages[edit]

Stage 1[edit]

11 January 2018 — Gumeracha to Gumeracha, 115.7 km (71.9 mi)[10]
Result of Stage 1[11]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Annette Edmondson (AUS) Wiggle High5 3h 08' 53"
2  Giorgia Bronzini (ITA) Cylance Pro Cycling + 0"
3  Lauretta Hanson (AUS) UniSA–Australia + 0"
4  Sarah Roy (AUS) Mitchelton–Scott + 0"
5  Emilie Moberg (NOR) Team Virtu Cycling + 0"
6  Chloe Hosking (AUS) Alé–Cipollini + 0"
7  Maria Vittoria Sperotto (ITA) Bepink + 0"
8  Kristina Clonan (AUS) TIS Racing + 0"
9  Barbara Guarischi (ITA) Team Virtu Cycling + 0"
10  Georgia Baker (AUS) TIS Racing + 0"
General classification after Stage 1[11]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Annette Edmondson (AUS) Jersey orange.svgJersey green.svg Wiggle High5 3h 08' 41"
2  Giorgia Bronzini (ITA) Cylance Pro Cycling + 6"
3  Lauretta Hanson (AUS) UniSA–Australia + 8"
4  Chloe Hosking (AUS) Alé–Cipollini + 9"
5  Emilie Moberg (NOR) Team Virtu Cycling + 11"
6  Sarah Roy (AUS) Mitchelton–Scott + 12"
7  Maria Vittoria Sperotto (ITA) Jersey white.svg Bepink + 12"
8  Kristina Clonan (AUS) TIS Racing + 12"
9  Barbara Guarischi (ITA) Team Virtu Cycling + 12"
10  Georgia Baker (AUS) TIS Racing + 12"

Stage 2[edit]

12 January 2018 — Lyndoch to Mengler Hill, 101.2 km (62.9 mi)[8][12]
Result of Stage 2[13]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Katrin Garfoot (AUS) UniSA–Australia 2h 43' 43"
2  Lucy Kennedy (AUS) Mitchelton–Scott + 0"
3  Amanda Spratt (AUS) Mitchelton–Scott + 8"
4  Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) Mitchelton–Scott + 15"
5  Kate McIlroy (NZL) Specialized Women's Racing + 16"
6  Shannon Malseed (AUS) Tibco–Silicon Valley Bank + 21"
7  Lauren Stephens (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling + 21"
8  Kathrin Hammes (GER) Trek–Drops + 51"
9  Taryn Heather (AUS) Specialized Women's Racing + 51"
10  Grace Brown (AUS) Holden Team Gusto Racing + 51"
General classification after Stage 2[13]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Katrin Garfoot (AUS) Jersey orange.svgJersey blackdots.png UniSA–Australia 5h 52' 26"
2  Lucy Kennedy (AUS) Mitchelton–Scott + 4"
3  Amanda Spratt (AUS) Mitchelton–Scott + 14"
4  Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) Mitchelton–Scott + 25"
5  Kate McIlroy (NZL) Specialized Women's Racing + 26"
6  Lauren Stephens (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling + 31"
7  Shannon Malseed (AUS) Tibco–Silicon Valley Bank + 31"
8  Taryn Heather (AUS) Specialized Women's Racing + 1' 01"
9  Grace Brown (AUS) Holden Team Gusto Racing + 1' 01"
10  Kathrin Hammes (GER) Trek–Drops + 1' 01"

Stage 3[edit]

13 January 2018 — The Bend Motorsport Park to Hahndorf, 121.1 km (75.2 mi)[9][14]
Result of Stage 3[15]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Amanda Spratt (AUS) Mitchelton–Scott 3h 47' 24"
2  Lauren Stephens (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling + 7"
3  Grace Brown (AUS) Holden Team Gusto Racing + 59"
4  Katrin Garfoot (AUS) Jersey orange.svg UniSA–Australia + 1' 32"
5  Lucy Kennedy (AUS) Mitchelton–Scott + 1' 34"
6  Emma Grant (GBR) Tibco–Silicon Valley Bank + 1' 34"
7  Mikayla Harvey (NZL) New Zealand (national team) + 1' 38"
8  Grace Anderson (NZL) Jersey white.svg New Zealand (national team) + 1' 40"
9  Chloe Hosking (AUS) Alé–Cipollini + 1' 40"
10  Marlies Mejias (CUB) TWENTY20 p/b Sho-Air + 1' 40"
General classification after Stage 3[15]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Amanda Spratt (AUS) Jersey orange.svgJersey green.svgJersey blackdots.png Mitchelton–Scott 9h 39' 52"
2  Lauren Stephens (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling + 29"
3  Katrin Garfoot (AUS) UniSA–Australia + 1' 30"
4  Lucy Kennedy (AUS) Mitchelton–Scott + 1' 36"
5  Grace Brown (AUS) Holden Team Gusto Racing + 1' 54"
6  Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) Mitchelton–Scott + 2' 07"
7  Shannon Malseed (AUS) Tibco–Silicon Valley Bank + 2' 09"
8  Kate McIlroy (NZL) Specialized Women's Racing + 2' 25"
9  Grace Anderson (NZL) Jersey white.svg New Zealand (national team) + 2' 42"
10  Emma Grant (GBR) Tibco–Silicon Valley Bank + 2' 46"

Stage 4[edit]

14 January 2018 — Adelaide, 46 km (28.6 mi)[16]
Result of Stage 4[5]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Chloe Hosking (AUS) Alé–Cipollini 1h 07' 29"
2  Giorgia Bronzini (ITA) Cylance Pro Cycling + 0"
3  Annette Edmondson (AUS) Wiggle High5 + 0"
4  Abi Van Twisk (GBR) Trek–Drops + 0"
5  Maria Vittoria Sperotto (ITA) Bepink + 0"
6  Emilie Moberg (NOR) Team Virtu Cycling + 0"
7  Jelena Erić (SRB) Cylance Pro Cycling + 0"
8  Sarah Roy (AUS) Mitchelton–Scott + 0"
9  Alison Jackson (CAN) Tibco–Silicon Valley Bank + 0"
10  Marlies Mejias (CUB) TWENTY20 p/b Sho-Air + 0"
Final general classification[5]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Amanda Spratt (AUS) Jersey orange.svgJersey blackdots.png Mitchelton–Scott 10h 47' 21"
2  Lauren Stephens (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling + 41"
3  Katrin Garfoot (AUS) Jersey green.svg UniSA–Australia + 1' 21"
4  Lucy Kennedy (AUS) Mitchelton–Scott + 1' 36"
5  Grace Brown (AUS) Holden Team Gusto Racing + 1' 54"
6  Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) Mitchelton–Scott + 2' 07"
7  Shannon Malseed (AUS) Tibco–Silicon Valley Bank + 2' 09"
8  Kate McIlroy (NZL) Specialized Women's Racing + 2' 25"
9  Grace Anderson (NZL) Jersey white.svg New Zealand (national team) + 2' 42"
10  Emma Grant (GBR) Tibco–Silicon Valley Bank + 2' 46"

Classification leadership table[edit]

In the 2018 Women's Tour Down Under, four different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers at intermediate sprints and at the finish of mass-start stages, the leader received an ochre jersey.[17] This classification was considered the most important of the 2018 Women's Tour Down Under, and the winner of the classification was considered the winner of the race.

Additionally, there was a sprints classification, which awarded a green jersey.[17] In the sprints classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 8 in a stage. For winning a stage, a rider earned 16 points, with 12 for second, 8 for third, 6 for fourth, with one point fewer per place down to 2 points for 8th place. Points towards the classification could also be accrued – awarded on a 5–3–2 scale – at intermediate sprint points during each stage; these intermediate sprints also offered bonus seconds towards the general classification as noted above. There was also a mountains classification, the leadership of which was marked by a white jersey with navy polka dots.[17] In the mountains classification, points were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs.

The fourth jersey represented the young rider classification, marked by a white jersey.[17] This was decided in the same way as the general classification, but only riders born after 1 January 1993 were eligible to be ranked in the classification. There was also a classification for teams, in which the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added together; the leading team at the end of the race was the team with the lowest total time.[17]

Stage Winner General classification
Mountains classification
Sprint classification
Young rider classification
Team classification
1[18] Annette Edmondson Annette Edmondson Sabrina Stultiens Annette Edmondson Maria Vittoria Sperotto UniSA–Australia
2[8] Katrin Garfoot Katrin Garfoot Katrin Garfoot Grace Anderson Mitchelton–Scott
3[9] Amanda Spratt Amanda Spratt Amanda Spratt Amanda Spratt
4[3] Chloe Hosking Katrin Garfoot
Final[3] Amanda Spratt Amanda Spratt Katrin Garfoot Grace Anderson Mitchelton–Scott

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Santos Women's Tour Race Classification Increase for 2018 Awarded". South Australian Tourism Commission. Government of South Australia. 26 September 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2018. The 2018 Santos Women's Tour will now be ranked as a 2.1 class race on the UCI international calendar (up from UCI 2.2) making it one step closer to achieving the long-term goal of WorldTour status.
  2. ^ Wynn, Nigel (14 January 2018). "Amanda Spratt seals 2018 Women's Tour Down Under win as Chloe Hosking takes final stage". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
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  9. ^ a b c "Saturday, January 13 Distance: 121.1 km; The Bend Motorsport Park – Hahndorf" (PDF). Eventresults.com.au. South Australian Tourism Commission. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
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  17. ^ a b c d e "Winner Categories". Tour Down Under. Events South Australia. Archived from the original on 12 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  18. ^ "Thursday, January 11 Distance: 115.7 km; Gumeracha – Gumeracha" (PDF). Eventresults.com.au. South Australian Tourism Commission. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018.

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