Australian Annette Edmondson scores ‘home’ sprint victory on stage one of the 2018 Women’s Tour Down Under
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Annette Edmondson (Wiggle-High5) took the sprint finish victory at the end of stage one of the 2018 Women’s Tour Down Under in Australia on Thursday.
Australian Edmondson took the victory on the 115-kilometre stage, that started and finshed in Gumeracha. Italian Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling) placed second with Lauretta Hanson (UniSA-Australia) in third.
Hanson’s UniSA-Australia team-mate Rachel Neylan had earlier launched a solo escape, but was reeled in by the bunch with two kilometres to go to set up a bunch finish. A crash in the final 300 metres caught out a few riders.
“Today was very, very good!” Edmondson said. “I’m very happy with that. The team rode so well.
“We talked about going for the sprint, but there was always a bit of a question mark with the first race of the year because you’re not really sure how you’re going to go against the rest with all the international riders coming.
“You don’t know who’s targeted the race and who hasn’t. I knew that my form was good the