Australian Katrin Garfoot took the hilltop finish on stage two of the 2018 Women’s Tour Down Under to assume the overall race lead
Katrin Garfoot (UniSA-Australia) won stage two of the 2018 Women’s Tour Down Under on Friday, and now moves into the overall race lead with two stages remaining.
Garfoot took the victory on Mengler’s Hill, the race’s first ever hilltop finish. She had joined fellow Australian and former team-mate Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott) in leaving their rivals behind on the climb, putting in a hard pace in the rain-swept and blustery conditions.
Kennedy was then distanced slightly on the line as Garfoot celebrated taking the ochre jersey from stage one winner Annette Edmondson (Wiggle-High5), who had finished in 24th spot.
Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) took third on the stage, eight seconds behind Garfoot and Kennedy, with team-mate and time trial world champion Annemiek van Vleuten placing fourth to give Mitchelton-Scott three out of the top four riders.
Spratt said after the finish: “It was more like being back in Europe with the crosswinds, rain and cold so it was a whole different level of stress today. We were always looking out for the crosswinds and I think we managed it well, we were really united as a