Roxsolt Racing’s Lauren Kitchen wrapped up a successful week of racing in the fourth and final stage of the Bay Cycling Classic in Williamstown, Victoria yesterday as teammate Kimberley Wells sprinted to second on the stage to claim Roxsolt’s third podium of the week. Kitchen went into the stage with an unbeatable lead in the race’s sprint competition after consistent racing throughout the four race series.
With the green jersey safely in the back pocket of the Roxsolt team they turned their attention to claiming yellow after Lauren’s strong finish on Sunday’s third stage in Portarlington saw her move to within two points of the race lead.
Despite a well fought battle in yesterday’s fourth stage however, the team had to settle for second overall behind eventual race winner Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Down Under) who lead the series from start to finish.
Lauren was all praise for her Roxsolt teammates who rode in support of her throughout the week.
“The last two days we really rode well as a team,” Lauren said.
“We came together at the start of the week having not raced together and I think that’s a big compliment to Kelvin (Rundle, team owner and manager) that he can bring women together who haven’t ridden with each other and probably wont ride all together again and create this cohesive team,” she said.
“We’re happy as a team. We came into the race with the clear objective of winning the sprint jersey and we achieved that,” Lauren continued.
However, Lauren’s second overall finish was a pleasant surprise. After having major surgery on her left leg in October Lauren had to have eight weeks off the bike and has only been back training for five weeks.
“My form was really unknown coming into this week,” she said.
“I knew I had been training hard but I hadn’t done any intensity so to be able to back up everyday and be at the pointy end of the bike race I’m very happy,” Lauren finished.
The Roxsolt Racing team will line up again later this month at the Santos Women’s Tour in Adelaide and finished their summer racing campaign at the Cadel Evans Road Race.