After an already successful summer racing campaign which includes major victories at the Stan Siejka Cycling Classic and the Shimano Super Criterium the Roxsolt Racing team has again left an impact on the women’s racing scene. Lauren Kitchen earned the Santos Women’s Cup sprinter’s and mountain's in the 59km opening road stage from Woodside to Murray Bridge in the Adelaide Hills. [embed]https://twitter.com/LaurenKitchen1/status/556321870350282752[/embed]
Continuing on from her impressive performances at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic and National Championships Lauren Kitchen sprinted to second on the first stage of the Tour and has a narrow lead in the race's sprint competition after picking up precious points in the only intermediate sprint of the day.
After an aggressive day of racing that saw Roxsolt Ladies rider Loren Rowney take out the mountain sprint of the day and the field shattered in cross winds Kitchen outsmarted some of the best sprinters in Australia to take out the bunch kick for the minor placings after Orica-AIS’ Italian recruit Valentina Scandolara took an impressive solo victory.
The stage was raced exceptionally fast with the peloton finishing minutes ahead of the predicted schedule.
The Roxsolt Ladies team, which is in it’s second summer racing season, had a clear goal leading into the four day tour.
“Our plan going into the race was to be aggressive and highlight women’s racing on the world stage at the Tour Down Under,” Lauren said.
“Finishing second was great, I didn’t know if I would have the legs to mix it with the sprinters so I was happy to win the bunch kick,” Lauren continued.
The team isn’t putting any pressures on themselves for the rest of the Tour, however.
“We want to have fun racing at the Tour Down Under,” Lauren said.
“We are looking for an exciting race and look forward to the next few stages!” she said.
The Tour continues tomorrow with a 40 minute criterium in East Adelaide.