van Twisk sprints to 4th in Tour Down Under finale
The curtain came down on the 2018 Santos Women's Tour Down Under on Sunday with a criterium in Adelaide. Following Stage Three's epic race, the results of the overall seemed all but decided.
Unfortunately, due to picking up the beginning of an illness both Molly Weaver and Tayler Wiles would not start today's final stage. Both however, will rest and recover well ahead of our trip to Melbourne for the Cadel Evans Road Race.
The final stage of the 2018 Santos Women's Tour would be a traditional criterium around Adelaide. The course which started in Wakefield Road, wasn't the most technical, one lap was 2.3km and it had four left hand bends. We would race 20 laps, a total of 46km.
The race started out steady, Carlee Taylor pushed out ahead. The Adelaide local is retiring after today's stage and the peloton let Carlee take a lap our in front in respect of that.
The racing soon got going after Carlee's farewell. Katrin Garfoot's Uni-SA team took control as Garfoot had her eye on the sprint's classification.
There was a nasty crash that took down overall race leader Amanda Spratt but she composed herself and with the help of her Mitchelton-Scott team got herself back in the main group.
Meanwhile, Uni-SA setup Garfoot to take the first two intermediate sprints. Abi, who was our designated sprinter for today's stage tested her legs in the remaining sprints and took two second places behind Garfoot who won all four sprints to take the lead in that classification.
In the final laps the team took Abi to the front. Whilst the big sprinters team were taking the lead Abi surfed the wheels. Sprinting against some of the best names in the world Abi finished 4th. Chloe Hosking took the win.
After the race Abi reflected
"Today was a fun way to finish the Tour Down Under. A fast crit around the centre of Adelaide made for an exciting and fast race with a great atmosphere. The big teams were lining it out, leading their sprinters for the intermediate sprints which kept the pace high.
It was a bit hectic going into the finish with everyone fighting for the top sprinters wheels but the team worked really well together and managed to come to the front as a unit in the closing laps and then I just surfed the wheels from there."
Take a look at images from Stage Four.
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