Local Adelaide Rider and Skinny Latte member Natalie Redmond acheived national success this weekend when she placed 2nd in stage 3 of the National Road Series 2014 SAM MIRANDA TOUR OF THE KING VALLEY and 5th in stage 4.
23 Aug 2014 , by Cycling Australia
Canberra's Rebecca Wiasak (Suzuki Brumby's) has sensationally clinched a hat trick of victories on day two of the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley.
The track world cup gold medallist out-sprinted her rivals on stage three to complete the feat, having dominated the opening two stages of the Subaru National Road Series event on Friday.
"I'm ecstatic, Alison Rice one of my teammates tweeted that I was going for the hat trick and I giggled a bit because it was a pretty tough, hilly stage and I didn't expect that," said an elated Wiasak.
Wiasak beat new-comer Natalie Redmond and national series leader Ruth Corset (Holden Women's Cycling) for line honours in Oxley following a lumpy 100 kilometre road race which featured the infamous 'Strade Nero' dirt climb.
With one stage remaining, Wiasak holds a commanding lead in the overall Tour rankings, one minute, 38 seconds ahead of Sydney's Ashlee Ankudinoff (Specialized Securitor) while Corset sits in third place overall, one minute, 47 seconds behind.
"The girls did a really good job of keeping everything under control and I went so far out, with 3km to go I just treated it like an individual pursuit and thought I could swap off with Ash [Ankudinoff] but, I can't believe it."
The race began in idyllic conditions, and remained all together until the first intermediate sprint at kilometre 15. From there various teams applied pressure to race leaders Suzuki, with the peloton splitting on the first major climb after 38 kilometres.
A break of six formed including Lisa Keeling (Bicycle Superstore), Sophie Mackay (Specialized Securitor), Rachel Ward (Boss Racing) and Lisa Hanly, Rebecca Locke (Live Giant) and Alexandria Nicholls (Suzuki Brumby's).
The group were eventually joined by a solo Corset and soon after, her teammate Ellen Skerrit also bridged. An under pressure Wiasak worked hard with Andkudinoff to close the gap, the two bunches eventually joining with 40 kilometres remaining.
The Tour concludes on Sunday with an 85 kilometre road race through Myrrhee and Moyhu.