In their first team race of the year, Heidi Franz, Leigh Ann Ganzar, Sara Poidevin, and Krista Doebel-Hickok, banned together to look after and deliver Chloe Hosking into the stage 1 finale of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under. Hosking unleashed her sprint to win stage 1 convincingly and move into the overall race lead.
Kristabel Doebel-Hickok arrived in Australia looking to improve on last year’s fourth place overall.
Leigh Ann Ganzar suiting up for her first race with the team.
Sara Poidevin laser-focused during the pre-race meeting led by team director Joanne Kiesanowski.
Hosking giving a local television interview.
Opening kilometers of stage 1.
Santa took time out from his holiday to watch the race.
Poidevin at the head of the bunch.
Ganzar took a massive pull inside the final 3 km to reel in the solo leader and help set up the field sprint for Hosking.
A few locals tried keeping up with the ladies. It didn’t work out.
A powerful sprint for a resounding victory. Hosking wins the first UCI stage of the season.
Plenty of time to post up for the home crowd favorite.
What good is a victory if you can’t share it with your friends.
All the feels.
When everyone is commited to the same goal, everyone wins.
There is truly nothing like it. The joy of victory.
This is a pretty standard face for Heidi Franz.
Blue sprinter’s looks great but not as good as the leader’s ochre jersey!