Australia’s Lucy Kennedy ( Team BikeExchange ) was on the attack during her last day of racing as a professional cyclist, ending her four year career with third place on the final stage of an eventful Tour de l’Ardèche .
The week-long French Tour is one that held fond memories for Kennedy, with the 33 year old delivering her first international win at the event in 2017 while racing for the High5 Australian development team. Then she not only won a stage but took out the overall win as well. A repeat victory, to take her journey full circle, wasn’t to be but it was still undoubtedly a memorable final race for Kennedy to close out her professional career on.
“I was determined to have a crack at the stage today to go out on a high,” said Kennedy. “It wasn’t quite the fairytale finish, but I fought as hard as I could and am happy with a podium.”
The Australian climber got into the break on the final stage of the race – which was a short 82km but packed in three ascents and 1557m of elevation gain – and attacked on the final climb which crested about 13km from the line. There was, however, a reaction and stage winner Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo) counter-attacked and the cyclo-cross world champion took advantage of the downhill to stretch out the gap to the retiring Australian and Jeanne Korevaar (Liv Racing). Brand came over the line 47 seconds ahead of Korevaar and 1:03 ahead […]