Riders approach the QOM in the McClaren Vale district south of Adelaide. Image: Nat Bromhead. Polish pro rider Daria Pikulik has sprinted to victory in the opening stage of the Women’s Tour Down Under held near Adelaide today.
Starting in seaside Glenelg and finishing down the coast at Aldinga Beach, the women’s race took in stunning coastal vistas and the picturesque McClaren Vale wine region.
After 110km in the saddle, the 26yo Human Powered Health rider made the beachside sprint finale look easy, sitting up to coast over the line ahead of Clara Copponi (FDJ Suez Futurescope) and Georgia Baker (AUS/Team Jayco-AlUla).
Pikulik will wear the Ochre Leader’s Jersey into Stage 2 of the race, the 90km from Birdwood to Uraidla.
Overall standings after Stage 1
1: Daria Pikulik (POL/Human Powered Health) 3hr 2min 51sec,
2. Clara Copponi (FRA/FDJ-SUEZ) at 4sec,3. Georgia Baker (AUS/Team Jayco-AlUla) 6sec4. Grace Brown (AUS/FDJ-SUEZ) 7sec5. Alexandra Manly (AUS/Team Jayco-AlUla 8sec