Linda Villumsen best Team VIRTU Cycling-rider in tough finish
40 degrees had been replaced by to strong winds and heavy rain in stage 2 of Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, where Linda Villumsen and Kasia Pawlowska tried to push through on the final climb.
The riders in Santos Women’s Tour Down Under were riding 102 kilometers on Friday, before a winner would be found on the short but crucial climb Mengler’s Hill. The home court favorite Katrin Garfoot took the victory, but Team VIRTU Cycling’s Linda Villumsen finished in 14th place a few seconds ahead of her team mate Kasia Pawlowska.
However, there were more than the 102 hard kilometers to fight today for Team VIRTU Cycling and the rest of the peloton. The otherwise hot Australian summer had turned into something completely different.
“The wind was very brutal today and there was really a lot of rain. It was pretty hard, but that’s the conditions, sometimes you have 40 degrees and sometimes it’s pissing down and is a little cooler,” sports director at Team VIRTU Cycling, Carmen Small says.
However, the Team VIRTU Cycling-riders still had ambitions to make a good result on the stage. With Linda Villumsen’s 14th place, the team was also in the mix in the final, but Carmen Small had hoped for more.
“We tried to set up Linda and Kasia in the final, but it was not the result we wanted. Sometimes you just don’t have the best legs, and that’s how it is. On a positive note, they are still making good progress racing together. This is also training for us to come here to get some good kilometers in the legs in nice weather. We are still going in a positive direction, and we can gain something from today,” Carmen Small says.
Linda Villumsen is also the best Team VIRTU Cycling rider in the general classification in 14th place, while Katrin Garfoot with her victory also took over the overall lead. In stage 3 the riders will race Santos Women’s Tour Down Under’s longest stage of 122.4 kilometers. A climb near the finish can be crucial, but already after 60 kilometers the race can explode.
“The final climb is short and steep, but on the climb in the middle of the stage we do not know what will happen. It is kind of far out, but it could defiantly play a role in breaking things up, but it depends on how the teams want to race tomorrow” Carmen Small says.
Stage 3 starts at The Bend Motorsport Park and ends in Hahndorf.