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2017 Santos Tour Down Under
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:22:38 AM »
Renshaw set to start the 2017 World Tour:
After off-season training in Bathurst, champion local Cyclists Mark Renshaw kicks off his 2017 season at the Santos Tour down Under later this month. The event starts with the People’s Choice Classic on the 15th Jan 2017 where we could possibly see our Bathurst champ Renshaw battling it out with duel World Champion Peter Sagan. Of Course Mark’s Dimension Data Team have a few options in the stage with Van Rensburn Farrar and maybe even Haas, so their race plan will vary on the day. Meanwhile Sagan’s Bora Hansgrohe team will be expected to take responsibility for control of the stage a job they may have to get use too in 2017. 
 
The TDU getting officially underway on the 17/01/2017 with a 145km stage at Unley and concludes with the 6th stage around the streets of central Adelaide on the 22nd January 2017. The first appearance of Australia’s Orica Scott Grand Tour GC rider Esteban Chaves is likely to create plenty of interest while the Bathurst cycling community will be interested in the form of Mark Renshaw’s Dimension Data team mate Lachlan Morton who regularly raced in Bathurst as a junior (and infact is a 2time winner of the Nab B2B Short Course Race).

At this point Mark’s Team Dimension Data roster consists of - 51. Mark Renshaw (AUS) 52. Nathan Haas (AUS) 53. Lachlan Morton (AUS) 54. Ben O'Connor (AUS) 55. Reinardt Van Rensburn (RSA) 56. Tyler Farrar (USA) 57. Jacques Van Rensburg (RSA)

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Re: 2017 Santos Tour Down Under
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2017, 09:23:10 AM »
Howard to race with Subaru NSWIS team at Santos Women's Tour
Again there will be plenty of local interest in the Womens TDU with local female champion Kirsten Howard racing with Subaru NSWIS team which will be led by well performed international rider Lauren Kitchen who grew-up in Port Macquarie in the Graham Seers program.
The Santos Women's Tour consists of 4 Stages starting Saturday, 14 Jan 2017 starting at Hahndorf and finishing with a criterium race at Victoria Park. The event boosts 4 USA Teams, 2 Britain and German Teams, 1 team from Netherlands NZ and Italy plus the Aussie teams lead by Orica.
 
Kirsten Howard Subaru NSWIS team will be managed by Katie Brown who often raced in Bathurst when she was an international rider.
Subaru NSWIS Team - 161. Lauren Kitchen (AUS), 162. Kirsten Howard (AUS), 163. Ashlee Ankudinoff (AUS), 164. Gina Ricardo (AUS), 165. Nicola MacDonald (AUS), 166. Emma Roberts (AUS)

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Re: 2017 Santos Tour Down Under
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2017, 09:23:39 AM »
Plenty of Bathurst Connections in the Santos Women's Tour
Although it is a true international field there is plenty of riders in the women race that have a connection to Bathurst with Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon Sram), Chloe Hosking (Ale Cippolini) and Aussie Champ Amanda Spratt (Orica) all having raced in the Bathurst Area.
Kirstens team mate Ashlee Ankudinoff having just won the NSW Women Madison Championship at the Bathurst Bike Park, and Nicola MacDonald is a 2 time nab B2B winner then of course Lucy Bechtel started her 2016 season with a bang winning the nab B2B while her Specialized team mate Madeline Wright had her first race start in Bathurst.
Also worth noting that Duel World Track Champ Rebecca Wiasak of the High5 Dream Team has won the Mudgee Open for the last couple of years and the World renowned female cyclist and team owner Rochelle Gilmore will be the Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling Team manager at Adelaide raced many times as a junior in Bathurst and actually won the Bathurst International GP.

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Re: 2017 Santos Tour Down Under
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2017, 09:24:11 AM »
2017 People’s Choice Classic
Bathurst’s Mark Renshaw’s 6th place in 2017 People’s Choice Classic behind Caleb Ewan is a good result as he had to battling with Sagan prior to sprinting starting.
Sagan dropped back to Ewan & Renshaw and pushed in causing a degree of disturbance in the lead up to the sprint. Sagan’s shoulder and head didn’t cause any concern for the very experienced Renshaw but it did mean he was in the wind prior to the sprint starting and took away any chance the Bathurst Olympian had of repeating his win from a few years ago. 

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Re: 2017 Santos Tour Down Under
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2017, 09:24:48 AM »
STAGE 3 Women’s TDU -
Big day for  Kirsten Howard in Stage 3 of the Santos Women's Tour Down Under with the Bathurst cyclist attacking across to former “Maaslandster Nicheliving” teammate Erin Kinnealy (Holden) to lead the stage at the midway point.

It’s was very exciting for all the Bathurst cycling community to read about Kirsten attacking the peloton during the stage as it is an indication of her growing confidence in the sport. She may of lost a few positions overall as the peloton soon chased down Kinnealy and Howard and both lost time in the final kilometres of the stage however this stage was a major turning point in the Bathurst rider’s career as she has shown the confidence to become involved in the strategy of race. 
 
Canberra rider Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini) won stage 3 from Kirsten Wild (Ned) and Alexis Ryan (USA) Bathurst’s Kirsten Howard finished 40th while he NSWIS Sydney Uni captain Lauren Kitchen finished 15th. Overall Blue Mountains rider Amanda Spratt (Orica-Scott) still lead the Women’s Tour Down Under for Dutch rider Janneke Ensing (Ale Cipollini) with Kirsten Howard in 37th Place.