Katrin Garfoot wins Tour Down Under, TCFIA Tour Féminin Ardèche to start on 31st August, Tour of Britain loses main sponsor

Sources:  Orica AIS, MetaraceTour of Britain, TCFIA

Katrin Garfoot’s (Orica AIS) third place in stage 4 gave her a well deserved overall victory at the Tour Down Under. The team website report quotes Garfoot on the win:

“I was nervous at the beginning, not just at the end,” she said after the stage.

“I was confident I could sprint after the last two days, I just wasn’t sure how I could sprint in a bunch with so many strong sprinters rubbing shoulders and pushing each other around like dominos. It strung out towards the back end, which probably suited me.

“The team just worked so hard together this week. Without them, I couldn’t have done anything like that. I’m not a sprinter but I just followed the good wheels and they got me to where I needed to be and then just tried to do my best.”

And DS Gene Bates:

“The goal coming into the Tour was to win a stage and go for the overall and we have certainly achieved that,” Bates said.

“The best part was the way they handled themselves throughout the race. It really was a team effort with completely selfless riding.

“Kat was in good form and when you are in good form you can do pretty much everything so over the course of the four days her confidence built and the team’s confidence in her built and that’s really what shone through in the end.”

Full results here, Orica AIS report here.

Kimberley Wells won the stage for High5 Dream Team:

“That last lap was so fast, it was so hectic. I was trying to follow good wheels for the final sprint. We all saw what happened on Stage 2 with Wiggle High5 and their lead out train, so I didn’t want to get dominated by that again. I used a lot of energy on the back straight to try and get myself in a good position for the really sharp corner, and when I went for it, I never looked back!”

High5 Dream Team report here.

Santos Women’s Tour – Stage 4 Results
1. Kimberley Wells (High5 Dream Team) 1:03:30
2. Annette Edmondson (Wiggle High5) ST
3. Katrin Garfoot (ORICA-AIS) ST

Santos Women’s Tour – Overall Results
1. Katrin Garfoot (ORICA-AIS) 6:52:36
2. Shelley Olds (Cylance Professional Cycling) ST
3. Lauren Kitchen (Hytec Products) ST

TCFIA, the organisers of the Tour Féminin Ardèche, have announced details of the route for the 2016 edition. A press release also states that the race should have been on the UCI calender, and will start on the 31st August. The 2015 edition was won by Taylor Wyles, with Lauren Stephens second and Rosella Ratto third. The press release goes on:

For some reasons, you do not find TCFIA (Tcfia Tour Féminin Ardèche) on the UCI Calendar……
It’s a mistake, an unfortunate oversight. This mistake will be repaired very quickly and the TCFIA will appear shortly on the calendar for a race starting 31st of August to 5th of September. A lot of surprises this year, with in particular a departure from the Isle sur la Sorgue in Vaucluse and Fontaine de Vaucluse, Gordes, Venasque, Malemort, Blauvac, Flassan, with final, ascension and, of course, the arrival at the summit of Mont Ventoux, 1912m from Bedoin, Saturday, September 3, 2016.

The Tour of Britain have announced this years womens race will be the last with Aviva as the name sponsor. Massive economic slowdown ahoy.