Lauren has just completed the Women’s Tour Down Under, which ran from the 16th to the 19th of January in the Adelaide region of South Australia. With the support of her Hitec Products teammates, Lauren secured the final spot on the overall podium behind Orica-AIS rider Katrin Garfoot and American Shelly Olds. The final podium positions were decided on a count back as the top four riders in the four day race finished on the same time over the four stages.
“I am very happy to be on the final GC podium, this race was well contested among the Aussies and I think shows Im on the right track heading into the season. I am most proud of my performance on stage 3 where I really had to show I was physically at a good level along with ride smart and control Orica-AIS, who had the numerical advantage in the breakaway that had formed over the toughest part of the course.”
Lauren also finished 3rd on the 3rd stage, to give Hitec its first two podiums in a UCI road event ofthe year. Lauren was consistent across the four race days with her results being 4th on stage 1, 5th stage 2, 3rd stage 3 and 8th stage 4
“Im happy with where I’m at right now, I have shown that I am ready very competitive and my form is good, now I have to rest for a few days and prepare for Cadel’s next weekend, before heading overseas.”
Next up for Lauren is Cadel’s Great Ocean Road Race which takes place on Jan 30 in Geelong. Then she will travel to Qatar for the Ladies Tour of Qatar before onwards to Europe.
Photos: Kirsty Baxter