Roxsolt Racing’s Lauren Kitchen continued her strong performance at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic today finishing third on the tough Port Arlington circuit, securing her lead in the sprint classification and moving within two points of the overall series lead.
After finishing second on the opening stage of the series on Friday and fifth in yesterday’s second stage Lauren started the penultimate stage of the series in the green sprinters jersey and in third position overall behind race leader Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Down Under) and Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS).
The race was fast paced from the beginning with the peloton splintering as the riders tackled a challenging climb each lap. While a number of riders tried to sneak of the front of the peloton it wasn’t until Peta Mullens launched a brave solo breakaway after the first intermediate sprint of the day that anything escaped.
Mullens extended her lead to more than 20 seconds on the chasing peloton and finished comfortably ahead of Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Down Under) and Lauren on the stage.
By the end of the day Lauren had earned herself an unassailable lead in the sprinters competition leading into tomorrow’s final stage in Williamstown and had moved within striking distance of race leader Chloe Hosking who now holds yellow by a slim margin.
“We’re really happy to have retained the green jersey and have locked that up for Roxsolt as that was a big goal for us at the start of the week,” an ecstatic Lauren said after the stage.
“It was great to get on the podium again for Roxsolt but of course we’ll be hoping to build on that tomorrow,” Lauren said alluding to the team’s intentions to make a serious play for the yellow jersey tomorrow.
“I definitely couldn’t have done this without the support of my team,” Lauren continued.
“A big thanks has to go to Kelvin for putting the team together and giving me the opportunity,” she finished.
Article by Chloe Hosking