Lauren finishes 4th Overall in Tour Down Under

Lauren has finished in 4th place in the general classification in the Santos women’s Tour Down Under. The four day stage race was a tough fought competition with time bonuses and intermediate sprints being the key to a solid result.

“I’m satisfied with this result, It’s not a win but it is a big confidence boost and tells me that training is on the right track towards the Spring classics in five weeks time”

Lauren with Port Macquarie Cycle Club members after stage 4

Lauren raced as part of the NSWIS- Sydney Uni team for the race and was thankful to be able to start with the development squad and take the leadership role. The NSWIS – Sydney Uni squad is racing under the director, ex- pro Katie Brown and marked the first race of the year for the team.

“The team was great, its a good group of girls and they went pretty well racing against some of the top women in the world, we came into the race as probably the lowest ranked team the team many people didn’t expect much of and we finished with a fourth place in the GC as well as being a factor in the sprint competition, I think thats impressive!”

Lauren won one of the bonus sprints during stage 4

Lauren will now return to Port Macquarie for a ten day period before heading to Europe to link up with her professional team, WM3 Pro cycling.

“This result has made me even more excited to get over to Europe, my form is coming along nicely and now I can’t wait to get over there and spend time with my team mates”

Lauren’s next races will be in the Spring Classics where she is looking to build on some solid performances last season in the biggest races.

“Last season I wanted top 10s now I want a win, I think its the natural progression and now I feel ready to take that step with my new team WM3”

Lauren kicks off 2017 at the Australian Nationals

Lauren has officially started her 2017 season with the WM3 Pro cycling team with the national road race championship today in Ballarat, Victoria. Lauren finished the race in 18th place, and while the result is not what Lauren was hoping for, she is taking a few positives away from the championship while she builds for the start of the European season at the end of February.

Pic: Pioneer 

“My result today wasn’t pleasing to me, I didn’t have the legs to follow Katrin and Spratty on the climb and full credit to them they were the strongest and deserved the results they got. I am building towards the Spring classics and while I would have liked to have been more of a contender, this race ultimately is a stepping stone to bigger goals later in the season”

With a long season ahead, Lauren has chosen to focus on the Spring Classics and sees today’s race as great preparation for this.

“I want to be a bigger player in the classics this year, I proved to myself last year I can be there in the biggest races and now with a strong WM3 team I hope to play a big role through the Spring period. Today is still seven weeks until the first race of the spring so Im right on track for that”

Lauren will now travel to Adelaide where she will race the Tour Down Under with the NSWIS squad as a guest rider.

“Tour Down Under is a great race for the aussies, I am looking forward to mentoring some of the NSWIS girls and getting some good intensity in before another good training block and heading over to Europe for the final preparations. While I would love to win a stage, Im not sure what to expect with a dynamic field and a mixed course.”

The Tour Down Under starts on Jan 14th and concludes with a criterium in Adelaide on Jan 17th.