Santos Women’s Tour: Lizzie Williams wins penultimate stage in scorcher

Big win: Lizzie Williams took out stage three of the Santos Women’s Tour. Photo: Elesa KurtzIn scorching conditions, Lizzie Williams soloed to a gritty win in stage three of the Santos Women’s Tour on Monday that posed no threat to her Orica-AIS teammate Katrin Garfoot’s overall lead.

Williams won the 100.8km circuit race at Lyndoch by 19 seconds from Garfoot, who won the sprint for second ahead of NSW’s Lauren Kitchen (HiTec Products) and four others who were strung out, while the peloton came in at 4 minutes 28 seconds.

“It was hot out there,” said Williams, from Victoria, also lauding her NSW teammate Amanda Spratt, the national road champion who was with the leaders after a solo move she made was brought back by their rivals, while Williams and Garfoot sat on.

“We had strong girls out there and we knew we could get the numbers.

“‘Spratty’ was just a workhorse out there, dangling off the front like a rabbit.

“It allowed me to be able to sit on the whole time and that’s why ultimately I had the energy to go with about four kilometres to go, and that’s teamwork.”

Garfoot, who continues to lead the tour overall going into Tuesday night’s fourth and final stage in Adelaide’s Victoria Park, also praised Spratt’s daring but useful move.

Garfoot said that after Spratt was caught on the last climb: “I got told to go for it on the climb but that didn’t really work, so we waited until it came back together.

“It was cat and mouse out there, everyone of course covered me and not the others so Lizzie got away to take out the win.”

While Garfoot is still leading overall, she is still on the same time as Kitchen, Shelley Olds (Cylance) and Danielle King (Wiggle High5).

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