2014 Tour Of The Goldfields: Stage 1 Photo Gallery

Canberra?s Kimberley Wells (Specialized Securitor) has taken out stage one of the Tour of the Goldfields with a stunning sprint finish in the 20 lap criterium at Victoria Park in Ballarat. Wells, who recently claimed two medals at the Oceania Track Championships in Adelaide, left it to the last minute to chase line honours after Bridie O?Donnell (Total Rush Hyster) almost pulled off a remarkable stage victory with an impressive five lap solo effort. ?I?m pretty excited to get ourselves an early lead,? said an excited Wells. ?I was pretty stoked to know the first stage of the Tour of the Goldfields would be a criterium because that is certainly something I do quite well in,? said the 2013 criterium national champion. Wells won the bunch finish ahead of Subaru National Road Series leader Ruth Corset (Holden Women?s Cycling Team) and Victorian Chloe McConville (Jayco/Apollo VIS). Breakaway specialist O?Donnell was caught on the final lap after holding a 19 second advantage before being reeled in by the peloton. ?I was a little bit worried to do a kilometre effort to try and catch her at the end, but thankfully some other teams reeled her in,? said Wells, who now sits one second behind Corset in Tour?s general classification. Wells, with her teammates Sophie Mackay, Verita Stewart and Claire Trembath, was helped when Stewart broke-away in a six women breakaway earlier in the race. ?I wasn?t really sure how it was going to play out but it was very important for us as a team to be represented in the break,? said Wells. ?There were a good mix of riders and that breakaway certainly could have survived today but there were a few other teams who were hungry to bring them down.? Townsville?s Corset leads the Tour by two seconds to Wells and three seconds to McConville with three stages remaining. The Tour of the Goldfields continues on Saturday with a team time trial starting at 11am followed by the Burrumbeet Road Race at 2:30pm. ?In a team?s time trial every one has to pull their weight, get a little rest then do it again. We?ll see how many times we can do that to get us to the finish,? said Wells. The Tour of the Goldfields is the final event in the women’s Subaru National Road Series. Text from Cycling Australia Media Release Images: Con Chronis

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