Podium Girl of the Week

#5 Grace Elvin

Orica-SCOTT – Australia

#4: Lara Tucker

Queensland Academy of Sport – Australia

#3: Ruth Corset

Rush Women’s Cycling – Australia

#2: Emma Pooley

Holden Women’s Cycling – Great Britain

Introducing the new Podium Girl of the Week, Emma Pooley! β€’ With just under 10 km of the UCI @cadelroadrace to go, @pooleyemma made a brave move up a short pinch just outside of Geelong. Lucy Kennedy (@kennedylucy_ ) was the only other rider who could follow her, but Pooley was just too strong and rode even Kennedy off her wheel as she accelerated up the climb. β€’ The Beijing Olympic Silver Medalist, riding for @holdencycling, put her time trial skills to good use, to establish a gap of over 30 seconds with only five fast kilometres remaining. β€’ Even though the four chasers overcame Pooley with just 2.5 km to go, rather than giving up, Pooley gave it her all once more, to jump back on the speedy group. Coming into the finish, Pooley again challenged for the win, beginning her sprint first. She ended up coming in fifth, but what a champion! Congrats Emma! πŸ“·: @kirstybaxter79 β€’ Also, kudos to @channel7 for their awesome live coverage of #womenscycling! πŸ‘πŸ‘ β€’ If you know someone who has what it takes to be #podiumgirloftheweek, just message us! You can nominate anyone, even yourself! β€’ Today's results: 1. + sprint @annemiekvanvleuten 2. + QOM @ruthwinder8 3. @mayukohagiwara 4. @kennedylucy_ 5. @pooleyemma

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#1: Alexis Ryan

Canyon Sram Racing – USA

We are pleased to announce our very first Podium Girl of the Week, Alexis Ryan! β€’ An American riding for @wmncycling, @alexismryan raced very well all week at the @tourdownunder. β€’ Against some of the top pros in the world, Ryan had some great stage results, including a 4th in Stage 1 and a 3rd in Stage 3. β€’ However, what really caught our attention was her #nevergiveup attitude. Despite initially losing her Young Ride Jersey to the very strong @ruthwinder8, Ryan came into the final stage, a criterium, ready to win! β€’ Although a crit's high pace usually means making up time is very difficult, Ryan gave it her all in each of the three intermediate sprints to win them all and score herself the full 9 seconds in time bonuses! β€’ This was enough to clinch the #youngrider jersey by just 2 seconds after 7 hours of riding! Congrats on your stella performance Down Under!

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