Santos Women's Tour Down Under 2019 - Stage 1

It’s official, the 2019 season has begun, and what a start for Trek-Segafredo and Letizia Paternoster!

I’m not used to the season starting so early. Since the season ended we were busy working on The Road Book 2018, then I moved house and all of a sudden it was time to head to Australia to start all over again! That said it’s nice to get a race under the belt. I find it takes a couple of race days to get back into the flow and get used to riders in their new kits. I guess the peloton feel pretty much the same… There wasn’t much in the way of action in the race today before the final sprint. It’ll be interesting to see how tomorrow goes, it’s forecast to be a scorcher!

The voice of race radio, Wal Conte exercises his pipes ahead the race.

The local band play a tune before the start

Kangaroo is ready to race!

Rachele Barbieri pins her numbers on her new colours

Elisa Longo Borghini signs on for her first race with Trek-Segafredo

Tayler Wiles laughs with friends ahead of stage 1

The race is on!

The peloton all together (all day)

Grace Brown in the bunch

The peloton approach the top of Lucky Hit climb

The peloton crest Lucky Hit climb

The peloton head to Gumeracha

Letizia Paternoster made it look easy!

Letizia Paternoster celebrates with her Trek Segafredo teammates

Letizia Paternoster takes the race lead

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