It was a case of déjà-vu for Britain’s Hannah Barnes as she won the first stage of the Tour Femenino de San Luis for the second year running.
The 21-year-old, who races for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s team, beat Italian duo Elena Cecchini and Michela Pavin into second and third respectively in the 80.2km stage in El Durazno on Sunday.
Twenty-four hours earlier, Barnes also claimed the win in the 76.5km Gran Prix San Luis Femenino around Juana Koslay.
Barnes will hope that history will not fully repeat itself, having crashed out of the 2014 Tour Femenino the day after her stage win, suffering a deep cut to her knee and bruising to her hip on stage two.
Barnes’ opening stage win in San Luis in 2014 was the first of her six top-ten finishes last season, which included third- and fourth-place finishes in stages one and five respectively at The Women’s Tour.
Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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