Perfect start for Trek-Segafredo as Paternoster takes opening stage win Down Under

New super-team send warning to the women's peloton winning their first road race

Letizia Paternoster (Team Trek-Segafredo) wins Santos Women's Tour Down Under 2019, Stage 1 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Riding in Trek-Segafredo’s first road race, 19-year-old Letizia Paternoster showed her immense promise, winning stage one of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under on Thursday. 

The undulating 112.9km opening stage between Hahndorf and Birdwood, finished in a bunch sprint, the young Italian blasting past her rivals, dominating the final, crossing the line more than a bike length ahead of more established riders.  

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.