Daria Pikulik stages upset on first day of Tour Down Under

Human Power Health rider had arrived in Australia on a long haul flight just days before

Daria Pikulik wins stage one of the Tour Down Under
(Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty)

Daria Pikulik upset the favourites to win stage one of the women’s Tour Down Under only four days after arriving in hot and blustery Australia from wintry Poland. 

Pikulik (Human Powered Health) roared across the finish line in celebration after pipping Clara Copponi (FDJ Suez) and Georgia Baker (Jayco Alula) in a reduced bunch sprint on Sunday. 

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.