Women's Tour Down Under: 'Patient' Ally Wollaston keeps her cool to take maiden WorldTour win

New Zealander beats strong Liv AlUla Jayco team in Campbelltown

Ally Wollaston
(Image credit: Getty Images)

It was, as Ally Wollaston so succinctly put it, "pretty damn hot" in South Australia on Friday. The mercury reached as high as 40 on the opening day of the Women's Tour Down Under, 93.9km from Hahndorf to Campbelltown, which took the peloton just over two and a half hours to complete.

It might have been hot - almost too hot - but Wollaston (AG Insurance-Soudal) was able to keep her cool on the long run into the finish in east Adelaide on Friday afternoon, keeping her powder dry on her sprint until just the right moment, and duly beating Georgia Baker (Liv AlUla Jayco) and Sofia Bertizzolo (UAE Team ADQ), in the process.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.