In a show of dominance, the High5 Dream Team have gone 1-2 on Stage 1 of Amy’s Otway Tour, with Rebecca Wiasak taking the stage win ahead of teammate Lucy Kennedy.
It was a carbon copy of the 2016 edition of Amy’s Otway Tour for Wiasak, who replicated her efforts of the previous year by launching a solo attack and holding off the peloton to take the win.
‘We wanted to win, and we had a couple of different ways we thought that could happen. Lucy obviously has come back from racing in Europe in brilliant form, winning l’Ardeche just a week ago, but I came back from America and raced at Tour of the King Valley 48 hours after getting off the plane, and Lucy had even less time so it was a bit of an unknown to see how she was going to feel, and obviously she felt brilliant, because after I attacked a bit earlier than I wanted to, she was able to break away from the field too.
‘We’ve now got two options tomorrow after going over the line 1-2 today. Last year we were in the same position when I was able to solo away in the crit.
‘When I heard Lucy was chasing me down I was confused initially, but we had our DS Kim on the sideline, and she would have told me to sit up and wait if Lucy needed the 10 second time bonus, but I think tomorrow is her day as she’s definitely got the climbing legs on!
‘It was great out there today, we had so many supporters cheering us on, and we’ve got some of our team sponsors here, so it was fantastic to be able to pull off the win and put the hands in the air for the High5 Dream Team!
The High5 Dream Team will go into the final stage looking to defend their strong general classification position, and take their first overall National Road Series race win of 2017.
Action starts at 7.30am as the peloton cover 120km around the picturesque Lorne and Great Ocean Road region.
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