Lightning struck twice at Amy’s Otway Tour, as Rebecca Wiasak took out Stage 2 of the 2017 edition, to emulate her achievements of one year ago.
With multiple cards to play going into the final stage it was a team effort, as Jess Pratt made the early break with Kate Perry, allowing overnight leader Wiasak and teammate Lucy Kennedy to control the race from the peloton.
After establishing a break of over two minutes, the duo of Pratt and Perry pushed on, but it wasn’t to be, as the pair were caught on the Skenes Creek descent. This set up a fast and furious final 30 kilometres as the peloton powered towards Lorne.
Using all of her experience, Kennedy attacked inside the final five kilometres, setting the stage for Wiasak, led out by Ruby Roseman-Gannon, to storm through and take her second stage win in two days, and seal the General Classification win for the second year in succession.
‘It was a dream weekend, winning both stages and the overall for the second year. I have some really special memories from Lorne. It’s almost like a home Tour for me coming from Geelong. I had my Dad come out to watch the Crit last night and my fiancé Ben was racing in the men’s NRS event so it’s nice to have family support. We spent some time in Geelong after King Valley three weeks ago to do some course recon down in Lorne. I was a bit underdone at Tour of the King Valley and put in a couple of big weeks of training to target this event. It suits me really well.
‘This is the third consecutive year the High5 Dream Team has won the overall. I’ve been a part of all three and the team was incredible again today to help me take a second win and the individual classification. The team did a stellar job with only four riders, and two being protected, so Jess and Ruby were impressive in controlling the race. Jess took some pressure off me today, following a move early on the first climb which stayed away for half the race, and Ruby did a killer lead-out taking me to 200m from the line. It was a special win knowing the team had all contributed, and to top it off I got to share the podium with Lucy who retained her second overall.
‘Thanks to the Amy Gillett Foundation for continuing to showcase women’s cycling.
‘I’m really looking forward to continuing the momentum at Battle on the Border next weekend’, said Wiasak.
After returning to the winner’s circle at Amy’s Otway Tour, the High5 Dream Team will look to continue their run of form at Battle Recharge, kicking off on Saturday 23 September.