About the Stage
Murray Bridge saw the return of women’s racing for the first time since 2018 as the host town of Novatech Stage 2 of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under. This stage was full of climbing, heading from the Murray into the Adelaide Hills via Nairne and Balhannah, before taking the road to Birdwood at Mount Torrens.
Upon reaching Birdwood, the peloton headed east to Gumeracha and Kersbrook, taking the road less-travelled – Christmas Tree Ridge at Forreston – a debut climb with a maximum 11% grade before the finish back in Birdwood.
Letizia Paternoster gave the new Trek Segafredo women’s team a dream debut in 2019? Birdwood hosted a downhill sprint in the opening stage of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under and it was the hotshot Italian track star who launched herself into the Santos Ochre Jersey with a powerful late launch.
Stage In Detail
28.5km, Old Princes Highway, Kanmantoo
80.0km, National Motor Museum, Torrens Valley Road, Birdwood
Subaru Queen of the Mountain
103.9km, Christmas Tree Ridge (Norsworthy Road), Forreston, Category 2, 3.6% average/11.0% max
San Remo Pasta Feed Zone
60.6km, Onkaparinga Valley Road at Bedford Hotel, Woodside
Total Climbing (exc race neutral): 1678m
Maximum Elevation: 497m
Hosted by Rural City of Murray Bridge and Adelaide Hills Council
We thank the Rural City of Murray Bridge and Adelaide Hills Council for hosting Novatech Stage 2 and for their invaluable contribution to the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under.