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Doebel-Hickok fourth overall in Australia

Climber breaks through in Australian season opener

Rally UHC Cycling’s Krista Doebel-Hickok finished fourth overall at the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under. Doebel-Hickok’s impressive podium performance on the queen stage to Mengler Hill followed by a seventh-place finish on stage three left her only two seconds shy of the overall podium in Adelaide.

“This is one of the best starts to the season that I have ever had,” said Doebel-Hickok. “And to do it with my new teammates is really encouraging for the rest of the year. I have not had much time in a leadership position during my career and what I saw from the ladies this week was extremely motivating.”

After flying to Australia from the team’s launch in Calabasas, CA with only two days rest, Doebel-Hickok’s result was an impressive way to start the 2019 season. The team will stay in South Australia for a week-long training camp before transferring to Melbourne for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race on January 26th.

Final general classification
1 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott 10:27:26
2 Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott 0:00:49
3 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team Unisa-Australia 0:00:53
4 Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling 0:00:55
5 Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank 0:01:08
6 Jaime Gunning (Aus) Specialized Women’s Racing 0:01:09
7 Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank 0:01:34
8 Taryn Heather (Aus) Specialized Women’s Racing 0:01:37
9 Emily Roper (Aus) Team Unisa-Australia 0:01:52
10 Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:54