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Nettie Edmondson: “There’s nothing quite like racing in your own state!”

Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Nettie Edmondson is ready to lead the black and orange team around the roads of her home city of Adelaide, South Australia, in the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, which starts on Thursday. The four-stage race will get the 2018 road season started, and will give some of the new signings a chance to get to know their new teammates in a competitive situation.

“I’m really excited for a home race,” Edmondson said. “We spend all year racing in Europe so it’s a really nice opportunity to race in front of home crowds, and on my training roads because I live in Aldgate which is 5km away from the Hahndorf stage. I do a lot of these roads in my training; Amy and I do a lot of rides up to Gumeracha and back, so we do know the circuits. We’re now starting to get more familiar with the circuit in the city – the sprint stage – as well.

“We spend most of the year racing around the World and so there’s nothing quite like racing in your own state and hearing familiar voices as you race around,” she repeated. “Just to have that kind of support is really special. It’s something that we obviously don’t get when we’re on the other side of the World.

“I think a lot of the Europeans don’t realise how good they have it by having so many races so close to home, so that’s why we definitely take it with both hands here in Australia,” Edmondson added. “We often find that the Australians on each team are putting their hands up to race because we don’t get that kind of opportunity very often.”

Edmondson will be joined in Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s first road team for 2018 by fellow Australians Amy Cure and Macey Stewart, who will make her debut in the black and orange colours. Alongside the three locals will be French Time Trial Champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Japanese Champion Eri Yonamine and Italian World Scratch Race Champion Rachele Barbieri.

Barbieri makes her second appearance in the Australian race, having taken second place in last year’s East End stage behind teammate Kirsten Wild.

“It’s going to be interesting,” said Edmondson. “It’s always an interesting race because it’s the first race of the year. You don’t know what form people are in, what they’re targeting. I think the Australian national road race championship was a good one to see who’s on form, and who’s going after the summer racing before heading over to Europe.“There are definitely some Australians that are on fire,” she explained. “None of the Wiggle High5 team raced, so we don’t necessarily know how everyone’s going; we don’t know how the Europeans are going, and how they’ve been training over the winter.

“We’ve got Eri, Rachele and Macey as newcomers to the team, Edmondson added. “The Tour Down Under’s always a bit of a mix as to results and also team gelling, so I’m really looking forward to getting to know these girls. Rachele has done the Tour Down Under before, and she was podium last year, so she’s excited to be back. She’s a big powerful sprinter, as are a couple of other girls in the team, so we have got a bit of a sprint squad.

“We haven’t had much of a chat about who will be doing what. We’ll have a few cards to play, especially on stage one and stage four, which will be the more sprinter stages. Stage two is a hill climb finish so, depending on what form Audrey’s in, it could be a good one for her.

“Also stage three has a real power climb with about 3km to go, and that’s going to be an interesting one, so if any sprinters can get over that then they’re doing a great job, but if not then it could also be one for the small breakaway riders.

“So the race is a bit of an unknown, but also an exciting one and I’m really looking forward to it yet again!”

Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling team for the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under
Rachele Barbieri (Italy), Audrey Cordon-Ragot (France), Amy Cure (Australia), Annette Edmondson (Australia), Macey Stewart (Australia), Eri Yonamine (Japan)

 

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