Women’s RAS: Stage 1

Nina Kessler wins stage 1 of the Women’s RAS, the Rás na mBan 2018 on Wednesday; Nikki Juniper and Anna Henderson both in the top 10 in a race with plenty of Brits racing

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Women’s RAS: Stage 1

Justifying her status as the standout sprinter on the entry list, Nina Kessler of Regio NH sprinted in ahead of a group of 39 to take the first stage of Rás na mBan 2018 in Gowran.
Dutchwoman Kessler is guesting with her Noord Holland regional team on a week away from duties with the HiTec world tour squad and added to a palmarès with a powerful sprint on the rise to the finish line at the end of 70km in County Kilkenny

119 riders representing 25 teams and 19 different nations signed on in Kilkenny ahead of stage one of the Five-Day Rás na mBan International Women’s Stage Race. For the 13th edition of the event and the third time it has been based in the Marble City, the organisers have assembled a quality selection of international teams including last year’s individual and team winners, Team GB and, for the first time in several years, an Irish national team including Irish national road race champion Eve McCrystal.

The riders faced a grippy first 70km stage with a single Wicklow 200 Queen of the Mountains climb won in a close contest by Britain’s Nicola Juniper guesting with TC Racing.
The fast pace whittled the lead group down to less than 40 riders approaching the finish town of Gowran and it was Kessler (Team NH) who powered home to secure the first Fuchsia jersey of overall race leader.

Leading womenscycline.ie Under-23 rider Claire Faber (Andy Schleck Cycles Women’s Project) was second with Norway’s Amalie Lutro (Regio Sør Norge) taking the final podium spot. Kessler also leads the Irish Dairy The Complete Natural Points Classification while Bandon CC’s Agniezka Wozniak (Team Verge) is the best placed locally-based rider for the Kilkenny County Council Best Irish Rider.
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Stage 1
1 Nina KESSLER Team NH 1:47:29
2 Claire FABER Andy Schleck Cycles Women Project 1:47:29
3 Amalie LUTRO Region Sør Norge 1:47:29
4 Iris SACHET DN17 Nouvelle Aquitaine 1:47:29
5 Nicola JUNIPER TC Racing 1:47:29
6 Marine QUINIOU Team Breizh Ladies 1:47:29
7 Anna HENDERSON Cycle Team OnForm 1:47:29
8 Silje MATHISEN Norway Sør 1:47:29
9 Manon MINAUD DN17 Nouvelle Aquitaine 1:47:29
10 Coralie DEMAY Team Breizh Ladies 1:47:29

13 BENNETT Elizabeth Jadan-Weldtite Vive le Velo 1:47:29
14 BARKER Megan Great Britain National Team 1:47:29
17 CALLANDER Rhona Great Britain National Team 1:47:29
18 CREAMER Lauren Scott Orwell Wheelers C C 1:47:29
24 MURPHY Lauren Momentum CCN 1:47:29
26 ROBERTS Jessica Great Britain National Team 1:47:29
27 TACEY April Team Backstedt/Hotchillee 1:47:29
31 SHARPE Alice VC Ériu 1:47:29
33 POWELL Jennifer TW1 Racing 1:47:29
34 HUNTER JOHNSTON Fiona FusionRTVeloperformance 1:47:29
35 RAYBOULD Rebecca Great Britain National Team 1:47:29
36 FISHER Annabel Jadan-Weldtite Vive le Velo 1:47:29
37 ALBERTS Nikky Team NH 1:47:29
38 BULLARD Georgia Jadan-Weldtite Vive le Velo 1:47:29
42 ELLIS Isabel Team Backstedt/Hotchillee 1:47:29
44 LEWIS Emma FusionRTVeloperformance 1:47:29
49 WILKINSON Mary Jadan-Weldtite Vive le Velo 1:47:29
51 SPEAKE Alicia Cycle Team OnForm 1:47:29
52 BOYLAN Lydia Ireland National Team 1:47:29
53 HOLL Jenny Great Britain National Team 1:47:29
54 MONKHOUSE Amy Team Backstedt/Hotchillee 1:47:29
55 MASSEY Laura Torelli-Brother-Assure 1:47:29
56 THACKRAY Sophie Torelli-Brother-Assure 1:47:29
58 PATCH Molly FusionRTVeloperformance 1:47:29
62 DIXON Leah Cycle Team OnForm 1:47:29
71 SUMMERFORD Ruth FusionRTVeloperformance 1:52:24 4:55
74 BARKER Ellen TC Racing 1:53:18 5:49
75 STEELS Claire FusionRTVeloperformance 1:53:18 5:49
78 COX Florence Torelli-Brother-Assure 1:53:18 5:49
80 HUGHES Gwenno TW1 Racing 1:53:18 5:49
85 BENT Olivia Jadan-Weldtite Vive le Velo 1:53:18 5:49
86 GREAVES Melissa TW1 Racing 1:53:18 5:49
89 OAKES Isobel Scott Orwell Wheelers C C 1:53:18 5:49
94 THOM Joanne Torelli-Brother-Assure 1:53:18 5:49
96 GADD Lucy Team Backstedt/Hotchillee 1:59:40 12:11
98 LONGTHORP Rebecca Datalynx-Parenesis Women’s RT 1:59:40 12:11
99 WOODWORTH Jessica Cycle Team OnForm 1:59:40 12:11
100 HAMMOND Claire TW1 Racing 1:59:40 12:11
101 FILBY Maxine Shutt Ridley RT 1:59:40 12:11
108 MIDDLETON Kerry Team LDN 2:03:58 16:29
109 SODEN Nicola Datalynx-Parenesis Women’s RT 2:04:18 16:49
110 CONANT Haddi Shutt Ridley RT 2:06:00 18:31
114 MACKAY Sandra Datalynx-Parenesis Women’s RT 2:06:05 18:36
115 SEWELL Iona Datalynx-Parenesis Women’s RT 2:06:05 18:36
117 DUCKWORTH Gabrielle Datalynx-Parenesis Women’s RT 2:14:15 26:46



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