Lauretta Hanson, 23, is relishing the opportunity to compete against many of the world’s best at the 2018 Santos Women’s Tour. A trip to the podium on the opening stage is just the start of things for Hanson and the UniSA-Australia Team, which looks to animate the four-stage race.
“Obviously, it would have been nice to be further up on the podium but I’m still super happy to be on the podium with the calibre of Nettie Edmondson and Giorgia Bronzini, so I’m super happy with that result,” a delighted Hanson said after her trip to the podium.
Hanson, who usually rides for the US-based UnitedHealthcare team, was a late call up to the team courtesy of an eighth-place finish at the Australian Road National Championships on Sunday.
“There were quite a few girls who were chasing the last spot on the UniSA Team and we have an incredibly strong team and I am really honoured to be in that final spot, and super happy to reward them all with third place,” Hanson continued.
The 2018 season sees Hanson enter her third year in the professional peloton, and she is looking to gain as much experience as she can from the star-studded roster of Katrin Garfoot, Shara Gillow, Lauren Kitchen, Tiffany Cromwell and Rachel Neylan.
Riding together for the first time on the opening stage, Hanson was pleased with how the team came together and was able to pull off the result thanks to an excellent lead out from Cromwell.
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