• The Spirit Of Tasmania Cycling Tour. (Con Chronis/Getty)Source: Con Chronis/Getty
The Spirit Of Tasmania Cycling Tour returns in 2018 with the men’s tour to run 14-18 November and the inaugural women’s tour to be contested from 16-18 November.
Cycling Central

Cycling Australia
14 Nov 2018 - 7:50 AM  UPDATED 14 Nov 2018 - 7:56 AM

Beginning in Launceston on 14 November, riders will be tested with a 670-metre prologue up the aptly named Hill Street in the city’s west.

Stage 2 will see team tactics come in to play during a 115.9km road race along an undulating course from George Town to Grindelwald.

For the first time in the Tour’s rich history, a women’s event will run alongside the men’s race. The women’s event will join the Tour on Friday, with both races tackling a tough 71.5km road race from Longford to Poatina.

The stage will likely be the deciding General Classification day with a hilltop finish.

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Ulverstone will host the penultimate stage as riders tackle the iconic Gunns Plains climb just 10km before the stage finish in Riana.

The Spirit of Tasmania Cycling Tour and the overall NRS champions will be crowned in Devonport after the final criterium. 

It will be a fight down to the wire between NRS rankings leader Raphael Freienstein (Inform-Make) and Nick White (Oliver’s Real Food Racing) who sits just five points in arrears.

Fourth overall on the rankings is Tristan Ward (Bennelong SwissWellness) who will be eager to cap his season with more wins after an emphatic victory at Amy’s Otway Tour.

NRS women’s rankings leader Grace Brown (Holden Team Gusto) returns after a missing two Tours due to her commitments with the Australia team at the UCI Road Worlds Championships.

With second and third in Emily Roper (QLD) and Ashlee Ankudinoff (Specialized Women’s Racing) absent from the Tour, it looks like the Victorian will secure a maiden NRS win.