• Letizia Paternoster (Trek-Segafredo). (Santos Tour Down Under @cauldphoto)Source: Santos Tour Down Under @cauldphoto
Italian teenager Letizia Paternoster has won the opening stage of the Santos Women's Tour in the Adelaide Hills.
Cycling Central

10 Jan 2019 - 7:57 PM  UPDATED 11 Jan 2019 - 8:10 AM

Italian teenager Letizia Paternoster has given new women's cycling team Trek-Segafredo their debut win.

The 19-year-old took out the opening stage of the Santos Women's Tour in the Adelaide Hills ahead of Australian Mitchelton Scott rider Sarah Roy and Arelenis Sierra of Astana.

“This was a really great day for the team, for me," Paternoster said. "This is a victory for the team, it was a great day and a perfect way to start the tour with a win”.

“This is only my second year as a full rider. I really want to thank Lauretta [Hanson], she was the one to be the leader and got me in perfect position to the finish line.”

The stage came together for the final 20km of racing with sprint powerhouses Mitchelton-Scott and Ale Cipollini controlling the pace

It ended as anticipated, in a sprint finish with the only surprise the young first-time winner.

Paternoster also holds the overall lead, two seconds ahead of Roy and Sierra while defending champion Amanda Spratt is only 10 seconds off the pace.

The stage winner claimed both the overall lead and young rider classification jerseys while Roy holds the sprint classification after finishing in the top three in both intermediate sprints and second at the finish.

Nadia Quagliotto (Ale Cipollini) leads the mountains classification.