Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS) has won the Santos Women's Tour after finishing third in the final stage.

Sprinter Kimberley Wells (High5) took out stage four, an hour-long criterium on the Victoria Park circuit in the Adelaide Parklands.

Stage-two winner Annette Edmondson (Wiggle Honda) ) finished second and Garfoot, 34, managed to stay ahead of her rivals on Tuesday to secure the title.

The Orica-AIS rider started and ended the last stage with the same overall time as three other riders - fellow Australian Lauren Kitchen (Hitec), American Shelley Olds (Cyclance) and British rider Dani King (Wiggle Hi5).

Garfoot had the overall lead because she won the opening stage.

A series of attacks punctuated the closing laps of Tuesday's stage before it came together for a bunch sprint.

Garfoot also won the Australian time trial championship for the first time earlier this month and this is her first stage race title.

She is not renowned for her sprinting ability but, for the second day in a row, Garfoot managed to finish ahead of her overall rivals.

"I was confident I could sprint after the last two days. I just wasn't sure how I could sprint in a bunch with so many strong sprinters rubbing shoulders and pushing each other around like dominoes," she said.

"It strung out towards the back end (of the last stage), which probably suited me."

Olds finished fourth on the last stage, with Kitchen and King also in the top 10.

King managed to challenge for the overall title despite crashing heavily at the end of stage three. Olds finished second overall ahead of Kitchen and King.

Lauretta Hanson (Total Rush) took out the sprint and young rider classification. Danielle King (Wiggle High5) was the best rider in the mountains classification.

Wednesday 20 Jan 2016

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