High5 Dream Team’s Kendelle Hodges has sprinted to third place in the Launceston Cycling Classic kermesse after a late attack from Chloe McConville earned her the win today in Longford.

Hodges and her teammate Lauren Perry were part of a four-rider break that enjoyed a large gap over the peloton, but the duo were put under intense pressure after Orica-AIS rider Sarah Roy joined the quartet, leaving Hodges outnumbered in the finale.

“I was outclassed by some really great riders,” admitted High5 Dream Team’s Kendelle Hodges. “It was a bit challenging being on my own at the end there against Sarah and Chloe, but we will try again tomorrow and see what we can do.”

Heading into tomorrows criterium, Hodges is confident the team can get another good result on a challenging new circuit around Launceston’s City Park.

“It’s a different course tomorrow, it has a bit of a hill in it so it will unfold differently to today, we’ll have to wait and see when we get out there but we’ll give it our best shot and hopefully we can get the win tomorrow.”

Racing starts tomorrow at 3.25pm and consists of thirty minutes of racing plus two laps, with a $10,000 prize pool on the line.

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