At the starting line at Point Danger.
At the starting line at Point Danger. John Gass

Battle continues despite the hitches

SATURDAY was a long and eventually disappointing day for the women's and men's National Road Series fields at this year's Battle on the Border.

The women's Stage 3 criterium and men's Stage 4 criterium were both cancelled after crashes littered the women's race - which was held prior to the men's.

The biggest crash occurred less than 30 minutes into the women's race with an ambulance being called to the scene.

The women were put under neutral conditions until the race was eventually nullified due to the fallen rider obstructing the course.

One intermediate sprint was held however, the general classification remained unchanged from the

Event and administration manager Sebastien Krantz said everything was "back on track" this morning for the Salt Village Road Race.

"We are running a little bit late," but everything is fine," he said.

Today includes the Masters Men B with a disrtance of 77.4km, Elite men Division 2, Masters Men c, NRS Women, Junior U17 men, Women Division 2, NRS Men, Elite Men Division 1 and Masters Men A.

My Daily News will keep you updated on Battle on the Border.

UPDATE 4.20pm

Chloe McConville (Jayco/Apollo VIS Women) claimed the final stage into Salt Village at the Battle on the Border from a select group that sprinted for line honours. Rebecca Wiasak (Suzuki Bontrager), winner of yesterday's time trial finished in second place with Ruth Corset (Pensar SPM Racing) in third.

Corset, courtesy of her strong riding throughout the tour, claimed the overall Battle on the Border title after starting the day with the race leader's jersey on her shoulders. Miranda Griffiths (Holden Women) held onto second place with Wiasak bumping herself into third overall after taking a time bonification on the line.

In the men's NRS Battle on the Border it was Scott Law (GPM-Data#3) who took back-to-back final-stage wins after claiming the fourth stage at the Woodside Tour de Perth. Law positioned himself perfectly leading into the technical last few kilometres to edge out Drapac duo Bernard Sulzberger and Robbie Hucker for the stage win.



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