Canberra doctor Kimberley Wells has maintained her outstanding start to the cycling year, winning again in Adelaide.
Wells won a bunch sprint late on Sunday afternoon to take out the opening round of the Women's Cup, which is being held this week alongside the Tour Down Under.
She outsprinted Commonwealth Games champion Rochelle Gilmore in a pulsating circuit race at Adelaide's East End.
Their race was the curtain raiser to the twilight People's Choice Classic, a one-off prelude to the six-day Tour.
Wells has starred this month, winning the opening round of the Bay Classic series in Geelong and then securing the Australian criterium title in Ballarat.
The 27-year-old rides for the Specialized Securitor team, who were put on the defensive from the start in Sunday's race by the Crino Cycles squad.
Crino riders Carla Ryan, Sarah Roy and Jasmin Hurikino were particularly active during the 24km race, launching a series of attacks.
Wells' team and Jayco-AIS were repeatedly forced to close down dangerous moves.
It eventually came down to a bunch kick involving nearly all the field of 30 riders.
Wells launched her sprint with about 300m left and Gilmore was unable to speed past.
The series continues with twilight races on Prospect Rd in Adelaide on Tuesday and suburban Hyde Park on Wednesday.