Aussie Chapman claims Race Torquay

Shayne Hope

Brodie Chapman is a self-confessed gambling addict when it comes to her tactical approach to cycling.

She has learnt the hard way that it does not always pay off.

But it did in spades on Thursday as the 28-year-old Queenslander took an impressive solo victory at the inaugural Race Torquay in Victoria.

Chapman attacked on the fifth of eight laps around a 13.3km Surf Coast circuit in brutally hot conditions and rode away from three rivals in the final stages as the peloton threatened to close the gap.

"I'm a bit addicted to gambling in a bike race, it's true," Chapman said.

"Today it was just about having fun and really racing, you know, getting the race going."

The temperature soared past 39C and the heat was so intense that Chapman helped out fellow leader Denisse Ahumada Riquelme (Agolico) by pouring water over her rival's head at one point in an admirable display of sportsmanship.

The pair held an advantage of more than two minutes over the peloton before Chapman left the struggling Chilean behind and put her foot down.

The FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope rider was gradually caught by Lauren Stephens (Tibco), Tayler Wiles (Trek-Segafredo) and Emily Herfoss (Roxsolt-Attaquer), but blitzed the trio over the final kilometre.

"I often pretty much struggle in the first part of the race with all the intensity," Chapman said.

"As the race goes on, I find a bit of a rhythm and it really does come down to some self talk."

Chapman made a similar early move on stage one of the women's Tour Down Under this month but was mowed down.

Thoughts of a repeat ran through her head.

"I actually was (thinking about it)," Chapman said.

"I didn't want to be that predictable rider that just goes by herself until she doesn't.

"I didn't think I'd be out there as long, but I guess you've just got to make decisions on the fly and that's what I had to do today."

The inaugural Race Torquay has replaced Race Melbourne as the warm-up for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road.

Chapman gave her tick of approval to the fast Surf Coast course, which featured short, punchy climbs at the start of an otherwise relatively flat circuit.