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Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

January 9, 2017

NEWS SUPPORTED BY WIGGLE

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Miles Scotson solos to thrilling Australian road race title; Garfoot adds women’s Australian road race title to tally in Orica-Scott one-two; Sam Jenner solos to Australian U23 road race title; Joe Cooper wins his second New Zealand road race title; Rushlee Buchan takes record-breaking fourth New Zealand road race title; Cyclocross national champions crowned; Chris Froome and Cadel Evans interview one another; Miles Scotson’s national champion’s jersey; Alberto Contador’s indoor training video; When indoor training and gymnastics collide.

Miles Scotson solos to thrilling Australian road race title

by Matt de Neef

Miles Scotson (BMC) will wear the green and gold of Australian road race champion in his first season as a professional after a thrilling solo victory at the Australian Road National Championships on Sunday.

Scotson, who won on the Mt. Buninyong circuit as an U23 two years ago, put in a devastating attack with 1.5km to go in yesterday’s race, leaving behind an elite group of 13 riders and powering to the line. Two-time former winner and pre-race favourite Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) won the bunch kick for second while fellow favourite Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) dashed to third.

“I didn’t really have a tactic. I wasn’t sure if I was actually going to get around 18 laps today but I had really good legs,” Scotson said. “Sometimes it can stay away here and I was like ‘I’m going to put a bigger chainring on and stick to the plan of just all-in really’. And I was so glad I did because then I just waited behind in the last lap and then whacked them.”

The 183.6km, 18-lap race played out in hot conditions and saw a group of nine riders get clear in the opening laps. The fireworks began on lap 14 when the leaders started attacking one another and the peloton started to close in.

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Today’s feature comes from John Veage and Cycling Australia and shows Miles Scotson just moments before winning the Australian road race title — his first road race in the senior ranks.

  • Sean

    The chris froome and cadel interviews was fantastic :-)

    • Andy B

      Its a shame the whole article wasn’t online :)

  • Gavin Adkins

    Great coverage of the Australian national road champs. Scrolling through the first few stories really highlights the need for separate events for U23 Women. The TT/Road Race double by Alexandra Manly was super impressive, but there’s no finish line picture of Alexandra because it was a race-within-a-race! C’mon CA, if you’ve got time to run a Fondo, you’ve got time to run an U23 Women road race (and crit for that matter).

    • Thanks Gavin! I think your sentiment about the U23 women’s category is good but I think there’s a few issues, not least the fact the U23 women’s fields are very small (only three entered the ITT) so running them separately probably doesn’t make a lot of sense.

      • Gavin Adkins

        They had modest fields when they started having a separate U23 Men’s road race. I think there are enough U23 Women out there, but they simply do not want to go to Ballarat and get destroyed by the pros. It’s also about providing a pathway for current U19 and U17 women riders, so they can see something for them to shoot for in the future and you end up with better field sizes in 3-5 years. As far as development opportunities go, it seems like pretty low hanging fruit to me.

        • jules

          the same issue exists at club level. graded races are well attended, then they hold a ungraded championship race and 80% of competitors stay at home rather than get squashed by A grade hitters. I read one remark from an elite woman questioning the point of racing the ITT against Kat Garfoot.

  • jules

    wow, my first time attending the road nats and what a race the men’s event was. couldn’t have asked for anything more exciting. the atmosphere was brilliant with everyone so passionate about supporting the riders. the pace at which those guys ride up the hill is mind-blowing. I hope it stays in Ballarat.

    • Andy B

      As much as I’d love to see it change locations (purely to make it easier for me to attend) that course always serves up a great race with different types of riders winning, it seems like an extremely hard day out and no one would ever be gifted an easy win around there..
      Always great to watch too so yea im all for keeping it in Ballarat

  • Il_falcone

    very nice national champ jersey, chapeau Assos! Forego the sponsor logos and it would probably become a bestseller.

    • It’s funny that the Tag-Heuer logos, which stand out pretty badly on the regular BMC jersey, actually fit quite nicely with the white background of Scotson’s jersey.

      • Michele

        Green and yellow has always gone well with Red / Black …

        The sleeves of his National jersey instantly remind me of Senna’s iconic helmet from his McLaren days. Although, Tag-Heuer sponsored the team, it didn’t appear on his lid. But the Marlboro logo is nearly the same colour scheme anyway.

      • DaveRides

        It would have fitted on the regular BMC jersey much more nicely if they did the same thing with the white outline on the normal jersey background colour, rather than the big white panel.

  • Adam

    No surprise with Joe Cooper winning the national champs in NZ, he has been destroying the local KOMS in Adelaide for a month.

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