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Starting the final stage 26 seconds behind the race leader James Whelan, Lionel Mawditt seized final overall victory in the 2017 Spirit of Tasmania Cycling Tour on Friday. The InForm Tineli rider was part of a 16-rider breakaway group which went clear early on.
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With Whelan missing out, he knew that he had a prime opportunity to overcome his deficit and take the final yellow jersey. The stage win eventually went to by Harrison Bailey (GPM Stulz)., who beat NSWIS duo Ryan Cavanagh and Dylan Sunderland at the end of the 54km criterium in Devonport.
Mawditt ultimately finished 12 seconds clear overall. “It just feels surreal,” he said. “I just feel like I’m in a dream expecting to wake up any minute. Before the start of the Tour I was riding well. I was racing over in NZ at the Tour of Southland with a few good results on the climbs, but this would be hands down the biggest achievement of career. I haven’t won a top-level race ever.” Angus Lyons (Mobius Future Racing) took second overall, with King of the Mountains Whelan 23 seconds back in third.
The race was the final event in the 2017 Subaru National Road Series. Michael Freiberg took the overall series, with his Isowhey Sports Swisswellness squad taking an eight successive team victory. Freiberg amassed 535 points, with Ryan Cavanagh (NSWIS) on 351 and Brendon Davids (Oliver’s Racing) on 280.
“It certainly is a pretty big deal,” he said. “I have been racing the NRS ever since I was in the under 19, back in 2008. So to be able to get a win so many years later, it is pretty exciting. I can’t wait to get the jersey framed and up on the wall so I can look at it for years to come.”
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Today’s feature image is from Alentejo, Portugal, and was taken by Gruber Images.