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BALLARAT, Australia (CT) – Chloe Hosking (Rally) has won her first national criterium title, sprinting to a narrow victory in Ballarat on Friday evening.
Hosking threw her hands in the air as she crossed the line, but a photo was required to split her, second-placed Ruby Roseman-Gannon, and bronze medalist Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott).
“It was tight, but a win is a win is a win,” Hosking said later. “It doesn’t matter how much you win by. So, I’m national champion!”
Commissaires shortened the evening’s final event from 40 laps to 30 over fears that fading light would make for unsafe conditions. Rain poured down for the first half of the race and the riders had wet roads to contend with throughout.
The race featured a number of exploratory attacks but nothing was able to stick for more than a lap or two. It ultimately came down to a bunch sprint where Hosking took her first elite national title.
For Hosking, who has traditionally skipped the Nationals criterium, the win has significance for the year ahead.
“[It] was important to me this year,” she said. “I’m going to America with an American team, Rally, and we do a lot of criteriums over there. So I really wanted to take the crit jersey over to race and show it.
“I think it’s probably one of the best countries to do it in because they have such great crowds and a really great, strong criterium scene, something that is sort of lacking in Europe. So, why not?”
In addition to her second place in the combined field Roseman-Gannon took out the U23 classification ahead of Elizabeth Nuspan and Alexandra Martin-Wallace.