In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alex Edmondson dashes to Australian road race title; Shannon Malseed sneaks past the favourites to become Australian champion; Cyrus Monk solos to Australian U23 road title; Georgia Williams claims New Zealand nationals double; Jason Christie, Hamish Bond claim New Zealand national titles; Durbridge suffers concussion and broken collarbone in Road Nats crash; Michael Matthews to target Spring Classics and Tour de France sprints in 2018; Greg LeMond critical of Chris Froome’s salbutamol excuse; Pierre Rolland to tackle the Tour de France and Vuelta a España in 2018; American Classic shuts up shop; Meet Shannon Malseed, 2018 Australian road race champion.
Edmondson, Malseed take Australian road titles: Your CT Daily News Digest
BUNINYONG, Australia (CT) – Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott) will wear the green and gold bands of Australian road race champion for the next 12 months after taking a thrilling victory in Buninyong on Sunday.
The three-time track world champion was part of a small breakaway that formed on lap 14 of the 16-lap race; a breakaway that was thinned down to just he and Chris Harper (Bennelong-SwissWellness) by the penultimate, 11.6km lap.
On the final run-in to the line, the pair looked set to be caught by an elite chase group that included the likes of Richie Porte (BMC), Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott). But as the bunch bore down from behind, Edmondson was far enough ahead to be able to celebrate emphatically.
Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) was next across the line, one second after Edmondson, after slipping clear of the chase group. Harper held on for an impressive third place.
“Absolutely speechless,” Edmondson said in his post-race interview. “It’s been an absolute dream of mine … I guess every cyclist growing up, you always want to be able to wear the green and gold. It’s a magical day that I’m not going to forget for a hell of a long time.”
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