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Bennett, Edmondson win at Race Melbourne, Degenkolb in Mallorca: Daily News Digest
ALBERT PARK, Australia (CT) – As Annette Edmondson (Wiggle High5) and Georgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling) came barrelling over the line there were no victory salutes, no excited shouts of ‘the winner is …’ from the commentators. Quite simply it was so tight no one could immediately be sure who was the winner of the Cadel Evans Road Race curtain raiser, Race Melbourne.
The race announcers at the 63.6 kilometre kermesse around Albert Park Lake furiously padded and the riders looked at each other until the announcement came. The bike throw from Edmondson as she crossed the line had secured her the victory and a big €8000 (AUD$12,270) cheque. It left two-time world champion Bronzini having to settle for second. Kendall Ryan (Team Tibco-SVB) was just a wheel back in third.
There were a number of attacks during the race and certainly a fight for the intermediate sprint points, with Barbara Guarischi (Team Virtu Cycling) and Rachel Babieri (Wiggle High5) taking it in turns to go first and second. But there were no moves that really looked dangerous. The Towards Zero Race Melbourne, always seemed headed for a bunch sprint at the end of the 12 laps of Melbourne’s Albert Park Formula 1 circuit.
“It was a strong, power, tail wind sprint so I was in the lead out train and then I had to jump a couple of wheels,” said Edmondson. “I was on the inside and I just I went for it … and I just had to hold on to the finish.”
It is Edmondson’s second win in as many weeks, marking an impressive recovery for the track rider who is aiming at a Commonwealth Games berth. Last year she had to cut her road season short after struggling with thyroid problems.
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