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by Mark Zalewski
March 10, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: André Greipel powers to spring win at Paris-Nice; Geraint Thomas solos to win on second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico; Australia dominates Oceania Championship time trials; Former colleague defends Wiggins doctor Freeman: ‘I feel like he’s been strung up’; Amgen Tour of California men’s, women’s teams announced; Nicolas Roche says he would not back Brailsford either; Kluge, Ewan both out of Tirreno-Adriatico; Unable to find a new team, Alessandro Vanotti retires; Boonen: I will truly miss the team time trial; Alabama Cycling Classic to feature live streams; NASCAR racing champions choose cycling for fitness; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 5 highlights; 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico: Stage 2 highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Kasia Niewiadoma.
Australia dominated the opening day of the 2017 Oceania Road Championships in Canberra, winning all six of the time trial events. Sean Lake (Australia/IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) successfully defended the elite men’s title, while Lucy Kennedy won the elite women’s race.
Photo: Adrian Marshall
“It means a lot. This is my first title and it feels like a nice reward for a lot of hard work,” said Kennedy. “Fourth place is hard to take, being so close to a podium. I was certainly hoping to make the podium this year and to take the win is extra special,” she added reflecting on her fourth place finish in 2016.
A close battle for the under 23 women’s title saw Jaime Gunning (Australia) take gold only 1.4 seconds ahead of Mikayla Harvey (New Zealand) who settled for silver. Her teammate Madeline Park gave New Zealand two riders on the podium.
Liam Magennis (Australia) took a convincing win in the under 23 men’s race, improving on his fourth place finish last year in a hotly contested category.
Sebastian Berwick (Australia) won the junior men’s title and Maeve Moroney-Plouffe (Australia) won the junior women’s title.