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
Georgia Williams (Mitchelton-Scott) has started the 2018 season in perfect style, winning the time trial and road race double at the New Zealand Elite Road Championships.
On Friday, on an undulating time trial course in Napier, Williams set out hard and set the fastest time at the half-way point. She was able to hold her effort through the back half of the course to finish the 20km effort in 29:04, 14 seconds ahead of nearest rival Rushlee Buchanan (UHC). Bronwyn MacGregor completed the podium a further 1:15 behind.
“I feel relieved more than anything and just so happy to take the win,” Williams said. “At the half-way point I thought maybe I had gone out too hard as I knew there was a headwind straight coming up but I managed to hold on until the finish.”
In Saturday’s road race, Williams attacked solo into the final 40km and was able to extend her advantage by nearly a minute per lap of the course. The 24-year-old ended up crossing the line an impressive 4:41 ahead of a chase group of five, led by Sharlotte Lucas and Grace Anderson (Illuminate).
“It’s awesome to win this title today and it is going to be really great to take the New Zealand jersey back to Europe,” she said. “I don’t think anybody was expecting me to go so early so I think I caught people off guard, but I didn’t expect to put so much time into the peloton.”
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