Three Pete: Sagan holds off Viviani to take a third Gent-Wevelgem title; Bastianelli wins women’s Gent-Wevelgem; Yates wins final stage of Volta a Catalunya, Valverde takes overall; Ovechkin wins Tour de Langkawi, Guardini takes final stage; Rosa wins Settimana Coppi e Bartali, Tratnik best in final TT; Harper, Lucas win Oceania cycling championships; Bernal crashes out of Volta a Catalunya while in second overall, Martin also falls; Video: Amazing Cycling Descents – Sagan, Nibali, Cancellara
Sagan, Bastianelli win Gent-Wevelgem, Valverde takes Catalunya: Daily News Digest
The new Oceania cycling champions were crowned over the weekend in Tasmania, with Australia’s Chris Harper taking out the elite men’s road race while in the women’s New Zealand rider Sharlotte Lucas claimed a maiden Oceania jersey.
Lucas outsprinted Australia’s Grace Brown to take the victory after the pair launched out the front alone in the last eight kilometres, to break away from a small lead group. The pair finished ahead of New Zealand’s Mikayla Harvey, who claimed the under 23 women’s double, taking the road race and the time trial title.
In the men’s road race, where the under 23 riders also raced with the elite category, Harper came across the line just two seconds ahead of young rider James Whelan (Australia). The recent convert from running will wear the under 23 road race jersey for the coming year
Congratulations to @chrisharper94 and @JiimmyWhelan in taking hard-earned wins in 2018 #OceaniaRoad Elite and U23 Championships respectively. Exceptional talent on display on a course for ‘complete riders’ in tough conditions pic.twitter.com/ypjeNDCpPk
— Tracey Gaudry (@gaudryt) March 25, 2018
In the under 19’s it was a double for Australia with Carter Turnbull and Sarah Gigante taking victory. Gigante’s Oceania title adds to the six Australian national titles she has already secured across road and track this year. The elite Oceania time trial winners were New Zealand’s Hamish Bond and road race silver medallist Brown.
For the complete round up of categories and place getters and you can find the Oceania cycling news on their website here. (http://oceaniacycling.org/news/)