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by Mark Zalewski
November 19, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: ASO announces end to historic Critérium International; Report: Angliru to feature in 2017 Vuelta; Rojas back on bike after Vuelta crash; Hayman, Garfoot named Australian Cyclists of the Year; Peter Sagan to start 2017 down under; Selle Italia becomes co-title sponsor of Wilier Triestina team; UCI Continental Team Illuminate to continue in 2017; Cadel Evans too intimidated to cycle in Sydney; Law changes could affect British cyclists injured by drivers; New research bolsters claims that exercise combats depression; Stolen Rio gold medals returned to Paralympic champion Cooke; Cavendish on the Ghent Six Day race; Hardbrakers Grandtour 2014; Timelapse at the Ghent Six Day.
Paris-Roubaix champion Mathew Hayman took home quite a haul from the 2016 Cycling Australia Awards, winning Male Road Cyclist of the Year, the People’s Choice Award and the coveted Sir Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman Medal and Trophy for the 2016 Australian Cyclist of the Year. World championship bronze medallist Katrin Garfoot won the Female Road Cyclist of the Year award.
Courtesy: Cycling Australia
“My life has changed and my career has been validated in many ways,” Hayman said. “I feel more confident when racing, like the weight of having to prove myself has been lifted. For some reason 2016 has been the culmination of my whole career, winning Paris Roubaix and finishing the Tour have been dreams come true. I feel like all the riding I have ever done over all those years, all came together, it has also been a lot of fun.”
“I’m proud of placing third in the world, unfortunately in the Olympics I couldn’t pull off what I wanted to, but I’m still focused to achieve my goals and I’m proud to do it as an Aussie,” Garfoot said.
Anna Meares claimed her ninth career elite female track cyclist of the year award after powering to Olympic keirin bronze to become Australia’s most decorated Olympic cyclist. She also collected silver in the keirin at the World Championships plus three national titles.
“For me, I didn’t realise that winning that Bronze would mean I became Australian to medal at four different Olympic games,” Meares said. “I’ve had an incredible support network and congratulations to the other two nominees.”
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