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
In the elite men’s races at the New Zealand national championships it was Jason Christie and Hamish Bond who took the major honours.
In the road race, Christie got himself into a group of three that chased down solo leader Michael Torckler on the final lap. Christie was then able to outsprint Hayden McCormick (One Pro Cycling), Torckler and George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) to claim his second national road race title.
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“It’s amazing really. I did not think I would have a chance today,” said Christie, who crashed a few days earlier in the time trial. “But I rode smart and put myself in a position to win. I think it was probably the best field ever for these championships and so to win it is pretty special.”
Earlier in the week, two-time Olympic rowing gold medalist Hamish Bond took out the men’s time trial, covering the 40km course in 50:50. That time was fast enough to beat second-placed Michael Vink (Brisbane Continental Team) by 1:29 while Jason Christie would finish third – despite his crash – another nine seconds back.
“I am really pleased with the result,” said Bond who turned his full attention to cycling after winning gold on the water at the Rio Olympics. “It was tough out there today. Conditions were definitely faster last year. It was a real challenge down on the aero bars in that big crosswind.”
Click through to read more at the Cycling New Zealand website.