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by Mark Zalewski
January 5, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan claims second consecutive Australian criterium title; Jessica Allen wins Australian criterium title, opens account for Orica-Scott; US cyclocross nationals: Is this the year Hyde takes the title from Powers?; Alexander Kolobnev announces retirement; Nys recons Belgian championship course with team; UAE Abu Dhabi team; US cyclocross championship course providing a challenge; Video: Inside beach racing.
Jessica Allen (Orica-Scott) took out the win in the elite women’s criterium at the 2017 Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships with a solo charge to the line.
Allen had such a clear gap that by the second last lap there was no doubt she would deliver the first win of the Australian Road Championship’s for her new team, Orica-Scott and her second win in two days, as yesterday she took the final stage of the Michelton Bay Cycling Classic.
“I was actually a bit concerned about how I’d be feeling today,” said the rider from Perth. “It’s been a big three days at Bay Crits but when Jenelle and I were in that break of about five I knew we had to be aggressive, we were with three sprinters, and … that is not our forte so we had to attack.”
“She attacked, I attacked, I knew one of us had to get away. I was lucky enough for it to be me,” Allen told reporters. “I felt like I had really good legs out there and I just time-trialled all the way to the end.”
The battle was then just for the lower steps of the podium. Kendelle Hodges (Colavita Bianchi) just edged out Shannon Malseed (Holden Women’s Cycling Team). The 18-year-old Nicola MacDonald (Subaru Nswis NKC) was the first under 23 rider across the line in eleventh place.
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