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by Matt de Neef
January 9, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Miles Scotson solos to thrilling Australian road race title; Garfoot adds women’s Australian road race title to tally in Orica-Scott one-two; Sam Jenner solos to Australian U23 road race title; Joe Cooper wins his second New Zealand road race title; Rushlee Buchan takes record-breaking fourth New Zealand road race title; Cyclocross national champions crowned; Chris Froome and Cadel Evans interview one another; Miles Scotson’s national champion’s jersey; Alberto Contador’s indoor training video; When indoor training and gymnastics collide.
Two-time winner of Australia’s National Road Series, Joe Cooper (IsoWhey Sports-SwissWellness), has won his second New Zealand road title, soloing to victory in the town of Napier yesterday.
Cooper made his move on the final of eight ascents up Napier Hill, powering through the remaining 9km to finish 14 seconds clear of defending champion Jason Christie with Dion Smith third, a further four seconds in arrears.
“Today was about keeping calm and waiting for the right move. I didn’t have any teammates so I was forced to save energy and then unload at a certain point and hope that it stuck,” Cooper said. “You had to give respect for the WorldTour and Pro Continental guys and so if you are able to hang around their wheels long enough you land in the right moves and get an easy sit in the peloton which was a key to the strategy today.
“I knew they were riding for a bunch kick and I can’t sprint my way out of a wet paper bag so I needed to be solo. I had to roll the dice. There’s no way I wanted to wait for the bunch kick and come 10th.”
Click through to read more at the Cycling New Zealand.