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by Shane Stokes
January 6, 2018
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BUNNINYONG, Australia (CT) – For the third year in a row Katrin Garfoot (QAS) stood on the top step of the podium for the time trial at Australia’s FedUni Road National Championships, showing she’s clearly in a class of her own by extending her winning margin to well beyond two minutes.
Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott) came second removing Shara Gillow (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) from her normal position on one of the top two podium steps. Alexander Manly (Mitchelton-Scott) took out the Under 23 title for a second year in a row and in the Under 19’s Sarah Gigante (Holden Team Gusto) took her second national title of the week.
Garfoot, a two-time World Championship ITT bronze medallist, stamped her authority on the elite race early. She had the women that’s normally her nearest rival, Gillow, starting a minute ahead but had reeled her into sight when the time trial was only a quarter of the way through. “The wheels just felt amazing, the bike felt really fast. All the way out I had a tailwind,” Garfoot told reporters.
It looked like Garfoot would fly past Gillow in no time, but with three quarters of the 29.5 kilometre time trial to go, it was time to reel herself in instead. “I went really fast in the beginning and I thought ‘maybe I shouldn’t go that fast yet because there’s a headwind and uphill coming home’. So I backed it off a bit I guess,” Garfoot added.
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