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by Mark Zalewski
January 6, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Katrin Garfoot delivers emphatic win to defend women’s Australian time trial title; Rohan Dennis wins his second consecutive Australian time trial title; British Cycling warned about relationship with Team Sky; Madiot backs Lappartient for UCI president; ASO buys German race organiser; Eddy Merckx: ‘Tour of Oman will be ridden’; Boonen begins season at Vuelta a San Juan; Former WADA head calls Russian doping scandal worse than Lance Armstrong; Team Sunweb unveils new kit; Meet 105-year-old hour record holder Robert Marchand; Retro Ronde van Vlaanderen.
Katrin Garfoot (Orica-Scott) delivered a victory in the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships time trial for a second consecutive year, coming to the finish line completely spent after she set a blistering pace to beat Shara Gillow (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine) by a hefty 1 minute and 55.18 seconds.
The elation you might expect at such a hard fought and decisive win, though was restrained in the post-race media conference. Not surprisingly Garfoot looked hot and exhausted, but also seemed flat and expressed disappointment at the lack of support from the national sports funding organisation to give her the opportunity to perform at her best level as she contemplates the approaching end of her cycling career.
“It (the national title) does mean a lot to me after the Olympics where I couldn’t get the result I wanted and getting the third at Worlds, which was good but just a few seconds off the first,” Garfoot told reporters. “In the overall scheme a third doesn’t count as anything towards my funding, which I’m pretty frustrated by, so it’s good to show them that I’m actually worth it.”
The 35-year-old Garfoot said she will change focus a little this year, looking to the GC at the Giro Rosa mid-year and also flagged that next year’s Commonwealth Games in Brisbane could potentially be the last race of her career.
“At my age – I’m ancient – you wonder why you are doing this and you wonder should you not get screaming children and settle down to family and all that, so I weigh it all up. I don’t get superannuation, I’m on little pay, how much can I ask my husband to support me,” she said. “He is very supportive but how long can you actually do that, as a female it’s pretty tough.”
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