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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.
Miles Scotson (BMC) will wear the green and gold of Australian road race champion in his first season as a professional after a thrilling solo victory at the Australian Road National Championships on Sunday.
Scotson, who won on the Mt. Buninyong circuit as an U23 two years ago, put in a devastating attack with 1.5km to go in yesterday’s race, leaving behind an elite group of 13 riders and powering to the line. Two-time former winner and pre-race favourite Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) won the bunch kick for second while fellow favourite Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) dashed to third.
“I didn’t really have a tactic. I wasn’t sure if I was actually going to get around 18 laps today but I had really good legs,” Scotson said. “Sometimes it can stay away here and I was like ‘I’m going to put a bigger chainring on and stick to the plan of just all-in really’. And I was so glad I did because then I just waited behind in the last lap and then whacked them.”
The 183.6km, 18-lap race played out in hot conditions and saw a group of nine riders get clear in the opening laps. The fireworks began on lap 14 when the leaders started attacking one another and the peloton started to close in.
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