Ewan, Wiasak take nationals wins, road race to be shortened: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 4, 2018

Caleb Ewan wins his third-straight Australian criterium title; Rebecca Wiasak wins 2018 Australian women’s criterium title; Australian road race championships to be shortened; EF Education First begins season with ‘obvious areas of excitement’; Buchanan recovering from fractures after vehicle accident; Memorial ride on Thursday for Jason Lowndes; Video: Peter Sagan – Cycling Motivation: Ready for 2018; Video: Passo del Mortirolo (Mazzo) – Cycling Inspiration & Education

Rebecca Wiasak wins 2018 Australian women’s criterium title

by Simone Giuliani

BALLARAT, Australia (CT) – Rebecca Wiasak (ACT) has taken out the elite women’s criterium at Australia’s FedUni Road National Championships, with the track-focussed athlete outfoxing the big teams to take out a tight sprint finish.

The 2014 Australian crit champion Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-Scott) came second and two-time crit champion Kimberley Wells (Holden Team Gusto) battled through a cold to come third. Fourth overall was Kristina Clonan (QAS) who was also the winner of the Under 23 category, which races with the elite women.

Wiasak, a stand out performer in criteriums in the National Road Series, doesn’t usually have the chance to race the Road Nats due to track commitments. This meant she was determined to make the most of this opportunity.

To do so, the dual-track World Champion had to play it smart as she was flying solo and didn’t have the strength of a team behind her to chase down moves, which there were plenty of.

Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) and Lauren Kitchen (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) were among those that were particularly aggressive in jumping off the front. However none of the breaks stuck for long. As things played out at the head of the field Wiasak sat at the back through most of the race, then near the end positioned herself among the sprint trains.

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