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by Matt de Neef
January 8, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alex Edmondson dashes to Australian road race title; Shannon Malseed sneaks past the favourites to become Australian champion; Cyrus Monk solos to Australian U23 road title; Georgia Williams claims New Zealand nationals double; Jason Christie, Hamish Bond claim New Zealand national titles; Durbridge suffers concussion and broken collarbone in Road Nats crash; Michael Matthews to target Spring Classics and Tour de France sprints in 2018; Greg LeMond critical of Chris Froome’s salbutamol excuse; Pierre Rolland to tackle the Tour de France and Vuelta a España in 2018; American Classic shuts up shop; Meet Shannon Malseed, 2018 Australian road race champion.
BUNINYONG, Australia (CT) – Hometown rider Shannon Malseed (Team TIBCO-SVB) has won the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships, with the freshly minted pro outsprinting the rest of a small group that managed to reel in defending champion, Katrin Garfoot (QAS), just before the line.
Twenty-three-year-old Malseed held off Lauren Kitchen (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), who mustered a fierce sprint to come in second despite being out in a break right from the first lap. Malseed’s former teammate and relative newcomer to cycling, Grace Brown (Holden Team Gusto), snuck into third, edging out two-time national champion Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott).
It’s been a breakthrough year for Malseed, winning Australia’s National Road Series, taking her first European race podium while overseas with the High5 Australian Women’s Development Team, and being signed to her first pro team, Team Tibco-SVB.
“I knew that I had the physical form coming into the Nationals this year,” Malseed told reporters. “I’m riding the best that I’ve ever ridden and I knew that if I could hang on up that climb I have a decent sprint on me. I’m a little bit sneaky, so I definitely knew that I had a chance, and that’s all I needed.”
The young Australian rider will now start her professional career with the green and gold stripes and an automatic nomination for the Australian Commonwealth Games team. She also gets to walk away with the confidence that comes from having trumped the best cyclists Australia has to offer, including a world championship silver medallist.
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