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Under 23s get the better of Gilmore

She may come from a middle-distance track running background, but Carly Light put in a long-distance solo breakaway to claim the Elite women’s Australian Criterium Champion jersey. Light broke away from the peloton in a solo move just 13 laps into the 30 lap event and never looked like being challenged.

“I was just sort of testing my legs, seeing if I could have a crack here,” said Light. “I couldn’t believe it when I got a gap and thought I’ve got to keep going. With 10 laps to go I was thinking ‘what am I doing out here’, but I just put my head down and went for it.”

With no organised effort to chase down Light from the peloton, it was left to sprint for the minor placings. Rochelle Gilmore (Honda Dream Team) was forced to just twice in the long up-hill drag, but she couldn’t hold off younger rivals Chloe Hosking (Columbia-HTC) and Megan Dunn (NSWIS).

Hosking’s second place won her the Under 23 title while Dunn’s third overall put her in second in the younger division. There was some consolation for the Honda Dream Team with Peta Mullens taking third in the Under 23 division.

Amanda Spratt and Peta Mullens broke away early in the race. While their move quickly gained momentum, it was brought undone as Kendelle Hodges and Lauren Kitchen chased and the peloton followed.

Belinda Goss launched an explosive attack on the uphill finishing straight, but the move was shut down as was Shara Gillow’s effort a lap later. Light attacked, but a crash two hundred metres up the finishing straight, directly in front of the Shimano service area, put Hosking, Gilmore and Josephine Tomic on the ground.

The crash came at an opportune moment for Light, who added to her lead unaware of the troubles behind. Most of the riders rejoined the peloton a lap later, however coming back two laps later put Tomic in violation of the rules and she was soon removed from the race.

Attacks came from Helen Kelly, Nicole Whitburn and Ashlee Ankudinoff over the following laps, but the peloton seemed more interested in chasing down the attackers and not the leader. A flurry of break attempts in the peloton reduced Light’s gap at one point, however when the attacks died down the leader’s margin continued, allowing her to take a solo victory.

 

Results

Women outright
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Carly Light (SA)  
2Chloe Hosking (ACT)  
3Megan Dunn (NSW)  
4Rochelle Gilmore (NSW)  
5Belinda Goss (VIC)  
6Peta Mullens (VIC)  
7Rowena Fry (MTB)  
8Kendelle Hodges (VIC)  
9Ruth Corset (QLD)  
10Helen Kelly (VIC)  
11Liza Rachetto (USA)  
12Melissa Hoskins (WA)  
13Simone Grounds (QLD)  
14Rebecca Halliday (WA)  
15Lauren Kitchen (NSW)  
16Sarah Roy (NSW)  
17Jenny Macpherson (VIC)  
18Liz Young (QLD)  
19Elizabeth Georgouras (SA)  
20Amanda Spratt (NSW)  
21Joanne Hogan (VIC)  
22Nicole Whitburn (VIC)  
23Shara Gillow (QLD)  
DNFJessie Maclean (ACT)  
DNFRebecca Locke (VIC)  
DNFJodie Willett (MTB)  
DNFJosephine Tomic (WA)  
DNFCarly Mccoombe (VIC)  
DNFChloe Mcintosh (VIC)  
DNFRebecca Werner (SA)  
DNFSally Robbins (QLD)  
DNFKate Finegan (NSW)  
DNFVictoria Luxton (VIC)  
DNFDavina Summers (WA)  
DNFCarlee Taylor (SA)  
DNFAshlee Ankudinoff (NSW)  
DNFBeth Canny (VIC)  
DNFJasmin Hurikino (QLD)  
DNFAngela Mcclure (SA)  
DNFEmma Lawson (TAS)  
DNSLisa Jacobs (VIC)  
DNSImogen Vize (NSW)  
DNSJoanna Somerville (NSW)  
DNSKirsty Broun (QLD)  
DNSChloe Mcconville (VIC)  
DNSLaura Meadley (ACT)  
DNSEmy Huntsman (VIC)  
DNSLoren Rowney (QLD)  
DNSSara Vidakovich (HUN)  
U23 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (ACT)  
2Megan Dunn (NSW)  
3Peta Mullens (VIC)  
4Kendelle Hodges (VIC)  
5Melissa Hoskins (WA)  
6Lauren Kitchen (NSW)  
DNFJosephine Tomic (WA)  
DNFCarly Mccoombe (VIC)  
DNFChloe Mcintosh (VIC)  
DNFRebecca Werner (SA)  
DNFCarlee Taylor (SA)  
DNFAshlee Ankudinoff (NSW)  
DNFBeth Canny (VIC)  
DNFJasmin Hurikino (QLD)  
DNFAngela Mcclure (SA)  
DNFEmma Lawson (TAS)  
DNSLoren Rowney (QLD)  
DNSSara Vidakovich (HUN)  

 

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