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Sewell wins women’s Australian junior title after late crash and disqualification - video

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Francesca Sewell and Neve Bradbury dominated the race in more ways than one

Francesca Sewell and Neve Bradbury dominated the race in more ways than one
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The moment Francesca Sewell crashed and thought she had lost the Australian women's junior road race title

The moment Francesca Sewell crashed and thought she had lost the Australian women's junior road race title
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Francesca Sewell tries to get up after her dramatic crash

Francesca Sewell tries to get up after her dramatic crash
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Neve Bradury finished the race first but was later disqualified for having an under-weight bike

Neve Bradury finished the race first but was later disqualified for having an under-weight bike
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Francesca Sewell walks and runs to the finish

Francesca Sewell walks and runs to the finish
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Francesca Sewell just after crossing the finish line

Francesca Sewell just after crossing the finish line
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Francesca Sewell shows off her Australian national champion's jersey

Francesca Sewell shows off her Australian national champion's jersey
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The final podium with Francesca Sewell taking the green and gold

The final podium with Francesca Sewell taking the green and gold
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Francesca Sewell was awarded the women’s under-19 Australia national road race title in dramatic fashion after a late crash and disqualification turned the initial result of the race on its head. 

Sewell crashed in the finishing straight after her chain locked. She ran to the finish line, desperate to take what she thought was second place behind Neve Bradbury. However before the podium ceremony, race officials disqualified Bradbury for having an under-weight bike and to her amazement, Sewell was promoted to first place and pulled on the green and gold national champion’s jersey.

Tasmania’s Catelyn Turner was second, with Ashlee Jones adding a bronze medal to her win in the Criterium championships.
Bradbury was disqualified from the results after judges weighed her bike and discovered it was 120g below the UCI minimum weight of 6.8kg.

Sewell appeared in disbelief after the medal presentation. She heard about the disqualification on public address system at the finish.

“A lot has happened, its pretty crazy,” Sewell said. “I think that was more just adrenaline. I wanted to get second still.”

“I’m feeling pretty great, a little bit stiff but that’s alright. I guess it’s just racing. You know, stuff like that happens so there’s not a whole lot you can do. I think my chain locked and my foot slipped out.”

“I do just want to say congratulations to Neve, it was a good race. I feel really terrible because that’s harsh but it’s not my choice to make.”