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Strong field for NSW crit championship

The upcoming New South Wales Criterium Championships will see some of the country's most talented racers on the line come October 21, with the likes of Chris Sutton (Cofidis), Mark Renshaw (Crédit Agricole) and Ben Kersten confirming for the Sydney event.

2005 U23 Australian champion Chris Sutton is in his second year with team Cofidis, and at the age of 23 has already scored two wins, one in this year's Circuit de la Sarthe. His fellow ProTour rider Mark Renshaw, already a World Champion on the track in the team pursuit, has shown his class with a win in the Tour de Picardie and a close second on stage one of the Circuit Franco-Belge.

Ben Kersten is yet another example of Australia's brilliant history of track cyclists. At 26, Kersten is a multiple World Champion and Commonwealth gold medal winner and has demonstrated that his explosive sprint can be put to devastating effect on the road.

Renshaw, Sutton and Kersten will be joined by stand-out Cameron Meyer (SouthAustralia.com/AIS). Meyer, a triple junior World Champion has proven that he is one of Australia's brightest talents having just taken overall victory in the 2007 Tour of Tasmania.

The addition of these four riders adds an exciting element to what was already shaping up to be the most exciting edition of the New South Wales Criterium Championships ever contested. Further information about the New South Wales Criterium Championships presented by McCarroll's and the favourites for the race can be found here: www.pelotonsports.com.au/NSWChampionships

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.