Ruby Roseman-Gannon secures Australian elite women's criterium title

Ruby Roseman-Gannon (opens in new tab) (BikeExchange-Jayco) won the elite women's criterium at Australia's Federation University Road National Championships (opens in new tab), dominating the sprint from a select bunch of riders.

After finishing second for the past two years, the 23-year-old started the race as one of the favourites even though she had just Alex Manly for BikeExchange-Jayco (opens in new tab) team support. 

Roseman-Gannon didn't set a foot wrong all race. She made the deciding move and then, coming to the front as the line approached, timed her run perfectly to hold off Josie Talbot (SydneyUni-Staminade) in the sprint. Peta Mullens (Roxsolt Liv SRAM) who swept up the final spot on the podium.

"I've wanted this for a very long time and to finish it off in my first ride in full BikeExchange kit means so much," said Roseman-Gannon in an interview on SBS straight after the race. 

"I just can't thank Alex Manly enough ... she is the most selfless rider and I couldn't have done it without her."

Anya Louw (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) took her second title of the year, coming across the line fourth and as the first U23 rider in the combined field. That means she adds the U23 criterium jersey to the collection which she started at the time trial on Wednesday.

“It feels quite surreal to be honest," said Louw. "I didn’t expect this at all for the criterium. Coming in today I was working for my teammate Alexandra Martin-Wallace but unfortunately she got caught behind in a crash and wasn’t able to rejoin … I’m very grateful for today.”

The elite and U23 women tackled 40 laps of the 1.1km course, racing 44 kilometres in just over an hour on the hot dog circuit around the main streets of Ballarat, a regional city in central Victoria.

As the race started it was clear that the field wasn't keen to give the breaks too much room to move, with the bunch largely staying together. There was a crash near the front of the race catching out Manly with little more than a third of the race run. However, it wasn't long before she was back in the bunch and continuing to provide a strong and unrelenting presence as she patrolled the front of the field.  

At the half-way point of the race Amber Pate (InForm TMX MAKE) who was the silver medallist in the time trial made a move. It was enough to spur splits in the field and the brief formation of a group out the front of around eight. The chase from the bunch meant it didn’t hold.

At around ten laps to go Emma Viotto (Giant Racing) also jumped out the front but the move was shut down again. The attempts kept coming and Lisa Jacob (Knights of Suburbia) then sparked the race deciding move. 

A group of dangerous riders followed including Peta Mullens (Roxsolt Liv SRAM), Roseman-Gannon and Matilda Raynolds (InForm TMX MAKE). The select group of nine, which also included U23 time trial winner Louw, then swelled as time trial silver medallist Pate surged across to join teammate Raynolds, carrying Manly with her.

That meant Roseman-Gannon now had her lead out rider in place, and she wasn't going to waste the opportunity to take a green and gold striped jersey of the national champion in her first year as a professional.

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Pos.Rider Name (Team)Result
1Ruby Roseman-Gannon (BikeExchange-Jayco) 1:01:44
2Josie Talbot (Sydneyuni - Staminade)
3Peta Mullens (Roxsolt liv SRAM)
4Anya Louw (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)
5Matilda Raynolds (Inform TMX Make)
6Neve Bradbury (Canyon SRAM)
7Sophie Malowiecki (Giant Racing Team)
8Amelia Watkinson 0:00:03
9Alexandra Manly (BikeExchange-Jayco) 0:00:05
10Lisa Jacob (Knights of Suburbia Racing)
11Amber Pate (Inform TMX Make) 0:00:08
12Tilly Field (Roxsolt liv SRAM) 0:00:33
13Nicole Wilson (VA Pro Racing) 0:00:35
14Keely Bennett (Knights of Suburbia Racing)
15Ella Bloor (Inform TMX Make)
16Gina Ricardo (Sydney Uni-Staminade)
17Sophie Edwards (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)
18Courtney Sherwell (Roxsolt liv SRAM)
19Emily Fowler (Intervelo)
20Haylee Fuller (Team Rupelcleaning - Champion)
21Charlotte McShane
22Nicola MacDonald (Roxsolt liv SRAM) 0:00:36
23Jessica Pratt (Sydney Uni Staminade)
24Elizabeth Young (Butterfields Racing Team)
25Alisha Wells (ARA pro Racing Sunshine Coast)
26Emma Pratt (Cycling Development Foundation)
27Georgia Whitehouse (Sydney Uni Staminade)
28Jennifer Darmody (Sydney Uni Staminade)
29Holly Lubcke (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)
30Mia Hayden (Women's Racing Project)
31Alana Forster (Butterfields Racing Team)
32Rachael Wales (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)
33Maeve Plouffe (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)
34Hayley Jones (Giant Racing Team)
35Emma Viotto (Giant Racing Team)
DNFElizabeth Nuspan (Inform TMX Make)
DNFEloise Sandow (Inform TMX Make)
DNFSuzy Wood (Knights of Suburbia Racing)
DNFAshlee Jones (Knights of Suburbia Racing)
DNFAlexandra Martin-Wallace (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)
DNFLucie Fityus (Cycling Development Foundation)
DNFHannah Seeliger (Cycling Development Foundation)
DNFNicole Mitsigeorgis (Cycling Development Foundation)
DNFLauren Thomas (Giant Racing Team)
DNFIzzy Flint (Roxsolt liv SRAM)
DNFSaffron Button (Roxsolt liv SRAM)
DNFAlli Anderson (Sasi)
DNFRose Vassel (Stepfwd Soomom)
DNFSharni Morley (Stepfwd Soomom)
DNFLaura Chancellor (Women's Racing Project)
DNFBree Playel (VA Pro Racing)
DNFDarcie Richards (VA Pro Racing Team)
DNFCelia Cowan (Norwood CC / Keystone)
DNFFiona Bonnett
DNFAmy Cundy
DNSChelsea Holmes (Inform TMX Make)
DNSCarlee Taylor (Inform TMX Make)
DNSKate Perry (Knights of Suburbia Racing)
DNSLauren Perry (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)
DNSChloe Moran (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)

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Simone joined the team as Production Editor based in Australia at the start of the 2021 season, having previously worked as Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg.

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