Australian Road Championships: Graeme Frislie wins U23 men's criterium

Graeme Frislie (InForm TMX MAKE) won the U23 men's criterium at Australia's Federation University Road National Championships, getting the jump on the rest of the field to ride across the line two seconds ahead of the bunch.

Behind his teammate Josh Duffy took out the bunch sprint while Zachary Marshall (St George Cycling Club) snatched the final spot on the podium ahead of Bay Crits winner Blake Quick, preventing an InForm TMX MAKE clean sweep.

"There were attacks going and coming back and no one was giving an inch," said Frislie, who launched to the front with around five laps to go. "I saw an opportunity with a couple of the other boys so jumped in with them and felt like I had some good legs so I sent it by myself, rolled the dice, and I managed to come away with the win.”

The U23 men raced 33km, riding 30 laps of a 1.1km course right in the heart of the the Victorian city of Ballarat. It was a race that stood out on the schedule as one that would be fiercely contested, with the under 23 riders of Quick and Jensen Plowright  (Equipe Groupama-FDJ Conti) showing the strength of the competition in the category with their first and second placings in the elite field at the recent Bay Crits. 

Plowright ended up in fifth place in the race for the criterium title, riding solo in the race while the InForm TMX MAKE squad lined up with nine riders and took out three of the top five positions. 

"It was pretty hectic all day. We tried to control it as a team. We knew we had a strong outfit and we knew we had the firepower to win," Frislie said. "A chance came up for me in the last handful of laps so I just jumped on it and Josh showed behind that we had the strength to win anyway.”

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Pos.Rider Name (Team)Result
1Graeme Frislie (InForm TMX Make) 0:47:12
2Josh Duffy (InForm TMX Make) 0:00:02
3Zachary Marshall (Saint George Cycling Club)
4Blake Quick (InForm TMX Make)
5Jensen Plowright (Equipe Groupama FDJ Conti)
6Henry Dietze (Giant Racing Team)
7Declan Trezise (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)
8James Forbes (Knights of Suburbia Racing)
9Luke Roper (Rauland Development Cycling Team)
10Matthew Fox
11Dalton Stretton (VA Pro Racing)
12Jack Menzies (Mersey Valley Devonport Cc)
13Sam Fox (Team BridgeLane)
14Brady Gilmore (Cycling Develpoment Foundation)
15Elliot Schultz (InForm TMX Make)
16Jonathan Farley (Nero Continental)
17Jack Schouten (Onyva Racing)
18Rohan Haydon-Smith
19Cameron Wright (Balmoral Cycling Club)
20Max Campbell (Futuro Pro Cycling)
21Liam Walsh (Giant Racing Team)
22Mackenzie Edwardson (Team CCS)
23Luke Britten (Rauland Development Cycling Team)
24Christopher McInnes (St George CC Development Team) 0:00:15
25Tristan Saunders (InForm TMX Make) 0:00:17
26Tom Sharp (Albury Wodonga Cycling Club) 0:00:24
27Mitchell McGovern (Cycling Development Foundation)
28Ronan Teese (Giant Racing Team)
29Malachi Covington (Team BridgeLane) 0:00:26
30Devraj Grewal (Oliver's Real Food Racing) 0:00:28
31Jesse Norton (Giant Racing Team) 0:00:29
32Aidan Teese (Giant Racing Team) 0:00:33
33Will Golding (Onyva Racing)
34Fergus Browning (InForm TMX Make)
35Finn Walsh (Tandem Co Elite Race Team) 0:00:37
36James Moriarty (InForm TMX Make) 0:00:50
37Dylan Eather (Rauland Development Cycling Team)
38Kurt Eather (Oliver's Real Food Racing) 0:01:02
39Jai Fielke (Giant Racing Team) 0:01:17
40Blake Agnoletto (InForm TMX Make) 0:01:20
41Angus Miller (SASI)
42Samuel Eddy (Team BridgeLane) 0:01:29
43Ben Metcalfe (Team BridgeLane)
44Paul Wentrock (Van d'am Racing) 0:01:35
DNFDavid Williams (InForm TMX Make)
DNFJames Panizza (Team BridgeLane)
DNFAndy Sampson (Giant Racing Team)
DNFZachary Owen (Giant Racing Team)
DNFJosh Hanigan (Hobart Wheelers)
DNFHaddon Kilmartin (Ipswich Cycling Club)
DNFOliver Bleddyn (Norwood Cycling Club)
DNFAston Freeth (SASI)
DNFByron Woods (Shepparton Cycling Club)
DNFMaximilian Cyreszko (St George CC Development Team)
DNFTasman Blizzard
DNFJarred Clarke
DNSAiden Sinclair (Team BridgeLane)
DNSMatthew Rice (Lotto Soudal Development Team)
DNSTomas Dowler

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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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