Chloe Hosking (Rally Cycling) won her first elite women's criterium title at the 2020 Australian Road Championships in Ballarat, Victoria, on Friday evening after overpowering 21-year-old Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Brunswick Cycling Club) and Mitchelton-Scott's Gracie Elvin in a bunch sprint.
Like the elite men and under-23 men's criteriums before the women's race, Hosking and her rivals had to contend with extremely wet and windy conditions, which forced the organisers to shorten the combined elite and under-23 women's event by 10 laps to 30 laps due to the impending lack of light.
Twenty-nine-year-old Hosking had won the under-23 criterium title back in 2010, and then took her previous-best placing of third in the senior race the following year, and so the reigning Commonwealth Games road race champion was therefore delighted to finally be able to claim what many would view as a long-overdue elite road national title.
"This is my first elite national jersey, despite being around forever, so it is nice," said Hosking.
"It was important for me this year as I am going to America to race with an American team and we do a lot of criteriums. I really wanted to take the green and gold crit jersey with me and I have done that so I am really excited.
Rapidly rising star Roseman-Gannon claimed the under-23 title for the second year in a row by virtue of her second place, with Brunswick Cycling Club teammate Elizabeth Nuspan and Alexandra Martin-Wallace (ARA-Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) taking U23 silver and bronze, respectively.
Defending elite women's champion Rebecca Wiasak (Team CCS Canbera Women's) could only finish sixth, behind fourth-placed Matilda Raynolds (Specialized Women's Racing) and fifth-placed Nuspan.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Chloe Hosking (Aus) Rally UHC Cycling Women||0:54:25|
|2||Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Brunswick Cycling Club|
|3||Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott|
|4||Matilda Raynolds (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing|
|5||Elizabeth Nuspan (Aus) Brunswick Cycling Club|
|6||Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Team CCS Canbera Women's|
|7||Peta Mullens (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer|
|8||Alexandra Martin-Wallace(Aus) ARA-Pro Racing Sunshine Coast|
|9||Charlotte Culver (Aus) Subaru Giant Women|
|10||Teneal Attard (Aus) South Perth Cycling Club|
|11||Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope|
|12||Emily Watts (Aus) Subaru Giant Women|
|13||Lucie Fityus (Aus) Veris Racing Women's Team|
|14||Emma Viotto (Aus) Canberra Cycling Club|
|15||Georgie Whitehouse (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade|
|16||Amber Pate (Aus) Norwood Cycling Club|
|17||Jessica Pratt (Aus) Canyon-SRAM|
|18||Ella Falzarano (Aus) Subaru Giant Women|
|19||Gina Ricardo (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade|
|20||Josie Talbot (Aus) Casa Dorada Womens Cycling|
|21||Grace Brunton-Makeham (Aus) Veris Racing Women's Team|
|22||Taryn Heather (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing|
|23||Nicola MacDonald (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer|
|24||Chelsea Holmes (Aus) South Coast Cycling Club|
|25||Elizabeth Stannard (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing|
|26||Ella Bloor (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing|
|27||Georgia Miansarow (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade|
|28||Chloe Heffernan (Aus) Veris Racing Women's Team|
|29||Alana Forster (Aus) Vikings Cycling Club|
|30||Lucia Azzopardi (Aus) Subaru-Giant Women|
|31||Kirsty Deacon (Aus) Veris Racing Women's Team|
|32||Emma Roberts (Aus) Manly Warringha Cycling Club|
|33||Amy Cundy (Aus) Gold Coast Cycling Club|
|34||Sharni Morley (Aus) Brunswick Cycling Club|
|35||Ashlee Jones (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing|
|36||Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM|
|37||Eloise Vaugham (Aus) Port Adelaide Cycling Club|
|38||Chloe Moran (Aus) Central Districts Cycling Club|
|39||Jennifer Darmody (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade|
|40||Sarah Gigante (Aus) Team Tibco-SVB|
|41||Holly Harris (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing|
|42||Anya Louw (Aus) ARA-Pro Racing Sunshine Coast|
|43||Emma Chilton (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer||0:00:15|
|44||Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton Scott||0:00:19|
|45||Saffron Button (Aus) Blackburn Cycling Club||0:00:24|
|46||Lauren Thomas (Aus) Team CCS Canbera Women's||0:01:03|
|DNF||Jordyn Hassett (Aus) Subaru Giant Women|
|DNF||Darcie Richards (Aus) X-Speed Australia Cycling Club|
|DNF||Jade Haines (Aus) Midland Cycle Club|
|DNS||Sophie Edwards (Aus) ARA-Pro Racing Sunshine Coast|
|DNS||Breanna Hargrave (Aus) Subaru Giant Women|
|DNS||Katie Banerjee (Aus) Harlequin Cycling Club|
|DNS||Bree Playel (Aus) Manly Warringha Cycling Club|
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