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Gillow claims back-to-back Australian Time Trial gold

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Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) with a kilometre to go

Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) with a kilometre to go
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Bridie O'Donnell (Victoria) won the bronze medal

Bridie O'Donnell (Victoria) won the bronze medal
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Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS) took fourth place after her road race win on Saturday

Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS) took fourth place after her road race win on Saturday
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Grace Suzlberger (Jayco-AIS) was sixth fastest
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ACT rider, Rebecca Wiasak, finished eighth
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Rachel Neylan (Nutrixxion Abus) was seventh fastest
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Lauren Kitchen (Rabobank Cycling Team) took silver in the under 23 competition
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Lauren Kitchen (Rabobank Cycling Team) took silver in the under 23 competition
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson)
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Taryn Heather (SASI) was second in the time trial

Taryn Heather (SASI) was second in the time trial
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Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) took gold for the second year

Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) took gold for the second year
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Sarah Kent (Jayco-AIS) on the way to silver in the under 23 competition

Sarah Kent (Jayco-AIS) on the way to silver in the under 23 competition
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Taryn Heather (SASI), Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) and Bridie O'Donnell (Victoria) on the podium

Taryn Heather (SASI), Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) and Bridie O'Donnell (Victoria) on the podium
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Second time winner, Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) on the podium

Second time winner, Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) on the podium
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The under 23 podium - Lauren Kitchen (Rabobank Cycling Team), Sinead Noonan (Jayco-AIS) and Sarah Kent (Jayco-AIS)

The under 23 podium - Lauren Kitchen (Rabobank Cycling Team), Sinead Noonan (Jayco-AIS) and Sarah Kent (Jayco-AIS)
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson)
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Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) cleans up before the podium

Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) cleans up before the podium
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Taryn Heather (SASI) was passed by Shara Gillow, but still managed silver

Taryn Heather (SASI) was passed by Shara Gillow, but still managed silver
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson)
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Bridie O'Donnell (Victoria) was third, unable to repeat her previous win in the time trial

Bridie O'Donnell (Victoria) was third, unable to repeat her previous win in the time trial
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson)
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Carla Ryan (AA Drink) was outside the top ten, fourteenth

Carla Ryan (AA Drink) was outside the top ten, fourteenth
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Alexis Rhodes (GreenEDGE-AIS) gives everything with a kilometre to go

Alexis Rhodes (GreenEDGE-AIS) gives everything with a kilometre to go
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(Image credit: CJ Farquharson)
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Alexis Rhodes (GreenEDGE-AIS) wanted the win, but could only manage fifth
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Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) with a kilometre to go

Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) with a kilometre to go
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Taryn Heather (SASI) was second in the time trial

Taryn Heather (SASI) was second in the time trial
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) took gold for the second year

Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) took gold for the second year
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Sarah Kent (Jayco-AIS) on the way to silver in the under 23 competition

Sarah Kent (Jayco-AIS) on the way to silver in the under 23 competition
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Alexis Rhodes (GreenEDGE-AIS) gives everything with a kilometre to go

Alexis Rhodes (GreenEDGE-AIS) gives everything with a kilometre to go
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Carla Ryan (AA Drink) was outside the top ten, fourteenth

Carla Ryan (AA Drink) was outside the top ten, fourteenth
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Bridie O'Donnell (Victoria) was third, unable to repeat her previous win in the time trial

Bridie O'Donnell (Victoria) was third, unable to repeat her previous win in the time trial
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Taryn Heather (SASI) was passed by Shara Gillow, but still managed silver

Taryn Heather (SASI) was passed by Shara Gillow, but still managed silver
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Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) cleans up before the podium

Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) cleans up before the podium
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The under 23 podium - Lauren Kitchen (Rabobank Cycling Team), Sinead Noonan (Jayco-AIS) and Sarah Kent (Jayco-AIS)

The under 23 podium - Lauren Kitchen (Rabobank Cycling Team), Sinead Noonan (Jayco-AIS) and Sarah Kent (Jayco-AIS)
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Bridie O'Donnell (Victoria) won the bronze medal

Bridie O'Donnell (Victoria) won the bronze medal
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Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS) took fourth place after her road race win on Saturday

Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS) took fourth place after her road race win on Saturday
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Taryn Heather (SASI), Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) and Bridie O'Donnell (Victoria) on the podium

Taryn Heather (SASI), Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) and Bridie O'Donnell (Victoria) on the podium
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Sinead Noonan (Jayco-AIS) won the under 23 title

Sinead Noonan (Jayco-AIS) won the under 23 title
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Sarah Kent (Jayco-AIS) was the third fastest in the under 23 competition

Sarah Kent (Jayco-AIS) was the third fastest in the under 23 competition
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Lauren Kitchen (Rabobank Cycling Team) took silver in the under 23 competition

Lauren Kitchen (Rabobank Cycling Team) took silver in the under 23 competition
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Lauren Kitchen (Rabobank Cycling Team) took silver in the under 23 competition

Lauren Kitchen (Rabobank Cycling Team) took silver in the under 23 competition
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Rachel Neylan (Nutrixxion Abus) was seventh fastest

Rachel Neylan (Nutrixxion Abus) was seventh fastest
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Alexis Rhodes (GreenEDGE-AIS) wanted the win, but could only manage fifth

Alexis Rhodes (GreenEDGE-AIS) wanted the win, but could only manage fifth
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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ACT rider, Rebecca Wiasak, finished eighth

ACT rider, Rebecca Wiasak, finished eighth
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Grace Suzlberger (Jayco-AIS) was sixth fastest

Grace Suzlberger (Jayco-AIS) was sixth fastest
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Second time winner, Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) on the podium

Second time winner, Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) on the podium
(Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)

Shara Gillow (GreenEdge-AIS) successfully defended her Australian Time Trial crown, blasting her way around the 27.1 kilometre Learmonth course in a time of 37:04.35 claiming gold in the elite women's category over a minute ahead of her nearest rivals.

Taryn Heather claimed the silver medal in a time of 38:17.54 while 2008 champion Bridie O'Donnell 38:18.78 took home the bronze.

The result meant that the new GreenEdge-AIS outfit claimed a clean sweep of the elite women's titles at the 2012 Australian Road Championships, with Alexis Rhodes winning her fourth criterium championship, and Amanda Spratt the road race.

Sinead Noonan (Jayco-AIS), who won the under 23 road championship on Saturday, earned her second gold medal for the 2012 titles, in a time of 39:54.85 placing her ninth overall.

Gillow put in a far less conservative performance on Tuesday than usual, leaving nothing on the road in the blustery, cold conditions. Last out of the start house as defending champion, Gillow only had one aim for the day – to ride as fast as possible.

"I'm learning so much as I go, but when it comes down to it it's all about trying to go quick and I think I did that," Gillow, 24, said having ridden her race against the clock in an average time of 43.87 km/h

"There's always some things you can change, but I'm pretty happy with how it went," she continued. "I just feel like I'm getting better and better at the moment– hopefully I can continue that when we go back to Europe."

Results

#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Shara Gillow (Qld)
2Taryn Heather (Vic)
3Bridie O'Donnell (Vic)
4Amanda Spratt (NSW)
5Alexis Rhodes (SA)
6Grace Sulzberger (Tas)
7Rachel Neylan (SA)
8Rebecca Wiasak (ACT)
9Sinead Noonan (SA) U23
10Lauren Kitchen (NSW) U23
11Sarah Kent (WA) U23
12Emma Lawson (Tas) U23
13Ailie McDonald (ACT) U23
14Carla Ryan (Vic)
15Jessica Allen (WA) U23
16Carlee Taylor (SA)
17Stephanie Frawley (Vic)
18Nicole Whitburn (Vic)
19Miranda Griffiths (Vic)
20Gracie Elvin (ACT)
21Samantha De Riter (Vic)
22Megan Bagworth (ACT)
23Lucy Coldwell (Vic)
24Elizabeth Hall (Vic)
25Stephanie Ives (Vic)
26Kellie Mathers (Vic)
27Alice Wallett (ACT) U23
DNSKendelle Hodges (Vic)
DNSDelphine Astier (Vic) U23
DNSRowena Fry (Tas)
DNSTiffany Cromwell (SA)
DNSAlexandra Carle (ACT)
DNSLoren Rowney (Qld) U23

 

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