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Law claims maiden national road title

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Scott Law from New South Wales charges towards the gold medal in the Men's Under 23 Criterium Championship in Ballarat.

Scott Law from New South Wales charges towards the gold medal in the Men's Under 23 Criterium Championship in Ballarat.
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Aaron Donnelly from New South Wales in his quest to steal gold in the men's under 23 race.

Aaron Donnelly from New South Wales in his quest to steal gold in the men's under 23 race.
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Ballarat is a city rich in history and the architecture makes a nice backdrop to street racing.

Ballarat is a city rich in history and the architecture makes a nice backdrop to street racing.
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Lachlan Morton from New South Wales corners at the top of Sturt Street during the men's under 23 criterium championship.

Lachlan Morton from New South Wales corners at the top of Sturt Street during the men's under 23 criterium championship.
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The peloton in the men's under 23 race make its way up Sturt Street in Ballarat.

The peloton in the men's under 23 race make its way up Sturt Street in Ballarat.
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Jay McCarthy from Queensland in the peloton and heading towards a podium spot in the men's under 23 race.

Jay McCarthy from Queensland in the peloton and heading towards a podium spot in the men's under 23 race.
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Bradley Wills from Victoria in action during the men's under 23 race.

Bradley Wills from Victoria in action during the men's under 23 race.
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Brian McLeod from Queensland attemps a solo breakaway during the men's under 23 race.

Brian McLeod from Queensland attemps a solo breakaway during the men's under 23 race.
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The peloton in the men's under 23 race head down Sturt Street with a tail wind.

The peloton in the men's under 23 race head down Sturt Street with a tail wind.
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Phil Liggett took a break from commentary duties to catch up on the action during the men's under 23 race.

Phil Liggett took a break from commentary duties to catch up on the action during the men's under 23 race.
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Luke Fetch from Victoria drives the leading trio into the final laps of the 33km men's under 23 criterium.

Luke Fetch from Victoria drives the leading trio into the final laps of the 33km men's under 23 criterium.
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Nick Aitken from Victoria in action during the men's under 23 criterium in Ballarat.

Nick Aitken from Victoria in action during the men's under 23 criterium in Ballarat.
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Alex Carver from New South Wales has taken on a role with the Genesys Wealth Advisers team and will be looking for a big 2012.

Alex Carver from New South Wales has taken on a role with the Genesys Wealth Advisers team and will be looking for a big 2012.
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Budget Forklifts have incorporated more yellow into its kit recently making a great change to their design which stood for many years.

Budget Forklifts have incorporated more yellow into its kit recently making a great change to their design which stood for many years.
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Aaron Donnelly from New South Wales tried to take the race on in the concluding laps.

Aaron Donnelly from New South Wales tried to take the race on in the concluding laps.
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Thomas Palmer from Victoria drives the peloton in search of breakaway rider Aaron Donnelly.

Thomas Palmer from Victoria drives the peloton in search of breakaway rider Aaron Donnelly.
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Mitchell Lovelock-Fay from the Australian Capital Territory gets a taste for a MARS after winning the sprint points jersey.

Mitchell Lovelock-Fay from the Australian Capital Territory gets a taste for a MARS after winning the sprint points jersey.
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Race winner Scott Law from New South Wales prepares to crack the champers.

Race winner Scott Law from New South Wales prepares to crack the champers.
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Ah, I love champagne! Scott Law soaked in champagne on the podium after his win.

Ah, I love champagne! Scott Law soaked in champagne on the podium after his win.
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The peloton in the men's under 23 race heads down picturesque Sturt Street in Ballarat.

The peloton in the men's under 23 race heads down picturesque Sturt Street in Ballarat.
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The peloton corner in front of the Ballarat Town Hall.

The peloton corner in front of the Ballarat Town Hall.
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Hangin' for some gold: Race winner Scott Law plays it up for the camera after his gold medal ride.

Hangin' for some gold: Race winner Scott Law plays it up for the camera after his gold medal ride.
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The law of the land: Scott Law from New South Wales is thrilled with his win in the Men's Under 23 Criterium Championship in Ballarat.

The law of the land: Scott Law from New South Wales is thrilled with his win in the Men's Under 23 Criterium Championship in Ballarat.
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The men's under 23 podium (l-r): Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Sprints,ACT), Jay McCarthy (2nd,Queensland), Scott Law (1st,New South Wales) and Ben Grenda (3rd,Tasmania).

The men's under 23 podium (l-r): Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Sprints,ACT), Jay McCarthy (2nd,Queensland), Scott Law (1st,New South Wales) and Ben Grenda (3rd,Tasmania).
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Wollongong's Scott Law has claimed his first major Australian road title, the under 23 Australian Criterium Championship, the opening event of the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships at Ballarat.

Law, national omnium and scratch race champion prevailed over Jayco-AIS representative Jay McCarthy and defending champion, Tasmania's Ben Grenda. Jayco-HoneyShotz rider Mitchell Lovelock-Fay took out the Sprint Championship.

With Law's focus being on the track in the lead up to the national titles at the end of the month, the 19-year-old was hoping the speed work would pay off.

"The title has been one of my big objectives especially with my track background and the speed work and I've been training quite hard for it," said Law. "I definitely had high hopes but never thought I'd be up there holding the green and gold."

Grenda said he was "happy to get a medal" in back-to-back championships but it was far from smooth sailing.

"I was making a good fly in to the last corner and I ended up crashing into the back of Jay [McCarthy] and someone else so I did the divebomb up the gutter and that moved me into about fourth wheel but I'd lost all my speed so I was just trying to hang on up the straight," he explained to Cyclingnews. "I thought I was going to be on my backside for a minute but I stayed up so it wasn't too bad."

A daring escape from Aaron Donnelly was caught on the final bend heading up the finishing uphill straight resulting in a bunch sprint to the finish in the 30 lap, 33 kilometre event. The Jayco-AIS rider had been active from the opening laps, along with Lovelock-Fay who was ultra-attentive during the sprint primes.

Lovelock-Fay said he was shocked at the result, considering he has been struggling with injury in the lead up to the championships.
"I wasn't feeling anywhere near this good back in Canberra so I'm pretty happy with where my form is with the road race and time trial coming up," he told Cyclingnews.

The pair made a move with 10 laps remaining which hovered around the 10 second mark before Donnelly made the move down the back straight with five laps remaining. With one circuit left to race, Donnelly's seven second lead was swallowed up at the bottom of the course.

Law, who will ride for the An Post - Sean Kelly team in Europe in 2012 following a frustrating season with V Australia, admitted he had thought that Donnelly wouldn't be reeled in.

"We had a couple of strong guys pulling some hard turns up there from there and I knew the AIS guys weren't going to do anything so I just sort of waited and waited and tried to figure out what was going to happen but I was pretty lucky in the end that he got caught in the last two corners," he explained.

Law's NSWIS teammate Caleb Ewan proved to be one of the real surprise packets of the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic earlier in the week where two stage wins lead to the 17-year-old finishing second overall behind Allan Davis, something Law explained gave him the confidence of getting a big result.

"At a couple of the club crits that we do I'm usually the one to lead him out," he said. "He's an unbelievable young kid with bigger things to come."

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Law (NSW)0:45:55
2Jay McCarthy (Qld)
3Ben Grenda (Tas)
4Benjamin Hill (NSW)
5Jackson Law (NSW)
6Aaron Donnelly (NSW)
7Damien Howson (SA)
8Jordan Kerby (Qld)
9Brenton Jones (Vic)
10Mitchell Codner (NSW)
11George Tansley (SA)
12Ryan Macanally (Qld)
13Luke Davison (NSW)
14James Mowatt (Vic)
15Pat Drapac (Vic)
16Joshua Prete (Qld)0:00:08
17Angus Tobin (NSW)
18Sam Crome (Vic)0:00:09
19Blake Hose (Vic)
20James Rendall (NSW)
21Alex Clements (Tas)
22Jack Beckinsale (NSW)
23Lachlan Morton (NSW)
24Stuart Mulhern (Qld)
25Trenton Day (NSW)
26Samuel Spokes (NSW)
27Josh Taylor (NSW)
28Cameron Bayly (SA)0:00:14
29Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT)0:00:16
30Thomas Palmer (ACT)0:00:18
31Darcy Woolley (Vic)
32Liam Dove (Vic)0:00:19
33Scott Mcphee (SA)0:00:21
34Alex Wong (NSW)0:00:30
35Harry Carpenter (SA)
36James Boal (Vic)0:00:34
37Joel Stearnes (Tas)
38Stephen Hall (WA)
39Cameron Ivory (NSW)0:00:43
40Alex Carver (NSW)0:00:49
41David Edwards (Qld)0:00:55
42Campbell Flakemore (Tas)0:01:01
43Jack Matthews (Tas)0:01:06
44Samuel Davis (WA)0:01:23
45Alastair Loutit (NSW)0:01:25
46Julian Hamill (NSW)0:01:26
47Jared Triggs (NSW)
48Peter Loft (Tas)0:02:17
49Brian Mcleod (Qld)
DNFNick Aitken (Vic)
DNFCalvin Watson (Vic)
DNFLachlan Ambrose (SA)
DNFPhillip Mundy (SA)
DNFDaniel O'Keefe (NSW)
DNFMitchell Cooper (Vic)
DNFStefan Imberger (Vic)
DNFMerlin Spranz (SA)
DNFJames Butler (Vic)
DNFLuke Collyer (NSW)
DNFMichael Crosbie (Vic)
DNFCallum Fagg (Tas)
DNFLuke Fetch (Vic)
DNFJarryd Jones (Vic)
DNFMatthew Lane (Vic)
DNFSam Mccallum (Vic)
DNFMacauley Mulhull (NSW)
DNFConor Murtagh (Vic)
DNFDanny Pulbrook (Tas)
DNFRick Sanders (Vic)
DNFBradley Wills (Vic)
DNFLuke Ockerby (Tas)
DNSKevin Hawes (NSW)
DNSFraser Northey (SA)
DNSNathan Elliott (Vic)

Intermediate sprints - 24 to go
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brian Mcleod (Qld)3pts
2Blake Hose (Vic)2
3Luke Davison (NSW)1

22 to go
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Davison (NSW)3pts
2Samuel Davis (WA)2
3Alastair Loutit (NSW)1

20 to go
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT)3pts
2Lachlan Morton (NSW)2
3Luke Ockerby (Tas)1

18 to go
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT)3pts
2James Mowatt (Vic)2
3Brian Mcleod (Qld)1

16 to go
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT)3pts
2James Mowatt (Vic)2
3Calvin Watson (Vic)1

14 to go
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Phillip Mundy (SA)3pts
2Aaron Donnelly (NSW)2
3George Tansley (SA)1

12 to go
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aaron Donnelly (NSW)3pts
2Phillip Mundy (SA)2
3Luke Fetch (Vic)1

10 to go
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT)3pts
2Aaron Donnelly (NSW)2
3Samuel Davis (WA)1

8 to go
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT)3pts
2Alex Carver (NSW)2
3Luke Fetch (Vic)1

6 to go
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT)3pts
2Phillip Mundy (SA)2
3Nick Aitken (Vic)1

4 to go
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aaron Donnelly (NSW)3pts
2Calvin Watson (Vic)2
3Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT)1

Sprint Competition
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT)19pts
2Aaron Donnelly (NSW)10
3Phillip Mundy (SA)7
4Luke Davison (NSW)4
5Brian Mcleod (Qld)4
6James Mowatt (Vic)4
7Samuel Davis (WA)3
8Calvin Watson (Vic)3
9Blake Hose (Vic)2
10Lachlan Morton (NSW)2
11Alex Carver (NSW)2
12Luke Fetch (Vic)2
13George Tansley (SA)1
14Alastair Loutit (NSW)1
15Nick Aitken (Vic)1
16Luke Ockerby (Tas)1

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