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Odlin upsets Sergent on opening day of nationals

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Paul Odlin (Subway Pro Cycling, Canterbury) in action on the way to winning the elite men's time trial at the RaboDirect Elite National Championships in Christchurch today.

Paul Odlin (Subway Pro Cycling, Canterbury) in action on the way to winning the elite men's time trial at the RaboDirect Elite National Championships in Christchurch today.
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Mens Podium Sam Horgan (Subway Pro Cycling Team), Paul Odlin (Subway Pro Cycling Team), and Jesse Sergent (Radioshack-Nissan-Trek)

Mens Podium Sam Horgan (Subway Pro Cycling Team), Paul Odlin (Subway Pro Cycling Team), and Jesse Sergent (Radioshack-Nissan-Trek)
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Michael Vink rode the winning time of 49 minutes and 48 seconds to take the gold medal

Michael Vink rode the winning time of 49 minutes and 48 seconds to take the gold medal
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Sam Horgan of the Subway Pro Cycling Team trailed his team mate by 20 seconds to finish second in the 40km TT

Sam Horgan of the Subway Pro Cycling Team trailed his team mate by 20 seconds to finish second in the 40km TT
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Paul Odlin (Subway Pro Cycling Team) completed the 40km circuit in a time of 49 minutes 35 seconds

Paul Odlin (Subway Pro Cycling Team) completed the 40km circuit in a time of 49 minutes 35 seconds
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Jesse Sergent (Radioshack-Nissan-Trek) had to settle for third with a time of 50 minutes and three seconds

Jesse Sergent (Radioshack-Nissan-Trek) had to settle for third with a time of 50 minutes and three seconds
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Jeremy Vennell (Bissell) finished in 4th place with a time of 50 minutes and five seconds

Jeremy Vennell (Bissell) finished in 4th place with a time of 50 minutes and five seconds
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Under23 Podium Jason Christie (Mid South Canterbury) Michael Vink (Mico Pro Train) and Fraser Gough (East Coast North sland)

Under23 Podium Jason Christie (Mid South Canterbury) Michael Vink (Mico Pro Train) and Fraser Gough (East Coast North sland)
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Winner of the recent Tour of Southland Josh Atkins rode to fifth place today

Winner of the recent Tour of Southland Josh Atkins rode to fifth place today
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Jason Christie (Mid South Canterbury) took the silver medal with a time of 50 minutes and 30 seconds

Jason Christie (Mid South Canterbury) took the silver medal with a time of 50 minutes and 30 seconds
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Fraser Gough (East Coast North Island) finish in third spot with a time of 50 minutes and 39 seconds

Fraser Gough (East Coast North Island) finish in third spot with a time of 50 minutes and 39 seconds
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Michael Vink (Mico Protrain, Canterbury) in action on the way to winning the under-23 time trial at the RaboDirect Elite National Championships in Christchurch today.

Michael Vink (Mico Protrain, Canterbury) in action on the way to winning the under-23 time trial at the RaboDirect Elite National Championships in Christchurch today.
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Canterbury's Paul Odlin upset the field to win the men's time trial at the RaboDirect Elite National Championships in Christchurch today.

Odlin clocked 49 minutes 35 seconds for the 40km journey near Lincoln College to finish 21 seconds ahead of his Subway Pro Cycling teammate Sam Horgan with favourite Jesse Sergent third.

Canterbury's Michael Vink made it two wins in three years in the under-23 event.

Odlin, a father of two, mixes work with his passion, as a cycling coach in Christchurch, and he gave his clients the perfect lesson in time trialling today.

He was runner-up four years ago but went one better with a gutsy performance today.

"I'm fortunate to coach and be able to integrate my training into my work which is great," Odlin said. "And I am so grateful for the support I get from Subway Pro Cycling team with the bike, the support and the input from guys like Hayden Godfrey.

"I had some of my clients out supporting me today which was great."

The Cantabrian pushed hard over the first half but had to fight the demons on the return leg of the 40km test.

"I felt really good going out. I knew it would be hard coming back so took that into my planning. I struggled though but everyone did. It was a matter of digging deep and hanging on.

"It's quite a thrill to win this title for sure."

Odlin said the one-two finish for his Subway Pro Cycling team is a real boost ahead of Sunday's men's road race.

"This shows that Subway are here and going to be a force. This result gives us some confidence for Sunday and I am sure as a team we will have a good race."
 

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paul Odlin (Subway Pro Cycling, Canterbury)0:49:35
2Sam Horgan (Subway Pro cycling, Canterbury)0:49:56
3Jesse Sergent (East Coast North Island)0:50:03

Under 23 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Vink (Mico Protrain, Canterbury)0:49:48
2Jason Christie (Mid South Canterbury)0:50:30
3Fraser Gough (East Coast North Island)0:50:39

 

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