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Mullens and Hoskings dominate Noosa Grand Prix

The Honda Dream Team dominated the women’s race with teammates Peta Mullens and Melissa Hoskins breaking away from the main peloton to take first and second, while Laura Luxford (Virgin Blue) finished third.

Mullens and Hoskins joined a breakaway group of six while their team leader and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Rochelle Gilmore played a waiting game in the main peloton.

When it became clear the breakaway had a strong chance of making it all the way to the finish, the two Honda Dream Team riders were given the all clear by the team and then attacked their breakaway companions to share the spoils of success.

"This is a dream as I never thought I had this sort of form," Mullens said. "When we were away Rochelle (Gilmore) was riding down the other said of the road telling us to go and it wasn't until three laps from the finish that we knew we had it.

"Then we had an argument coming down the finishing straight saying 'you win it, no you win it'. Then Melissa eventually said 'no, you do it for Bendigo' so I won it but it was also for Honda."

In the race for sixth place back in the main field Gilmore rounded out the perfect day for the Honda team by winning the bunch sprint ahead of last year's winner Kirsty Broun.

1Peta Mullens0:35:02
2Melissa Hoskings
3Laura Luxford0:00:36
4Liz Young0:00:37
5Nikolina Orlic


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Stephen Farrand
Stephen Farrand

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and Cycling Weekly, among other publications.

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