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Mum Corset takes out national title

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Podium (L-R): Bridie O'Donnell, Ruth Corset (Tibco), Judith Arndt (Columbia-HTC)

Podium (L-R): Bridie O'Donnell, Ruth Corset (Tibco), Judith Arndt (Columbia-HTC) (Image credit: Greg Johnson)
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Bridie O'Donnell (right) attacked the lead group with two laps remaining.

Bridie O'Donnell (right) attacked the lead group with two laps remaining. (Image credit: Greg Johnson)
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The chase group closed the gap to Judith Arndt (Columbia-HTC) in the closing half.

The chase group closed the gap to Judith Arndt (Columbia-HTC) in the closing half. (Image credit: Greg Johnson)
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Ruth Corset from Townsville in Queensland takes out the gold medal

Ruth Corset from Townsville in Queensland takes out the gold medal (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Judith Arndt from Germany rode solo for the first half of the race

Judith Arndt from Germany rode solo for the first half of the race (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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This ones for you: Germany's Judith Arndt has a bidon ready for her

This ones for you: Germany's Judith Arndt has a bidon ready for her (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Germany's Judith Arndt takes on-board a drink

Germany's Judith Arndt takes on-board a drink (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Tiffany Cromwell (SA) and Megan Dunn (NSW) and Loren Rowney (QLD) on the under 23 podium

Tiffany Cromwell (SA) and Megan Dunn (NSW) and Loren Rowney (QLD) on the under 23 podium (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) rolled out last in the Australian Open Road Race Championships.

Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) rolled out last in the Australian Open Road Race Championships. (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The break group formed early, within the first ten kilometres

The break group formed early, within the first ten kilometres (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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One of the pre-race favorites, Vicki Whitelaw (Lotto-Honda) in the bunch

One of the pre-race favorites, Vicki Whitelaw (Lotto-Honda) in the bunch (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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An early attack from the breakaway group resulted in Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) staying away for almost half the race

An early attack from the breakaway group resulted in Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) staying away for almost half the race (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The bunch allowed Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) to ride around on her own, with seemingly no sense of urgency to chase her down until the closing laps

The bunch allowed Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) to ride around on her own, with seemingly no sense of urgency to chase her down until the closing laps (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Alexis Rhodes (SA), Bridie O'Donnell (VIC) and Joanne Hogan (VIC) at the front of the bunch

Alexis Rhodes (SA), Bridie O'Donnell (VIC) and Joanne Hogan (VIC) at the front of the bunch (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Rachel Neylan (SA) pulls the bunch up Fiskin Road

Rachel Neylan (SA) pulls the bunch up Fiskin Road (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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About to collect more points towards the sprint competition, Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) approaches the start / finish line on lap 5

About to collect more points towards the sprint competition, Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) approaches the start / finish line on lap 5 (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Joanne Hogan (Prime) at the front of the bunch on Midland Highway

Joanne Hogan (Prime) at the front of the bunch on Midland Highway (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Eventual winner, Ruth Corset (Team Tibco) sits comfortably in the bunch

Eventual winner, Ruth Corset (Team Tibco) sits comfortably in the bunch (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Bridie O'Donnell (VIC) rode strongly, towards the front of the bunch, until she launched herself across to the breakaway riders

Bridie O'Donnell (VIC) rode strongly, towards the front of the bunch, until she launched herself across to the breakaway riders (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) rides up the climb, comfortably over one minute ahead of the bunch

Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) rides up the climb, comfortably over one minute ahead of the bunch (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Lonely road ahead, Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC), didn't follow many wheels in this race

Lonely road ahead, Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC), didn't follow many wheels in this race (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The bunch, led by Amber Halliday (SA), Vicki Whitelaw (Lotto-Honda) and Tiffany Cromwell (SA). At this point, the chasers were almost 2 minutes behind Arndt

The bunch, led by Amber Halliday (SA), Vicki Whitelaw (Lotto-Honda) and Tiffany Cromwell (SA). At this point, the chasers were almost 2 minutes behind Arndt (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Tiffany Cromwell (SA) climbs on her way to silver in the under 23 category

Tiffany Cromwell (SA) climbs on her way to silver in the under 23 category (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Competitive input into the race over, Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto-Honda) gives a wave as she rolls back around the course in a small group

Competitive input into the race over, Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto-Honda) gives a wave as she rolls back around the course in a small group (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Vicki Whitelaw (Lotto-Honda) will race in Europe again in 2010. She joins the Lotto outfit after Vision 1 folded mid-way through 2009

Vicki Whitelaw (Lotto-Honda) will race in Europe again in 2010. She joins the Lotto outfit after Vision 1 folded mid-way through 2009 (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Ruth Corset (Team Tibco) leads Rachel Neylan (SA) and Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) late in the race

Ruth Corset (Team Tibco) leads Rachel Neylan (SA) and Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) late in the race (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Bridie O'Donnell (VIC) chased hard and bridged across to the three leaders with two laps to go.

Bridie O'Donnell (VIC) chased hard and bridged across to the three leaders with two laps to go. (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Megan Dunn (NSW) won the under 23 category

Megan Dunn (NSW) won the under 23 category (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Ruth Corset (Team Tibco) is about to become Australian Open Road Race Champion

Ruth Corset (Team Tibco) is about to become Australian Open Road Race Champion (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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The 2010 Australian Open Road Champion, Ruth Corset (Team Tibco)

The 2010 Australian Open Road Champion, Ruth Corset (Team Tibco) (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Bridie O'Donnell (VIC) took silver from Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC)

Bridie O'Donnell (VIC) took silver from Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Sprint winner, Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC))

Sprint winner, Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC)) (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Ruth Corset (Team Tibco) salutes the crowd, with Bridie O'Donnell (VIC) (left) and Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) (right)

Ruth Corset (Team Tibco) salutes the crowd, with Bridie O'Donnell (VIC) (left) and Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) (right) (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Bridie O'Donnell (VIC) was runner-up

Bridie O'Donnell (VIC) was runner-up (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Ruth Corset (Team Tibco) on the top of the podium at the women's Open Road Race Championship

Ruth Corset (Team Tibco) on the top of the podium at the women's Open Road Race Championship (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Bronze medallist, Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) on the podium

Bronze medallist, Judith Arndt (Team Columbia-HTC) on the podium (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Ruth Corset (Team Tibco) soaks Bridie O'Donnell (VIC) with sparkling wine after the podium presentations

Ruth Corset (Team Tibco) soaks Bridie O'Donnell (VIC) with sparkling wine after the podium presentations (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)

Ruth Corset (Tibco) broke away with just over a lap remaining to claim a solo victory in the Australian Women’s Road Championship race. Corset kept her head down all the way to the finish, not celebrating until well after she had crossed the finish line for one final time.

“I wanted this more than anything, it’s been my goal for a while and I’m just so glad, so glad that I got it finally,” said Corset. “It was quite hot so it was very, very hard conditions. I’m from Townsville and it’s quite humid there, so I’m not as used to the dry heat.

“The last few laps I was just throwing up and couldn’t hold anything down,” she added. “The last lap was just so hard my legs were cramping but I just gritted my teeth and went for it.”

Behind her Bridie O’Donnell attacked breakaway mates Judith Arndt and Rachel Neylan until her fellow Australian was dropped off the back. As O’Donnell powered down the home straight, Germany’s Arndt showed her class by not challenging her in a two-up sprint, instead sitting on and allowing O’Donnell to claim silver.

“This is really the reward of my hard work and all the hard work of the great people that I have helping me out,” said O’Donnell. “I think that’s been my other problem in the past, I can’t hold my nerves long enough so I want to go and I don’t wait for the race to unfold. Today my biggest job was to let the race unfold. I had no teammates here to I just wanted to see who would do the work, try to hold my nerve then be as aggressive as possible."

O’Donnell described the efforts of Arndt not to play a roll in the race outcome over the final laps as being behaviour of a consummate professional. “To her credit, when I caught up to her and Rachel she then sat behind the two of us,” said O’Donnell. “When I attacked Rachel, she sat behind Rachel, she didn’t interfere with any of that. Then when, and this is my understanding, when she could see that Rachel was not going to bridge across to me she then followed my move.”

A seven strong breakaway on the opening lap made it look as if the women’s race would be aggressive from the outset. All that changed however when Arndt stormed from the field, dragging out a large margin of over 2:10 minutes over the peloton.

Arndt was riding tempo up the Buninyong climb, making it look as though the race was hers to take if she wanted it. While some riders had dropped out the rear of the peloton, including Shara Gillow due to a mechanical, it wasn’t until the fifth lap that racing recommenced in earnest.

As the pace was increased a group of around 13 riders slipped away from the front of the peloton in pursuit of Arndt. They included Vicki Whitelaw, O’Donnell, Lisa Jacobs, Sarah Roy, Louise Kerr, Corset, Tiffany Cromwell, Loren Rowney, Megan Dunn, Angela McClure and Peta Mullens.

Neylan attacked the chase group with just over three laps remaining and successfully bridged to Arndt over the following three kilometres. Neylan’s move forced the national jersey contenders to react and with the laps winding down Emma Mackie set-up an attack for her Tibco teammate, Corset, to counter.

Corset joined Arndt and Neylan as they entered the second last lap. Two kilometres later, as the chase group hit the Buninyong climb for the penultimate time, O’Donnell stepped on the accelerator and joined the leaders.

Corset made her move as the race entered it’s final lap, her strength too much for O’Donnell or Neylan to match. While O’Donnell was hurting she could hear Neylan's laboured breathing, so started attacking her compatriot in order to secure a position amongst the medals.

O’Donnell, who claimed two silver medals at this year’s national titles, was emotional when congratulating Corset on her victory. “I must say that I’m really so thrilled that Ruth won,” said O’Donnell. “She’s a wonderful woman, a really classy bike rider. I really respect her and I’m really happy for her and her family that all this hard work has paid off. It’s fantastic for her.” 

Sprint sensation Megan Dunn showed she’s not just a fast finisher by winning the Under-23 women’s national title. Tiffany Cromwell added another silver medal to her collection after finishing runner-up in the division, having done much of the work chasing down Arndt. Queensland’s Loren Rowney finished in third place.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruth Corset (QLD)3:10:09
2Bridie O'Donnell (VIC)0:00:18
3Judith Arndt (Ger)
4Rachel Neylan (SA)0:00:42
5Vicki Whitelaw (ACT)0:01:08
6Amanda Spratt (NSW)0:01:57
7Megan Dunn (NSW)
8Joanne Hogan (VIC)
9Amber Halliday (SA)0:02:00
10Tiffany Cromwell (SA)
11Lisa Jacobs (VIC)0:02:39
12Alexis Rhodes (SA)0:03:20
13Laura Luxford (QLD)0:03:33
14Sarah Roy (NSW)0:04:07
15Loren Rowney (QLD)
16Emma Mackie (NSW)0:05:12
17Rebecca Locke (VIC)0:06:06
18Peta Mullens (VIC)
19Angela Mcclure (SA)0:09:09
20Stephanie Mcgrath (VIC)
21Laura Meadley (ACT)0:09:52
22Irene Digenis (VIC)0:10:02
23Louise Kerr (QLD)0:10:38
24Alexandra Carle (ACT)0:11:31
25Shara Gillow (QLD)0:14:08
26Rebecca Domange (VIC)0:15:35
27Kendelle Hodges (VIC)0:15:44
28Simone Grounds (QLD)0:16:35
29Sarah-Jeanne Fraser (WA)0:17:48
DNFSally Robbins (QLD)
DNFIndia Mclean (NSW)
DNFRebecca Halliday (WA)
DNFAnna Kauffmann (WA)
DNFFelicity Wilson (VIC)
DNFRachel Rayner (VIC)
DNFClare Dallat (VIC)
DNFRadele Berriman (VIC)
DNFLeigh-Anne Dynon (VIC)
DNFKate Finegan (NSW)
DNFElizabeth Georgouras (SA)
DNFVictoria Luxton (VIC)
DNFTracey Gaudry (ACT)
DNFSarah Kent (WA)
DNFMelissa Hoskins (WA)
DNFBeth Canny (VIC)
DNFRebecca Henderson (ACT)
DNFChloe Hosking (ACT)
DNFJasmin Hurikino (QLD)
DNFCarly Mccoombe (VIC)
DNFRebecca Werner (SA)
DNFBronwyn Ryan (ACT)
DNFJessie Maclean (ACT)
DNFKerry Knowler (ACT)
DNFNicole Whitburn (VIC)
DNFCarly Light (SA)
DNFMerissa Cunningham (QLD)
DNFSue Forsyth (NSW)
DNFRochelle Gilmore (NSW)
DNFNatalie Langer (QLD)
DNFJenny Macpherson (VIC)
DNFChloe Mcconville (VIC)
DNFJodie Willett (MTB)
DNFLiz Young (QLD)
DNFBelinda Goss (VIC)
DNFJosephine Tomic (WA)
DNFZoe Appel (QLD)
DNFCarlee Taylor (SA)
DNFMyfanwy Galloway (ACT)
DNFAshlee Ankudinoff (NSW)
DNFLauren Kitchen (NSW)
DNFChloe Mcintosh (VIC)
DNSKathryn Watt (VIC)
DNSImogen Vize (NSW)
DNSJoanna Somerville (NSW)
DNSAmy Bradley (VIC)
DNSKirsty Broun (QLD)
DNSDavina Summers (WA)
DNSSara Vidakovich (HUN)

Under 23
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Megan Dunn (NSW)
2Tiffany Cromwell (SA)
3Loren Rowney (QLD)
4Peta Mullens (VIC)
5Angela Mcclure (SA)
6Alexandra Carle (ACT)
7Kendelle Hodges (VIC)
DNFSarah Kent (WA)
DNFMelissa Hoskins (WA)
DNFBeth Canny (VIC)
DNFRebecca Henderson (ACT)
DNFChloe Hosking (ACT)
DNFJasmin Hurikino (QLD)
DNFCarly Mccoombe (VIC)
DNFRebecca Werner (SA)
DNFJosephine Tomic (WA)
DNFZoe Appel (QLD)
DNFCarlee Taylor (SA)
DNFMyfanwy Galloway (ACT)
DNFAshlee Ankudinoff (NSW)
DNFLauren Kitchen (NSW)
DNFChloe Mcintosh (VIC)
DNSSara Vidakovich (HUN)

 

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