Welcome to the GCN Racing News Show - the 2019 road season has already started with the Australian and New Zealand National Championships taking place at the weekend, as well as the Bay Crits before that, whilst the cyclocross season is still in full swing with the DVV Trophy in Brussels.
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First up, though, let’s take a look at the newly crowned national road race champions for 2019. In Australia, a new star was born in the women’s event. Now you may well recognise the name Sarah Gigante from this time last year, on the first ever GCN Racing News Show. We gave her our first ever rider of the week award after she’d won the junior women’s criterium, time trial AND road race in Australia. 12 months later, she is the new U23 AND Elite women’s champion, having got the better of a whole load of world tour starts, including the entire Australian contingent of Mitchelton Scott, who had to make do with silver and bronze for Amanda Spratt and Sarah Roy respectively.
The World Tour pre-race favourites also missed out In the men’s event a few hours later. Mitchelton Scott always has the pressure on their shoulders to perform there, and things looked to be under control for them, as Cameron Meyer and Luke Durbridge bridged up to the early four-man breakaway which also contained defending champion Alex Edmondson. On the last lap, Meyer got away with Chris Harper, and it looked to be between them for the green and gold national championships stripes. However, their game of cat and mouse in the final kilometres allowed another rider from the early break, Michael Freiberg, to not only catch them in the last kilometre but also immediately attack them for the win.
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