Grand Prix Tour 2007
Race and Series win for sprinter
Surfers Paradise Grand Prix, December 9 2007
2007 Oceania Champion Rochelle Gilmore made amends for the mistake made a weekend earlier to take out the Surfers Paradise Grand Prix in a tight race, the win also secured her the Grand Prix Tour series.
Commonwealth Games points race silver medallist, Gilmore, was devastated after last weekend’s error. The bunch hadn’t realised two riders were away after a mid-race crash which split the bunch and caused confusion. The error left Gilmore with a bronze medal at the National Criterium Championships instead of the gold she thought she was racing for.
Gilmore outsprinted Queenslanders Nikki Egyed and Lorian Graham in the mad dash to the line after the 30 minutes plus three laps of racing on the tight street circuit in the heart of Surfers Paradise.
Egyed took control of the race in the early stages, testing the bunch in the stifling conditions.
The race was not without incident, the course claimed a few riders including Tiffany Cromwell and Helen Griffiths. The biggest scalp was last weekend's newly crowned National Criterium Champion, Kirsty Broun, who looked to be in good form before crashing out in the first of the final sprint laps.
After missing the event last weekend Lorian Graham was keen to get back amongst it. The 27 year old rode 100km from Brisbane to the event this morning to ensure she got her full training day in.
“I was probably a little under down going into the race today after the ride this morning but happy with a podium placing,” said Graham.
After covering every move Gilmore threw at her, Carrigan finished in eighth position.
Rochelle Gilmore “It was unbelievably hard out there today, the Queenslanders ganged up on me and Sara (Carrigan) covered everything I did,”Gilmore paid tribute to Carrigan’s effort today acknowledging that this type of racing is not Carrigan's ‘thing’. “She’s the Olympic road race champion, criteriums are not really her thing, they are mine.”
Nikki Egyed, from Queensland, a team-mate of Sara Carrigan: "We really took it to Rochelle today and attacked at every opportunity." “I’m now returning to Bermuda next week and will continue my preparation for the World Cup season,” added Egyed.
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