Australian National Road Championships 2010
Carly Light, wins her first major title with a stunning half race attack
Ballarat City, 33km
In Brief >>
Carly Light from South Australia, pulled off the biggest win of her young career by winning the Australian criterium Championships in Ballarat.
Light attacked at the half way point of the 33km race and despite a number of attacks from the chasing bunch she could not be caught. Chloe Hosking (Team Columbia-HTC) pulled off the best sprint of her new, professional, career to get second on the line, ahead of a battle for third between Megan Dunn (NSW) and Rochelle Gilmore (Honda).
In the U23 category, Hosking was awarded the gold medal ahead of Dunn and Peta Mullens (VIC).
Light (SA) was thrilled to have won her first major title, "I
am thrilled to bits and can't really believe it. You have to find something
special for the nationals and I guess I found it. I was just sort of testing
my legs, the team plan was to have a crack and I thought it is about
time I got up there and give it a go," said
attacked at the half way point and
had a clear win with 10 laps to go, "So with ten laps to go, I
had already been out there for ages and I thought oh my god what am I doing
out here, but I just put my head down and went for it. I gave it everything
I had in the time trial and my legs felt fine today and I couldn't believe
it when I got a gap and then realised I had to keep going, because once
you have a gap you can't give it up cos all the girls want it,"
Chloe Hosking (Team Columbia -HTC) was proudly wearing her new Team Columbia-HTC kit for the first time and showed why she will be a top sprinter for the future. “It is nice to win the U23 award but I came here to win,” said Hosking. “I am happy to have beaten the likes of Rochelle Gilmore and Belinda Goss, that is something really special to take away from this race, but it isn’t a green and gold jersey," added Hosking
Dunn (NSW) was extremely pleased with her form, “I am so
happy with my form right now. The best training is racing so to get a couple
of medals on the way fills me with confidence,” said Dunn. “It
is great to see how women’s racing is developing; there are such a great
bunch of young women coming through right now. You only have to see how many
U23’s are in the top of the results,” added Dunn.
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