Annette Edmondson wins second race, Hosking takes Rendition Homes - Santos Women's Cup
Annette Edmondson (SASI) won the second race in the Rendition Home - Santos Cup ahead of Chloe Hosking (HTC-Highroad) and Peta Mullens (Honda). With second place in the race, Hosking secured the overall ahead of Edmondson and Nicole Whitburn (Prime).
An incident involving local rider and former Australian time trial champion Amber Halliday stopped the race for 20 minutes. Haliday clipped a wheel on the back straight, the fastest part of the race. She crashed heavily and was immediately knocked out and taken to hospital.
Once the race had restarted the riders took a couple of laps to get back up to full speed, obviously shaken by the incident.
With Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) and Kirsty Broun (Virgin Blue) missing from the second race, it was down to the remaining Honda riders, Mullens, Megan Dunn and Tiffany Cromwell to try to secure the win for the team. They struggled to manage the constant attacks from Jayco AIS, the two riders from the professional team Tibco, Emma Mackie and Carlee Taylor and the strong SASI team, who were trying hard to protect Edmondson.
Criterium champion Lauren Kitchen, with teammates Amanda Spratt and Carly Light (Jayco AIS) were active on the front to try to break up the race. Light and Kitchen managed to get small gaps but each time an attack went away, it was one of the SASI and Honda riders who closed the gap.
With two laps to go the bunch were all together. At the bell, the Joanne Hogan (Jayco VIS) was on the front with, Cromwell on her wheel.
The wide finishing straight meant the women used the width of the road to try to get their sprinter to the line first. Edmondson crossed first ahead of Hosking and Mullens.
The result was delayed, due to clarification of a mechanical incident that Hosking suffered with three laps to go. She punctured and received a new wheel. She was not given any guidance by the officials as to whether she could continue and like any bike racer she chased back to rejoin the race. The decision to allow the result to stand was taken and Hosking was awarded second and the overall.
Chloe Hosking (HTC-Highroad) was very happy to win the overall in the Rendition Homes-Santos Women's Cup, "It is an important win for me and great to set me up for the races to come in Qatar with my team [HTC-Highroad]," said Hosking.
Commenting on the mechanical, Hosking added, "I punctured down the back straight and managed to get myself back up to mechanics from the AIS. They gave me a wheel and I got back into the race."
Annette Edmondson (SASI) was really happy to win the second race and finish second in the overall. "The SASI girls did a lot of work to chase down each break. The kept me safe and tucked in and they even had a big lead out train in the finish. I am very thankful to them for that," said Edmondson.
Edmondson has focused on track sprinting for most of her early career but now turns her attention to endurance racing with the hope of securing a place for the Omnium on the track. "At track nationals, I want to do well in the Omnium. I had a crack at it at the Oceanina championships in November, but it is my goal to do well in that and hopefully look to a place for the Olympics in 2012, failing that I am looking even further than that," added Edmondson.
Reflecting on the crash she added, "It isn't nice to see someone go down like that. All our thoughts are with her. It shakes you up a bit but we went back to the group and got our thoughts together and got back on with the job."
Amber Halliday - Update
An update from her Virgin Blue team manager Emma Rickards, stated, "They have sedated Amber while they are completing tests. She hasn't broken anything but she was 'out cold' for a while and they want to make sure there is no other damage. Her boyfriend and parents are with her at the Royal Adelaide Hospital."
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