Alex Edmondson wins Australian Road Race championship
Jan 07 2018 01:44 pm CET

Alex Edmondson wins Australian Road Race championship
Alex Edmondson wins Australian Road Race championship

Mitchelton-Scott's Alex Edmondson has won the Australian Road Race Championship. The rider beat Jay McCarthy (Bora-hansgrohe) and Chris Harper (Bennelong).

Edmondson, who was in the race in a supporting role, joined a late attack of Harper with two laps to go on the circuit and the pair managed to stay in front until the end, being closely followed by a reduced peloton led by Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team).

"I’m absolutely speechless," said the rider at the end of the race. "This means a hell of a lot to me, I just want to thank the team for all their work, my family and my coach. It’s a magical day that I’m not going to forget for a long time.

"I came here just to do what I could for the guys and to come away with the green and gold is a dream come true. I think every cyclist grows up wanting to wear the green and gold and this isn’t going to sink in for a while."

The rider felt good throughout the race and the team supported his decisions. "You’re trying to make sure you’re doing the right thing for the team, everyone wants to win but you really just want your teammates to win. Today everything just seemed to go my way.

"I knew I felt good in the middle of the race, I asked Mat Hayman what I could do, and he just said follow what you can and when Chris Harper went I knew he was in good shape and I knew I needed to get on his wheel."

Edmondson succeeds last year's winner Miles Scotson as Australia's national champion.


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