Kennedy wins silver medal in debut for Mitchelton-SCOTT at Australian Time Trial ChampionshipsFri 5 Jan 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT women have picked up their second silver medal in as many events after new recruit Lucy Kennedy put in an impressive ride in the Australian Time Trial Championship, in her first appearance for the team, at Buninyong today.
Young teammate Alex Manly also put in a strong ride to finish sixth overall and successful defend her under-23 green and gold jersey.
Silver step up with big year ahead
New recruit Kennedy impressed in her first ride for Mitchelton-SCOTT, her silver medal a step up from 5th and 7th in the previous two years and beating the likes of three-time champion Shara Gillow who finished seven seconds behind in third position. It marks the start of a big year ahead for Kennedy, who will join the Australian outfit in Europe.
Garfoot too good
All too familiar with the talent of former teammate and two-time world championship medalist Katrin Garfoot, Mitchelton-SCOTT knew it would be difficult to knock her off the top step. The Queenslander, who has elected not to compete in Europe in 2018, once the event convincingly by almost two and a half minutes.
Green and gold repeat for Manly
A step up from 10th to 6th in the elite field and a repeat victory in the under-23 category wrapped up a successful day for Manly in the 29.5km race against the clock. Manly finished one-minute 40seconds ahead of her closest competitor, Maeve Plouffe (SAS), in the under-23 competition.
A tough course, like always
It’s a rare opportunity to race a one-day time trial and the Australian Championships make sure the strongest wins with an undulating course, subject to wind, that leaves nowhere to hide.
It wind behaved itself and didn’t cause too much havoc as it was left to the hills and the heat to make conditions difficult for riders.
Lucy Kennedy – Silver medal
“I loved pulling on the colours for the first time. There’s something particularly special about a skinsuit that gets the adrenaline pumping so I really wanted to have a solid first race.
“I’m really pleased with silver. After being close to the podium last year my goal was to finish on it and second was a bit of a surprise. Kat is in her own league at the moment but it’s great to be able to gauge my progress against one of the best in the world and I closed the gap a fair bit from last year.
“It is a tough course, but I like it that way. The hills are my strength so as much as they hurt, I know it’s where I can make up time. The conditions were good – often there’s a strong headwind in one direction but today it was a lighter crosswind. It was pretty warm but not too bad coming for Queensland.”
Alex Manly – 6th and under-23 winner
"I have been focusing more on the track in training but the under 23 championships was still a goal of mine. It's always nice to get an Aussie jersey, but it was made even more special because I had my parents and grandparents there watching.
"I found the course a little easier to pace than last year as it was constant crosswinds the whole time rather than trying to balance a tail and head wind at different times. I had James Victor in my ear giving me tips and support and that was really beneficial to my ride."
1. Katrin Garfoot (Queensland) 41:45.41
2. Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +2:28.81
3. Shara Gillow (FDJ) +2:35.69