Roy rides to silver in repeat performance at Australian Criterium Championships

Fri 4 Jan 2019

Former champion Sarah Roy has sprinted to the silver medal at the Australian Criterium Championships, after an aggressive performance by her Mitchelton-SCOTT teammates in Ballarat this evening.

Mirroring the results of 2018, Roy claimed the silver medal behind Rebecca Wiasak who successfully defended her title.

Riding with the heart of 10:
Mitchelton-SCOTT started with just three representatives, less than in previous editions, but the trio weren’t afraid to throw it to the peloton to shake up the action. 

It was Jessica Allen who covered the early moves, before Roy also tried to work with a group off the front. 

In the middle of the 40-lap race Amanda Spratt put in a hard effort on the uphill dag on the front straight and briefly formed a group of three off the front before the bunch responded once again. 

The racing only intensified in the final half of proceedings. It was Allen who found herself in a dangerous six-rider move with 18laps remaining, before Roy bridged across with two others for company shortly after.

Deemed too dangerous they were again chased down. Call again a move from Spratt, which was covered, before Roy was allow two laps in the lead solo with around 15 laps to go.

Allen once found herself at the front, with Peta Mullens for company shortly after, but whilst the effort of all three riders depleted the field, what was left of the bunch managed to bring it back to a sprint in the final lap. 

Fronting the head wind:
Despite a head wind to finish, Wiasak negotiated the final corner from the front and the move proved to be decisive, with no one able to make up the distance from behind to come past her.

Roy corner behind teammate Allen and sped through to be Wiasak’s closest competitors in second place, with Ruby Roseman-Gannon in third. 

Sarah Roy – Silver Medal:
“It’s a bit of a balanced feeling between disappointment and thinking ‘ah bugger second again’, but I’m definitely happy with where my form is. That was my first race since the world championships at the end of the season. I hadn’t done any club crits or anything, so I had no idea where I was going to be today, but I’m happy with the form.

“We were hoping for a hard race today and we tried to get a break going, but it’s a hard course for that. We wanted to make it nice and hard out there and have a good hit out. I know in myself that my strengths are sprinting after a hard race so that suited me.

“It was a good move from Bec, dive-bombing that last corner. We didn’t really expect that so congratulations to her.”

1. Rebecca Wiasak 1:11:50
2. Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:01
3. Ruby Roseman-Gannon +0:01

Photo courtesy of Kristof Ramon.