Chloe Hosking wins Cycling Australia Road National Championships elite women's criterium

PARTY TIME: Chloe Hosking pops open a bottle on the podium after being crowned national elite women's criterium champion. Picture: Adam Trafford.
PARTY TIME: Chloe Hosking pops open a bottle on the podium after being crowned national elite women's criterium champion. Picture: Adam Trafford.

Chloe Hosking can't wait to show off her new Cycling Australia Road National Championships winner's jersey in the US after scoring a nail-biting victory in Friday's elite women's criterium.

In a race which was trimmed to 30 laps following the shocking weather that lashed Sturt Street, the 29-year-old prevailed in a large bunch sprint to the finish.

Hosking, who has recently been signed by American team Rally UHC Cycling, raised her arms after the line in anticipation of the result going her way - and she was right. Judges found a narrow margin in Hosking's favour over Ruby Roseman Gannon and Gracie Elvin.

"I'm ecstatic. I really, really wanted to take the green and gold jersey to America this year," she said.

FOCUS: Chloe Hosking is pictured in action during the elite women's criterium on Sturt Street. She won the race in a photo finish. Picture: Adam Trafford.

FOCUS: Chloe Hosking is pictured in action during the elite women's criterium on Sturt Street. She won the race in a photo finish. Picture: Adam Trafford.

"I haven't raced the criterium nationals in I don't know how long, so I thought why not?... I'm also really happy and proud of how I raced today so overall I couldn't be happier."

Hosking took the final turn into the home straight poorly and momentarily lost the lead before knuckling down and driving to a narrow victory on the line.

Chasing three-straight wins, it was not to be for Rebecca Wiasak, who placed sixth overall.

Roseman Gannon was crowned national under-23 champion after placing first of the younger riders in the combined event.

Earlier on Friday, world team pursuit champion Kelland O'Brien claimed a deserved win in the men's under-23 criterium.

The success bettered his second placing in the race last year and a silver medal from the time trial on Wednesday.

It is believed a wind change caught hold of a barrier and flung it in front of one of the female riders during the junior women's criterium.

The race was neutralised and restarted with seven laps to go. And then it was Dubbo's Haylee Fuller which went on to beat Francesca Sewell and Tahlia Dole.

LEADING BUNCH: Ballarat's Liam White (green) was at the front for much of the elite men's race, but eventually finished 19th. Picture: Adam Trafford.

LEADING BUNCH: Ballarat's Liam White (green) was at the front for much of the elite men's race, but eventually finished 19th. Picture: Adam Trafford.

Darling Downs' Declan Trezise took out the junior men's criterium.

I'VE DONE IT: Kelland O'Brien reacts after crossing the line in first place to take out the under-23 men's event. Picture: Adam Trafford.

I'VE DONE IT: Kelland O'Brien reacts after crossing the line in first place to take out the under-23 men's event. Picture: Adam Trafford.

RESULTS

ELITE WOMEN

1. 10 Chloe HOSKING 54:25

2. 61 Ruby ROSEMAN GANNON +0

3. 6 Gracie ELVIN +0

4. 24 Matilda RAYNOLDS +0

5. 73 Elizabeth NUSPAN +0

6. 53 Rebecca WIASAK +0

7. 14 Peta MULLENS +0

8. 34 Alexandra MARTIN-WALLACE +0

9. 42 Charlotte CULVER +0

10. 82 Teneal ATTARD +0

ELITE MEN

1. 115 Sam WELSFORD 1h04:13

2. 12 Kaden GROVES +0

3. 32 Nicholas WHITE +0

4. 2 Michael RICE +0

5. 31 Tristan WARD +0

6. 72 Brenton JONES +0

7. 71 Mathew ROSS +5

8. 76 Brendan JOHNSTON +5

9. 93 Marc WILLIAMS +7

10. 116 Daniel BRAUNSTEINS +7

UNDER-23 WOMEN

1. Ruby ROSEMAN-GANNON, 2. Elizabeth NUSPAN, 3. Alexandra MARTIN-WALLACE

UNDER-23 MEN

1. Kelland O'BRIEN, 2. Conor LEAHY, 3. Matthew RICE

JUNIOR WOMEN

1. Haylee FULLER, 2. Francesca SEWELL, 3. Tahlia DOLE

JUNIOR MEN

1. Declan TREZISE, 2. Blake AGNOLETTO, 3. Luke DEASEY

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