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Oceania Champion Lucas Hamilton (VIC) secured the first podium finish in 2017 for the Australian Under 23 National Team as he sprinted to second at Trofeo Edil C in Italy, Saturday April 8th.

21-year-old Hamilton was part of a two-rider move with Marco Negrente (Colpack) that formed in the final two kilometres as the Victorian bridged across to the lone survivor from the break. The Italian out sprinted Hamilton to the line, who took his third podium finish of 2017.

“The final circuits really suited the team so we planned to make the race really hard and the team rode it really strong, it was impressive and exciting for the upcoming racing, seeing them ride that strong,” Hamilton said.

“I struggled tactically in the sprint but Marco rode really well to take the win. Second race in Europe for the year and with some racing coming up that really suits the team we are looking forward to getting stuck into it.

“The new guys have fitted in really well and we are working really well together.”

A group of nine riders formed on the opening 12.6 kilometre laps through Carrega Woods, reaching a maximum advantage of three and a half minutes. With strength in the peloton the Australian Under 23 National Team broke the peloton apart on the 15.2 kilometre finishing circuits that included the Segalara climb.

The final time up the climb, Hamilton attacked from a select group absorbing all but Negrente from the early break. On the flat run in to the finish Hamilton was able to join Negrente as the duo held off the chase to contest the win. Robert Stannard made it two in the top 10 as he crossed the line in seventh, part of a chase group half a minute back.