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The 2017 Subaru National Road Series continued this weekend with the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley, a three-day four-stage tour for both men and women in one of Australia’s most picturesque cycling locations.

Joe Cooper (IsowheySwissWellness) & Macey Stewart (TIS Women’s Racing) claimed victory the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley, part of the 2017 Subaru National Road Series (NRS), this weekend.

Cooper retained his lead in the Subaru NRS rankings, while Shannon Malseed (Holden Women’s Racing) also retained her lead despite missing the Tour due to Australian Development Women’s Team commitments in Europe. 

Friday’s dual stage day opens with a nine-kilometre individual time trial at Dal Zotto wines in Whitfield with Specialized Women’s Racing’s Kate Perry and IsowheySwissWellness’ Joe Cooper taking the wins. 

In the afternoon’s criterium in Wangaratta, Michael Freiberg (IsowheySwissWellness) and Georgia Whitehouse (NSWIS) sprinted to victory. 

On Saturday, the iconic Strade Nero course in Oxley tested the peloton with five dirt sections across the 118km trek.

In the men’s race, Alex Smyth (NSWIS) pulled off a blistering sprint to capitalise on the strong leadout work on the NSWIS train to take the win, while Macey Stewart took the win in the women’s race. 

On Sunday, the Tour wrapped up with a 100km road race through the Wangaratta area, with Erin Kinnealy (Holden) edging Macey Stewart on the line for the win and Freiberg grabbed his second stage win of the Tour.

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