Copyright: Con Chronis and Ernesto Arriagada / Cycling Australia
Saturday was Sarah’s day at the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships in Buninyong with Sarah Gigante (VIC/Holden Team Gusto) taking an epic clean sweep of the under 19 women’s events as she added gold in the road race to her time trial and criterium success. The under 19 men’s crown went to Tyler Lindorff (WA).
In the under 23 men’s race Cyrus Monk (VIC/Drapac EF Holistic Development Team) unleashed a stunning solo attack to ride to glory and the green and gold jersey.
Under 23 Men
A stunning solo attack from Cyrus Monk (VIC/Drapac EF Holistic Development Team) saw the university student join an illustrious honour roll alongside the likes of Simon Gerrans, Rohan Dennis and Caleb Ewan, in pulling on the green and gold jersey as under 23 road race.
“I have been trying to picture this every training ride for the past four months, so it is pretty hard to believe it has actually happened,” exclaimed Monk following his triumph.
“I am sure it will sink in throughout the rest of the day.”
Monk’s win had echoes of the victories of Sam Jenner and Miles Scotson in past years, with the rider taking advantage of an unwillingness to chase following the long climb each lap to sneak away.
“It did not feel good out there when I first went – I was thinking it was quite stupid,” added Monk.
“I had just ridden up to Liam Magennis who was in that final selection with me and said, ‘I reckon we’re both looking okay for a sprint out of this group.’ Then I looked around 10 metres later and I had a little gap – that ended up being it. It was not planned whatsoever, but sometimes they are the ones that come off.”
Under 19 Women
Victoria’s Sarah Gigante (VIC/Holden Team Gusto) has been dubbed the Queen of Buninyong, taking a clean sweep of all three under 19 national titles – criterium, time trial and road race.
After winning the criterium solo and taking out the time trial by 13 seconds, Gigante once again showed her power as she rode to a solo victory in the 58 kilometre road race around Mt Buninyong.
“I didn’t even think I’d win one, you always hope to win one, but definitely not this,” said an elated Gigante.
“I didn’t want to leave it to a sprint as I thought it was too risky as I didn’t know how my sprint legs where. But I tried to get away and then just time trialled home.”
Under 19 Men
Time trial silver medallist Tyler Lindorff (WA/WAIS) took line honours in the road race, as well as both the Federation University King of the Mountain and the Altus sprint jersey after being a part of a strong three-man break.
“It’s a dream come true today. I’ve been training for this one solely for the last couple of months,” said Lindorff.
“I just thought I would give it a go, I knew with the course going downhill and through Federation University it was quite quick so it was just a matter of trying to get ahead. I felt like I was the strongest on the last lap so I thought I would give it a nudge and I got away.”