Blake Quick wins men’s criterium at Santos Festival of Cycling
Blake Quick (InForm TMX Make) won the men’s criterium at the Santos Festival of Cycling after a perfect lead out from his teammates.
The Under 23 national road race champion and Bay Crits winner made sure he was on his teammate’s wheel into the final corner. He then let his rivals jump first before opening his own sprint.
Jensen Plowright, riding for Team Westpac but wearing his Equipe Groupama FDJ colours was second, with Cameron Scott (ARA Pro racing Sunshine Coast) taking third.
Wednesdays criterium, which took place straight after the women’s race, signals the start of the men’s racing.
The National Road Series event replaces the cancelled Tour Down Under. It will begin the first of three road stages in Stirling, with Luke Durbridge (BikeExchange-Jayco) lining up to try and defend his title against the likes of fellow WorldTour riders Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis as well as a strong contingent of domestic teams.
Before the battle for overall honours begins in the countryside surrounding Adelaide the riders took to a 1.35km circuit in the heart of the city, racing for 45 minutes and 1 lap.
More to come.
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