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McCurley takes top road result in very big company in Australia

Posted on: January 2nd, 2019

The first Irish podium result of 2019 in an international event; Shannon McCurley was in road action and showing some great form in Australia. She rounded out the podium in the opening race of the Bay Classic in Victoria.

 

Shannon McCurley has taken 3rd place in her first outing of 2019; the track sprinter mixing it with some very big names in Australia on New Year’s Day.

The opening round of three in the Bay Cycling Classic took place in Geelong. It was won by Amanda Spratt; the Mitchelton-Scott rider competing in the Lexus of Blackburn series team on Tuesday.

The top road pro broke clear with Peta Mullens (Roxsolt Attaquer), who has won national titles in the road, MTB and cyclocross disciplines.

However, while they combined well at the front of the race, Spratt soon hit the afterburners and rode away to take a solo victory.

Spratt won the silver medal in the elite women’s road race at the Worlds in Bergen last September.

She also claimed a stage in the women’s Giro, took a second successive overall win in the Santos Tour Down Under and two podiums in the Ardennes classics.

Spratt’s breakaway companion yesterday, Mullens, was caught by the chasing bunch on the tight 1.9km criterium circuit.

 

 

And 36 seconds after the winner crossed the line, Australian criterium champion Rebecca Wiasak (Act) took the sprint for 2nd place.

Irish track specialist, and Rio 2016 Olympian, McCurley (Victoria) was just behind her in 3rd place.

The sprint for the runner-up spot was contested by a group of four. It was just four seconds clear of what remained of the main field.

 

Strong result for Shannon McCurley

Valentina Scandolara (Roxsolt Attaquer) was edged out by Shannon McCurley to finish 4th.

She won the opening round of the Bay Cycling Classic last year. Furthermore, she is a former junior and U23 European track champion.

Scandolara also won the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under overall title, among a series of top road victories in recent years.

It was a very strong result by McCurley, who also showed her road credentials late last year with two wins in the Australian National Road Series.

She was Ireland’s sole qualifier on the track for the Olympic Games in Rio, where she rode the keirin.

Since then she has switched events and has been riding the omnium and madison for Ireland of late.

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