Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Nettie Edmondson has won the Towards Zero Race Melbourne, the 63.6km criterium around the Victorian capital’s Albert Park. The 26-year-old Adelaidean took her second victory of 2018 in a photo finish ahead of Italian former teammate Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling), with American Kendall Ryan (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) in third.
“The team did their thing at the front, looking after things, covering every move and making sure it stayed together.
“We decided to give Rachele [Barbieri] the opportunity to go for the primes, and she came third in the first one and then first in the second one, so that was good. She finished second overall, unfortunately, but it was nice for her to have a crack at sprinting.”
Although several teams tried to send riders up the road in breakaways, hard work from Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling and the other sprinters’ teams held the peloton together for the duration of the twelve lap race. Heading into the finale the race was certain to finish in a sprint, with Edmondson escorted into a perfect position by her teammates to go for the victory.
“We just chilled and took it easy, and we moved up when we wanted to with about one and a half km to go. We went straight up the outside with Audrey [Cordon-Ragot], Rachie, Amy [Cure] and I – Eri [Yonamine] was used earlier in covering attacks, so we were down to four, which was fine.
“They put me up the front of the group with about one to go, and then on the final corner with about 500 to go they placed me into a great position and so I had the inside run u along the fence.
“So I had to go a lot earlier than I’d planned, because of the tailwind, but I had it in a big gear. It was a mostly seated sprint; I could see Gio coming up before me, so I had to throw for the line to finish it off, and it ended up in a photo finish.
“It was really tight, but I’m really happy to get the win, and very thankful for the team for backing me in and giving me the opportunity. I’m really proud of their team ride.”
2. Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling)
3. Kendall Ryan (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank)
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