Sarah Gigante: ‘I went to sleep in my national championship jersey’ | Kieran Pender

09 January 2019 11:53
The 18-year-old says she is in dreamland after upstaging Australian cycling’s big namesThe roads of Mount Buninyong, home to Australia’s annual cycling national championships, have witnessed heroics before. Some of the country’s best cyclists past and present – Amanda Spratt, Simon Gerrans, Robbie McEwen – have been crowned champion after triumphing on these treacherous Ballarat hills.But Buninyong has never before seen someone quite like Sarah Gigante. Just 18, the Victorian had already impressed by winning the road race, time trial and criterium trifecta at last year’s Under-19 national championships. Those feats, though, pale in comparison to her achievement of last Sunday. Riding against Australia’s best female riders, including world No 2 Spratt, Gigante attacked on the penultimate lap. Barely days into her first season out of the junior ranks, the recent high school graduate held off a determined chase to win both the elite and Under-23 categories – an Australian first. Related: Sarah Gigante stuns field with win at Australian national road championships Related: 'I'm over it': Cyclist, 90, hits back after record stripped for failed drugs test Continue reading. . read full article

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