Garfoot claims third straight time trial title

05 January 2018 03:30
For the third year in succession, Katrin Garfoot is the Australian women's national time trial champion. The 36-year-old overtook five riders, covering the 29.5km course in 41:45 minutes. Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott) was disposed from the hot-seat by Garfoot and claimed silver, 2:29 minutes in arrears. Former champion Shara Gillow (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) was third at 2:35 minutes to Garfoot. "Elated, a bit tired, rough voice, but happy," Garfoot said. "The start was strong because the wheels felt amazing, the bike felt very fast, and all the way out I had tailwind."ADVERTISEMENT A rider on the Orica squad since 2014, Garfoot has taken the decision to step back from European racing, with a home Commonwealth Games her focus in 2018. With the time trial an important race in securing qualification, Garfoot explained she will celebrate the win but won't be getting carried away with the achievement. "I'm not really that surprised, just more relieved, I would say. There is always pressure - can I pull it off again? It is very pleasing and it means a lot to get the gold medal," said Garfoot, who was third in the World Championships time trial and second in the road race last September. "I learnt how to celebrate wins so I will celebrate this one. It still means a lot but I guess you can't beat the first time. And then the double last year. You probably can't beat that unless I do a double again which is probably not so likely. But you never know." How it unfolded You can read more at . read full article

Source: Cycling News