The First Road Champions Of 2019 | The Cycling Race News Show

The First Road Champions Of 2019 | The Cycling Race News Show


Welcome to the GCN Racing News Show – the 2019 road season has already started with the Australian and New Zealand National Championships taking place at the weekend, as well as the Bay Crits before that, whilst the cyclocross season is still in full swing with the DVV Trophy in Brussels.

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National Championships.

First up, though, let’s take a look at the newly crowned national road race champions for 2019. In Australia, a new star was born in the women’s event. Now you may well recognise the name Sarah Gigante from this time last year, on the first ever GCN Racing News Show. We gave her our first ever rider of the week award after she’d won the junior women’s criterium, time trial AND road race in Australia. 12 months later, she is the new U23 AND Elite women’s champion, having got the better of a whole load of world tour starts, including the entire Australian contingent of Mitchelton Scott, who had to make do with silver and bronze for Amanda Spratt and Sarah Roy respectively.

The World Tour pre-race favourites also missed out In the men’s event a few hours later. Mitchelton Scott always has the pressure on their shoulders to perform there, and things looked to be under control for them, as Cameron Meyer and Luke Durbridge bridged up to the early four-man breakaway which also contained defending champion Alex Edmondson. On the last lap, Meyer got away with Chris Harper, and it looked to be between them for the green and gold national championships stripes. However, their game of cat and mouse in the final kilometres allowed another rider from the early break, Michael Freiberg, to not only catch them in the last kilometre but also immediately attack them for the win.

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36 Comments on "The First Road Champions Of 2019 | The Cycling Race News Show"


  1. Is Sarah Gigante the most exciting prospect in women's cycling? Let us know your thoughts.👇

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  2. You missed explaining why Caleb Ewan won stage 2 and 3, yet didn't win the event. An embarrassing mechanical by the team… Oops

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  3. I don’t think that these world tour level pros should be allowed to compete in open races such as the DK or LT100/SR50, unless they start them off before the rest of the field then award them separately. Even if some amateurs and elite riders manage to keep the pace, the outcome is still affected by their participation. Those folks set an entirely different pace than the rest of us.

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  4. Great way to start off the new year, with a win! Congrats to all and thanks for a great vid GCN, go Lloydy!

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  5. It makes me so proud to be a part of the cycling community when I hear about the awesome women's races. I love how accepting and inclusive the hobby is

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  6. No one else hear Dan create his own pronunciation of “academia”?!😂 it’s ‘academe ee-yuh’ not ‘acadaemia’

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  7. Nice video as always guys! You forgot to mention both Froome's and Thomas' absence from this year's Giro or was it intentional?

    P.S: good luck Loydy with your training!!

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  8. I hope you guys can cover the south African RR and TT champs. I think they are like a month away or something now.

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  9. Nice try on the pronounciation of NZ's Patrick Bevan's centre name, but it's Waikato, not Waikota… close though!

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  10. Dan – looking good / rocking the side-part! Nice. Sooooo much easier, isn't it? Oh yeah, nice job with the report, too. Best!

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  11. Another great video. If anyone is interested in cycling workout breakdowns, Zwift races and Strava KOM hunting videos, please check out and subscribe to my channel. Would love the support. I have more Strava KOM videos and Workout of the Week videos dropping soon.

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  12. AIRHub is brilliant! I was just telling a friend the other day that I wished electric bikes had an option to slow you down so that you could workout on cycling paths at safer speeds (and charge the battery). Hope the price comes down as it becomes more popular.

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  13. We need a GWCN. Global Women's Cycling Network. I'm not really interested in the women's results, kind of like how people watch the NBA and not the WNBA. I think that giving women their own channel makes sense because of how big that part of cycling has gotten.

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