Michael Freiberg and teenage sensation Sarah Gigante have upstaged the powerful Mitchelton-Scott team for outstanding wins at the Australian National Road Championships.
Freiberg was dropped on the last climb in the 185km men’s elite road race and it looked like Chris Harper and Cameron Meyer would decide the gold medal. But Harper and Meyer played cat and mouse too early and Freiberg blasted past them well before the finish for an outstanding win.
The 2011 omnium world champion and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist on the track was first across the line. Harper followed last year’s bronze medal with silver and Meyer took the bronze.
“I got a little sniff on the home straight in that head wind and I thought ‘what?’,” Freiberg said. “I thought ‘they’re not going to let me come past them’, but I managed to hit them with speed and I think Cam hesitated a little bit. I got a gap and that was that.”
Australian National Road Championships 2019 – men’s road race:
|1||Michael Freiberg (Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)|
|2||Chris Harper (Team BridgeLane)|
|3||Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|4||Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|5||Dylan Sunderland (Team BridgeLane)|
|6||Scott Bowden (Team BridgeLane)|
|7||Mark O’Brien (Australia)|
|8||Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|9||Nicholas Schultz (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|10||Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb)|