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Miles Scotson solos to victory at the Australian Road National Championships

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Miles Scotson (BMC) attacked from the back of a 12 rider-strong lead bunch, time-trialling solo for 1.8 kilometres to claim the 2017 Australian men’s elite national road race title.

Scotson put in a devastating attack with 1.5km to go, leaving behind an elite group of 13 riders and powering to the line in Buninyong. Two-time former winner and pre-race favourite Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) won the bunch kick for second while Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) dashed to third.

“I went all in for the one move. That’s how I race,” Scotson said. “I was feeling really good on the climb. I stayed patient. No way did I think I’d get around 18 laps today with the training load I’d done. There was no pressure. I wanted to have a crack and enjoy it. I asked the mechanic to put on a 54 chain ring and stuck with that tactic!”

“I’m just going to be racing in a national championship jersey in Europe this year — it’s going to be a big jump,” Scotson said. “There was maybe a bit of pressure — I’m not sure how this season is going to go whether or not I can handle it in Europe — but now I’m going to stand out so it’s time to lift my game.”

Results:

1 Miles Scotson (BMC)

4:37:55

2 Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott)

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3 Nathan Haas (Dimension Data)

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4 Cameron Bayly (Isowhey Sports Swisswellness)

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5 Nathan Earle (UKYO)

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6 Travis Meyer

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7 Brendan Canty (Cannondale-Drapac)

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8 Robbie Hucker (Isowhey Sports Swisswellness)

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9 Lachlan Norris (UnitedHealthcare)

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10 Mark O’Brien (Drapac-Pat’s Veg)

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