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Old 12-21-12, 02:09
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Don't know any other teams yet but the Australian National team is finalized for the Herald Sun Tour (Jan 3-6). O'Grady and Jay McCarthy join Goss, Gerrans, Clarke and Haas for the race. Tough team for the local teams to come up against. Not sure if any other WT riders will be competing, as they would have to ride for a local team.

Interesting to see Goss riding, he may be rethinking his tactics of last year to start his real racing a bit later in the season. He came into the Bay Crits in a building phase of his fitness but in doing the Sun Tour, he may be ramping it up a bit earlier this year. Will be interesting to watch how he goes.

Sutton is obviously riding in good form after his win in NSW, will be interesting to see how he goes in the Nationals this year against a stronger OGE contingent than last year when the Nationals was their first 'real' race together.
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Old 12-23-12, 02:28
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So who do you think are favourites for the Aussie nat road race I thing Gerrans, Sutton and Porte are the top contenders this year. Who else should we consider?
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Old 12-23-12, 02:59
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Bit hard without a startlist, if everyone showed up there would be stronger teams than 2012. If Sutherland/Rogers/McCarthy/Cantwell all race Saxo could cause a few problems.

Think it's rather hard to beat GreenEdge though as they have all the tougher sprinters - Goss/Matthews/Gerrans/Clarke. Porte soloing the last lap is probably the best chance of winning.
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Old 12-23-12, 03:01
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If only Cadel raced....Saxo could be a threat to GreenEdge is Rogers and others turned up with decent form.
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Old 12-23-12, 06:01
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Default St Kilda criterium 23rd

Stinking hot day, 39 degrees C (that's about 102 Farenheit) but it was just bearable. The course is short, pancake flat and quite sheltered from the wind.

Start list included Gerrans, Mitch Docker, Baden Cooke, Glenn O'Shea (world omnium champion), Greg Henderson, Matty Lloyd, a strong Drapac team working for Tom Palmer, as well as several other decent local teams.

After a series of initial attempts at a breakaway were brought back Greg Henderson broke away with local rider Pat Lane; Henderson racked up a collection of $500 sprint primes and the two of them got within 12 seconds of lapping the field.

Drapac brought their riders to the front to drag the break back as Henderson and particularly Lane started to weaken. After Lane popped, it was brought back together with 6 laps to go.

A late attack featuring Gerrans, O'Shea and Gerrans' teammate-for-the-day Calvin Watson was brought back and Drapac were rewarded for their hard work by getting their sprinter Tom Palmer up for the win. Docker got second, and Shannon Johnson, a fairly recent convert to cycling from motorcycle racing who was riding with one of the smaller teams, was third.

The women's race saw a flurry of one and two-up attacks but they ultimately went nowhere, and local sprint gun Nicole Whitburn took that race.
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Old 12-23-12, 09:16
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rgmerk, thanks for the update on todays criterium. Probably hard for those in the Northern Hemisphere to imagine our weather but it was stinking hot today, so well done to all who raced. Was it Palmer who beat Mathews last week in NSW?

More important for me today was the comeback of Greenedge, who is the recently acquired horse, owned by Gerry Ryan and a syndicate made up of the Greenedge boys. It raced at Ballarat today after being out for a spell since our winter. Very nice Xmas money received when it paid $11.90 the win. Thanks Gerry.
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Old 12-23-12, 09:24
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So who do you think are favourites for the Aussie nat road race I thing Gerrans, Sutton and Porte are the top contenders this year. Who else should we consider?
It is hard as Ferminal says without the start list but I like the fact that Goss is doing the Herald Sun Tour and will be more advanced than last year. We really didn't see Clarke either in the early parts of 2012 and he is also doing the Sun Tour. With a great Vuelta behind him, he will be tough to beat.

Of the others, not sure where Cam Meyer is at with his fitness. Also little Matty Lloyd took it right up to Gerro last year, as did Porte. Nathan Hass should also be in great form with the Sun Tour under his belt and seems to be improving all the time. My very early pick without knowing the field is for Clarke (if allowed by GE to race Gerro) to take out the trophy.
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Old 12-23-12, 21:36
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rgmerk, thanks for the update on todays criterium. Probably hard for those in the Northern Hemisphere to imagine our weather but it was stinking hot today, so well done to all who raced. Was it Palmer who beat Mathews last week in NSW?
Yes it was Palmer.

His teammates busted a gut to bring Henderson and Lane back; would have been very good practice for the national crit championship coming up in a few weeks.
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Docker got second, and Shannon Johnson, a fairly recent convert to cycling from motorcycle racing who was riding with one of the smaller teams, was third.
Johnson also won the A-grade support race and set the fastest laps of the day in both races. He's targetting the Nat RR and he'd be my non-GE pick. We'll get more of a form line from Bay Crits & JHST in the new year.
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Johnson also won the A-grade support race and set the fastest laps of the day in both races. He's targetting the Nat RR and he'd be my non-GE pick. We'll get more of a form line from Bay Crits & JHST in the new year.
Yep was a great ride.

Can't see him threatening in the Nats RR though, given that no out-and-out sprinter has won that title in many years and the course is still essentially the same leg-burner it's always been.

Reckon he'd have to be a shot at the crit championship on that form though.
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