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Garfoot beats Spratt for cycling title

AAP logoAAP 7/01/2017 Roger Vaughan

Katrin Garfoot has spearheaded an Orica-Scott clean sweep at the Australian road cycling championships, beating teammate Amanda Spratt to win the women's road race.

The German-born rider outlasted Spratt, the defending champion, in a two-rider sprint at the finish.

The Orica-Scott quinella capped the team's domination of the 102km race in hot conditions at Buninyong, near Ballarat.

Garfoot and Spratt finished a minute and 27 seconds ahead of Queenslander Lucy Kennedy, who had an excellent ride for third place.

It is Garfoot's third Australian championship, only six years since taking up cycling and nine years after moving to Australia.

The Rio Olympian capped the first clean sweep by a team of the senior men's or women's events at the road nationals since 2012.

The Orica-Scott women, then GreenEDGE-AIS, won their three races five years ago on debut.

On Wednesday, Jessica Allen opened the account for the Orica-Scott juggernaut when she won the criterium.

Sunday's win came three days after Garfoot also successfully defended her time-trial championship.

That gave the German-born rider another rare double - in the past decade, only Luke Durbridge (2013) and Carla Ryan (2009) have won the time trial and road race in the same year at the nationals.

Winning the road race was a big goal for Garfoot, better known for her time trialling prowess.

Once she and Spratt broke clear inside the last 30km, they were the only potential champions.

"There was a lot of time trialling today - team time trialling - it was still what I'm used to," Garfoot said.

"It feels great. I've wanted to be here for a few years now and I've finally made it.

"And the double as well, (that) was also a dream."

Garfoot's win on Sunday also emphasised the point made after her time-trial win, that she deserved more government funding.

"I said my bit - I will let it rest for now and move on, just let my legs do the talking again," she said.

Asked if she had proved a point this week, Garfoot replied: "let the others decide that."

Of the six women's senior and under-23 titles at the nationals this year, Orica-Scott have won five of them - Alex Manly also taking out the under-23 category in the road race and time trial.

Spratt, the women's team captain at Orica-Scott, was rapt for Garfoot and said she was the strongest rider in the field.

Kennedy was also proud of her bronze medal, given she initially broke clear with Garfoot and Spratt and then held on by herself for third.

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