Welsford wins yellow in Williamstown, while Hosking hammers home in a thrilling finale to the 2020 Lexus Of Blackburn Bay Crits.
Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist CHLOE HOSKING has secured her second overall Lexus of Blackburn Bay Crits title with a powerful display on the streets of Williamstown, while World Champion Team Pursuit member SAM WELSFORD has claimed the men's event.
An early shower of much needed rain in the port suburb delayed the start of the third stage, but once the track dried the racing was on in earnest, with the top three in both the men's and women's races separated by just a few points.
Due to the rain today, all races at the Lexus Of Blackburn Bay Crits stage in Williamstown will be delayed by at least 1 hour. This includes support events and means there will be no action on the track until at least midday.
New start times:
Crash brings down 2018 National Champion on day two of the Lexus Of Blackburn Bay Crits, while Hosking and White win and grab yellow
A crash on the final lap of the women's Lexus of Blackburn Bay Crits has likely ended 2018 National Road Race Champion SHANNON MALSEED's summer campaign, after she was transported to hospital via ambulance. The Lexus team rider was involved in a crash with Brit MOLLY PATCH (Appselec) and EMMA CHILTON (Roxsolt Attaquer). Both of those riders were treated on site, and will be further assessed.
Malseed was conscious on the back straight, but in clear distress with medical diagnosis still underway at hospital to establish the full extent of her injuries - early reports indicator a suspected shoulder injury.
Stars show their class as Welsford wins and Spratt successful at the opening day of the Lexus Of Blackburn Bay Crits
The 2020 Lexus of Blackburn Bay Crits began under a hazy sky with smoke from the Victorian bush fires descending upon the Geelong foreshore earlier today.
But conditions cleared just in time for the elite women’s and men’s races on the tight Ritchie Boulevard circuit, with thousands of holiday makers enjoying a picturesque evening at the event.
THE BAY CRITS ARE BACK
The Lexus of Blackburn Bay Crits has been the event that kicks off the cycling year for more than 28 years, and is back in January 2020.