Hometown hero Rebecca Wiasak (High5 Dream Team) has won both stages on the final day of the National Capital Tour, while Ruth Corset extended her Subaru National Road Series lead by winning the yellow jersey.
Wiasak demonstrated her track world champion abilities by attacking just before the final stretch in both the 75.9 kilometre road race and the 30-lap criterium, raising her hands aloft as she crossed the finish line in each. Fellow local Lucy Bechtel (Bicycle Superstore) and Wiasak’s track national team colleague Ashlee Ankudinoff (Subaru NSWIS NKC Team) rounded out the Service One Alliance Bank Road Race podium, while Kendelle Hodges (High5 Dream Team) and Corset took the stage four minor placings.
Sunday’s action was an almost exact repeat of the 2013 edition of the Tour, in which Corset took the general classifications win and Wiasak did the stage double. This year’s success was a particularly sweet temporary farewell to Canberra for Wiasak, who has just moved to Adelaide as she prepares for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“I’m thrilled,” 31-year-old Wiasak admitted after the race. “We only had three riders here for the High5 Dream Team this weekend, and we were definitely going for stage wins. Two years ago when I last raced in Canberra I did the double on the Sunday, and all week I have been thinking about it but I was not sure of my form. I am absolutely thrilled to pull off the double again and I can’t thank my team enough.”
Queenslander Corset meanwhile was happy to take her second National Capital Tour yellow jersey in three years, consolidating her Subaru National Road Series aggregate lead over Georgia Baker (High5 Dream Team) in the process.
“Beck got away on that last lap to win, and I just kicked with 200 metres to go,” Corset explained. “I got third on the line and that secured my overall win. I think this Tour really suits me, especially with the hill-top finish on stage two.”
Earlier in the day Wiasak sprinted to victory after catching Bechtel in the final straight. A small break had spent most of the morning away as the riders rolled around a picturesque lakeside Canberra circuit, before being caught en route to the Stromlo Forest finish.
“I know this course so well, and knew I just had to stay in there,” Wiasak said. “I had amazing support from Kendelle and Ruby [Roseman-Gannon] today – it was a great team win. And I was able to raise two hands in the air for the very first time, so I was pretty excited about that!”
The women’s Subaru National Road Series concludes with the Tour of the Goldfields, from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 October.