17-year-old Sarah Gigante (VIC/Holden Team Gusto) followed up her criterium title with victory in the under 19 women's time trial on day three of the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships in Buninyong.
The now dual national champion finished 13 seconds clear of Anya Louw (TAS/Tasmanian Institute of Sport) as Sophie Edwards (SA/South Australian Institute of Sport) rounded out the podium a further 11 seconds back.
"I am pretty happy. I don't think I have ever won a time trial in my life. It is good to see the Zwift training paying off," said an emotional Gigante following the podium.
Gigante preserved her energy early in the race, before storming home from the turn-around point. "I tried not to go out too hard, because with the adrenaline it is easy to do that," she said.
"I paced myself and kept the tempo, and then on the way home tried to catch as many girls as I could."
Gigante was spurred on with a message of support from her brother. "On the way home I saw 'Go Sarah' in chalk on the hills," she explained.
"It was a complete surprise, my brother had gone out and done it this morning. That really made me go faster."
Gigante was not phased by changes to Saturday's road race, which has been moved forward and shortened due to extreme weather. "On Saturdays I normally get up at 5am, so a 6:30am start sounds alright for me!”
Silver medallist Louw admitted she was disappointed with the result, but was hoping to go one better in the road race.
"It is bittersweet as every silver medal is, but that's alright. Tomorrow will be a race of attrition with that climb in there. A lot of different scenarios might play out, so we’ll just see what happens," she added.