In her debut race for WorldTour team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank, teenager Sarah Gigante took another giant leap in her young but stellar career as she surged to her maiden time trial crown at the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships in Ballarat on Wednesday.
Reigning national road champion Gigante,19, soared over the two laps of the new and challenging technical 13-kilometre course which started and finished at Federation University. She stopped the clock in 42mins 41.82secs to win by nine seconds over defending champion Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott). 2019 National Road Series champion Emilly Herfoss (Roxsolt-Attaquer) took bronze, just one second behind Brown.
Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), who took eleventh at the 2019 UCI World Championship Time Trial, was fourth, with four-time national champion Shara Gillow fifth.
"I am absolutely stoked, the time trial is always the race of truths, I just came hoping to come out here and give it my best shot,” said Gigante. “I was meant to be sitting down in the hot seat, but I was not sitting down, I was up there sitting next to the computer biting everything. I’ve probably put holes in my new skinsuit, I was so excited.”
Just twelve months ago, and in what heralded as the most remarkable win ever seen at a National Championships, the then 18-year-old student riding for the Roxsolt-Attaquer outfit upstaged the WorldTour elite with a stunning victory in the 2019 Federation University Road National Championships Women’s Road Race.
“I just can’t believe I won the elite women’s time trial, I don’t think I’ve ever beaten any of the elite ladies that came in the top five in the time trial before and probably only beaten them once in a race before,” said Gigante.
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