It’s not every day that you cross the line for the gold, only to get off your bike and witness your brother sprint to silver, but that’s exactly what Patrick Eddy (InForm TM Insight MAKE) experienced today in Buninyong at the 104.4-kilometre Under 19 Men’s Road Race.
Going into the final lap, it was Patrick Eddy, Samual Eddy (both InForm TM Insight MAKE), Alastair MacKellar (Sunshine Coast CC), Jesse Norton (Ballarat / Sebastopol CC), Blake Agnoletto (Bendigo & District CC) and Dylan Hopkins (Phoenix Cycling Collective) in the front bunch on a circuit that quickly blew apart the peloton. After making a move at the first left turn on the final lap, a gutsy Patrick Eddy moved off the front solo to victory.
After sitting on the chasing group while his brother sprinted into the distance, Samual Eddy made a move that kept things interesting between the silver medallist, Mackellar and Hopkins. He rode solo before MacKellar and Hopkins brought him back just kilometres from the finish, but Eddy still had the legs to claim the silver medal ahead of Alastair MacKellar, who nabbed the bronze.
While he missed the podium by a few short seconds, a fourth place Hopkins walks away from the road race with the Stages King of the Mountain jersey on his back.
“Winning is pretty incredible,” said Patrick. “This is the kind of thing that you dream of but you think surely it can’t happen. And of course, seeing Sam cross the line after I won was an awesome feeling.
“I just powered all the way to the top, tried to recover on the downhill. I think Sam was just sitting on the other boys which was a good team plan.”
“Sam had a small mechanical at the start of the race, I was getting a bit worried.”
“I made a move with about 3 laps to go and we were both there and then we both had a really good
“Usually he’s beating me, we’ll see how we go in the TT on Monday.”
Patrick Eddy also earnt the Altus Traffic Most Aggressive Jersey, Stages King of the Mountain and the Langdon Building Sprint Jersey.
The U19s are back in action on Tuesday for the trial time.