Dubbo CC's Haylee Fuller completed the first double of the day winning the Under 19 women’s road race on the fourth day of the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships on Saturday.
Fuller in her first Road Nationals, tackled the 69.6 km Buninyong course with a field of 19 other juniors and was part of a breakaway that included defending champion Francesca Sewell (Gold Coast Cycling Club), Catelyn Turner (Launceston City Cycling Club), Alyssa Polites (Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club) and Eloise Sandow (Norwood Cycling Club).
As the bell rang for the last lap the lead group was down to three riders with a 43 second gap on Sewell and Sandow. Sewell bridged the gap and attacked with about 500 metres to go causing the final sprint to begin early.
Fuller managed to hold off Polites and Turner who finished second and third respectively to become the 2020 junior road race champion, she also claimed the criterium title on Friday.
"I'm really stoked, I came here hoping to take this race and it's pretty exciting to pull it off, I'm speechless really,” said Fuller.
"This is my first time here so it's pretty exciting to take both of my wins against a pretty strong field.
"It was pretty tough every lap up the climb and Alyssa was driving it most of the race and then we got down to three riders left before Franky (Sewell) caught us with 500 to go which caught us all by surprise so the sprint got started a little bit earlier than expected."
In the under 19 men’s race Declan Trezise (Darling Downs Cycling Club/Futuro Cycling) also claimed his second title of the 2020 nationals with an emphatic win ahead of time trial champion Patrick Eddy (Bendigo & District CC) and Sunshine Coast’s Alastair Mackellar.
No one made any big moves early with the main peloton of about 25 riders still sticking together with two laps to go.
Alexander Micallef made the first major attack pulling away for an 18 second lead as he entered the bell lap. Eddy, Trezise, James Derrick (Midland CC) and Alex Bogna (Marconi CC) attacked from the peloton and joined Micallef as they made their way through Federation University.
Trezise was too strong in the sprint as he edged out Eddy who took silver and Mackellar who crossed the line in third place.
"The feeling hasn’t quite sunk in yet I don't think, but this is amazing,” said Trezise.
"We started with 87 riders or something like that today and each lap sort of shed a few riders and I managed to be there on the last lap and followed the right move.
"When the move went I was just in pain, lactic acid was all through my body and it was just pure agony but we got over the final KOM climb and had a bit of a gap on the main field and we worked well together to get to the end."