Huge crowds cheer on cyclists

Sat, 29/10/2011

 

Huge crowds turned out to cheer on the world-class fields gathered in Nossa for this year’s Subaru Cycling Grand Prix.

The event is one of the highlights of the five day Noosa Sport Festival, which climaxes tomorrow (Sunday) with the Noosa Triathlon.

The star studded men’s field in the Subaru Cycling Grand Prix boasted not only some of Australia’s best home grown talent, but a number of highly credentialed international riders as well.

The man thought to be Australia’s greatest road sprinter, Robbie McEwan, was holding the hopes of many that he could win the Noosa title for a fourth time, in what will most likely be his last appearance in the Queensland beach resort.

The 12 times Tour de France stage winner is embarking on his final season in 2012, with the new GreenEDGE Cycling team.

But it was not to be. McEwan set the pace mid-way through the criterium but was dragged back to the pack with ten minutes to go.

After a classis dual around the tight street circuit, Heinrich Haussler prevailed, winning narrowly from Dutch cyclist, Koen de Kort, with New South Wales rider Chris Sutton third. McEwan had to settle for fourth place.

For Haussler, an Australian born rider who started his professional career as a German but is now back riding for his birth-nation, it was a rewarding way to end the long 2011 season.

It was his first win on Australian soil as an Australian-registered rider.

“I didn’t know what to expect today as I’ve not been on the bike for two weeks,” Haussler said at the finish.

“I really had to dig deep today.”

He will now take a break from intense training so he can s tart to prepare for 2012.

“San Remo and the Olympics are the two big events for me next year,” Haussler said.

The women’s race was won by 2008 Olympic Gold medalist, Nicole Cooke.

The Welshwoman crossed the line narrowly ahead of Trudy Van Der Straaten with Peta Williams in third place.

Cooke is out in Australia until February to train in the lead-up to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

“The 2011 season was not to my expectations so I want to give myself the best opportunity to do well next year,” Cooke said.

“It was a great atmosphere out there today. Everything went really well”, said the clearly delighted cyclist.

Subaru Cycling Grand Prix - Noosa

Women

  1. Nicole Cooke
  2. Trudy Van Der Straaten
  3. Peta Williams

Men

  1. Heinrich Haussler
  2. Koen de Kort
  3. Chris Sutton

 

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