Crome shines in Gippsland

QUARRY Hill's Sam Crome achieved the biggest victory of his road cycling career at the weekend's Tour of East Gippsland.

Racing for CharterMason Giant, Crome ended the two-day classic with a 13-second lead to runner-up Alistair Donohoe.

A three-stage showdown began with an 8km time trial at Metung.

Crome was seventh overall as he lined up for the 89km road race on Saturday afternoon.

The young gun put in a superb effort to be runner-up in the stage which was won by Donohoe, who had finished 18 seconds behind Crome in the time trial.

An exciting finale was Sunday's 36km criterium at Lakes Entrance.

Bendigo clubmates Robert Oakenfull and Luke Knox were 49th and 50th in the tour standings.

Meanwhile, Eaglehawk's Glenn O'Shea is gearing up for the world track cycling championships.

The Cyclones contenders for the endurance events include O’Shea and South Australia's Alex Edmondson.

Both won gold in the teams pursuit at last year's world titles and may race a variety of events.

They will join forces in next month's Bendigo International Madison.

O'Shea was the world omnium champion in 2012 and won silver in the teams pursuit at his first Olympics campaign in London.

These world titles run from February 26 to March 2 in Cali, Colombia. 

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