Whitburn wins in close finish

CYCLIST Nicole Whitburn was crowned the Femme Vitesse division one criterium champion on Sunday.

Whitburn took out stage one of the cycling series which was raced at Lyttleton Terrace in the heart of Bendigo.

More than 60 riders, over three divisions took part in the women’s only event. 

Whitburn said she was very happy with how she performed.

“It is always good to come away with a win,” she said.

“I have always enjoyed coming to Bendigo to race.”

In second place was central Victorian cyclist Lauretta Hanson.

She said she was satisfied with how she rode.

“Obviously the main goal is to finish first but I am happy to come second,” Hanson said.  

“Nicole Whitburn is a very classy rider and I am pumped to have come second against her.

“I am very happy with my performance.”

Hanson, who rides with the Bendigo-based Building Champions squad, said her team rode excellently.  

“The team worked really well with lead out trains and moving me through the bunch, saving me a lot of energy for the sprint,” she said.

The current leader of the Victorian Road Series, Hanson said she will compete in the second and final leg of the Femme Vitesse in Richmond on Sunday. 

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