Peloton Watch
  Annette Edmondson Claims Perfect Omnium At Oceania Championships  
  October 12th 2014  
  Defending Oceania Omnium Champion Annette Edmondson was on fine form to defend her title and take her third consecutive win with a perfect omnium. "Yeah definitely it is special taking a perfect omnium, it wasn't my intention at the start of the week. I was hoping to go well," said Edmondson. Notably it is the fourth time she has achieved a perfect omnium.

"I'm really happy with my form at the moment, especially in the individual pursuit. That is my highlight from this week."

Edmondson was in control from the start of the scratch race. With one lap to go Edmondson hit out early and lead for all of the final lap, and held her advantage to take the victory ahead of Kimberly Wells. "It went perfectly to plan. I always like a bunch sprint," noted Edmondson. "The pace was high and everyone was just swapping turns it worked out in my favour."

Rebecca Wiasak who was first off in the individual pursuit set the early benchmark of 3mins 36.406secs. The time stood until Edmondson finished with 3mins 35.281secs in the final heat to take her second win in as many events. An improvement on her time in the individual pursuit the previous day.

Cunning racing saw Edmondson navigate each elimination sprint safely, before taking the final sprint and the win to make it three from three on day one.

Edmondson picked up where she left off on day two taking a convincing win in the 500m time trial with a time of 36.151secs. Over one second faster than second placed Elissa Wundersitz.

As a former sprinter the flying 200m is an event suited to Edmondson's strength as she claimed her fifth win in 14.492secs to further extend her lead. "I wasn't sure how I was going to go so pretty happy with my time there."

Under the new omnium format the points scored in the points race are added to a riders total points from the previous five events. Heading in Edmondson on 200 points had a 26 point lead over second placed Elissa Wundersitz.

After picking up points across the sprints Edmondson had built an unassailable lead but wasn’t content to leave it at that. In the closing laps Edmondson attacked off the front, flying around the track with ease to quickly gain a lap and 20 points. "I was hoping someone would launch or something to make it a little more exciting but I thought I'm feeling all right I'm going to have a go. It was training."

After her first race under the new format Edmondson was happy with the changes. "I quite liked it. I liked getting the pursuit out of the way on the first day. It makes it a lot more exciting in the end in the points race," said Edmondson. "When the scratch race was second to last you just had people following wheels and not worrying when other people take laps. It was a lot more exciting this way."

From here Edmondson will enter a training block before heading to Guadalajara for the first World Cup of the season.
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