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  Ashlee Ankudinoff Achieves More Success In 2012  
  December 9th 2012  
  Despite disappointment in missing out on the London Olympics squad Australian, Oceania and World Track Champion Ashlee Ankudinoff has bounced back with an exceptional run in the latter part of 2012.

Ashlee was part of a small Australian contingent at the 2nd round of the Track World Cup in Glasgow between 16-18 October. With Amy Cure and Melissa Hoskins Australia qualified fastest for the Team Pursuit final. The trio went on to win Silver in the final behind Great Britain.

Also competing in the Omnium Ashlee pushed reigning World and Olympic Champion Laura Trott down to the wire. Both finished the six events on 24 points with Trott winning the gold courtesy of two 1st places to Ashlee's one. Winning silver behind the World and Olympic champion is no small feat especially with the points so close.

Next stop was the 2013 Oceania Track Championships in Adelaide where Ashlee competed in the Team Pursuit, Individual Pursuit, 10km Scratch Race and 20km Points Race. Ashlee walked away with Gold in all four events. Making her an eight time Oceania Champion.

The NSW International Grand Prix criterium was held over the 8th and 9th of December. Going in to the event as one of the fastest sprinters, there was a good chance of a win. Former World Champion Kate Bates named Ashlee as her tip for day one. Come the final sprint Ashlee won easily. Unfortunately due to a technicality on rejoining the race Ashlee was disqualified but was clearly the fastest rider.

With dangerous winds on day two the peloton was quickly thinned down to around 10 riders. Despite her age Ashlee put herself in a good position protecting herself from the wind. With a couple of laps to go AIS teammate Gracie Elvin attacked and Ashlee followed. The two worked well together and there was no coming back for what was left of the bunch. Ashlee took the win ahead of Elvin.

With the Australian National Road Championships and an early Track World Championships in February 2013 Ashlee is in a good position to build on her 2012 success in 2013.
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