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  Georgia Williams and Patrick Bevin win 2019 New Zealand time trial titles  
 
  January 4th 2019  
   
  Georgia Williams and Patrick Bevin after winning 2019 time trial titles. Photo: John Cowpland  
     
  Georgia Williams and Patrick Bevin win 2019 New Zealand time trial titles

Georgia Williams and Patrick Bevin both claimed their second time trial national title at the New Zealand Vantage Elite and Under-23 Road National Championships in Napier, Friday January 4.

For Williams who rides for the Mitchelton-Scott team it was a successful defence of her title from 12 months ago. The last of nine riders to roll off the start ramp the defending champion stopped the clock in 28 minutes and 50 seconds, edging out former track teammate Rushlee Buchanan by 12 seconds in a repeat of the 2018 result. Bronze went to Holly Edmondston one minute and 50 seconds behind Williams.

"I am stoked, so happy and relieved. It is always harder to come in as the defending champ but to defend one jersey and have that ticked off, then I am really happy," said Williams who has completed the first step in defending her double victory from a year ago.

"It was super-tough out there in the wind. I went a bit hard and got excited with the tail wind and I struggled out the back of the course up the hill into the wind.

"It is super-special to wear the New Zealand jersey during World Tour races. I got so many compliments in Europe that it was the best-looking jersey so I am keen to show it off again this year."

The under 23 women's title was hotly contested with less than 10 seconds splitting the top three. Jenna Merrick, who made the step up to the under 23 ranks for the first time snatched the result from 2018 champion Georgia Catterick by four seconds. Libby Arbuckle completed the podium.

2016 Champion Patrick Bevin pulled on the New Zealand Champions jersey in the time trial for a second time with a dominant performance covering the 40 kilometre course in 50 minutes and 45 seconds. Nearly two minutes clear of defending champion and former Olympic gold medallist in rowing Hamish Bond as Hayden McCormick completed the podium.

"I am super happy to take this one. It is the first race of the year in a brand-new World Tour team, so to put one on the board is great for me personally, great for my new team and an honour to take the New Zealand jersey back to Europe for the time trials this year," said Bevin who finished eighth at the UCI Road World Championships last September.

"I wanted to be strong today and 40kms is a long way. I wanted to make sure I had plenty left in the tank and I came in quite a bit quicker for the second lap.

"It is a great honour. To be a time trial specialist and honour that silver fern is a source of pride throughout the year.

"We hope to take the silver fern to the Tour de France and the back half of the year the focus is the Yorkshire Worlds. I was top-10 in Austria and the course suits me better this year and over the next 18 months I want to look at Yorkshire and the Tokyo Olympics as two big goals."

James Fouche successfully defending his under 23 title, beating silver medallist Ben Hamilton by over a minute as Kees Duyvesteyn rounding out the podium.

The Vantage Elite and Under-23 Road National Championships continues Saturday with the under 23 and elite women's road race.

Results
Elite Women
1 Georgia Williams 28:50
2 Rushlee Buchanan +12
3 Holly Edmondston +1:51

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Under 23 Women
1 Jenna Merrick 30:18
2 Georgia Christie +4
3 Libby Arbuckle +6

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Elite Men
1 Patrick Bevin 50:45
2 Hamish Bond +1:51
3 Hayden McCormick +2:0

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Under 23 Men
1 James Fouche 52:54
2 Ben Hamilton +1:04
3 Kees Duyvesteyn +1:23

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