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  This year the criteriums start off the Australian National Championships giving the sprinters a chance to shine on the opening day.

The Route

The circuit is the same as previous years. The 1.1km circuit is not flat, starting with a brief rise before a descent and an uphill final 400m to the finish at around 3%.

2014 Results

1 Caleb EWAN (NSW)
2 Robert MCCARTHY (SA) +0
3 Alex WOHLER (QLD) +0
4 Luke PARKER (VIC) +0
5 Bradley LINFIELD (WA) +0
6 Samuel WOOD (QLD) +4
8 Patrick SHARPE (NSW) +4
9 Samuel SPOKES (NSW) +4
10 Ayden TOOVEY (NSW) +6

The Contenders

Full Start List available here

Robert-Jon McCarthy

Finished second last year to Caleb Ewan and is one of the few people in Australia to say he has beaten Ewan in a bunch sprint. McCarthy won the 2012 Junior Road Race title ahead of Caleb Ewan. Last year he picked up wins in Herald Sun Tour and An Post Ras, as well as spending time with the Jayco-AIS WTA squad. Arguably the fastest man in the field will be looking to go one better than last year.

Alex Edmondson

Track star Alex Edmondson heads to the road looking to add another Australian title to his collection. 2014 saw Edmondson claim World titles in the team and individual pursuit as well as the Commonwealth Team Pursuit title. A regular winner in criteriums in the NRS against elite riders. Will come in with good form having successfully defended his omnium title in December. Finished third behind Caleb Ewan and Steele Von Hoff on stage three of the Bay Crits, both of whom ride in the elite category. As one of the fastest finishers in the field expect to see him on the podium.

Jesse Kerrison

20 year old Jesse Kerrison is fast becoming one of the top sprinters in Australia. Took wins domestically and internationally in 2014 including the opening stage of the Tour of Taihu Lake and then went on to win the Tour of Yancheng Costal Wetlands. His success has earned him a spot on the BMC Development team in 2015. His fast finish could see him fighting for the win against the likes of Edmondson and McCarthy.

Luke Parker

Parker is a track and criterium specialist and a former Austral Wheelrace winner. Spent 2014 in Europe with the Cipollini Ale-Rime team and is still just 20. Narrowly missed the podium last year in fourth but could easily find himself on their this year. Parker put in a strong performance on the opening day of the Bay Crits in very hot conditions. Finished fourth on the stage, second in the bunch sprint.

Alistair Donohoe

2014 World Champion in the Para C5 Time Trial is strong against the clock but also packs a very quick finish. A regular on the podium in stages of the national road series and winner of the 2014 Melbourne Kermese Championships. Was flying at the Para Track Championships in December.

Jack Beckinsale

Avanti's Jack Beckinsale finished seventh last year and will be looking to improve on that this year. With strong contenders in the elite field Beckinsale could see Avanti potentially walk away with both elite and under 23 titles. A strong all rounder with a quick finish who also finished top 10 in the time trial and road race in 2014.

Daniel Fitter

Fitter steps up to the under 23 ranks from the junior level. 2014 saw him claim gold in the team pursuit at the Junior Track World Championships and bronze in the individual. Despite his strength coming against the clock Fitter still packs a quick sprint. Has spent the past two weeks in Tasmania at the Christmas Carnivals mixing it with some of the Australia's best.

Other names to watch: Jai Hindley, Mathew Ross, Ayden Toovey, Alex Clements, Jordan Stannus, Jesse Ewart, Bradley Heffernan, Alex Porter, Timothy Sellar and Theo Yates.
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