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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 Sarah ROY
2 Peta MULLENS +0
3 Lauren KITCHEN +0
4 Lizzie WILLIAMS +0
6 Emily ROPER +0
7 Jessica HUSTON +0
8 Rebecca MACKEY +3
9 Kristy GLOVER +5
10 Jessica MUNDY +5

Under 23 Podium

1 Emily ROPER +0
2 Rebecca MACKEY +3
3 Jessica MUNDY +5

The Contenders

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Sarah Roy

While Roy wasn't one of the outright favourites last year with both Annette Edmondson and Chloe Hosking crashing out Roy powered to the line to take a convincing win. What is more impressive is she did it without the support of a team, this year however she can count on the powerful Orica-AIS squad to deliver her to the line. Not a pure sprinter but still fast on the line. Expect Orica-AIS to try and take control in the closing laps.

Missed the first two days of the Bay Crits with illness, started stage three but abandoned early before electing to again sit out the final day. Has a couple of days to recover but unlikely to be at her best.

Strong support from Gacie Elvin, Amanda Spratt and Lizzie Williams. All three could play their own cards and have strong finishes themselves. Elvin was on fine form with a 30 minute solo break on stage two of the Bay Crits while Williams picked up a number of top five stage finishes.

Kimberley Wells

Wells won in 2013 but illness and injury impacted her 2014 season, seeing her miss racing in Europe with Futuroscope. Wells won at Noosa, Stan Siejka Cycling Classic and Shimano Super Crit at the end of 2014 after picking up several NRS wins. Wells has also been spending time on the boards winning silver in the scratch race at the Oceania Championships and more recently silver in the omnium.

Quiet on the opening stages of the Bay Crits but bounced back to finish second behind Giorgia Bronzini on the final stage. If Wells has the form she has been showing she will be hard to stop from claiming a second criterium title.

Chloe Hosking

One of the favourites in 2014 but crashed out early. Hosking will be looking to get her 2015 season off on a strong note. After her contract with Hitec Products was not renewed she eventually signed with Wiggle Honda. One of the top sprinters in the world and even beat Kirsten Wild in 2014. Consistency is something Hosking has struggled with and will want to start the year strongly.

Comes in with good form after winning the opening stage of the Bay Crits and held the lead all race.

Lauren Kitchen

Last year a teammate of Hosking but this year Kitchen who won back in 2011 will get another chance for herself. Had a strong 2013 season in Europe but a quiet 2014 without a single top 10 in Europe. A strong finisher but not a pure sprinter, Kitchen might be more focused on the road race where she finished second last year. Don't discount a podium finish for Kitchen though.

Second on stage one of the Bay Crits, third in the bunch sprint on stage two and second on stage three. Has good form, unable to beat Hosking at the Bay Crits but should be a contender on the slightly uphill finish.

Peta Mullens

Mixes her time between the road and dirt but is one of the top sprinters in Australia. Will be without teammates in the race but that is the same situation for a majority of riders. With Orica-AIS the only team that will be able to make a strong leadout if Mullens can position herself well coming in to the finish, could find herself pulling on the Green and Gold jersey.

Took a solo win on stage three of the Bay Crits but unlikely to be given any room at the Nationals as she was over a four day series.

Jessie MacLean

The reliable domestique and leadout rider Jessie MacLean was left without a team when her contract with Orica-AIS as not renewed for 2015. Returned to the boards at the end of December and showed some good form, so expect to see her come out firing. A strong result here could land her a team for 2015 so MacLean will be motivated to perform.

Ruth Corset

The 2014 NRS winner returns to the national championships after dominating domestically in 2014. Corset is a strong all rounder who can climb, time trial and sprint. Taking the win in the criterium against the names of Chloe Hosking, Sarah Roy, Kimberley Wells will be difficult but don't discount her being on the podium.

In the under 23 ranks watch for Rebecca MacKey and Jessica Mundy who finished second and third in the category last year. The dominant under 23 rider over the past two seasons Emily Roper is not racing in 2015.

Other names to watch: Lisa Jacobs, Jo Hogan, Brittany Lindores, Kristy Glover, Rebecca Mackey, Jessica Mundy and Julia Kalotas.
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