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  The second running of the Australian Women’s Madison Championship sees a strong field of 14 teams take to the start. Nearly double the number from last year. The field includes World, Commonwealth, Oceania and Australian Champions in what will be a hotly contested battle.

Defending Champions Annette Edmondson and Jess Mundy are back trying to make it two in a row. They will not have it all their own way with the likes of Sarah Roy/Ashlee Ankudinoff, Macey Stewart/Lauren Perry and Amy Cure/Georgia Baker looking to take the gold.

Teams to Watch:

Annette Edmondson and Jess Mundy

Edmondson and Mundy won the inaugural title last year beating out the heavily favoured pair of Mel Hoskins and Bella King in the process. The name Annette Edmondson needs no introduction, the dominant women’s endurance rider in Australia. Nobody in the field can outsprint her and with Mundy she has a formidable partner. Mundy has become something of a Madison specialist having also claimed the Bendigo International Madison this year.

Macey Stewart and Lauren Perry

The young Tasmanian pairing are taking the step up to the elite level. Stewart is a three time Junior World Champion in 2014 with both the omnium and team pursuit on the track and time trial on the road. Perry was also part of the winning team pursuit squad at Junior Worlds and claimed the individual pursuit title in 2013. While they may be less experienced than others don’t be surprised to see a strong showing, both are fantastic pursuiters who have strong sprints. The duo is likely to feature prominently and have an added advantage of being coached by one of the best Madison riders in history Matt Gilmore.

Amy Cure and Georgia Baker

Cure and Baker finished fourth last year but there was a significant gap to the podium places. Since then Cure has claimed a maiden World Championship title in the points race and two Commonwealth Games medals. Baker is now a full year out of the junior ranks and with a number of World Cups in her legs is much stronger. Will be a hard ask to claim gold but definite podium contenders.

Ashlee Ankudinoff and Imogen Jelbert

Ankudinoff was the silver medallist last year with Josie Talbot. 2015 sees Ankudinoff team up with Imogen Jelbert. Jelbert is a current Australian U17 Team sprint record holder and a strong track rider. The pair could surprise. Ankudinoff claimed silver at the Bendigo International Madison earlier this year.

Alex Manly and Dani McKinnirey

Manly is making the step up to elite while McKinnirey is in her second year as a junior. Both won gold in the team pursuit at the Junior Track World Championships in Korea, with Manly adding a second in the individual pursuit. McKinnirey comes in with good form having won the individual pursuit and points race at the Oceania Championships. Their inexperience and age against some of the other teams may be a factor but the pair should produce a strong performance.
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