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  A strong field will line up for the 2015 Australian Omnium National Championships former winner Ashlee Ankudinoff will look to regain her title after a difficult couple of seasons with good form from the London Track World Cup. Junior World Champion Macey Stewart will be her biggest rival as she rides in her first track event as a senior.

Bella King, runner up last year and recently fourth at the London World Cup will not ride. Nor will Melissa Hoskins (4th last year and former Oceania Champion), Amy Cure or last year’s junior winner Josie Talbot.

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Annette Edmondson is a late withdrawal due to food poisoning.


Macey Stewart

The top junior of 2014 and will make her debut in the elite ranks. Stewart took three Junior World Championship titles in 2014 including the omnium. The new format is perfectly suited to her with her strength coming in the points race. Expect strong performances in the other bunch races and in the individual pursuit. If she can keep herself in contention ahead of the points race then watch out.

The transition from junior to elite is not always easy but if anyone has the talent and determination to do it, then it is Stewart. Don’t be surprised to see Stewart on the podium, challenging for gold is not out of the question.

Ashlee Ankudinoff

After a hard two seasons Ankudinoff is eager and ready to bounce back and remind everyone of what she is capable of. A former Australian and Oceania Champion in the discipline.

A very strong bunch race rider who also has a very strong individual pursuit. Was dominant in the BikeNZ Classic and Cup winning every event she started including the omnium. Claimed gold in the scratch on the opening day of the Oceania Championships before illness ruled her out of further competition.

If Ankudinoff shows her form of several years ago expect a close battle for gold. Recently part of the team that won silver in the team pursuit at the London World Cup.

Lauren Perry

Perry also steps up to the elite ranks after a successful final year as a junior. Perry added gold in the team pursuit at the Junior World Championships but was unable to defend her individual pursuit title having to settle for bronze.

Stepping up to the elite ranks will be a test but still expect Perry to be battling for the medals. A strong all rounder who will be in the mix across the six events.

Other names to watch: Alex Manly, Georgia Baker, Emily McRedmond and Elissa Wundersitz.
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