Roxsold Sydney Uni team member Chloe Hosking has finished fourth overall at the 2014 Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic after winning a criterium stage on Friday.
Following strong performances over the four days of racing, which included a stage 2 victory in Geelong’s Eastern Park 2km circuit, Hosking finished fourth behind overall winner and double world champion Giorgia Bronzini.
The highlight of the Criterium event was undoubtedly Hosking’s performance to hand Bronzini her only defeat of the four days of racing.
Hosking, a 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, found herself in a less than ideal position coming into the last corner with 400m to start her sprint early. The move paid off holding off yellow jersey wearer Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) and Orica-AIS rider Annette Edmondson.
“We wanted to be really aggressive because yesterday (stage 1) Bronzini was just too fast for all of us,” Hosking said of the team’s tactics on Friday.
“I was probably like fifteen (metres) back around that (last) corner, so too far back, but I just went really early and I think I caught everybody off guard. I was like no chance am I going to win this, but I held them off, I was really happy.”
Hosking’s strong showing at the 2014 Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic comes after she helped the Roxsold Sydney Uni team to win Australia’s richest bike race in Australia – the 2013 Logie-Smith Lanyon Super Criterium in Melbourne last month.