Family double for Stewart

TEENAGER Macey Stewart completed a family tradition with a popular win in the women's Latrobe Wheel.

Five years after her brother Brandon won solo off a front mark of 255 metres, Stewart added her own title.

"My brother was the youngest ever to win this and I've always wanted to win it too," said the Devonport 17-year-old.

"We've got a big picture in the lounge room of him crossing the line, and I wanted to get the same. I even tried to do the same celebration on the line."

Stewart said that while her brother spent his $7000 winnings on buying a car, her $1800 prize may be destined for some post- Christmas shopping.

Stewart admitted she was given a helpful mark of 110 metres in the 2000m race, 70 metres ahead of the next riders.

Victorian Laurette Hanson got up from 30m to give Stewart a scare in the home straight, with recently crowned national junior champion Josie Talbot, of New South Wales, third off scratch, and Launceston's junior world champs Georgia Baker and Lauren Perry unable to make up the deficit.

"I was pretty happy with my mark but Lauren is a world champion so that's fair enough," Stewart said after clocking 2:24.

"I'll be pulled back a bit more now but I feel I'm coming good for the nationals, which are my main aim."

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