Tasmanian cyclist wins second gold at U19 national championships

ROAD WARRIORS: Anya Louw, Madeleine Fasnacht and Renee Dykstra at the U19 national road championships in Geelong. Picture: TIS Facebook page.

ROAD WARRIORS: Anya Louw, Madeleine Fasnacht and Renee Dykstra at the U19 national road championships in Geelong. Picture: TIS Facebook page.

Tasmania has again received strong representation on day two of the under-19 road national cycling championships in Geelong.

Hobart’s Madeleine Fasnacht followed up her gold in Friday’s individual time trial with another first place finish in the road race, crossing the line in a time of 2:00.26, two and a half minutes ahead of her nearest challenger. 

Devonport’s Anya Louw was the state’s next best rider, finishing in fifth position, while Burnie’s Renee Dykstra was 12th.

Fellow Burnie rider Amalia Langham had her day cut short as one of two riders in the 18-strong field who failed to finish.

There were nearly 80 starters for the men’s road race, which was taken out by Mitchell Wright from Illawarra who finished the 113-kilometre course in just under three hours.

After coming off his bike on the opening day’s Individual time trial, TIS Team rider Zack Gilmore spent Friday night in hospital and is facing possible surgery on a broken bone in his hand to stabilize it.

He was also on watch for a head knock which required stitches. 

Fellow Launceston City rider Oscar Davie failed to start the road race.

The championships conclude with the criterium events on Sunday.

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