Ryan Cavanagh wins Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic

Open arms: Ryan Cavanagh celebrates as Alex Edmondson acknowledges his victory in the Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic. Picture: Phillip Biggs
Open arms: Ryan Cavanagh celebrates as Alex Edmondson acknowledges his victory in the Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic. Picture: Phillip Biggs

The decision to combine this year’s Tour of Tasmania and Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic was particularly popular with Ryan Cavanagh.

The 21-year-old Queenslander added the criterium and its $3000 prize to his Gunns Plains stage and sprint classification wins in the tour earlier this week.

“It’s been a stunning week,” said the NSWIS rider who joins the likes of Robbie McEwen, Caleb Ewan and the watching Matt Goss on the event’s honour roll.

“I had a great race in the tour and going out on a high note here is an excellent way to finish the season.

“This is a great race with great atmosphere, an excellent course with lovely people in an awesome part of the world.”

Cavanagh reaped the reward of teammate Dylan Sunderland’s mid-race surge which resulted in a mass elimination of riders as the field plummeted from 88 to just 16.

South Australia’s multiple track world champion Alex Edmondson (Orica-Scott) joined a two-man break and, after some last-lap cat-and-mouse shenanigans, Cavanagh got the jump into the Lawrence Street roundabout and held on to the line.

“I just got beaten by a better guy on the day,” said a philosophical Edmondson.

”Every bike rider wants to win not get second so next year I might come back and try and get my name on the trophy.”

Melburnian James Whelan finished third in both the tour and classic while Sunderland and Cam Bayley (Isowhey) rounded out the top five.