Ten weeks after returning from Europe with a broken collarbone, Launceston cyclist Nicole Frain has recorded her best result in the National Road Series.
Riding with the TIS Racing women's team, Frain was heavily involved throughout the two-day Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley in Victoria.
On the opening stage kermesse around Winton Raceway, she made it into a break after an hour to finish seventh.
And on the 130-kilometre second-stage road race from the Sam Miranda Winery, near Wangaratta, Frain again joined a breakaway and finished fifth to secure an overall sixth place on general classification.
"That was my best NRS result and a really good outcome after coming back from Belgium with a broken collarbone 10 weeks ago," said Frain, who grew up in Launceston and went to St Patrick's College before moving to Hobart for work.
"I didn't really have an expectation for this tour just to see how I would go since my injury so I'm very happy to still be able to ride to that ability."
Frain only took up cycling last year after stress fractures to her foot and hip curtailed her triathlon career.
She has since become Tasmanian road champion and in Evandale in March continued the home state's impressive run at the Oceania Road Cycling Championships by claiming a silver medal over a 26.2km course in the elite women's time trial.
Frain broke her collarbone and required stitches in a badly cut leg after crashing in the GP Sofie Goos stage race in Belgium in July.
Also in stage one, Exeter's Catelyn Turner, another home-state silver medallist at the Oceania titles, finished 36th and North-West Coaster Amalia Langham 22nd in her first NRS race.
Turner finished stage two in the peloton at 26th (+4:44) and 25th on GC.
Launceston's Kathryn Woolston (Veris Racing) finished 15th (+4:43).
Of the Tasmanians in the men's race, Hobart's Ben Van Dam was 33rd (+1:49) and Kaine Cannan 36th (+5:00) with Launceston's Zach Johnson 38th (+9:05), Hobart's Daniel Di Domenico 49th (+13:15) and Launceston's Oliver Martin 53rd (+16:09).
The Tassie riders return home for the Campbell Town to Swansea race on Saturday before their next NRS commitment in the Tour of Gippsland from October 25-27 and Tour of Tasmania from November 6-8.
Earle in a whirl
China will be the latest stop on Tasmanian cyclist Nathan Earle's globe-trotting 2019 schedule.
Despite a three-month enforced interval when he broke his leg, the Hobart 31-year-old has still completed 5548 kilometres in 36 race days this year in Taiwan, France, Spain, Italy, US, Belgium, Canada and Croatia.
Earle finished eighth in the mountains classification and 20th overall at last week's Tour of Croatia before three one-day Italian races including a 16th place in the 183km Gran Piemonte.
Next up is the six-stage Gree-Tour of Guangxi from Thursday.
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