When Rally Cycling announced the signing of their first non-North American rider in over five years, expectations were high. The arrival of Australian sprinting legend and road captain Chloe Hosking signaled a monumental shift in the team’s ambitions overseas.
Following two stage wins and the overall victory at the Bay Crits Series in Geelong, Australia to open the 2020 season, Hosking entered the Australian Road Championships as the odds on favorite for the criterium crown.
The one hour race in Ballarat, Victoria was held under stormy skies and wet roads, where Hosking sprinted to victory in a photo finish ahead of Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Brunswick Cycling Club), and Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott). The result was Hosking’s first elite title of her storied career that includes over 30 UCI victories.
“This is my first elite national jersey despite being around forever so it’s nice,” said Hosking. “It was tight but a win is a win. I’m a national champion!”
Hosking will be splitting her time between Australia, Europe, and North America in 2020, a shift from seasons past.
“It was important to me this year,” Hosking said. “I’m going to America with an American team, Rally Cycling, and we do a lot of criteriums over there. So I really wanted to take the crit jersey over to race and show it off.”
Criteriums are part of the North American racing culture and feature in many of the premier stage races that Hosking will take part in.
“I think it’s probably one of the best countries to do it in because they have such great crowds and a really great, strong criterium scene, something that is sort of lacking in Europe,” said Hosking. “So, why not?”
#RoadNats 🥇 Maiden elite road national title for @chloe_hosking (@Rally_Cycling) after taking criterium gold in Ballarat today #AusCycTeam pic.twitter.com/tUg9EDoWwz
— AusCyclingTeam (@AusCyclingTeam) January 10, 2020
Hosking will be joined by teammates Krista Doebel-Hickok, Heidi Franz, Leigh Ann Ganzar, and Sara Poidevin for the upcoming Santos Women’s Tour Down Under from January 16-19.
1 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Rally Cycling 0:54:25
2 Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Brunswick Cycling Club
3 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
4 Matilda Raynolds (Aus) Specialized Women’s Racing
5 Elizabeth Nuspan (Aus) Brunswick Cycling Club
6 Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Team CCS Canbera Women’s
7 Peta Mullens (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer
8 Alexandra Martin-Wallace(Aus) ARA-Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
9 Charlotte Culver (Aus) Subaru Giant Women
10 Teneal Attard (Aus) South Perth Cycling Club