It was another Australian victory for Adam Blazevic At the Trek UCI Gravel World Series in Beechworth on Sunday with the Pedal Mafia-Giant rider, who won the Seven in Nannup Western Australia, came back from Europe and headed straight to the top again.
The recent ascent at the 115km Gravelista that the Mermonje Lookout riders passed proved crucial to Blazevic who used the gradual climb that culminated at around 15km to cut off his remaining resting mate Alex Lack and create a strong gap in the rest of the sections. area .
“On that last climb I was able to pull away and hold it to the end. Once I got past that climb I realized I had a pretty good gap, but I also wanted to play it safe for the last 15 kilometers,” Blazevic said. cycling news after winning. “I wouldn’t really mind if I wasted so much time, that I could get here in this position.”
Scott came from a five-man chase group to win the race for next place on the podium, despite having to expend energy early to chase after a crash that left him bleeding from his hands and leg. He finished the season seven seconds behind Blazevic, who took the win with a time of 3:26:45.
“We worked really well together until the end,” Cameron Scott (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) said of the chase. “Adam must have already sat down because we couldn’t see him at all and only came down here [toward the finish line] Was it in sight? He won the race and we were racing for second at that point.”
Jack Aitken (Bana Organic-Bedla Racing), who dug up the lead alone about 50km into the race, finished third, 12 seconds behind Blazevic. Lack, who had been out front with Blazevic for the last 20km, finished seventh after about two minutes after slipping off the back of the chase group.
Blazevic arrived at the Beechworth Tour right after his midweek return from Europe, where he raced across the Gravel World Series Tours in France, Poland, Sweden and Belgium. The 23-year-old climbed to the podium in France and even with some bad luck in Poland and Sweden finished fifth and seventh. Belgium started well, with Blazevic in the front split feeling his form was fine but then a broken tire caused Belgium to be written off. A week, however, turned around his fortunes.
“I was very determined to get out here and have a good race,” said Blazevic. “I’ve been traveling a lot, I’ve been to a few different countries in the last few weeks and then landed in Australia on Wednesday. So for me, it was a bit unknown.”
But Blazevic has always been there with the changing leading groups on an 85 percent gravel track that has been moving everything from hard dirt on roads lined with dolphins lined with blooming, to smooth gravel through farmland, rugged and muddy sections, narrow fairways and crossing shallow rivers. .
The strength of the competition meant that it wasn’t easy for Blazevic to make the gap, but he kept pushing regardless.
“I wanted to step up the pace and know who was there,” Blazevic said. “I really wanted it to be a tough day.”
“I was making moves, as if I could see even a few meters behind me, I’d just go and try to make the race hard and not really leave everyone a good rest point, and always keep everyone on their toes.”
It was about halfway, on a section of the road, that Blazevic made this stop-and-go move, and while he had a couple of different riders up front for the company, none of them could hold out to the finish.
Now that Blazevic has claimed his second Gravel World Series win, his attention turns to the Gravel World Championships in the Veneto region of Italy, October 8-9. Furthermore, it’s no surprise that another gravel season is on the cards for the multi-disciplinary rider, perhaps with a stint in the US as well this time around.
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