Julia secures world title double with France sprint finish victory
NOOSA’S Julia Emblin has won back-to-back world titles. In another sprint finish, she triumphed at the UCI Gran Fondo World Series in Albi, France.
Julia beat fellow Aussie Gaye Lynn, while Kiwi Sharon Prutton was seven minutes behind the the 75+ category.
Matthew Clark came in after more than four hours on bike and finished 120th out of more than 300 riders in the men 45-49 age category.
After being unwell for two weeks, reigning 70+ age category
champion Mick Patten of Buderim was 12th – seven minutes down on the French winner.
Robert Marcucci was 152nd in the men 50-54 age group.
This year’s road race circuits started in the heart of the Episcopal City.
The international field for both races passed along the river Tarn, before exploring the vineyards of Gaillacois. The 155km course included all the men categories under 60 years old and 97km for all the female categories and men 60+.
Noosa’s Julia Emblin on top of the podium with fellow Aussie Gaye Lynn (left) and Kiwi Sharon Prutton.