New Zealan­ders dom­i­nate elite fi­nals

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CY­CLING: The Ki­wis came, saw and con­quered Bundy.

New Zealand rid­ers Emily Shear­man and Ni­cole Shields won five of the seven races in the elite women’s class at the Auswide Bank In­ter­na­tional Cy­cling Spec­tac­u­lar over the week­end, show their tal­ent as some of the best young rid­ers in the world.

But they didn’t have it all their own way.

In the 1600m wheel race hand­i­cap on Satur­day they were beaten by 14-year-old pocket rocket De­neaka Blinco.

The Rock­hamp­ton ju­nior started 70 and 80 me­tres ahead of the Kiwi duo and pow­ered home in the fi­nal two laps to take the win ahead of her adult ri­vals.

The per­for­mance im­pressed Shear­man who took out the scratch and the elim­i­na­tion events at the Spec­tac­u­lar.

“She’s one to look out for in the fu­ture, def­i­nitely,” she said.

“I had a great time at the car­ni­val.” Shear­man con­ceded she had prob­lems get­ting used to the out­door arena, the heat and the gear­ing.

“I stuffed up the gear­ing (on Fri­day), which was quite bad,” she said.

“I prob­a­bly chose too big of a gear.”

Shear­man was pleased to end the meet with wins, par­tic­u­larly in the scratch.

For Blinco, she couldn’t be­lieve the wheel race tro­phy was hers.

“I caught up to the train and I let them all do their turns and then I went,” she said.

“I was over the moon I won, I didn’t ex­pect to win.

“I’m really happy with how I raced.”

It was a great night for Blinco who fin­ished sec­ond in both the keirin and the scratch, be­hind the New Zealan­ders.

Shields won the keirin, the derby and another scratch race held on Fri­day.

“I was really ner­vous head­ing into the race (keirin) for some rea­son,” she said.

“I wanted to have a good tac­ti­cal race and I think I did that well.

“It’s been great here, ev­ery­one has been so wel­com­ing and the or­gan­is­ers are amaz­ing.”

The Kiwi duo will now head to the na­tional ti­tles in a few weeks. SPRINT: New Zealan­der Ni­cole Shields com­petes.


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