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The Riverine Herald - - SPORT - By An­drew Johnston | OPEN MON-FRI 9AM-5PM, SAT 9AM-12PM Phone: 03 5480 9633

CY­CLING has al­ways been a fam­ily af­fair for the Eddys.

But never quite to this level of dom­i­nance.

Com­pet­ing at the Cy­cling Aus­tralia Road Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Bal­larat on Satur­day, the for­mer Echuca pair of Pa­trick and Sam pro­duced a piece of his­tory in fin­ish­ing first and sec­ond in the road race.

On the 104km race around Mount Buniny­ong, Pa­trick — the younger of the two at 16 — took the race home in 2 hours, 48 min­utes and 28 sec­onds, with 17-year-old Sam fin­ish­ing 94 sec­onds later.

The fin­ish was in­tense for the elder Eddy, with three rac­ers locked in a sprint, all com­ing across the line in the same time.

Eddy would have the slight­est of edges on Alas­tair Mackel­lar in third place, with Dy­lan Hop­kins just miss­ing the podium.

It was the first of two suc­cess­ful events for the broth­ers, who backed it up with their per­for­mances in Mon­day’s time trial.

Pa­trick would win the 21.6km event in 29:54.04, with Sam fin­ish­ing in fifth in a time of 30:37.22.

Both broth­ers were only too happy to revel in each other’s suc­cess.

‘‘It was pretty in­cred­i­ble,’’ Pa­trick said af­ter the race.

‘‘This is the kind of thing that you dream of but think surely can’t hap­pen, then to turn around and see Sam cross the line af­ter I’d won was re­ally spe­cial.’’

Both broth­ers held to a plan, with Pa­trick break­ing away from the lead group with a few laps re­main­ing, while Sam held the group.

‘‘I knew I had them on the sprint,’’ Sam said.

‘‘I thought if I stuck to the right line I could bring it home. To have Pat up on the podium ahead of me was re­ally spe­cial.

‘‘At one stage across the top I thought the rest of the group might take Pat, but we were able to hold them out which was im­por­tant.’’

Pa­trick couldn’t have been hap­pier af­ter the time trial.

‘‘I knew I had good form com­ing into the event,’’ he told me­dia.

‘‘But to come here as a bot­tom-ager and claim two gold is a bit much. I was re­ally look­ing for one podium for the event, so I’m re­ally happy with my per­for­mance in the event.’’

But he again held the high­est of praise for his brother. “I re­ally wanted him to win to­day,” Pa­trick said.

“There’s no chance I’d be here to­day if it wasn’t for him. He wakes me up ev­ery morn­ing to go train­ing and we mo­ti­vate each other. Sam will be want­ing to get me back and then I’ll want to get back at him af­ter that.’’

“I think that’s where our suc­cess comes from.’’

The broth­ers’ at­ten­tions will now turn to the 2019 Ocea­nia Road Cham­pi­onships in Tas­ma­nia com­ing up in March.

LEAD­ERS OF THE PACK: Pa­trick and Sam Eddy cel­e­brate their suc­cess at the Cy­cling Aus­tralia Road Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

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