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Australian cycling has its Bradbury finish

Neve Bradbury first won the Australian under-19 road race title after a dramatic finish, but was then disqualified because her bike was underweight.

Australian cycling has its Bradbury finish

Neve Bradbury first won the Australian under-19 road race title after a dramatic finish, but was then disqualified because her bike was underweight.

Australian sport has another Bradbury and another dramatic finish.

Neve Bradbury first won the women's under-19 road race at the national road cycling championships when her rival Francesca Sewell crashed on the home straight at Buninyong.


But Bradbury was disqualified because of a post-race bike check, giving the title to Sewell.

It is 17 years since Steve Bradbury famously won the 1000m speed skating gold medal at the Salt Lake Olympics when all his opponents fell on the last corner.

On Saturday, Bradbury and Sewell were duelling for the under-19 road race title when Sewell's chain locked about 100m from the finish.

Sewell, from the Gold Coast, crashed and later ran her bike across the line for the silver medal.

"I'm feeling pretty good - a little bit stiff," Sewell said.

"I guess it's just racing, stuff like that happens.

"That was more adrenaline, I wanted to get second still.

But Bradbury's joy at claiming the gold was short-lived.

A standard post-race check found the Victorian's bike was 120g under the minimum weight of 6.8kg and she was disqualified.

"I do want to say congrats to Neve and a good race - I feel really terrible because that's harsh, but I guess it's not my choice to make.

"She got across the line first, she won.

"A lot's happened, it's pretty crazy.""

AAP


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