2014 Tour of the Goldfields: Stage 4 Photo Gallery

Ruth Corset (Holden Women?s Cycling) has capped off an impressive 2014 season, winning overall honours in the Tour of the Goldfields to seal her individual crown in the Subaru National Road Series. ?This has been the best year riding with the Holden Cycling Team,? said an excited Corset who adds another NRS title to her 2012 win, making her the first women since Kathy Watt in 2005 to win it more than once. ?We?ve done well all year and we dominated this weekend.? Corset, 37, ended the season with 97 points, 49 points ahead of teammate, Ellen Skerritt while Canberra?s Rebecca Wiasak (Suzuki-Brumby?s) was third on 37 points. View the final Subaru NRS rankings. Her team also took out the team?s category for the season with the Queenslander crediting her teammates. ?I?ve really enjoyed racing with the Holden team,? said Corset. ?The girls are great, we all get along really well and I?m looking forward to racing with them again next year.? Corset ended her season on a high, climbing to a solo stage victory to clinch overall Tour honours from a gutsy Louisa Loubigs (Jayco/Apollo VIS Women?s Team). Loubigs held the virtual Tour lead on the road throughout the day after being a part of a threatening six rider breakaway who gained over a minute on the main field. ?We did panic a little bit towards the end when the gap got to 1:20,? said Corset. ?That?s where I started working and then when we heard the time gap was closing down, we knew that the final climb was coming and my team was sure I would be able to make that time up the climb.? The mother of two rallied late in the final kilometre to catch the leading bunch who had led since the 50km mark of the race. ?We wanted to keep the race under control until this final climb. We planned to stick together at the front if anyone got away and rotate through to slowly keep the break under control,? said Corset. Corset finished the Tour with a lead of 1:03 over teammate Jenelle Crooks while Crystal Wemyss (Bicycle Superstore) rode into third place overall after making the break of the day and finishing second on the stage. Joanne Hogan rounded out the stage podium. With the women?s Subaru NRS season over, all attention for Corset turns to the Road National Championships in Ballarat in January, as well as next year?s NRS season. ?I?m feeling really strong and I?ve really enjoyed racing this year. When you enjoy racing, you seem to do well,? said the 2010 national road champion. The men’s Subaru National Road Series concludes next weekend with the 54th Grafton to Inverell. Text: Cycling Australia Media Release Images: Con Chronis

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