Jesse Kerrison Takes Sprinting Matters Into Own Hands To Claim Gold

Jesse Kerrison, newly crowned U/23 2016 Criterium Champion.

Jesse Kerrison, newly crowned U/23 2016 Criterium Champion.

After enduring a difficult 2015 season with the BMC Development Team Jesse Kerrison (Qld) has returned to winning ways and capped a dominant display from the State of Matter Maap team to claim the Under 23 criterium crown at the 2016 Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships.
In a close finish, Sam Welsford (WA) was second, and Kerrison?s teammate Daniel Fitter (Qld) was third after suffering a mechanical in the final sprint.
?(Our team) said if we don?t win and get another medal, we?ve done something wrong,? said Kerrison.?But the guys handled it (the pressure) so well, we were in everything, when it came to the crunch, we brought everything back.?
The breaks came thick and fast from the gun with Cyrus Monk (Vic) active in all the early moves and driving the break, however it was is fellow escapee Ryan Thomas (NSW) who took out the two intermediate sprints, and pocketed the sprint jersey as a result.
As the race moved toward the business end, it was the JML Racing and State of Matter MAAP squads who organised the chase, determined to fight for the green and gold jersey in a sprint.
It was Kerrison who came out victorious, and the Queenslander was elated as he crossed the line to claim a win after finishing on the podium last year.
?Last year it was bitter-sweet getting on the podium, and Dan today can attest to that, but it?s great to have two teammates on the podium. He was the man today but a mechanical ruined his day but I am ecstatic!?
?It is a great way to start the season.
?It is a monkey off my back, last year was a bit rough for a multitude of reasons, which you get first year in Europe, but you get that, and I am moving forward now with State of Matter MAAP Racing.?
The Under 23 Men will now turn their attention to the time trial, commencing Thursday at 10.30am.
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