Kimberley Wells?followed Road National Championships on Twitter as she recovered from pneumonia.Twelve months ago,?the then defending criterium champion?
[wpbanners id=”4″]In Ballarat on Wednesday, the Canberra doctor reclaimed the green and gold jersey with an exciting win in the elite women’s criterium. After a difficult 12-months suffering from injury and illness, the 2013 criterium champion showed she is back to her best, out-sprinting?Peta Mullens?(VIC) and?Lauren KITCHEN?(Hitec Products) on Sturt Street, Ballarat. ?That picture crossing the line was exactly how I felt. Elated, hurting, excited. And I felt so pumped, because I knew I had daylight behind me,??said Wells who claimed the summer criterium trifecta with victories in Noosa, Launceston and St Kilda in November and December. ?At the?same time last year I had pneumonia so I was really disappointed and devastated?not being there?to defend my 2013 criterium title. I got myself going again and went to Europe and the day after the Flanders race, I tore my piriformis muscle which put me out for the entire European season. ?I couldn?t exercise for four months and I was really crushed by that double blow. So this is exactly what I needed.? On a steamy night interspersed with light showers, Wells kept her cool throughout the race despite a number of dangerous attacks. In a carbon copy of the 2014 minor placing?s, silver medalist Mullens was aggressive throughout the 30 lap race while Kitchen (NSW) also added another bronze to her collection. Mullens was part of a two woman breakaway with Chloe HOSKING (Wiggle Down Under) and another larger escapee group later in the race. ?I finished second last year, it feels like the bridesmaid again but Kimberley was going to be?by far the fastest sprinter and I did absolutely everything I could to get away from her,? said Mullens. ?In the end I?m happy with my result and left it all out on the track. I?m just glad to be one of the?animators in it.? In the under 23 race, Shannon Malseed (Holden Women?s Cycling) claimed gold ahead of?Rebecca Mackey (WA)?and Tayla Evans (VIC). Text via Cycling Australia Media Release