No win for Kemps at Buninyong
THERE was no second fairytale for Aaron Kemps in yesterday’s Scody Australian Open Road Championships road race at Buninyong, south of Ballarat.
After Thursday’s stunning win in the criterium Kemps never gave himself much of a chance to back it up in the gruelling discipline, the 38C heat and the hilly circuit proved too much in the end.
Kemps toiled hard to go with a breakaway group that made their move audaciously on the first lap, but cramps put an end to his race with around 50km to ride.
Astana’s new signings, Bundaberg brothers Scott and Allan Davis, did not fair any better, sitting mid-table and never threatening the lead group.
Allan used the circuit in preparation for this month’s Tour Down Under, his next assignment and second in his new Kazakhstan-based team.
The race was won by 20-year-old Travis Meyer, who pushed well ahead of Kemps’ Fly V Australia team- mate David Kemp, who cruised into second place.
Meyer is the younger brother of Wednesday’s elite men’s time trial champion Cameron, 21, and both West Australian brothers are graduates of the Cycling Australia-AIS road development program.
“To win the road race after Cam’s just won the time trial, to have two national champions in the same team and in the same family, it is just unbelievable,” Meyer said.
For Kemps it was about doing his bit for the team, just as they had helped him secure the green and gold jersey three days prior.
“I never really felt good today, it wasn’t a good day for me,but I stuck in there and did what I could to help out the guys in my team,” Kemps said.
“We just had to make it as easy as possible for David to stay up the front and for him to finish second is a good result and I’m glad I could help out in that sense.
“As a team we’re pretty happy to walk away with a first and a second, obviously two firsts would have been nice, but it’s hard to win everything.”
The Fly V Australia team member will head to Gold Coast for a week-long training session with his squad next week, while Allan Davis prepares to defend his crown at the six-stage Tour Down Under that kicks off on January 19.