Cure races to 13thin La Route prologue

TASMANIAN multiple track world champion Amy Cure has shown her versatility on the road with a 13th-place finish in the prologue to the women’s La Route De France.

The three-kilometre opener in Enghien les Bains took Dutch winner Amy Pieters 3:40 with Cure, of West Pine, just nine seconds behind, riding for Lotto Soudal Ladies.

Track teammate Annette Edmondson (Wiggle Honda) was fifth and another Aussie, Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products), seventh.

Launceston’s Alex Clements was among the five-strong Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy team riding the Gran Premio Sportivi di Poggiana in Italy. With Clements adding climbing options to the outfit, teammates Jack Haig (Victoria) and reigning Australian under-23 national champion Miles Scotson (South Australia) put in aggressive rides to finish fifth and ninth respectively.

‘‘The entire squad was aggressive from the start of the race, involved in all the main moves,’’ the team reported.

Team Sky’s Nathan Earle, of Hobart, finished 97th in the Tour of Denmark, 31:20 behind the home-nation winner, Christopher Juul Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo).

Launceston’s Matthew Goss (MTN – Qhubeka) was 102nd after five of the seven stages in the Tour of Utah, but did not appear among the finishers in the final two stages.

In the USA Iron Hill Criterium, Launceston’s Clay Murfett finished 47th as part of Astellas Team lead-out, which claimed second place, while Campbell Town’s Will Clarke (Drapac) is scheduled to ride next week’s USA Pro Challenge.

Wes Sulzberger, Tom Robinson and Mark Jamieson are among the Tasmanians scheduled to ride in the National Road Series Tour of Great South Coast in Victoria from Wednesday, while Georgia Baker will ride the next round of the women’s series, Victoria’s Tour of King Valley.

Hobart mountain biker Scott Bowden is heading to Europe from the US where he finished 21st and 27th in his last two races.

‘‘Things didn’t quite pan out how I would have liked results-wise, but it has been a great trip so far, with plenty of positives to take away,’’ he said. ‘‘At Mont Saint Anne (World Cup), I felt great but two silly mistakes towards the end of the race cost me a shot at the result I was hoping for.

‘‘In Windham, I had a good start in the top 20 but had nothing in the engine all race.’’

Bowden will train in Livigno, Italy, before the last World Cup event in Val di Sole.

Meanwhile, Hobart’s Cameron Wurf completed his first iron man in Whistler, Canada, in 9 hours 23 minutes and has set his sights on the famed Hawaii ironman in Kona to complete what he called his ‘‘sabbatical year’’ away from pro cycling.

‘‘It’s an event alongside the Olympics and Le Tour de France I dreamed of as a kid partaking in one day,’’ the former Olympic rower SAID.

‘‘When I line up on the start in Kona, I’ll have ticked of two of those objectives. I would never have guessed Kona would come ahead of Le Tour, but hey, you never ever know what card sporting life has got installed for you next.

‘‘I’ll have to work even harder now to complete the set as I get back in the peloton next year, but that’s even more motivating for me now. Twelve months ago, I’d lost that desire, so I’m pleased that putting myself through an ironman finally got that spark and drive back.’’

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