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http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2006/jan06/AORC06/?id=results/AORC066

Victorian U23 rider William Walker (Rabobank) has taken one of the biggest wins of his fledgling career, winning the Australian Open road race in Mt Torrens today as Australia's U23 riders put their more experienced competitors on notice with a display of confident and aggressive riding.

Walker won in a solo attack, with the bunch sprint for second taken out by another U23 rider, Tasmanian teenager Wes Sulzberger (TIS/Cyclingnews), and the first senior rider across the line was South Australia's Russell Van Hout in third after a crash earlier in the race took out many of the favourites.

As an U23 rider, Walker won't be eligible to wear the elite national champion's jersey; he has to settle for the gold medal for winning the Open as well as the U23 national champion's jersey, but he is not allowed to wear the U23 national champion's jersey in open road races. That honour goes to South Australia's Van Hout, who is, ironically, still hoping to secure a fulltime professional ride for the 2006 season.


The guy who won is a pro riding for Rabobank, but he is an Under 23 rider so the third placed unsigned rider gets to wear the jersey?

Surely, if the result was reversed it would make sense? First rider wears jersey, first U-23 rider gets medal? But if the first rider just happens to be an U-23 he should get both the jersey & the U-23 medal.

Or am I missing something?
 

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You race against the others in your field; that's the problem with mixed fields or races where not everyone is elligible for the jersey or some other prize (such as the U.S. Pro championship). The rules state the senior jersey goes to the first rider across the line entered in the senior race. So the seniors had no reason to chase down the U23 rider. Maybe they could have caught him, maybe not, but given the rules they were racing under they probably never thought there was a reason to. For what it's worth, they're separating the seniors and U23's next year and U. S. Pro Championship will be open to U.S. riders only.
 
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