Malcolm Rudolph (right) and Michael Hepburn battle it out.
Malcolm Rudolph (right) and Michael Hepburn battle it out.

Rudolph wins silver in open road

CYCLING: It wasn't the extreme heat that beat Maryborough cyclist Malcolm Rudolph in Victoria on Saturday.

One of his Australian Institute of Sport/Jayco Skins Racing Team team-mates did.

Michael Hepburn won the Australian Open Road Championship under 23 crown after winning a two-man sprint down the home straight with Rudolph at the end of the 122.4km race in Buninyong.

Rudolph, who finished third in the under 23 men’s criterium championship during the nationals titles in Ballarat on Thursday, said he only had himself to blame for finishing the gruelling race with silver and not gold.

“I made a bit of a meal of the sprint and that was that,” the former St Mary’s College student said.

“Don’t get me wrong, I am pleased for Michael because he’s my team-mate but it would have been better if it was me who won it,” he laughed.

As for the race itself, Rudolph, who signed for the team this year, he said the conditions during it had been far from ideal for cycling.

“It was really hot (he thinks it was close to 40deg) and windy – not the best conditions I can tell you,” Rudolph, who turned 21 last week, said.

“The going was certainly tough for sure.

“But that’s cycling for you and you have to take whatever conditions are thrown at you on the day and do your best to cope with them.”

With his commitments in Victoria now complete, Rudolph is on the move again – this time to Adelaide.

He was in a car heading to South Australia yesterday looking forward to spending three days doing an induction course at the Australian Institute of Sport.

From there, Rudolph will head to New Zealand to ride in the Tour of Wellington.

Not long after his New Zealand campaign is over, Rudolph and the team will go to India for some criterium racing.

That will be followed by the Tour of Langkawi in Malaysia and then five months racing in Italy and Europe.



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