Australia crowned two new Madison national champion pairings with Rohan Wight and Alex Porter, plus Kristina Clonan and Macey Stewart securing their first green and gold jersey at the 2018 Cycling Australia Madison National Championships.
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18 Dec 2017 - 10:58 AM 

South Australians Wight and Porter lapped the field in an explosive attack to seal their first victory in the event held at the Hisense Velodrome in Melbourne.

"I'm a bit speechless, to be honest," Porter said. We said three or four months ago we wanted to come here and win this race and we knew with such a quality field it was going to be tough, so to actually go out there and implement our plan perfectly and pull it off is an amazing feeling."

The early sprints were a hard-fought with Jarrod Drizners (SA) and Lachlan Scott (NSW) the early leaders before Godfrey Slattery (VIC) and Cameron Scott (NSW) moved to the top of the standings.

With the fast pace starting to be felt the second half of the 200 laps race a number of teams attempted to take a lap, though it was Wight and Porter who proved successful, grabbing the lap in no time and jumping into the lead by 15 points on Slattery and Scott.

"It was tough out there and the pace was on from the start, there was a bit of a lull in the pace in the bunch with the German's off the front just dangling there so I thought this would be a good time to go and we took it in no time at all,” Porter said.

Wight and Porter's speed in the sprints was too much for the rest of the field to overcome as they raced home to pull on the green and gold jersey, adding to their Bendigo Madison title.

Jordan Kerby (QLD) and Leigh Howard (VIC) powered home in the final sprint to win silver ahead of Slattery and Scott.

"It is awesome! We took out the Bendigo Madison together and that was a fantastic feeling to do it here again it is unbelievable," Wight said.

Oceania Champions Macey Stewart (TAS) and Kristina Clonan (QLD) overcame an early crash in the race to claim their first Madison national title in a tactical display of racing in the growing women's event.

"It is so exciting and such a massive honour, a bit of a relief, we really thought we were in with a chance tonight, we have been riding really well together," Stewart said. "And I think that is what it is about, knowing what each other is doing to do, being able to read each other.

"The competition out there with the other teams, they are world class teams, it is a huge honour to win an Aussie Madison title, it is never an easy one."

One of three teams involved in a crash following the first sprint, Stewart and Clonan were quickly back on their bikes and taking control of the race by the halfway point of the 120-lap race.

A high speed and constant pressure from former winners Annette Edmondson and Alex Manly (SA) and Ashlee Ankudinoff and Josie Talbot (NSW) were not enough to stop Stewart and Clonan from riding away with the title thanks to their potent sprint.

"It was a big week last week, a big deal for all girls with the first six-day ever," Conlan said. "Now, with the Madison which is such a huge thing now for women with it being in the Olympics.

"It was awesome to race with Macey at the six-day, and with Oceania, it has been good practice for us. A lot of girls switched it up tonight, but Mace and I had the same partner, it was a huge advantage.

Edmondson and Manly collected silver with Talbot and Ankudinoff completing the podium