• Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini) defeats Letizia Paternostery (Trek- Segafredo) for Madrid Challenge victory, a 98,6km race around the streets of Madrid (Getty)Source: Getty
Australian Chloe Hosking took a morale boosting victory on the second and final stage of the Madrid Challenge, sprinting home comfortably ahead of Trek Segafredo's Letizia Paternoster in the 98km criterium around the streets of the Spanish capital.
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Cycling Central

16 Sep 2019 - 8:20 AM  UPDATED 16 Sep 2019 - 12:07 PM

The win is a significant win for the Canberran after a slower start to the season and a mid-year re-evaluation but more importantly, she was able to reward her Alé Cipollini team for its long-term backing. 

"I had a really slow tough start to the season," she said. "But I took a step back in May and June and reassessed what I wanted to do and then to come out and I've got some OK results in the back end of the season but to get a win.

"I'm really proud of myself for my resilience and determination to get back to where I know I should be and I'm also really grateful for my Alé Cipollini team for not giving up on me."

"I'm really happy and I'm really satisfied and it's really nice to give this win back to the team for their constant support throughout the season."

Although she was puffing, Hosking was still also able to give her characteristic in-depth analysis of the racing action. 

"We knew there would be girls going full gas for the all the intermediate seconds throughout the race so that would make it really hard and fast and you had to stay really aware throughout the race because as you saw last year groups can go away.

"Sunweb was super aggressive all race but I was really proud of my Alé Cipollini team. We went in with a clear goal and we really executed that."

Cycling Australia makes last-minute changes to World's squad
Injury and illness have forced Mitchelton-Scott pair Grace Brown and Sarah Roy out of the Australia team for the 2019 UCI Road World Championships which will be held in Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

The 28-year-old received a late call-up to represent Australia at the UCI Road World Championships in a fortnight on the women's team following injury and illness to Grace Brown and Sarah Roy. While the sprinter is not expected to factor as a favourite over the bergs in Yorkshire, she is still "pumped" to represent her country and contribute to the team.

The 2019 UCI Road World Championships features 11 races over eight days in the junior (U19), under 23 and elite categories.

The road races promise to push the world’s best to the limit with a punishing 285km contest for the men and 150km for the women, with both races to culminate with laps of a technical circuit around Harrogate.

SBS will stream selected events from the 22-29 September UCI Road World Championships on SBS OnDemand and the website with live TV coverage of the women's and men's road races scheduled for SBS Viceland.

Yesterday, Lisa Brennauer (WNT) won the ITT stage of the Madrid Challenge and with it the overall title.