The Subaru Australian Open Criterium, in Noosa, saw Jesse Kerrison clinch the win, in a bunch sprint finish, in the men’s race, as Tiffany Cromwell proved too good in the women’s race, winning from a breakaway group of four.

Despite a crash, with just on 15 minutes to go in the race, Kerrison maintained his composure, and with the support of his State of Matter MAAP teammates, won the sprint finish ahead of Cameron Ivory and, former team sprint world champion, Scott Sunderland.

“That was really tough, especially after the crash,” said Kerrison, the current Australian under 23 criterium champion. “I felt the pressure given the boys had put me is such a great position.

“I’ve watched this race so many times, it’s awesome to finally get my name on that honour roll.”

The men’s race was an aggressive affair with Jordan Kirby, riding one of his last races for the Drapac team, launching two big attacks in an attempt to win solo. He spent half the race off the front on his own but was reeled in with just three laps remaining.

Queensland’s Tory Herfoss, a former Superbike rider, also made regular attempts to breakaway and has marked himself as a rider to watch throughout the Australian summer.

The women’s race saw a strong breakaway of four steal a march on the peloton as they endeavoured to get away from track world championships Rebecca Wiasak and Annette Edmondson.

Katrin Garfoot, fresh off winning the bronze medal in the individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships, was among the four at the front of the race along with Emily Roper, an under 23 Australian champion in the road race, individual time trial and criterium, and Lucy Bechtel, who was riding for the Specialized team.

But it was Tiffany Cromwell, a fourth place finishes in the road race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, who proved to be too smart and too quick for her rivals.

“We knew there were some fast girls in the race so a few of us knew we wanted to get a smaller group,” Cromwell said.

“Kat (Katrin Garfoot) was strong, she really drove that break. It was a perfect break for me. I just had to be smart.

“(When the break was established) I wasn’t super confident because my legs were feeling pretty horrendous...but I knew I just had to play it smart and play the sprint well and when I went I knew I had it (the win).

Cromwell’s desire to get away from the main peloton proved prophetic, as the much feared, Rebecca Wiasak won the bunch sprint home for fifth.