Sewell wins women’s Australian junior title after late crash and disqualification - video

Francesca Sewell walks and runs to the finish

Francesca Sewell was awarded the women’s under-19 Australia national road race title in dramatic fashion after a late crash and disqualification turned the initial result of the race on its head. Sewell crashed in the finishing straight after her chain locked. She ran to the finish line, desperate to take what she thought was second place behind Neve Bradbury. However before the podium ceremony, race officials disqualified Bradbury for having an under-weight bike and to her amazement, Sewell was promoted to first place and pulled on the green and gold national champion’s jersey. Tasmania’s Catelyn Turner was second, with Ashlee Jones adding a bronze medal to her win in the Criterium championships. Bradbury was disqualified from the results after judges weighed her bike and discovered it was 120g below the UCI minimum weight of 6.8kg. Sewell appeared in disbelief after the medal presentation. She heard about the disqualification on public ...

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