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11 Jun 2020
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Team Australia dominated the first race of the Super League Triathlon eSports Cycling Series with David Mainwaring and Aaron Royle both on the podium after a thrilling sprint finish.
Despite the race starting at just after 4am on the Gold Coast, Mainwaring and Royle were on scintillating form to put Australia ahead at the top of the General Classification Leaderboard and themselves first and second in the unofficial individual points standings.
Mainwaring took the honours in the KOM section of the London 8 Reverse route on Zwift and backed that up by timing his sprint for the finish line to perfection, narrowly beating France’s Leo Bergere. Royle made up the top three to round out the individual prize money positions and was also first in the intermediate sprint at 13.1km.
Australia, whose accumulated points saw them take the $1,000 team bonus for the race, have a one second advantage over Team Great Britain in the General Classification Leaderboard.
The times of the top two riders across the line from each team count towards the Leaderboard with Alex Yee and Alistair Brownlee finishing sixth and seventh respectively for Great Britain.
The field was split on the first climb with a 17 man pack riding clear of the rest of the field but most of the front group then couldn’t be separated until a pulsating sprint finish.
The men race again on Thursday June 18 (7pm BST), while the women are in the spotlight on Tuesday June 16 (7pm BST).
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