Wiggins anxious on team selection

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Star Albany cyclist Craig Wiggins faces a nervous wait in the coming weeks after securing a bronze medal at the 2017 Cycling Australia Under-19 Road National Championships earlier this month — the final event to push his claims for selection in the national team.

Cycling Australia will name its under-19 Australian representatives in the next month for September’s Junior World Championships, which will be held in Norway, and Wiggins remains a live hope to secure a spot on the trip despite being disappointed with his performances at the national championships from June 16-18.

At the event held in Geelong, Wiggins saved his best till last, crossing the line third in a bunched sprint finish to the criterium to walk away with a bronze medal after cycling against 48 of the nation’s best riders for his age.

After doing plenty of work early in the criterium, Wiggins was only narrowly edged out by fellow WA rider Bryce Lanigan and Victoria’s Jensen Plowright in the tense sprint to the finish line.

Earlier in the championships, Wiggins recorded a 14th place finish in the individual time trial, which attracted a field of 49 starters, completing the 20.9km course in 32min. 08.1sec.

In the gruelling 113km road race which had 77 entrants, Wiggins crossed the line in 41st place after admittedly not his best effort ,but he was only 3:41 adrift of the winner.

The 18-year-old said he did not feel comfortable at the championships and may have blown his shot at world’s selection.

“I felt sick over there, I was waking up during the night, my legs just felt dead and I couldn’t get anything out of them,” Wiggins said.

“I managed to pull something out in the criterium, mainly because I know how to ride them and move through the pack and pass efficiently, and it was a kick sprint.

“But I am disappointed.

“I wanted to have a decent time trial and solid road race performance but it just didn’t happen.

“I think I needed another good performance after that good race at Oceania and Mersey Valley, so I’ll just wait and see with the selection process now.”

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