Gerrans wins Aussie title

Lloyd, Porte round out podium

Simon Gerrans powered to the Australia road cycling championship on Sunday to give GreenEdge its first win in its debut race.

Gerrans out-sprinted Matt Lloyd and Richie Porte in the 163km elite men’s road race to deliver a huge victory for GreenEdge in a pressure-cooker of a race.

Gerrans, who has won stages in all three grand tours, called winning the national jersey “an honor.”

“This is far and above one of my proudest moments in cycling — to now be crowned Australian champion for the next 12 months and to be able to wear green and gold through all the big races in Europe,” Gerrans said. “I just capped off some great teamwork from GreenEdge today. I am so proud of all the guys.”

Photo Gallery: 2012 Australian Road Championship

GreenEdge worked to dominate the 16-lap circuit that was so challenging that only 21 of 140 starters managed to finish the race.

Gerrans and Lloyd (Lampre) attacked on the final lap, with Team Sky’s Porte giving chase.

Gerrans will debut his national jersey at the Tour Down Under next week and cary it to Europe, where his top early-season goals will be the Ardennes classics.