COMING HOME STRONG: Alex Edmondson from South Australia (left) charges the line in the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival.
COMING HOME STRONG: Alex Edmondson from South Australia (left) charges the line in the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival. Patrick Woods

Edmondson buzzing after last gasp win at Noosa

FORMER world champion Alex Edmondson won the closest ever Australian Open Criterium by the proverbial "bee's d***" at Noosa yesterday.

If today's Noosa Triathlon is half as exciting as the criterium then spectators are in for a show.

Germany's Michael Schweizer had thrown his hands up in victory as he crossed the line, only to find moments later that Edmondson had pipped him in the final milliseconds.

There was pandemonium at the finish line as commentators, race officials and spectators were left with absolutely no idea who had won the race.

It was only until a finish line manned iPad revealed the slightest of winning margins to the South Australian.

Edmondson was as bewildered as any after the race.

"Got dragged all the way to the line in a bit of a throw and the old German a little excited," he said.

"I was a bit confident, but with him putting his hand up to celebrate I didn't know - look I just did my best and it was all in that throw at the end.

"You've got to be the first one across, it doesn't matter if you're 10 metres or a bee's … you've got to be the first one."

Schweizer had to overcome a mid-race crash to give himself a shot at the sprint finish and although his hands were in the air, he wasn't confident of the win either.

"I wasn't sure if I was (first), I didn't think at all that I had won because it was so close," he said.

"Still, second in front of this great crowd after a crash during the race, I'm really happy that I could race at all after it and second is a great result.

"Definitely not a shame (coming second to Edmondson), but it's always better to win."

Although this was the end of the cycling season, Edmondson now begins one of the biggest years in his career.

The 21-year-old turns his attention to winning his first gold medal at the Rio Olympics as the second youngest cycling Olympian in Australian history.

Edmondson will also start his first season with Orica-GreenEDGE and he put his win down to his only teammate in the race Michael Hepburn.

"I came here wanting to do well, but to come away with a win is very special and I wouldn't be able to do it without Michael Hepburn - he rode the majority of the race on the front," Edmondson said.

"If it wasn't for him I'd have had no chance of winning.

"I'm thrilled to come here and get a win in front of this massive crowd."



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