Chloe Hosking somersaulting her way towards Commonwealth Games

Sport, Canberra Olympian Chloe Hosking at the n Institute of Sport Physiology Lab . 22 May 2013 Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan. Chloe Hosking somersaulted over her handlebars and crashed onto the bitumen on Sunday, only to get back in the saddle and win the final stage of the Tour Down Under.
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The Canberra cyclist escaped the crash with bumps and bruises, recovering in time to execute a perfect sprint finish in Adelaide.

Hosking pulled up sore on Monday and confirmed she’d be seeing the osteopath, but admitted securing her first win of the season made the pain a lot more bearable.

“It was during the second intermediate sprint, we were all strung out and somebody hit someone’s wheel and half the peloton crashed,” Hosking said.

“I had nowhere to go and hit the girls in front of me then flipped over the top of them, it was a spectacular somersault and I landed on my back.

“I didn’t get back on the same bke, that bike was ruined, my mechanic literally rode my spare bike to me, I was lucky to continue and to win was unbelievable.

“The adrenalin masks some of the pain because I could feel it in the race but not in the sprint, then I stopped and thought wow that’s really sore.

“Winning eases the pain and takes a bit of the pressure off, it’s always nice to get the first win of the season on the board and especially when my team has come all the way from Italy.”

Hosking was luckier than fellow Canberra rider Rebecca Wiasak who crashed out of the race three days earlier and was left with serious gravel rash on her face, shoulder, hands and knees.

Hosking said her focus is now on winning the Cadel Evans’ race in two weeks as the sprint star pushes for a Commonwealth Games berth.

The winner of race 113km race on Great Ocean Road gains automatic selection for the Games on the Gold Coast in April.

“The win there is a big goal for me, that’s an automatic qualification race and if I won that it’d be a big kick,” Hosking said.

“It’s not a dead flat sprint but I’ve done well there in the past with a fourth and an eighth, if I’m in form, which I am, I know I can have a good race there and the goal is to win.

“I’ll also have my team and that makes a huge difference, I won yesterday [Sunday] because of my team, they were there when I crashed and got me back in the race.

“They did a phenomenal job in the last three laps top put me in the perfect position with 400m to go and I wouldn’t have won without them.

“They wouldn’t have said anything but I’m sure they would have been a bit disappointed not to get a win this week. I really miss them at races like the nationals but have to keep it in my head that I have fantastic support in the European races.”

Hosking won bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games as a 20-year-old but following a selection fiasco for the world championships last year, she said getting picked was no guarantee.

“Unless you win an automatic qualification it’s totally up to the selectors discretion and it was nice to win and shows I have form but at the end of the day – and we’ve seen it in the past – you never know what they’ll do with selection,” Hosking said.

“You can never be confident of a spot, it’s a tough team to make, two spots are already filled and there are four left… you never know how it will play out but I’ve gotten to the point in my career where I hope my legs can do the talking.”