Popular Australian criterium to be named after race founder
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Popular Australian criterium to be named after race founder

by Conal Andrews at 4:51 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling

The recent passing of the founder of the Launceston International Classic in Australia will see the race named after him, with the event becoming the Stan Siejka Classic.

Several years ago Dr Siejka, a neurologist, and former international rider Tom Sawyer created and developed the popular criterium, which has attracted some of Australia’s top riders. Multiple Tour de France stage winner Robbie McEwen has taken once victory, while Matt Goss and Hilton Clarke have two apiece.

This year’s race will see Goss return, and be joined by other big names such as Graeme Brown, Leigh Howard, Jack Bobridge, local favourite Baden Cooke, as well as the Sulzberger brothers Bernard and Wes.

The event is part of the popular Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals and will be held on December 27th. It will feature a $5000 first prize, and the 90 minute evening race is expected to attract the usual large crowds.

Dr. Stan Siejka died in September while skiing in New Zealand.

More details about this year’s race can be found on the Cycling Tasmania website.


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