Auckland cyclist Georgia Williams wins elite time trial at National Road Cycling Championships

The Aucklander claimed gold in blustery conditions in Hawke's Bay.
The Aucklander claimed gold in blustery conditions in Hawke's Bay. Photo credit: Getty Images

Auckland cyclist Georgia Williams has won the 2018 elite national women's time trial at the National Road Cycling Championships.

Williams finished 14 seconds ahead of Waikato-Bay of Plenty's Rushlee Buchanan, in very blustery conditions in Hawke's Bay.

Aucklander Bronwyn McGregor ended a distant third, a 1m29sec behind.

It's a breakthrough victory for Williams, who finished second to Buchanan in both the time trial and road race in Napier last year.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider's looking forward to wearing the Black New Zealand champion's jersey on the pro tour this year.

"It will be awesome, I've got a few tours lined up so I'll be able to wear it in the prologues and time trials," she said after the race.

 "It'll be really cool representing New Zealand on the other side of the world," a breathless Williams said straight after her winning ride.

The men's race is this afternoon, with former star rower-turned-time trial specialist Hamish Bond the favourite - especially since the withdrawal of defending champ Jack Bauer through illness.

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