Bling could be very Oppy
“The Oppy” could be Tour de France green jersey winner Michael Matthews’ cherry on top of a stunning 2017.
He’s one of three Canberra hopes for the n Cyclist of the Year award – the Sir Hubert “Oppy” Opperman Medal and Trophy – along with world champion Caroline Buchanan and Chloe Hosking.
Matthews should win the elite men’s road cyclist of the year having also claimed a bronze medal at the world championships on top of his Tour green jersey.
He also won two stages at the Tour, along with a world title in the team time trial for Team Sunweb.
Buchanan’s nominated for two gongs outside the Oppy – the women’s BMX rider of the year and the women’s mountain bike rider of the year as well.
She won a gold medal at the mountain bike worlds in the 4X, while also picked up a silver at the BMX world championships.
Hosking has been nominated for the elite women’s road cyclist award, but is up against worlds silver medallist Katrin Garfoot.
Canberrans have a strong track record in the Oppy, with Mathew Hayman the reigning champion following his Paris-Roubaix win in 2016, Buchanan having won it in 2013 and three-time world champ Michael Rogers claiming it in 2003.
The Oppy is decided from the winners of all the elite categories, including Para-cycling, BMX and mountain bike.
CYCLING AUSTRALIA AWARDS NOMINEES
Elite road: Women: Katrin Garfoot, Chloe Hosking, Sarah Roy. Men: Caleb Ewan, Michael Matthews, Richie Porte.
Elite track: Women: Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure, Stephanie Morton. Men: Jordan Kerby, Cameron Meyer, Sam Welsford.
Para-cycling: Men: Kyle Bridgwood C4, Darren Hicks C2, David Nicholas C3. Women: Carol Cooke T2, Simone Kennedy C3, Amanda Reid C2.
Junior road: Women: Madeleine Fasnacht, Sarah Gigante, Emily Mascaro. Men: Sebastian Berwick, Thomas Jones, Mitchell Wright.
Junior track: Women: Alexandra Martin-Wallace, Lara Tucker, Brooklyn Vonderwall. Men: James Brister, Stephen Cuff, Godfrey Slattery.
Under-23: Lucas Hamilton, Jai Hindley, Sam Welsford, Alex Manly.
BMX: Men: Brandon Loupos, Logan Martin, Kai Sakakibara. Women:Caroline Buchanan, Lauren Reynolds, Leanna Curtis.
MTB: Men: Michael Hannah, Troy Brosnan, Jack Moir. Women: Tracey Hannah, Janine Jungfels, Caroline Buchanan.