Melissa Hoskins

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Melissa Hoskins
2015 Women's Tour - 84 Melissa Hoskins Queen of the Mountains.JPG
Queen of the Mountains,
2015 The Women's Tour
Personal information
Born (1991-02-24) 24 February 1991 (age 26)
Kalamunda, Western Australia, Australia
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)[1]
Team information
Current team Orica-AIS
Discipline Track and Road
Role Rider
Rider type Track: endurance
Road: sprinter[2]
Amateur team(s)
Northern Districts Cycling Club
Professional team(s)
2012- Orica-AIS
Major wins
Tour of Chongming Island (2012)

Melissa Hoskins (born 24 February 1991) is an Australian track and road racing cyclist. She topped the general classification in the 2012 Tour of Chongming Island. She was a member of the Australian track cycling team pursuit team that finished in fourth place at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Personal[edit]

Hoskins was born on 24 February 1991 in Kalamunda, Western Australia.[1][3] She attended Walliston Primary School before going to high school at Carmel Adventist College in Western Australia. She then went to Murdoch University Western Australia where she pursued a Bachelor of Sports Science.[1] As of 2012, she lives in Perth, Western Australia.[1][3][4]

Cycling career[edit]

Track[edit]

As a track cyclist, Hoskins specialises in endurance events.[3] She started track cycling when she was fifteen years old following participation at a Western Australia Institute of Sport talent identification event.[1] She started competitive cycling when she was sixteen years old.[3] Her event is the Team Pursuit.[1][3] She has a cycling scholarship with Australian Institute of Sport and Western Australian Institute of Sport.[1][3] She is a member of Northern Districts Cycling Club.[1] She is coached by Gary Sutton and Darryl Benson.[1][3] Her primary training base is in Adelaide, with a secondary base in Verese, Italy.[1]

Hoskins finished 3rd in the team pursuit at the 2011 Beijing World Cup in Beijing.[1][3] She finished 1st in the team pursuit, 2nd in the omnium, and 3rd in the individual pursuit at the 2011 Australian Track Nationals in Sydney.[1][3] She finished 2nd in the team pursuit at the 2012 Track World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.[1][3] She finished 1st in the team pursuit and 4th in the individual pursuit at the 2012 Australian Track Nationals in Sydney, Australia.[1][3] In the team pursuit event at the 2012 Summer Olympics Test Event in London, her team set the fastest time in the event on the opening day of the competition. She was the team's leader in the event but her gate failed to open properly.[5] Her team eventually earned a gold in the event.[4] She earned a silver medal in the scratch race at the 2012 World Championships.[4]

She competed for Australia with teammates Annette Edmondson and Josephine Tomic in the women's team pursuit at the 2012 Summer Olympics. They finished in fourth place after losing to Canada in the bronze final.[1][6]

Road[edit]

Hoskins also competes in road races and began racing professionally with the Orica-AIS team in 2012, specialising in sprint finishes on the flat. She won the first and third stages and topped the general classification in the 2012 Tour of Chongming Island, a category 2.1 stage race, and followed this by finishing second in the one-day Tour of Chongming Island World Cup.[2]

Palmares[edit]

2009
1st Pemberton Classic
2010
2nd Noosa GP
2011
1st Ronde van Appelscha
1st Profronde van Surhuisterveen
1st Wielerdag van Monster
1st Begijnendijk
1st Boutersem
1st Stage 2 Tour de Feminin – O cenu Ceskeho Svycarsk
2nd Le Bizet
2nd Wielerdag Zoeterwoude
2nd Ronde van Leiderdorp
3rd Ronde van Luyksgestel
2012
1st Tour of Chongming Island
1st Stage 1 & 3
1st Points Classification
1st Overall Bay Classic Series
1st Rond van Uitgeest
1st U23 Australian National Criterium Championship
2nd Tour of Chongming Island World Cup
2nd Team time trial, 2012 UCI Road World Championships
2013
1st Overall Bay Classic Series
1st Williamstown Criterium
2014 – Orica-AIS 2014 season
3rd Ronde van Gelderland
2015
2nd Overall Santos Women's Tour[7]
1st Stages 2[8] and 4[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "London 2012 – Melissa Hoskins". Australia: Australian Olympic Committee. 24 February 1991. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Melissa Hoskins". GreenEDGE Cycling. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Melissa Hoskins". Australia: Cycling Australia. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  4. ^ a b c Ralph, Jon (6 April 2012). "WA's Melissa Hoskins pipped for scratch race gold at world track championships". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  5. ^ "Australians in pursuit of Olympic champion". Sydney: The Australian. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  6. ^ "Women's Team Pursuit". london2012.com. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Santos Women's Tour: Hoskins wins on final day". cyclingnews.com. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Hoskins wins stage two of the Santos Women's Tour". cyclingnews.com. 18 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 

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