The Australian summer of cycling began in the wake of tragedy, less than a fortnight after the untimely death of Victorian cyclist (and BSSC alumni) Jason Lowndes. The summer of cycling ended with an emotional tribute to Lowndes, courtesy of his friend Sam Crome (Bennelong-SwissWellness), winner of the final stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.
Crome celebrated emphatically as he crossed the finish line in Kinglake, winning the stage 4 sprint from a significantly reduced peloton. In doing so Crome beat WorldTour riders Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott; second) and Ruben Guerreiro (Trek-Segafredo; third) for stage honours in what was the biggest win of his career.
With a quiver in his voice, Crome spoke after the stage of the importance of the victory. He wasn’t just winning for himself or his team; he was winning for a fallen mate.
For Crome, Lowdnes’ death put everything into perspective and provided extra motivation to get the most out of himself.