The National Capital Tour: Final stage
The Mens Criterium stage 4 event around Federation Mall. Photo: Graham Tidy GGT
With a contract with Team Sky already signed, sealed and delivered, Nathan Earle could have sat back and taken the rest of the year easy. But his competitive nature wouldn't allow that, which is why he comfortably won the National Capital Tour general classification by more than a minute, why he wants to go out on a high in his home race, the Tour of Tasmania, and possibly claim the National Road Series title as well.
Canberra cyclist Rebecca Wiasak took out the final two stages of the women's event, winning the sprint in the second road race and then doing the same in the criterium in the afternoon.
Earle set up his win this weekend by dominating Saturday's road race and then capped it off with a criterium win in front of Parliament House on Sunday.
The climber beat Huon Salmon-Genesys teammate Jack Haig by one minute 15 seconds across the four stages. He sits on top of the NRS table with 76 points, seven ahead of Haig.
Because of his commitments with Team Sky, the Tour of Tassie will be his last event, giving Haig three events to claim the NRS title unchallenged.
Earle wants to go out on a high before joining fellow Tasmanian Richie Porte at Team Sky.
''It's a little bit hard because contracts are signed and done and nothing's based on my performance for the rest of the year - I've got a job for the next couple of years,'' Earle said.
''But at the same time, being a competitive athlete you still want to win. This is my last year in Australia for at least two years and I want to leave on a high … I've still got plenty of motivation to finish this year off on a high.''
Earle is relishing the chance to work with Porte again, after the pair were on the same team in 2008-09.
Porte proved a valuable asset for Team Sky for this year's Tour de France winner Chris Froome, especially in the mountains, and he has been called a potential yellow jersey winner himself.
Both Porte and Earle came through the Huon Salmon-Genesys system, which also produced Canberra's Nathan Haas. ''We've just got the right management, the right team,'' Earle said.