Georgia Baker wins for dad at Noosa Tri Festival

SPURRED on by the memory of her late father, Georgia Baker won Australian Open Criterium to get the Noosa Triathlon Festival weekend off with a bang.

Although the field was significantly smaller than last years', there was an abundance of talent.

The race featured last years' winner and Australian criterium champion Kimberley Wells and four-time Australian time trial champion Shara Gillow.

But it was Baker who held on in a sprint finish to add to an already successful 2015 season after winning the individual pursuit gold medal at the 2016 Oceania Track Championships.

Baker spent the majority of the race in the pack and said it was her father and family who got her over the line.

"Couple of times I thought about my dad, it was a little bit tough out there and he definitely got me through it," she said.

It was awesome to have my family here today to support me, (and) at the end of the day, that's what it came down to."

She rode for High5 Dream Team who had the largest presence at the race, which was a major contributor to Baker's win.

"They (her team) got me into a good position I had 100% confidence in my team mates coming into the final bend," Baker said.

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