Bobridge brilliant in Buninyong

Garmin-Cervélo rider takes Australian title ahead of Goss and Gerrans

South Australian Jack Bobridge put in an amazing performance to win the elite national road race in Buninyong on Sunday. The 21-year-old Garmin-Cervelo rider showed his class by soloing for 30km to take the coveted green and gold jersey, 37 seconds ahead of Matt Goss (HTC-Columbia) and Simon Gerrans (Team Sky).

"I'm over the moon, this is a fantastic feeling," an ecstatic Bobridge said after the race. His win today meant that Garmin-Cervelo keep the national jersey in the squad for another twelve months following Travis Meyer's victory last year and Bobridge added, "It's good to keep it in the team and take it to Europe again."

When racing got underway, the peloton made the course hard early with a blistering speed. Approximately twenty riders found the going tough from the outset and were dropped from the peloton, ensuring that they were in for a long day on the 163.2km course.

After the first lap of the 10.2km circuit, the peloton was still together but a break of six managed to get clear and built an advantage of up to half a minute. Pat Shaw (Genesys Wealth Advisers), Jai Crawford (Pegasus), Chris Jongewaard (Sasi), Rhys Pollock (Drapac), Chris Jory and Fabio Calabria were the men to escape from the peloton. When the move went, Jack Bobridge bridged across making it a strong seven man lead group.

Over the next few laps, their advantage grew to over two minutes and they gained a maximum advantage of nearly four minutes halfway through the race. Riders tried to bridge across to the break but were unsuccessful and with six laps to go, the leading group of seven were down to three with Bobridge, Crawford and Jongewaard all at the front of the race.

Their lead was approximately 45 seconds as their fellow companions were caught by the peloton. Heading into the final three laps, Bobridge launched a daring move, breaking away from the duo. Behind him, Jongewaard and Crawford were taken back by a reduced peloton of approximately fifteen riders. Leigh Howard and Baden Cooke were also in that group after trying to attack.

On that penultimate lap, the peloton was reduced to a select group of eight riders as Howard and Cooke dropped off with nine other riders and with two laps to go, Bobridge had a 45 second lead on a small group featuring Matt Goss, Bernard Sulzberger (Pegasus), Simon Gerrans (Sky), Lachlan Norris (Drapac) and his two team-mates, Cameron and Travis Meyer.

The Meyer brothers’ presence gave Bobridge’s chances a significant boost: they were closing down moves as Gerrans kept attacking when the lead dropped to two hundred metres on the climb.

To Bobridge's credit, he dug deep and increased his advantage back out to 40 seconds at the top of the climb and held that advantage for the rest of the race. As Bobridge entered the final straight, he started to celebrate as he realised he secured one of the biggest victories in his career.

Goss sprinted out of a small group of five riders to take second with pre-race favourite Gerrans in third.

Bobridge – just the beginning?

Bobridge won the under-23 national title in both the time trial and road race in 2009. After securing the elite road race today, he could very well do the double again on Tuesday, as one of the favourites for the time trial.

"I came here with good training under my belt over the past month," said Bobridge. “I had one of those days today where everything falls into place and you feel well. It's awesome."

"When I heard who was behind me, it definitely got me going. The crowd was awesome today on the course - they were loud on that hill. At the end of the day my move paid off and I will come back next year and give it another crack," concluded Bobridge.

Goss and Gerrans on the podium

Matt Goss' second place shows how good his form is and sets him up nicely for the 2011 season. Although he would have liked to have won the race, he was pleased with his result.

"It's a good result, it's good for the confidence. It's a hard circuit. I wouldn't have expected to get around there this time of year but I have trained really hard and I'm in good form," Goss explained.

"Unfortunately we didn't catch Jack today. He rode too strong...he was impressive. He's shown how good of a time triallist he is. He's a super strong bike rider."

Gerrans’ third place was a good result and he also commended Bobridge on his impressive ride.

"I did everything I could to try to win today's race and in the end we were outclassed," explained Gerrans. "I did everything I could to try to break the field up and get across to Jack, but out there by himself, he was just a bit too strong."

"Obviously he has huge potential, I think we'll see him even develop a lot more when he just concentrates on the road. He's one of our stars for the future," Gerrans concluded.

Sulzberger's fourth earns him the final Tour Down Under spot.

Bernard Sulzberger came into the race today with two objectives - winning and securing the last spot in the Uni-SA squad for the Tour Down Under. He didn't win, but his fourth place ensured he took that place in the team, something which is important for him and his team, Pegasus.

"I'm very happy," Sulzberger said after the race. "I'm in good form and to get a place in the squad for the Tour Down Under is fantastic and hopefully it gives us good exposure."

Simon Gerrans was pleased with his compatriot after the race.

"Bernie is in good shape and he's a fantastic rider. He deserves a spot in the Tour Down Under. We've seen him place consistently at the front for the last month or two and he deserves that spot and I hope something eventuates for him," said Gerrans.

The 2011 Mars Australian Open Road Championships conclude Tuesday with the under-23 and elite men and women time trials.
 

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Bobridge (Norwood CC)4:12:42 
2Matt Goss (West Tamar CC)0:00:37 
3Simon Gerrans (Mansfield Mt Buller CC)  
4Bernard Sulzberger (West Tamar CC)  
5Lachlan Norris (MTBA)  
6Cameron Meyer (Midland CC)  
7Travis Meyer (Midland CC)  
8Matt Wilson (Chelsea & Peninsula CC)0:01:22 
9Nathan Earle (Hobart Wheelers)  
10Timothy Roe (Norwood CC)0:01:37 
11Leigh Howard (Geelong Cycle Club)  
12Baden Cooke (Carnegie Caulfield CC)  
13Steele Von Hoff (Chelsea & Peninsula CC)  
14Allan Davis (Bundaberg Cycle Club)  
15Michael Matthews (Vikings CC ACT)  
16Peter McDonald (Sydney CC)0:01:39 
17Jai Crawford (Hobart Wheelers)  
18Floris Goesinnen (Netherlands)  
19Benjamin King (Melville Fremantle CC)  
20Wes Sulzberger (West Tamar CC)  
21Mark O'Brien (Horsham CC Inc)  
22Darren Lapthorne (Coburg CC)  
23Michael Rogers (Canberra CC)  
24Anthony Giacoppo (Northern Districts WA)0:03:00 
25John Anderson (Balmoral Cycle Club)0:03:55 
26Cal Britten (Alpine CC)  
27Graeme Brown (Randwick Botany CC)0:04:49 
28Rowan Dever (Blackburn CC Inc)  
29Jason Spencer (Blackburn CC Inc)  
30William Clarke (Northern Districts CC)  
31Luke Roberts (Norwood CC)  
32David Pell (Bendigo & District CC)  
33Cameron Worth (Hobart Wheelers)  
34Darren Rolfe (Toowoomba CC Inc.)  
35Michael Cupitt (Sunshine Coast CC)  
36Brendan Brooks (Murwillumbah Cycle Club)  
37Jonathan Cantwell (Lifecycle CC)  
38David Tanner (Carnegie Caulfield CC)  
39Trent Lowe (Carnegie Caulfield CC)  
40Ryan Obst (Norwood CC)0:09:22 
41Hayden Brooks (Toowoomba CC Inc.)  
42Cameron Jennings (Rockhampton Cycle Club)  
43Marc Williams (Canberra CC)  
44Sam Rutherford (Sydney CC)0:11:42 
45Andrew Blair (Canberra CC)  
46Nick Bensley (St Kilda CC Inc)  
47Fabio Calabria (Blackburn CC Inc)0:13:31 
48Chris Jongewaard (Norwood CC)0:13:45 
DNFRhys Pollock (Albury-Wodonga CC)  
DNFClarke Petrick (Alice Springs CC)  
DNFJohn Kent (Alpine CC)  
DNFDamien Turner (Ballarat/Sebastopol CC)  
DNFWill Wettenhall (Ballarat/Sebastopol CC)  
DNFPatrick Shaw (Ballarat/Sebastopol CC)  
DNFJay Bourke (Ballarat/Sebastopol CC)  
DNFMark Renshaw (Bathurst CC)  
DNFDavid Brown (BCRI)  
DNFJames Ibrahim (Bendigo & District CC)  
DNFTom Leaper (Blackburn CC Inc)  
DNFMitchell Docker (Brunswick CC Inc)  
DNFStuart Grimsey (Brunswick CC Inc)  
DNFAdam Hansen (Cairns Cycle Club)  
DNFStuart Shaw (Canberra CC)  
DNFTony Gaudry (Canberra CC)  
DNFKris Johnston (Canberra CC)  
DNFWilliam Lind (Canberra CC)  
DNFRyan Quade (Canberra CC)  
DNFShane Spicer (Canberra CC)  
DNFMathew Hayman (Canberra CC)  
DNFJulien Wicks (Canberra CC)  
DNFAndrew Downie (Carnegie Caulfield CC)  
DNFMatthew Shea (Carnegie Caulfield CC)  
DNFDaniel Strauss (Carnegie Caulfield CC)  
DNFMatthew Bishop (Carnegie Caulfield CC)  
DNFTommy Nankervis (Carnegie Caulfield CC)  
DNFPeter Smith (Carnegie Caulfield CC)  
DNFAlexander Smyth (Carnegie Caulfield CC)  
DNFJohnnie Walker (Carnegie Caulfield CC)  
DNFNick Walker (Carnegie Caulfield CC)  
DNFChris Winn (Carnegie Caulfield CC)  
DNFSimon Clarke (Carnegie Caulfield CC)  
DNFJon Houston (Central Districts CC)  
DNFAaron Kemps (Coral Isle Cyclists)  
DNFScott Liston (Dirt Riders)  
DNFAdrian Jackson (Dirt Riders)  
DNFDarcy Rosenlund (Dutton Cycles R R)  
DNFJoel Pearson (Eurobodalla Cyclists Club Inc.)  
DNFMatthew Chew (Ffast Cycle Club)  
DNFDavid Melville (Ffast Cycle Club)  
DNFBenjamin Day (Ffast CC)  
DNFBenjamin Johnson (Footscray CC Inc)  
DNFJulian Bain (Footscray CC Inc)  
DNFBrett Hickford (Footscray CC Inc)  
DNFPaul Redenbach (Footsray CC)  
DNFRichard Jeremiah (Geelong Cycle Club)  
DNFAndrew Margison (George Town CC)  
DNFMichael Hosking (Gold Coast CATS CC)  
DNFRobbie McEwen (Gold Coast CATS CC)  
DNFGiuseppe Cirella (Gold Coast CATS CC)  
DNFBen Swift (Great Britain)  
DNFZakkari Dempster  
DNFTom Southam (Great Britain)  
DNFJoel Strachan (Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club)  
DNFTimothy White (Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club)  
DNFPeter Dennis (Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club)  
DNFSamuel Witmitz (Horsham CC Inc)  
DNFMatthew Wood (Kangaroo Point CC)  
DNFCharles Howlett (Latrobe City CC)  
DNFRichie Porte (Launceston CC)  
DNFMichael Smith (Launceston City CC)  
DNFLiam McCarthy (Lifecycle CC)  
DNFRian Douglas (MA Cycling)  
DNFLuis Trueba (Macarthur Collegians CC)  
DNFAmir Rusli (Malaysia)  
DNFCaleb Jones (Manly Warringah CC)  
DNFAndrew Crawley (Manly Warringah CC)  
DNFNathan Versey (MTBA)  
DNFMatthew Hodges (Murwillumbah Cycle Club)  
DNFMark Dippelsman (Murwillumbah Cycle Club)  
DNFKoen De Kort (Netherlands)  
DNFNicholas Mitchell (Northcote CC Inc)  
DNFReece-Emerson Van Beek (Northcote CC Inc)  
DNFJason Rigg (Northern Districts WA)  
DNFStephen Tree (Northern Sydney CC)  
DNFAlexander Malone (Northern Sydney CC)  
DNFChristopher Williams (Northern Sydney CC)  
DNFNathan Hunter (Norwood CC)  
DNFAndrew Roe (Norwood CC)  
DNFBrad Davies (Norwood CC)  
DNFJames Hannam (Norwood CC)  
DNFAntony Dimitrovski (Parramatta CC)  
DNFJake Magee (Parramatta CC)  
DNFCameron Peterson (Peloton Sports)  
DNFChris Jory (Port Macquarie CC)  
DNFLars Pria (Romania)  
DNFBrett Lancaster (Shepparton CC)  
DNFBenjamin Cheney (South Coast CC)  
DNFShaun Lewis (Southern Highlands CC)  
DNFChristopher Sutton (St George CC)  
DNFPeter Hatton (St George CC)  
DNFBen Kersten (St George CC)  
DNFPeter English (St Kilda CC)  
DNFDanny Cohen (St Kilda CC Inc)  
DNFThomas Donald (St Kilda CC Inc)  
DNFTim McGrath (St Kilda CC Inc)  
DNFMalachi Moxon (St Kilda CC Inc)  
DNFRico Rogers (St Kilda CC Inc)  
DNFReece Stephens (St Kilda CC Inc)  
DNFCarson Tully (St Kilda CC Inc)  
DNFAndrew Clark (St Kilda CC Inc)  
DNFLuke James (St Kilda CC Inc)  
DNFTristan Jones (Sturt Holdfast Marion CC)  
DNFAndrew Hutcheson (Sunbury & Hume Districts CC)  
DNFKris Koke (Sutherland Shire CC)  
DNFNeil Van der Ploeg (Team Mount Beauty)  
DNFDavid Jameson (Townsville Cycle Club)  
DNFMark Jameson (Uni Cycle Club)  
DNFAidan McKenzie (Uni Cycle Club)  
DNFTimothy Walker (West Tamar CC)  
DNSMichael Fitzgerald (Atomic Brooks Cycle Club)  
DNSMichael Bulters (Canberra CC)  
DNSJason Cattonar (Norwood CC)  
DNSDavid Kemp (Toowoomba CC Inc.)  

 

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