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Australian Open Road Championships 2011

Date range:
January 6-11, 2011

January 09, Elite Men Road Race: Buninyong 163.2km

Bobridge brilliant in Buninyong

By:
Chris Graetz
Published:
January 09, 2011, 9:20 GMT,
Updated:
January 09, 2011, 10:18 GMT

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

The podium (l-r): Matt Goss (2nd, Tasmania), Jack Bobridge (1st,South Australia) and Simon Gerrans (3rd,Victoria).

The podium (l-r): Matt Goss (2nd, Tasmania), Jack Bobridge (1st,South Australia) and Simon Gerrans (3rd,Victoria).

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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) Team Result
1 Jack Bobridge (Norwood CC) 4:12:42  
2 Matt Goss (West Tamar CC) 0:00:37  
3 Simon Gerrans (Mansfield Mt Buller CC)    
4 Bernard Sulzberger (West Tamar CC)    
5 Lachlan Norris (MTBA)    
6 Cameron Meyer (Midland CC)    
7 Travis Meyer (Midland CC)    
8 Matt Wilson (Chelsea & Peninsula CC) 0:01:22  
9 Nathan Earle (Hobart Wheelers)    
10 Timothy Roe (Norwood CC) 0:01:37  
11 Leigh Howard (Geelong Cycle Club)    
12 Baden Cooke (Carnegie Caulfield CC)    
13 Steele Von Hoff (Chelsea & Peninsula CC)    
14 Allan Davis (Bundaberg Cycle Club)    
15 Michael Matthews (Vikings CC ACT)    
16 Peter McDonald (Sydney CC) 0:01:39  
17 Jai Crawford (Hobart Wheelers)    
18 Floris Goesinnen (Netherlands)    
19 Benjamin King (Melville Fremantle CC)    
20 Wes Sulzberger (West Tamar CC)    
21 Mark O'Brien (Horsham CC Inc)    
22 Darren Lapthorne (Coburg CC)    
23 Michael Rogers (Canberra CC)    
24 Anthony Giacoppo (Northern Districts WA) 0:03:00  
25 John Anderson (Balmoral Cycle Club) 0:03:55  
26 Cal Britten (Alpine CC)    
27 Graeme Brown (Randwick Botany CC) 0:04:49  
28 Rowan Dever (Blackburn CC Inc)    
29 Jason Spencer (Blackburn CC Inc)    
30 William Clarke (Northern Districts CC)    
31 Luke Roberts (Norwood CC)    
32 David Pell (Bendigo & District CC)    
33 Cameron Worth (Hobart Wheelers)    
34 Darren Rolfe (Toowoomba CC Inc.)    
35 Michael Cupitt (Sunshine Coast CC)    
36 Brendan Brooks (Murwillumbah Cycle Club)    
37 Jonathan Cantwell (Lifecycle CC)    
38 David Tanner (Carnegie Caulfield CC)    
39 Trent Lowe (Carnegie Caulfield CC)    
40 Ryan Obst (Norwood CC) 0:09:22  
41 Hayden Brooks (Toowoomba CC Inc.)    
42 Cameron Jennings (Rockhampton Cycle Club)    
43 Marc Williams (Canberra CC)    
44 Sam Rutherford (Sydney CC) 0:11:42  
45 Andrew Blair (Canberra CC)    
46 Nick Bensley (St Kilda CC Inc)    
47 Fabio Calabria (Blackburn CC Inc) 0:13:31  
48 Chris Jongewaard (Norwood CC) 0:13:45  
DNF Rhys Pollock (Albury-Wodonga CC)    
DNF Clarke Petrick (Alice Springs CC)    
DNF John Kent (Alpine CC)    
DNF Damien Turner (Ballarat/Sebastopol CC)    
DNF Will Wettenhall (Ballarat/Sebastopol CC)    
DNF Patrick Shaw (Ballarat/Sebastopol CC)    
DNF Jay Bourke (Ballarat/Sebastopol CC)    
DNF Mark Renshaw (Bathurst CC)    
DNF David Brown (BCRI)    
DNF James Ibrahim (Bendigo & District CC)    
DNF Tom Leaper (Blackburn CC Inc)    
DNF Mitchell Docker (Brunswick CC Inc)    
DNF Stuart Grimsey (Brunswick CC Inc)    
DNF Adam Hansen (Cairns Cycle Club)    
DNF Stuart Shaw (Canberra CC)    
DNF Tony Gaudry (Canberra CC)    
DNF Kris Johnston (Canberra CC)    
DNF William Lind (Canberra CC)    
DNF Ryan Quade (Canberra CC)    
DNF Shane Spicer (Canberra CC)    
DNF Mathew Hayman (Canberra CC)    
DNF Julien Wicks (Canberra CC)    
DNF Andrew Downie (Carnegie Caulfield CC)    
DNF Matthew Shea (Carnegie Caulfield CC)    
DNF Daniel Strauss (Carnegie Caulfield CC)    
DNF Matthew Bishop (Carnegie Caulfield CC)    
DNF Tommy Nankervis (Carnegie Caulfield CC)    
DNF Peter Smith (Carnegie Caulfield CC)    
DNF Alexander Smyth (Carnegie Caulfield CC)    
DNF Johnnie Walker (Carnegie Caulfield CC)    
DNF Nick Walker (Carnegie Caulfield CC)    
DNF Chris Winn (Carnegie Caulfield CC)    
DNF Simon Clarke (Carnegie Caulfield CC)    
DNF Jon Houston (Central Districts CC)    
DNF Aaron Kemps (Coral Isle Cyclists)    
DNF Scott Liston (Dirt Riders)    
DNF Adrian Jackson (Dirt Riders)    
DNF Darcy Rosenlund (Dutton Cycles R R)    
DNF Joel Pearson (Eurobodalla Cyclists Club Inc.)    
DNF Matthew Chew (Ffast Cycle Club)    
DNF David Melville (Ffast Cycle Club)    
DNF Benjamin Day (Ffast CC)    
DNF Benjamin Johnson (Footscray CC Inc)    
DNF Julian Bain (Footscray CC Inc)    
DNF Brett Hickford (Footscray CC Inc)    
DNF Paul Redenbach (Footsray CC)    
DNF Richard Jeremiah (Geelong Cycle Club)    
DNF Andrew Margison (George Town CC)    
DNF Michael Hosking (Gold Coast CATS CC)    
DNF Robbie McEwen (Gold Coast CATS CC)    
DNF Giuseppe Cirella (Gold Coast CATS CC)    
DNF Ben Swift (Great Britain)    
DNF Zakkari Dempster    
DNF Tom Southam (Great Britain)    
DNF Joel Strachan (Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club)    
DNF Timothy White (Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club)    
DNF Peter Dennis (Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club)    
DNF Samuel Witmitz (Horsham CC Inc)    
DNF Matthew Wood (Kangaroo Point CC)    
DNF Charles Howlett (Latrobe City CC)    
DNF Richie Porte (Launceston CC)    
DNF Michael Smith (Launceston City CC)    
DNF Liam McCarthy (Lifecycle CC)    
DNF Rian Douglas (MA Cycling)    
DNF Luis Trueba (Macarthur Collegians CC)    
DNF Amir Rusli (Malaysia)    
DNF Caleb Jones (Manly Warringah CC)    
DNF Andrew Crawley (Manly Warringah CC)    
DNF Nathan Versey (MTBA)    
DNF Matthew Hodges (Murwillumbah Cycle Club)    
DNF Mark Dippelsman (Murwillumbah Cycle Club)    
DNF Koen De Kort (Netherlands)    
DNF Nicholas Mitchell (Northcote CC Inc)    
DNF Reece-Emerson Van Beek (Northcote CC Inc)    
DNF Jason Rigg (Northern Districts WA)    
DNF Stephen Tree (Northern Sydney CC)    
DNF Alexander Malone (Northern Sydney CC)    
DNF Christopher Williams (Northern Sydney CC)    
DNF Nathan Hunter (Norwood CC)    
DNF Andrew Roe (Norwood CC)    
DNF Brad Davies (Norwood CC)    
DNF James Hannam (Norwood CC)    
DNF Antony Dimitrovski (Parramatta CC)    
DNF Jake Magee (Parramatta CC)    
DNF Cameron Peterson (Peloton Sports)    
DNF Chris Jory (Port Macquarie CC)    
DNF Lars Pria (Romania)    
DNF Brett Lancaster (Shepparton CC)    
DNF Benjamin Cheney (South Coast CC)    
DNF Shaun Lewis (Southern Highlands CC)    
DNF Christopher Sutton (St George CC)    
DNF Peter Hatton (St George CC)    
DNF Ben Kersten (St George CC)    
DNF Peter English (St Kilda CC)    
DNF Danny Cohen (St Kilda CC Inc)    
DNF Thomas Donald (St Kilda CC Inc)    
DNF Tim McGrath (St Kilda CC Inc)    
DNF Malachi Moxon (St Kilda CC Inc)    
DNF Rico Rogers (St Kilda CC Inc)    
DNF Reece Stephens (St Kilda CC Inc)    
DNF Carson Tully (St Kilda CC Inc)    
DNF Andrew Clark (St Kilda CC Inc)    
DNF Luke James (St Kilda CC Inc)    
DNF Tristan Jones (Sturt Holdfast Marion CC)    
DNF Andrew Hutcheson (Sunbury & Hume Districts CC)    
DNF Kris Koke (Sutherland Shire CC)    
DNF Neil Van der Ploeg (Team Mount Beauty)    
DNF David Jameson (Townsville Cycle Club)    
DNF Mark Jameson (Uni Cycle Club)    
DNF Aidan McKenzie (Uni Cycle Club)    
DNF Timothy Walker (West Tamar CC)    
DNS Michael Fitzgerald (Atomic Brooks Cycle Club)    
DNS Michael Bulters (Canberra CC)    
DNS Jason Cattonar (Norwood CC)    
DNS David Kemp (Toowoomba CC Inc.)