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Jayco Bay Cycling Classic 2012

Date range:
January 1- 4, 2012

January 02, Stage 2: Geelong Eastern Park

Ewan blasts onto the big stage with Bay Classic victory

By:
Jane Aubrey
Published:
January 02, 2012, 6:10 GMT,
Updated:
January 02, 2012, 11:35 GMT

Rowney defeats Spratt as Total Rush - Hyster make it two from two

Allan Davis (Mitchelton Wines – Lowe Farms) stepped into the overall lead of the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic with a runner-up performance in a bunch sprint, while 17-year-old Caleb Ewan (NSWIS) stole the show against his much older and experienced rivals to win stage 2 at Eastern Park.

Ewan, World Junior Omnium Champion on the track, found perfect positioning to cross the finish line ahead of Davis and Bernie Sulzberger (Urban Hotels) in a shortened race due to searing temperatures experienced throughout the day of racing with several support events being undertaken from mid-morning. The mercury hit 45 degrees centigrade as the men's field lined up for the start.

Monday's win was without doubt the biggest win of Ewan's career and followed from his second placing behind Chris Sutton (Sky) at the Cronulla event of the NSW Grand Prix Series early last month. Ewan explained that finishing so close to the Vuelta stage winner gave him the confidence to be able to post a result this week at the Bay Crits.

"I knew I could come in pretty close to those guys if I was in the right position," he said. "I used that as a guide to how I ride."

Admittedly "over the moon" with the result, Ewan explained that he tried to forget about some of the people he was racing against and approach the race as if it were "another under 19 race."

"If you think about who you're racing, guys who have won grand tour stages and that, it's pretty intimidating being 17 but whatever I did it worked okay," the Bowral high school student reasoned.

The men's peloton was split after Sulzberger took out the day's opening sprint from Mitch Docker (GreenEdge) and brother Wes (GreenEdge) as a group of 13 riders containing Michael Hepburn, Davis (Mitchelton Wines – Lowe Farms), Docker, Sulzberger (GreenEdge), Trent Derencourt (John West Cycling), Dean Windsor, Johnnie Walker, Zak Dempster (Degani Bakery Cafe), Nathan Haas (BikeBug), James Mowatt (Rapido Cycling – Four Points Geelong), Bernie Sulzberger (Urban Hotels), Campbell Flakemore (Genesys Wealth Advisors) and Ewan (NSWIS) went off the front of the main bunch. The group's gap got out to half a lap, or 53 seconds and their lead was never seriously challenged.

Davis pulled on the overall leader's jersey with today's second placing with a three-point buffer on 18 points back to Sulzberger (Urban Hotels). Ewan (NSWIS) is third overall on 14 points with stage 1 winner Greg Henderson (Degani) fourth overall (12 points).

The Bundaberg native improved on his third placing on Sunday today and was hoping that a stage win was not too far away.

"It's another day of being so close, not just for myself but for GreenEdge," Davis explained. "We're trying to get that first one on the board which is always the hardest but hopefully tomorrow or the next day we can pull it off."

Asked what was more important, a stage win or overall at the end of the week, Davis was split.

"A stage win is what you always want to start off with and if you get yellow along the way it's a bonus as well," he said with his Mitchelton Wines – Lowe Farms outfit essentially a second GreenEdge team. "The points are so close so you need to be really consistent to win the overall."

Davis believes that Urban Hotels' Bernie Sulzberger will be the biggest threat in the field and planned to keep an eye on the Tasmanian.

Rowney too quick for Spratt as Hosking retains women's overall 

In the women's race, Loren Rowney made it two from two for Total Rush – Hyster, outsprinting Amanda Spratt (GreenEdge) to claim stage 2 of the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic.

The pair escaped with five laps remaining in the race, which had been reduced by five minutes due to delays caused from the searing conditions on the edge of Port Phillip Bay. Just prior, it had been Spratt's teammate, Jessie Maclean who again produced an attacking performance with a four-lap solo escape.

Rowney, overall winner in October's Honda Hybrid Women's Tour and Specialized-lululemon recruit said that being from Queensland, she used the heat to her advantage.

"For the first 20 minutes, Chloe said to relax, it's hot, make sure you conserve and then just attack, attack," the 23-year-old explained. "But I was a bit active at the start and after going off the front a little bit, I came back to the bunch and Jessie went.

"I didn't panic, I knew I could catch my breath and bridge across (to the front group) and that's what I did."

Rowney was too good for her opposition, outsprinting Spratt in the finishing straight.

"I did the turn all the way down the back, but obviously there's a slight cross tailwind," she explained of the tactics being played out over the final lap of the 1.8 kilometre circuit.

"So I was just tempoing it down the back, I actually led it out over the top of the hill and she went, I knew she went too early. I knew I've got a better kick, so I went with about 300m to go."

Today's win gets the four race series off to a highly successful start after teammate Chloe Hosking won Stage 1 on Sunday. Hosking finished fourth behind Melissa Hoskins (GreenEdge) to retain her overall leader's jersey by a one-point buffer from the sprinter. Defending champion Rochelle Gilmore (BikeExchange Dream Team) is third on 14 points.

Full results

Elite men - Stage 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Caleb Ewan (NSW) NSWIS 0:49:27  
2 Allan Davis (QLD) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms    
3 Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels    
4 Nathan Haas (ACT) Bike Bug    
5 Zak Dempster (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe    
6 James Mowatt (Vic) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong    
7 Dean Windsor (NSW) Degani Bakery Cafe    
8 Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling    
9 Trent Derecourt (WA) John West Cycling 0:00:05  
10 Johnnie Walker (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe    
11 Wesley Sulzberger (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling 0:00:28  
12 Luke Durbridge (WA) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms 0:00:36  
13 Campbell Flakemore (Tas) Genesys Wealth Advisers 0:00:47  
14 Mark O'Brien (Vic) Budget Forklifts 0:01:18  
15 Greg Henderson (NZ) Degani Bakery Cafe 0:01:19  
16 Patrick Lane (Vic) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms 0:02:00  
17 Michael Hepburn (QLD) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms    
18 Robbie McEwen (QLD) GreenEdge Cycling    
19 Blair Windsor (NSW) Budget Forklifts    
20 Oliver Kent-Spark (Vic) John West Cycling    
21 Leigh Howard (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling    
22 Sam Witmitz (Vic) Budget Forklifts    
23 Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Geelong Mazda    
24 Rene Kolbach (NSW) John West Cycling    
25 Scott Liston (Vic) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong    
26 Chris Sutton (NSW) Urban Hotels 0:02:05  
27 Matthew Goss (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling    
28 Luke Williams (NSW) NSWIS    
29 Anthony Giacoppo (WA) Bike Bug    
30 Steele Von Hoff (Tas) Bike Bug    
31 Baden Cooke (Vic) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms    
32 Nathan Bradshaw (NSW) NSWIS    
33 Blake Hose (Vic) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
34 Richard Lang (NSW) Urban Hotels    
35 Heinrich Haussler (NSW) Bike Bug    
36 Nic Sanderson (Vic) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
37 Alex Carver (NSW) Bike Bug    
38 Joel Pearson (NSW) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
39 Michael Knoff (Vic) John West Cycling    
40 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong    
41 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Geelong Mazda    
42 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Geelong Mazda    
DNF Koen de Kort (Ned) Urban Hotels    
DNF Bert de Backer (Bel) Urban Hotels    
DNF Mark Jamieson (Tas) Degani Bakery Cafe    
DNF Kane Walker (Vic) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
DNF Peter Loft (Tas) Budget Forklifts    
DNF Luke Ockerby (Tas) Budget Forklifts    
DNF Nicholas Brian (NSW) John West Cycling    
DNF Tirian McManus (NSW) NSWIS    
DNF Jack McCulloch (NSW) NSWIS    
DNF Takuya Takashi (Jpn) Geelong Mazda    
DNF Eya Hashimoto (Jpn) Geelong Mazda    
DNF Jos van Emden (Ned) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong    
DNF Neil van der Ploeg (Vic) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong    
Sprint 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels 3  pts
2 Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling 2  
3 Wesley Sulzberger (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling 1  
Sprint 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nathan Haas (ACT) Bike Bug 3  pts
2 Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling 2  
3 Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels 1  
Sprint 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling 3  pts
2 Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels 2  
3 Trent Derecourt (WA) John West Cycling 1  
General Classification after Stage 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Allan Davis (QLD) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms 18  pts
2 Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels 15  
3 Caleb Ewan (NSW) NSWIS 14  
4 Greg Henderson (NZ) Degani Bakery Cafe 12  
5 Chris Sutton (NSW) Urban Hotels 10  
6 Dean Windsor (NSW) Degani Bakery Cafe 8  
7 Nathan Haas (ACT) Bike Bug 7  
8 Zak Dempster (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe 7  
9 Steele Von Hoff (Tas) Bike Bug 6  
10 Anthony Giacoppo (WA) Bike Bug 5  
11 James Mowatt (Vic) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong 5  
12 Leigh Howard (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling 3  
13 Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling 3  
14 Trent Derecourt (WA) John West Cycling 2  
15 Johnnie Walker (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe 1  
Sprint Ace Competition after Stage 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels 12  pts
2 Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling 9  
3 Nathan Haas (ACT) Bike Bug 6  
4 Caleb Ewan (NSW) NSWIS 3  
5 Dean Windsor (NSW) Degani Bakery Cafe 2  
6 Zak Dempster (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe 1  
7 Trent Derecourt (WA) John West Cycling 1  
8 Wesley Sulzberger (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling 1  
9 Baden Cooke (Vic) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms 1  
Teams Classification after Stage 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Urban Hotels 25  pts
2 Mitchelton Wines - Lowe Farms 18  
3 Bike Bug 18  
4 Degani Bakery Cafe 17  
5 NSWIS 14  
6 GreenEdge 6  
7 Rapido Cycles - Four Points Geelong 5  
8 John West Cycling 2  
Elite women - Stage 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Loren Rowney (Total Rush/Hyster) 0:46:45  
2 Amanda Spratt (Greenedge-AIS) 0:00:02  
3 Melissa Hoskins (Greenedge-AIS) 0:00:31  
4 Chloe Hosking (Total Rush/Hyster)    
5 Rochelle Gilmore (BikeExchange Dream Team)    
6 Annette Edmondson (Pitcher Partners)    
7 Isabella King (Pitcher Partners)    
8 Liza Rachetto (Spencers Race)    
9 Kate Finegan (Spencers Race)    
10 Gracie Elvin (Jayco - AIS)    
11 Shara Gillow (Greenedge-AIS) 0:00:38  
12 Nicole Cooke (BikeExchange Dream Team) 0:00:48  
13 Tiffany Cromwell (Greenedge-AIS)    
14 Jessie Maclean (Greenedge-AIS) 0:00:50  
15 65 0:00:54  
16 Grace Sulzberger (Jayco - AIS) 0:01:00  
17 Sequoia Cooper (Torq)    
DNF Peta Mullens (BikeExchange Dream Team)    
DNF Kirsty Broun (BikeExchange Dream Team)    
DNF Myfanwy Galloway (BikeExchange Dream Team)    
DNF Rebecca Henderson (Suzuki-Trek Women)    
DNF Imogen Jelbart (Suzuki-Trek Women)    
DNF Ailie Mcdonald (Suzuki-Trek Women)    
DNF Allison Rice (Suzuki-Trek Women)    
DNF Rebecca Wiasak (Suzuki-Trek Women)    
DNF Rowena Fry (Jayco - AIS)    
DNF Sinead Noonan (Jayco - AIS)    
DNF Sue Forsyth (Pitcher Partners)    
DNF Elizabeth Phillipou (Pitcher Partners)    
DNF Nadine Le Mescam (Torq)    
DNF Thomay Michaltsis (Torq)    
DNF Katherine O'Shea (Torq)    
DNF Chloe Mcintosh (Total Rush/Hyster)    
DNF Kimberley Wells (Total Rush/Hyster)    
DNF Carly Williams (Total Rush/Hyster)    
DNF Delphine Astier (Spencers Race)    
DNF Ella Hopkins (Spencers Race)    
DNF Holly Heffernan (NSWIS)    
DNF Laura Triggs (NSWIS)    
DNF Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSWIS)    
DNF Angela Mcclure (Norwood C.C.)    
DNF Chloe McConville (Carnigie Caulfield CC)    
DNF 50    
DNF Alice Wallett (Canberra Cycling Club)    
DNF Jess Wigan (MTBA)    
DNF Antonia Abbisogni (Bendigo & District CC)    
DNF Jamie Leigh Edwards (Geelong Cycle Club)    
DNF 57    
DNF Ella Scanlan-Bloor (Southern Highlands CC)    
DNF Melina Bernecker (Le Grange)    
DNF Nicole Whitburn (Degani Bakery Cafe)    
DNF Tanya Matthewson (Degani Bakery Cafe)    
DNF Sarah Riley (Degani Bakery Cafe)    
DNF Anna Kauffmann (Degani Bakery Cafe)    
Sprint 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kirsty Broun (BikeExchange Dream Team) 3  pts
2 Chloe Hosking (Total Rush/Hyster) 2  
3 Shara Gillow (Greenedge-AIS) 1  
Sprint 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jessie Maclean (Greenedge-AIS) 3  pts
2 Loren Rowney (Total Rush/Hyster) 2  
3 Chloe McConville (Carnigie Caulfield CC) 1  
General Classification after Stage 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chloe Hosking (Total Rush/Hyster) 19  pts
2 Melissa Hoskins (Greenedge-AIS) 18  
3 Rochelle Gilmore (BikeExchange Dream Team) 14  
4 Loren Rowney (Total Rush/Hyster) 12  
5 Amanda Spratt (Greenedge-AIS) 10  
6 Tiffany Cromwell (Greenedge-AIS) 7  
7 Jessie Maclean (Greenedge-AIS) 6  
8 Annette Edmondson (Pitcher Partners) 6  
9 Kirsty Broun (BikeExchange Dream Team) 5  
10 Peta Mullens (BikeExchange Dream Team) 4  
11 Isabella King (Pitcher Partners) 4  
12 Rebecca Henderson (Suzuki-Trek Women) 3  
13 Liza Rachetto (Spencers Race) 3  
14 Lucy Coldwell (Carnigie Caulfield CC) 2  
15 Kate Finegan (Spencers Race) 2  
16 Gracie Elvin (Jayco - AIS) 1  
Sprint Ace Competition after Stage 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chloe Hosking (Total Rush/Hyster) 5  pts
2 Shara Gillow (Greenedge-AIS) 4  
3 Kirsty Broun (BikeExchange Dream Team) 3  
4 Jessie Maclean (Greenedge-AIS) 3  
5 Peta Mullens (BikeExchange Dream Team) 2  
6 Amanda Spratt (Greenedge-AIS) 2  
7 Loren Rowney (Total Rush/Hyster) 2  
8 Sue Forsyth (Pitcher Partners) 1  
9 Chloe McConville (Carnigie Caulfield CC) 1  
10 Sinead Noonan (Jayco - AIS) 1  
Teams Classification after Stage 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Total Rush - Hyster 31  pts
2 GreenEdge-AIS 23  
3 BikeExchange.com.au Dream Team 17  
4 Pitcher Partners 10  
5 Spencers Race 5  
6 Suzuki-Trek Women 3  
7 Carnegie Caulfield CC 2  
8 Jayco - AIS 1  
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