Ewan blasts onto the big stage with Bay Classic victory

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) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (NSW) NSWIS0:49:27 
2Allan Davis (QLD) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms  
3Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels  
4Nathan Haas (ACT) Bike Bug  
5Zak Dempster (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe  
6James Mowatt (Vic) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong  
7Dean Windsor (NSW) Degani Bakery Cafe  
8Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling  
9Trent Derecourt (WA) John West Cycling0:00:05 
10Johnnie Walker (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe  
11Wesley Sulzberger (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling0:00:28 
12Luke Durbridge (WA) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms0:00:36 
13Campbell Flakemore (Tas) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:47 
14Mark O'Brien (Vic) Budget Forklifts0:01:18 
15Greg Henderson (NZ) Degani Bakery Cafe0:01:19 
16Patrick Lane (Vic) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms0:02:00 
17Michael Hepburn (QLD) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms  
18Robbie McEwen (QLD) GreenEdge Cycling  
19Blair Windsor (NSW) Budget Forklifts  
20Oliver Kent-Spark (Vic) John West Cycling  
21Leigh Howard (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling  
22Sam Witmitz (Vic) Budget Forklifts  
23Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Geelong Mazda  
24Rene Kolbach (NSW) John West Cycling  
25Scott Liston (Vic) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong  
26Chris Sutton (NSW) Urban Hotels0:02:05 
27Matthew Goss (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling  
28Luke Williams (NSW) NSWIS  
29Anthony Giacoppo (WA) Bike Bug  
30Steele Von Hoff (Tas) Bike Bug  
31Baden Cooke (Vic) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms  
32Nathan Bradshaw (NSW) NSWIS  
33Blake Hose (Vic) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
34Richard Lang (NSW) Urban Hotels  
35Heinrich Haussler (NSW) Bike Bug  
36Nic Sanderson (Vic) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
37Alex Carver (NSW) Bike Bug  
38Joel Pearson (NSW) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
39Michael Knoff (Vic) John West Cycling  
40Tom Leezer (Ned) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong  
41Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Geelong Mazda  
42Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Geelong Mazda  
DNFKoen de Kort (Ned) Urban Hotels  
DNFBert de Backer (Bel) Urban Hotels  
DNFMark Jamieson (Tas) Degani Bakery Cafe  
DNFKane Walker (Vic) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
DNFPeter Loft (Tas) Budget Forklifts  
DNFLuke Ockerby (Tas) Budget Forklifts  
DNFNicholas Brian (NSW) John West Cycling  
DNFTirian McManus (NSW) NSWIS  
DNFJack McCulloch (NSW) NSWIS  
DNFTakuya Takashi (Jpn) Geelong Mazda  
DNFEya Hashimoto (Jpn) Geelong Mazda  
DNFJos van Emden (Ned) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong  
DNFNeil van der Ploeg (Vic) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong  
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels3 pts
2Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling2 
3Wesley Sulzberger (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling1 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nathan Haas (ACT) Bike Bug3 pts
2Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling2 
3Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels1 
Sprint 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling3 pts
2Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels2 
3Trent Derecourt (WA) John West Cycling1 
General Classification after Stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Allan Davis (QLD) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms18 pts
2Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels15 
3Caleb Ewan (NSW) NSWIS14 
4Greg Henderson (NZ) Degani Bakery Cafe12 
5Chris Sutton (NSW) Urban Hotels10 
6Dean Windsor (NSW) Degani Bakery Cafe8 
7Nathan Haas (ACT) Bike Bug7 
8Zak Dempster (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe7 
9Steele Von Hoff (Tas) Bike Bug6 
10Anthony Giacoppo (WA) Bike Bug5 
11James Mowatt (Vic) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong5 
12Leigh Howard (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling3 
13Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling3 
14Trent Derecourt (WA) John West Cycling2 
15Johnnie Walker (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe1 
Sprint Ace Competition after Stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels12 pts
2Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling9 
3Nathan Haas (ACT) Bike Bug6 
4Caleb Ewan (NSW) NSWIS3 
5Dean Windsor (NSW) Degani Bakery Cafe2 
6Zak Dempster (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe1 
7Trent Derecourt (WA) John West Cycling1 
8Wesley Sulzberger (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling1 
9Baden Cooke (Vic) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms1 
Teams Classification after Stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Urban Hotels25 pts
2Mitchelton Wines - Lowe Farms18 
3Bike Bug18 
4Degani Bakery Cafe17 
7Rapido Cycles - Four Points Geelong5 
8John West Cycling2 
Elite women - Stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Loren Rowney (Total Rush/Hyster)0:46:45 
2Amanda Spratt (Greenedge-AIS)0:00:02 
3Melissa Hoskins (Greenedge-AIS)0:00:31 
4Chloe Hosking (Total Rush/Hyster)  
5Rochelle Gilmore (BikeExchange Dream Team)  
6Annette Edmondson (Pitcher Partners)  
7Isabella King (Pitcher Partners)  
8Liza Rachetto (Spencers Race)  
9Kate Finegan (Spencers Race)  
10Gracie Elvin (Jayco - AIS)  
11Shara Gillow (Greenedge-AIS)0:00:38 
12Nicole Cooke (BikeExchange Dream Team)0:00:48 
13Tiffany Cromwell (Greenedge-AIS)  
14Jessie Maclean (Greenedge-AIS)0:00:50 
16Grace Sulzberger (Jayco - AIS)0:01:00 
17Sequoia Cooper (Torq)  
DNFPeta Mullens (BikeExchange Dream Team)  
DNFKirsty Broun (BikeExchange Dream Team)  
DNFMyfanwy Galloway (BikeExchange Dream Team)  
DNFRebecca Henderson (Suzuki-Trek Women)  
DNFImogen Jelbart (Suzuki-Trek Women)  
DNFAilie Mcdonald (Suzuki-Trek Women)  
DNFAllison Rice (Suzuki-Trek Women)  
DNFRebecca Wiasak (Suzuki-Trek Women)  
DNFRowena Fry (Jayco - AIS)  
DNFSinead Noonan (Jayco - AIS)  
DNFSue Forsyth (Pitcher Partners)  
DNFElizabeth Phillipou (Pitcher Partners)  
DNFNadine Le Mescam (Torq)  
DNFThomay Michaltsis (Torq)  
DNFKatherine O'Shea (Torq)  
DNFChloe Mcintosh (Total Rush/Hyster)  
DNFKimberley Wells (Total Rush/Hyster)  
DNFCarly Williams (Total Rush/Hyster)  
DNFDelphine Astier (Spencers Race)  
DNFElla Hopkins (Spencers Race)  
DNFHolly Heffernan (NSWIS)  
DNFLaura Triggs (NSWIS)  
DNFAshlee Ankudinoff (NSWIS)  
DNFAngela Mcclure (Norwood C.C.)  
DNFChloe McConville (Carnigie Caulfield CC)  
DNFAlice Wallett (Canberra Cycling Club)  
DNFJess Wigan (MTBA)  
DNFAntonia Abbisogni (Bendigo & District CC)  
DNFJamie Leigh Edwards (Geelong Cycle Club)  
DNFElla Scanlan-Bloor (Southern Highlands CC)  
DNFMelina Bernecker (Le Grange)  
DNFNicole Whitburn (Degani Bakery Cafe)  
DNFTanya Matthewson (Degani Bakery Cafe)  
DNFSarah Riley (Degani Bakery Cafe)  
DNFAnna Kauffmann (Degani Bakery Cafe)  
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsty Broun (BikeExchange Dream Team)3 pts
2Chloe Hosking (Total Rush/Hyster)2 
3Shara Gillow (Greenedge-AIS)1 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jessie Maclean (Greenedge-AIS)3 pts
2Loren Rowney (Total Rush/Hyster)2 
3Chloe McConville (Carnigie Caulfield CC)1 
General Classification after Stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Total Rush/Hyster)19 pts
2Melissa Hoskins (Greenedge-AIS)18 
3Rochelle Gilmore (BikeExchange Dream Team)14 
4Loren Rowney (Total Rush/Hyster)12 
5Amanda Spratt (Greenedge-AIS)10 
6Tiffany Cromwell (Greenedge-AIS)7 
7Jessie Maclean (Greenedge-AIS)6 
8Annette Edmondson (Pitcher Partners)6 
9Kirsty Broun (BikeExchange Dream Team)5 
10Peta Mullens (BikeExchange Dream Team)4 
11Isabella King (Pitcher Partners)4 
12Rebecca Henderson (Suzuki-Trek Women)3 
13Liza Rachetto (Spencers Race)3 
14Lucy Coldwell (Carnigie Caulfield CC)2 
15Kate Finegan (Spencers Race)2 
16Gracie Elvin (Jayco - AIS)1 
Sprint Ace Competition after Stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Total Rush/Hyster)5 pts
2Shara Gillow (Greenedge-AIS)4 
3Kirsty Broun (BikeExchange Dream Team)3 
4Jessie Maclean (Greenedge-AIS)3 
5Peta Mullens (BikeExchange Dream Team)2 
6Amanda Spratt (Greenedge-AIS)2 
7Loren Rowney (Total Rush/Hyster)2 
8Sue Forsyth (Pitcher Partners)1 
9Chloe McConville (Carnigie Caulfield CC)1 
10Sinead Noonan (Jayco - AIS)1 
Teams Classification after Stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Total Rush - Hyster31 pts
3BikeExchange.com.au Dream Team17 
4Pitcher Partners10 
5Spencers Race5 
6Suzuki-Trek Women3 
7Carnegie Caulfield CC2 
8Jayco - AIS1 

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