Gillow breaks duck for GreenEdge in Portarlington, as Hoskins assumes lead

Giacoppo proves plaudits right with classy win over Durbridge

GreenEdge has claimed their first win of the 2012 season with young starlet Shara Gillow claiming stage three of the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic. As an added bonus developing sprinter Melissa Hoskins (GreenEdge-AIS) did enough to move into the yellow jersey with fifth place on the stage.

Gracie Elvin (Jayco-AIS) finished runner-up to Gillow with yet another GreenEdge-AIS team member, Tiffany Cromwell finishing in third.

"It was so awesome," Gillow exclaimed after the race. "Such a good team effort and we got our first win... First win for GreenEdge and to be a part of such an awesome team. The team dynamics are so good."

The 24-year-old admitted the significance of her achievement, to be the first member of GreenEdge in either the women's or men's team to claim victory, was yet to sink in.

"Now that you just mention it, I realise that," she admitted. "First women's Pro UCI team [in Australia] and the first win. It's a credit to all the girls for all their effort."

Gillow escaped with Rowena Fry on the third lap before going on to drop Fry and maintain a solo break for the remainder of the race. The national time trial champion's margin over the field was as much as 35 seconds with the 24-year-old looking very much in form ahead of the National titles in Ballarat starting later this week.

The win came as GreenEdge team financier Gerry Ryan made his first appearance at the race, with the team backer at the finish to cheer Gillow home, waving the chequered flag as the Queenslander crossed the line.

Hoskins is confident that she and her teammates have what it takes to maintain their position heading into tomorrow's final stage at Williamstown.

"We've done everything we've come here for, tomorrow will be another big day again, we've got to try and hold onto it but we've got a win under our belt now and we've got the yellow so tomorrow's going to be a very big day," she confirmed.

"For sure we've got the team to do it and we've proven it, we're the strongest team here by far."

Giacoppo proves plaudits right with classy win over Durbridge

In the men's event, GreenEdge composite team Mitchelton Wineries – Lowe Farms claimed its second runner-up placing in as many days with Luke Durbridge outsprinted by BikeBug's Anthony Giacoppo. Koen de Kort (Urban Hotels) was third.

Allan Davis (Mitchelton Wineries – Lowe Farms) was eighth and retained the overall leader's jersey now had a four-point buffer over his nearest rival, Giacoppo (17 points) heading into Wednesday's final stage at Williamstown. NSWIS young gun Caleb Ewan is third on 16 points.

"It wasn't really rocket science ... there are two races in one, with the individual stage honour and the overall," explained Davis with the successful defence of his jersey out of the way.

"We wanted to get someone in the break from our team and that was 'Durbo' today. We got second again, [but] we maintained the leader's jersey and we had a crack at the stage win and nearly got both.

"[There is] one more day to go tomorrow and hopefully we do the same."

Perth-based Giacoppo, who rides in the NRS for the highly-successful Genesys outfit, said that the "depth of the field" in Geelong made today the biggest win of his career, having won the Goulburn to Sydney prologue and the Shipwreck Coast Classic event in 2011.

The 25-year-old is hoping that today's result was a good sign in the lead up to Sunday's National Road Championships at Buninyong.

"I'd like to try and go for the Tour Down Under spot [with UniSA] but we'll see how that goes," Giacoppo told reporters. "I think everyone wants that one."

The GreenEdge men were spurred on by the earlier performances of Gillow and GreenEdge-AIS, with Leigh Howard escaping for an 11 second break on the main bunch on the second lap however was gradually reeled in.

Giacoppo was next to make the move, gaining a 12 second advantage with Durbridge chasing and then a 30 second gap to the peloton. The pair maintained a distance until just after the halfway mark of the one hour criterium, joined forces. It was a move Giacoppo said he was happy to see.

"I train with Luke a little bit at home so I know how strong he is once he gets wound up so as soon as he joined me I thought yep, we're sweet," he said.

Mark O'Brien (Budget Forklifts), Johnnie Walker (Degani Bakery Cafe) and Koen de Kort (Urban Hotels) moved ahead of the bunch to give chase but the lead of Durbridge and Giacoppo was never challenged. In fact, the pair came dangerously close to lapping the field with a gap of around 1:30 and the main bunch was pulled off the course to avoid confusion. GreenEdge's Mitch Docker was first of the bunch across the finish line to claim sixth.

The pair had a small battle early on the final lap and just to be sure of his position, Giacoppo started his sprint several hundred metres before the finish line with Durbridge content with second.

Meantime defending champion, Matt Goss (GreenEdge) controversially found himself having an early exit from the race for the second time this week, after his seat dropped around several centimetres on the back part of the course.

"It's not something that would have necessarily ended my race – I could have ridden like that but it feels like you're on a BMX," Goss told Cyclingnews.

Advised to go to the mechanic's tent a few hundred metres from the finish line, Goss stopped and fixed the problem and then waited for the bunch to come past. He was then informed a commissaire that he had to chase, rather than wait.

"If they had of told me as soon as I pulled up, I would have sucked it up and rode a BMX for the next part of the race but as it was, I was three quarters of a lap down and they said I have to chase," he explained. "I'm not going to ride back that far by myself then expect to be in the race."

Goss had made clear prior to the four-stage event that he would not be in the same winning form as in 2011 however, despite such bad luck in two of the first three days of 2012, is in no way perturbed.

"That's okay, we've got good racing coming up," he said. "We've still got tomorrow and the team's going great. I'm happy how I'm travelling."

Full results

Elite women - Stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shara Gillow (Greenedge-AIS)0:36:41 
2Grace Sulzberger (Jayco - AIS)0:00:23 
3Tiffany Cromwell (Greenedge-AIS)  
4Amanda Spratt (Greenedge-AIS)0:00:50 
5Jessie Maclean (Greenedge-AIS)0:00:52 
6Sinead Noonan (Jayco - AIS)  
7Melissa Hoskins (Greenedge-AIS)0:00:59 
8Annette Edmondson (Pitcher Partners)  
9Chloe Hosking (Total Rush/Hyster)  
10Gracie Elvin (Jayco - AIS)  
11Sue Forsyth (Pitcher Partners)0:01:02 
12520:01:05 
1365  
14Nicole Cooke (BikeExchange Dream Team)  
15Loren Rowney (Total Rush/Hyster)  
16Rowena Fry (Jayco - AIS)0:01:17 
17Kate Finegan (Spencers Race)0:01:27 
DNFRochelle Gilmore (BikeExchange Dream Team)  
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)  
DNFIsabella King (Pitcher Partners)  
DNFElizabeth Phillipou (Pitcher Partners)  
DNFSequoia Cooper (Torq)  
DNFNadine Le Mescam (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)  
DNFLiza Rachetto (Spencers Race)  
DNF40  
DNFHolly Heffernan (NSWIS)  
DNFLaura Triggs (NSWIS)  
DNFAlice Wallett (Canberra Cycling Club)  
DNFAntonia Abbisogni (Bendigo & District CC)  
DNFJamie Leigh Edwards (Geelong Cycle Club)  
DNF56  
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)  
DNFLaine Hammond (Degani Bakery Cafe)  
DNFAnna Kauffmann (Degani Bakery Cafe)  
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shara Gillow (Greenedge-AIS)3 pts
2Rowena Fry (Jayco - AIS)2 
3Peta Mullens (BikeExchange Dream Team)1 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shara Gillow (Greenedge-AIS)3 pts
2Tiffany Cromwell (Greenedge-AIS)2 
3Grace Sulzberger (Jayco - AIS)1 
General Classification after Stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Melissa Hoskins (Greenedge-AIS)22 pts
2Chloe Hosking (Total Rush/Hyster)21 
3Amanda Spratt (Greenedge-AIS)17 
4Tiffany Cromwell (Greenedge-AIS)15 
5Rochelle Gilmore (BikeExchange Dream Team)14 
6Shara Gillow (Greenedge-AIS)12 
7Loren Rowney (Total Rush/Hyster)12 
8Jessie Maclean (Greenedge-AIS)12 
9Grace Sulzberger (Jayco - AIS)10 
10Annette Edmondson (Pitcher Partners)9 
11Sinead Noonan (Jayco - AIS)5 
12Kirsty Broun (BikeExchange Dream Team)5 
13Peta Mullens (BikeExchange Dream Team)4 
14Isabella King (Pitcher Partners)4 
15Rebecca Henderson (Suzuki-Trek Women)3 
16Liza Rachetto (Spencers Race)3 
17Kate Finegan (Spencers Race)2 
18Lucy Coldwell (Carnigie Caulfield CC)2 
19Gracie Elvin (Jayco - AIS)2 
Sprint Ace Competition after Stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shara Gillow (Greenedge-AIS)10 pts
2Chloe Hosking (Total Rush/Hyster)5 
3Jessie Maclean (Greenedge-AIS)3 
4Kirsty Broun (BikeExchange Dream Team)3 
5Peta Mullens (BikeExchange Dream Team)3 
6Tiffany Cromwell (Greenedge-AIS)2 
7Amanda Spratt (Greenedge-AIS)2 
8Loren Rowney (Total Rush/Hyster)2 
9Rowena Fry (Jayco - AIS)2 
10Grace Sulzberger (Jayco - AIS)1 
11Sinead Noonan (Jayco - AIS)1 
12Sue Forsyth (Pitcher Partners)1 
13Chloe McConville (Carnigie Caulfield CC)1 
Teams Classification after Stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1GreenEdge-AIS68 pts
2Total Rush/Hyster33 
3BikeExchange.com.au Dream Team23 
4Jayco - AIS17 
5Pitcher Partners13 
6Spencers Race5 
7Suzuki-Trek Women3 
8Carnegie Caulfield CC2 
Elite men - Stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anthony Giacoppo (WA) Bike Bug1:02:21 
2Luke Durbridge (WA) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms0:00:01 
3Koen de Kort (Ned) Urban Hotels0:00:25 
4Johnnie Walker (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe0:00:28 
5Mark O'Brien (Vic) Budget Forklifts0:01:08 
6Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling0:52:28 
7Chris Sutton (NSW) Urban Hotels  
8Allan Davis (QLD) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms  
9Caleb Ewan (NSW) NSWIS  
10Steele Von Hoff (Tas) Bike Bug  
11Zak Dempster (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe  
12Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels  
13Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Geelong Mazda  
14Baden Cooke (Vic) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms  
15Dean Windsor (NSW) Degani Bakery Cafe  
16Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Geelong Mazda  
17Blake Hose (Vic) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:08 
18Alex Carver (NSW) Bike Bug  
19Greg Henderson (NZ) Degani Bakery Cafe0:00:10 
20Neil van der Ploeg (Vic) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong0:00:13 
21Tom Leezer (Ned) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong0:00:17 
22Sam Witmitz (Vic) Budget Forklifts0:00:19 
23Jack McCulloch (NSW) NSWIS  
24Oliver Kent-Spark (Vic) John West Cycling  
25Eya Hashimoto (Jpn) Geelong Mazda  
26Luke Ockerby (Tas) Budget Forklifts  
27Wesley Sulzberger (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling0:00:25 
28Bert de Backer (Bel) Urban Hotels  
29Campbell Flakemore (Tas) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:28 
30Robbie McEwen (QLD) GreenEdge Cycling0:00:42 
31Leigh Howard (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling0:01:02 
32Michael Hepburn (QLD) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms0:01:04 
33Heinrich Haussler (NSW) Bike Bug0:01:09 
DNFMatthew Goss (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling  
DNFPatrick Lane (Vic) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms  
DNFRichard Lang (NSW) Urban Hotels  
DNFNathan Haas (ACT) Bike Bug  
DNFMark Jamieson (Tas) Degani Bakery Cafe  
DNFJoel Pearson (NSW) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
DNFNic Sanderson (Vic) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
DNFPeter Loft (Tas) Budget Forklifts  
DNFBlair Windsor (NSW) Budget Forklifts  
DNFMichael Knoff (Vic) John West Cycling  
DNFRene Kolbach (NSW) John West Cycling  
DNFNicholas Brian (NSW) John West Cycling  
DNFTrent Derecourt (WA) John West Cycling  
DNFNathan Bradshaw (NSW) NSWIS  
DNFLuke Williams (NSW) NSWIS  
DNFTirian McManus (NSW) NSWIS  
DNFKazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Geelong Mazda  
DNFTakuya Takashi (Jpn) Geelong Mazda  
DNFJames Mowatt (Vic) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong  
DNFScott Liston (Vic) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong  
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leigh Howard (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling3 pts
2Dean Windsor (NSW) Degani Bakery Cafe2 
3Robbie McEwen (QLD) GreenEdge Cycling1 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anthony Giacoppo (WA) Bike Bug3 pts
2Luke Durbridge (WA) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms2 
3Mark O'Brien (Vic) Budget Forklifts1 
Sprint 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anthony Giacoppo (WA) Bike Bug3 pts
2Luke Durbridge (WA) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms2 
3Johnnie Walker (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe1 
General Classification after Stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Allan Davis (QLD) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms21 pts
2Anthony Giacoppo (WA) Bike Bug17 
3Caleb Ewan (NSW) NSWIS16 
4Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels15 
5Chris Sutton (NSW) Urban Hotels14 
6Greg Henderson (NZ) Degani Bakery Cafe12 
7Luke Durbridge (WA) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms10 
8Koen de Kort (Ned) Urban Hotels8 
9Johnnie Walker (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe8 
10Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling8 
11Dean Windsor (NSW) Degani Bakery Cafe8 
12Nathan Haas (ACT) Bike Bug7 
13Steele Von Hoff (Tas) Bike Bug7 
14Zak Dempster (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe7 
15Mark O'Brien (Vic) Budget Forklifts6 
16James Mowatt (Vic) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong5 
17Leigh Howard (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling3 
18Trent Derecourt (WA) John West Cycling2 
Sprint Ace Competition after Stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels12 pts
2Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling9 
3Anthony Giacoppo (WA) Bike Bug6 
4Nathan Haas (ACT) Bike Bug6 
5Luke Durbridge (WA) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms4 
6Dean Windsor (NSW) Degani Bakery Cafe4 
7Caleb Ewan (NSW) NSWIS3 
8Leigh Howard (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling3 
9Johnnie Walker (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe1 
10Mark O'Brien (Vic) Budget Forklifts1 
11Zak Dempster (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe1 
12Baden Cooke (Vic) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms1 
13Wesley Sulzberger (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling1 
14Robbie McEwen (QLD) GreenEdge Cycling1 
15Trent Derecourt (WA) John West Cycling1 
Teams Classification after Stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Urban Hotels37 pts
2Degani Bakery Cafe35 
3Mitchelton Wines/Lowe Farms31 
4Bike Bug31 
5NSWIS16 
6GreenEDGE11 
7Budget Forklifts6 
8Rapido Cycles/Four Points Geelong5 
9John West Cycling2 

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