Hoskins holds on to final day lead to celebrate a deserved overall win

Ewan's second stage win not enough to overcome Davis

Melissa Hoskins (GreenEdge-AIS) has claimed GreenEdge's first overall victory in the fledgling team's short history, with the 21-year-old successfully retaining the overnight lead at the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic. 

"I knew my team would look after me and they did really well," Hoskins said.

"I just had to back myself again, the girls did everything out there to keep me there so it was up to me to not let them down and coming around that last corner, that's the fastest I think I've ever taken a corner in my life."

Teammate Amanda Spratt summoned her inner time triallist, with a brave solo victory that began eight laps out from the finish to make it another brilliant day for the GreenEdge women.

"After that last intermediate sprint I just saw the perfect moment to attack," Spratt explained. "I went and no one came with me and once I had the gap it was just a case of making sure I stayed out there. I knew I had Mel and my teammates back there.

"Mel's proved to be the fastest sprinter here all week. It was a win-win for us – me at the front and Mel at the back."

Spratt was unchallenged in the back-end of the race, averaging 12 second gap on a rapidly reducing peloton. Meanwhile, Shara Gillow (GreenEdge-AIS) has taken out the Sprint Ace Competition, making it an historic occasion for the new GreenEdge women's professional team.

Hoskins finished second on the day behind Spratt, but was a deserved overall winner on 32 points after a consistent run throughout the race. Teammate Tiffany Cromwell was second behind Spratt. Chloe Hosking (Total Rush/Hyster) finished third on the stage and second overall with Rochelle Gilmore (BikeExchange Dream Team) next best on 21 with GreenEdge-AIS Jessie Maclean on 16.

Ewan's second stage win not enough to overcome Davis

Caleb Ewan (NSWIS) has won his second stage of the Jayco Bay Classic, riding off the wheel of GreenEdge's Leigh Howard in the last 50 metres to convincingly take the win. Howard finished in second place with overnight race leader Allan Davis (Mitchelton Wineries – Lowe Farms) in third, securing the overall victory on 29 points.

"It's great to finally get the overall win, another one off the bucket list," Davis said.

"Full congrats to the young fella, Ewan.No matter who you're racing, it doesn't matter about names, it's all on the legs doing the talking and he's done that.

"Apart from ability he knows where to put himself in a bike race and that will take him just as far as his ability."

Ewan finished second overall, one point behind and then BikeBug's Anthony Giacoppo third on 23 points.

Wearing Saxo Bank gloves and socks, 17-year-old Ewan is extremely focussed towards a professional career. He explained after the win that he believed that victory today meant more to him at this stage, than what it did to some of his older, more experienced rivals.

"I think that's what really gave me the extra kick in the end to try and win it," he told reporters.

"Leigh was matching me for a while and I just needed to grind a bit more and once I got around him I had the momentum to win," Ewan explained the sprint finish. "I was pretty surprised. I thought Allan Davis was going to be leading into the corner but he'd backed off."

While much of the on-course talk this week has resulted in comparisons to Mark Cavendish – Phil Liggett today suggested that Ewan is quicker than the Manx Missile at the same age – the world junior omnium champion suggests that he might not develop as a pure sprinter and instead be "more like [Philippe] Gilbert."

Ewan's next target is the Australian Track Nationals in Adelaide and won't be taking too much time to celebrate his win with another track session in the pipeline for tomorrow.

Earlier, Bernie Sulzberger (Urban Hotels), wrapped up two of the three intermediate sprints, to ensure his green jersey victory. Sulzberger, who has signed for Raleigh for the coming season in Europe said he was surprised to have been allowed to go through the day unchallenged.

"Mitch Docker was only three points behind me at the start so I thought that he actually would have went for it today but he didn't which made it a pretty easy job," he told Cyclingnews. The 30-year-old's focus now switches to the National Championships where on Thursday he will contest the criterium and then on Sunday, the road race where he is chasing a spot on the UniSA team.

"I was in good condition here last year and now I'm as good or better so I'll head into the crits tomorrow night and the road race with pretty good form," Sulzberger explained. "I'm happy with the way things are going."

The fourth and final race of the series in Williamstown did not allow for individual attacks of great yield due to the hot pace, including a scintillating lap of 1:10 in the final kilometres. The bunch stayed together for much of the race, with GreenEdge maintaining control at the front.

The speed contributed to a decent attrition rate with the majority of the field failing to finish, with tomorrow's national championships perhaps a factor.

Full results

Elite women - Stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Spratt (Greenedge-AIS)0:44:50 
2Melissa Hoskins (Greenedge-AIS)0:00:03 
3Chloe Hosking (Total Rush/Hyster)  
4Rochelle Gilmore (BikeExchange Dream Team)  
5Annette Edmondson (Pitcher Partners)  
6Rebecca Henderson (Suzuki-Trek Women)  
7Jessie Maclean (Greenedge-AIS)0:00:07 
8Kate Finegan (Spencers Race)  
9Loren Rowney (Total Rush/Hyster)  
10Sue Forsyth (Pitcher Partners)  
11Liza Rachetto (Spencers Race)  
12Rosara Joseph (NZL)0:00:10 
13Rebecca Wiasak (Suzuki-Trek Women)  
14Shara Gillow (Greenedge-AIS)  
15Grace Sulzberger (Jayco - AIS)0:00:15 
16Rowena Fry (Jayco - AIS)  
17Sinead Noonan (Jayco - AIS)0:00:17 
18Tiffany Cromwell (Greenedge-AIS)0:00:18 
19Kirsty Broun (BikeExchange Dream Team)0:00:20 
20Gracie Elvin (Jayco - AIS)0:00:24 
DNFNicole Cooke (BikeExchange Dream Team)  
DNFPeta Mullens (BikeExchange Dream Team)  
DNFMyfanwy Galloway (BikeExchange Dream Team)  
DNFImogen Jelbart (Suzuki-Trek Women)  
DNFAilie Mcdonald (Suzuki-Trek Women)  
DNFAllison Rice (Suzuki-Trek Women)  
DNFIsabella King (Pitcher Partners)  
DNFElizabeth Phillipou (Pitcher Partners)  
DNFSequoia Cooper (Torq)  
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)  
DNFJessica Mundy (Spencers Race)  
DNFHolly Heffernan (NSWIS)  
DNFLaura Triggs (NSWIS)  
DNFAngela Mcclure (Norwood C.C.)  
DNFAlice Wallett (Canberra Cycling Club)  
DNFJess Wigan (MTBA)  
DNFAntonia Abbisogni (Bendigo & District CC)  
DNFJamie Leigh Edwards (Geelong Cycle Club)  
DNFCarla Franson (Central Districts C.C.)  
DNFElla Scanlan-Bloor (Southern Highlands CC)  
DNFNicole Whitburn (Degani Bakery Cafe)  
DNFTanya Matthewson (Degani Bakery Cafe)  
DNFAnna Kauffmann (Degani Bakery Cafe)  
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jessie Maclean (Greenedge-AIS)3 pts
2Tiffany Cromwell (Greenedge-AIS)2 
3Melissa Hoskins (Greenedge-AIS)1 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annette Edmondson (Pitcher Partners)3 pts
2Gracie Elvin (Jayco - AIS)2 
3Peta Mullens (BikeExchange Dream Team)1 
General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Melissa Hoskins (Greenedge-AIS)32 pts
2Amanda Spratt (Greenedge-AIS)29 
3Chloe Hosking (Total Rush/Hyster)29 
4Rochelle Gilmore (BikeExchange Dream Team)21 
5Jessie Maclean (Greenedge-AIS)16 
6Annette Edmondson (Pitcher Partners)15 
7Tiffany Cromwell (Greenedge-AIS)15 
8Loren Rowney (Total Rush/Hyster)14 
9Shara Gillow (Greenedge-AIS)12 
10Grace Sulzberger (Jayco - AIS)10 
11Rebecca Henderson (Suzuki-Trek Women)8 
12Kate Finegan (Spencers Race)5 
13Sinead Noonan (Jayco - AIS)5 
14Kirsty Broun (BikeExchange Dream Team)5 
15Peta Mullens (BikeExchange Dream Team)4 
16Isabella King (Pitcher Partners)4 
17Liza Rachetto (Spencers Race)3 
18Gracie Elvin (Jayco - AIS)2 
19Lucy Coldwell (Carnigie Caulfield CC)2 
20Sue Forsyth (Pitcher Partners)1 
Sprint Ace Competition
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shara Gillow (Greenedge-AIS)10 pts
2Jessie Maclean (Greenedge-AIS)6 
3Chloe Hosking (Total Rush/Hyster)5 
4Tiffany Cromwell (Greenedge-AIS)4 
5Peta Mullens (BikeExchange Dream Team)4 
6Annette Edmondson (Pitcher Partners)3 
7Kirsty Broun (BikeExchange Dream Team)3 
8Amanda Spratt (Greenedge-AIS)2 
9Loren Rowney (Total Rush/Hyster)2 
10Rowena Fry (Jayco - AIS)2 
11Gracie Elvin (Jayco - AIS)2 
12Melissa Hoskins (Greenedge-AIS)1 
13Sue Forsyth (Pitcher Partners)1 
14Grace Sulzberger (Jayco - AIS)1 
15Sinead Noonan (Jayco - AIS)1 
16Chloe McConville (Carnigie Caulfield CC)1 
Teams Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1GreenEdge-AIS94 pts
2Total Rush/Hyster43 
3BikeExchange.com.au Dream Team30 
4Pitcher Partners20 
5Jayco - AIS17 
6Suzuki-Trek Women8 
7Spencers Race8 
8Carnegie Caulfield CC2 
Elite men - Stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (NSW) NSWIS0:59:45 
2Leigh Howard (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling  
3Allan Davis (QLD) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms  
4Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels0:00:04 
5Anthony Giacoppo (WA) Bike Bug  
6Chris Sutton (NSW) Urban Hotels  
7Greg Henderson (NZ) Degani Bakery Cafe0:00:07 
8Robbie McEwen (QLD) GreenEdge Cycling0:00:18 
9Sam Witmitz (Vic) Budget Forklifts0:00:28 
10Nathan Haas (ACT) Bike Bug0:00:30 
11Koen de Kort (Ned) Urban Hotels  
12Mark O'Brien (Vic) Budget Forklifts0:00:31 
13Zak Dempster (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe0:00:33 
14Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling0:01:06 
15Baden Cooke (Vic) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms0:01:29 
DNFMatthew Goss (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling  
DNFWesley Sulzberger (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling  
DNFLuke Durbridge (WA) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms  
DNFMichael Hepburn (QLD) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms  
DNFPatrick Lane (Vic) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms  
DNFBert de Backer (Bel) Urban Hotels  
DNFRichard Lang (NSW) Urban Hotels  
DNFHeinrich Haussler (NSW) Bike Bug  
DNFSteele Von Hoff (Tas) Bike Bug  
DNFAlex Carver (NSW) Bike Bug  
DNFMark Jamieson (Tas) Degani Bakery Cafe  
DNFDean Windsor (NSW) Degani Bakery Cafe  
DNFJohnnie Walker (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe  
DNFJoel Pearson (NSW) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
DNFNic Sanderson (Vic) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
DNFPeter Loft (Tas) Budget Forklifts  
DNFLuke Ockerby (Tas) Budget Forklifts  
DNFBlair Windsor (NSW) Budget Forklifts  
DNFMichael Knoff (Vic) John West Cycling  
DNFRene Kolbach (NSW) John West Cycling  
DNFOliver Kent-Spark (Vic) 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  
DNFJack McCulloch (NSW) NSWIS  
DNFTaiji Nishitani (Jpn) Geelong Mazda  
DNFKazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Geelong Mazda  
DNFKazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Geelong Mazda  
DNFTakuya Takashi (Jpn) Geelong Mazda  
DNFEya Hashimoto (Jpn) Geelong Mazda  
DNFTom Leezer (Ned) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong  
DNFJames Mowatt (Vic) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong  
DNFScott Liston (Vic) 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
2Nathan Haas (ACT) Bike Bug2 
3Baden Cooke (Vic) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms1 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels3 pts
2Wesley Sulzberger (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling2 
3Luke Durbridge (WA) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms1 
Sprint 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels3 pts
2Wesley Sulzberger (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling2 
3Luke Durbridge (WA) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms1 
General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Allan Davis (QLD) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms29 pts
2Caleb Ewan (NSW) NSWIS28 
3Anthony Giacoppo (WA) Bike Bug23 
4Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels22 
5Chris Sutton (NSW) Urban Hotels19 
6Greg Henderson (NZ) Degani Bakery Cafe16 
7Leigh Howard (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling13 
8Luke Durbridge (WA) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms10 
9Nathan Haas (ACT) Bike Bug8 
10Koen de Kort (Ned) Urban Hotels8 
11Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling8 
12Johnnie Walker (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe8 
13Dean Windsor (NSW) Degani Bakery Cafe8 
14Zak Dempster (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe7 
15Steele Von Hoff (Tas) Bike Bug7 
16Mark O'Brien (Vic) Budget Forklifts6 
17James Mowatt (Vic) Rapido Cycles / Four Points Geelong5 
18Robbie McEwen (QLD) GreenEdge Cycling3 
19Sam Witmitz (Vic) Budget Forklifts2 
20Trent Derecourt (WA) John West Cycling2 
Sprint Ace Competition
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bernie Sulzberger (Tas) Urban Hotels21 pts
2Mitch Docker (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling9 
3Nathan Haas (ACT) Bike Bug8 
4Anthony Giacoppo (WA) Bike Bug6 
5Luke Durbridge (WA) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms6 
6Wesley Sulzberger (Tas) GreenEdge Cycling5 
7Dean Windsor (NSW) Degani Bakery Cafe4 
8Caleb Ewan (NSW) NSWIS3 
9Leigh Howard (Vic) GreenEdge Cycling3 
10Baden Cooke (Vic) Mitchelton Wines / Lowe Farms2 
11Robbie McEwen (QLD) GreenEdge Cycling1 
12Mark O'Brien (Vic) Budget Forklifts1 
13Zak Dempster (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe1 
14Johnnie Walker (Vic) Degani Bakery Cafe1 
15Trent Derecourt (WA) John West Cycling1 
Teams Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Urban Hotels49 pts
2Mitchelton Wines/Lowe Farms39 
3Degani Bakery Cafe39 
4Bike Bug38 
5NSWIS28 
6GreenEDGE24 
7Budget Forklifts8 
8Rapido Cycles/Four Points Geelong5 
9John West Cycling2 
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