Henderson out-paces Sutton in two-man sprint

Brown retains overall lead at half way mark

Greg Henderson (Mazda) claimed victory in the second race of the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic, to put the Mazda team in the box seat on overall classification despite Graeme Brown (Urban Hotels) maintaining his overall lead. Henderson held off Chris Sutton (Skilled/Lowe Farms) in a two man sprint, with the two the only surviving members from a late five-man break.

"I slipped to the back a bit and had a rest, then I saw a move go after a really hard section, I had to dig deep to get across to that," said Henderson. "I was lucky enough to be fastest across the line.

"I wasn’t too bothered [if the move survived], it’s one of those things, you have to take the gamble," he said. "If you give it everything and you don’t win then it’s a wasted effort being out there. But I was confident as we had Robbie [McEwen] in the back, so if he had the opportunity then he could have won. We were riding for Mazda today and it’s nice to come away with a win."

Behind Henderson and Sutton was a close contest between race leader Brown and Daniel Braunsteins (Team Degani Cycling Café). While a late bike throw looked to put Brown in third place, officials confirmed after reviewing video footage that Braunsteins had claimed the final podium place.

Brown’s fourth place was enough to ensure he maintained the overall race lead, but the Rabobank professional admitted he’ll have to review his strategy for the next two races. While Sutton is closest overall with 17 points to Brown’s 19, Mazda pose a big threat with two cards to play in McEwen and Henderson, both now on 14 points each.

Sutton showed his intentions for the stage, held on a more difficult circuit than the previous day’s race, early by joining a four man break on the second lap. That group bulged as Matthew Hayman (Mazda) and Jack Bobridge (SASI TeamO’Grady) were amongst several to join the effort.

The break was short lived however as a surge for the day’s first prime consumed the group. Tom Scully (John Trevorrow Cycles/Chifley Hotel) was victorious in the sprint ahead of Hayman and Cameron Peterson (NSWIS), with the trio’s charge so forceful the peloton was forced to react to the risk of a breakaway.

A group of 14 then evolved, with Bobridge active once more in the creation, but it was brought back from a 17 second advantage once too many threatening riders had joined. Then, as race commentator Phil Liggett questioned co-commentator Dave McKenzie’s belief a break could stay away, a group of five moved off the front.

The group consisted of Henderson, Braunsteins, Sutton, Matt Wilson (Jayco VIS) and Mark O’Brien (Prime Estate/The Freedom Machine). That breakaway proved definitive with Sutton and Henderson managing to resist the peloton’s attempt to chase the duo down.

An incident between Brown and Baden Cooke (Skilled/Lowe Farms) in the first turn with two laps remaining caused much inquiry after the race, however the race leader was quick to play it down. Brown said while the incident "just wasn’t cricket" that he didn’t consider it a big deal.

"My team was riding to try and bring that break back, he had a team-mate in the front, and he just put himself in front in the corner and put the brakes on. It cost our momentum, we wouldn’t have caught them anyway, but it may have made the difference you never know," said Brown. "It’s not a big deal, at all. I don’t want it to blow out in the press. It’s not a big deal at all."

"Graeme's team were chasing and they were starting to splinter, these guys were getting tired. As they were coming into the corner, I rolled in front of them under brakes. He knew if I was in front, the pace would slow down because I had my rider up the road," Cooke explained.

 

"So he's basically come to the front and tried to run me into the barrier. In the space of 500 metres, they've nearly knocked me off twice. I might be trying to slow down the pace to help my man, but I'm not endangering anyone's life or trying to put anyone into the barriers. It's very amusing to me that he's waving his hand and yelling and screaming and trying to put me into the barriers."

Race doesn’t follow Honda’s plan, Gilmore victorious anyway

Rochelle Gilmore (Honda Dream Team) admitted the team’s plan heading into today’s race didn’t come to fruition, but that didn’t stop her from taking a second stage victory and extend her overall Jayco Bay Cycling Classic lead. After comfortably winning the opening stage, Gilmore was chased to the line by Belinda Goss (Pitcher Partners), who missed the opening criterium on Saturday.

"It’s very satisfying," said Gilmore. "It’s very hard to read a race some days because all the teams have been able to go home and analyse what form the other riders have been in, then they make their strategy and plan for the day. We have no idea what the other teams are going to do so it’s a bit of a gamble.

"We were actually hoping that we could get one of my team-mates up the road today to have a chance to win themselves, but the race was just too fast and nothing was allowed to go," added Gilmore.

Goss missed yesterday’s opening stage as she rested while travelling to the event. Goss has been competing in Tasmania at the annual Christmas Carnivals since Boxing Day, prompting her to take one day away from racing to recover.

"I got a little bit stuck in there myself, I couldn’t hit out, so I had to wait to create a gap which left my sprint a little bit too late," said Goss. "It was close at the finish, so hopefully I can get it right later in the week."

"I raced for seven days straight down in Tasmania so I think I just needed yesterday to travel back to Melbourne and just refresh for the next three days of racing. I think it was the right choice, otherwise with 11 straight days of racing I probably wouldn’t be going that well."

Amanda Spratt (Jayco AIS) and Joanna Wall (Mazda) controlled the opening laps as the women worked into a rhythm.

Gilmore showed her intention to take the sprinter’s jersey, in addition to maintaining the race lead, early when she vied for the first intermediate sprint. However Gilmore was only able to take second, with Jenny MacPherson (Race) taking the win despite backing off before spotting a late charge from Gilmore.

A four person move went clear after the first sprint but was brought back quickly as the second sprint approached. Ashlee Ankudinoff (Jayco VIS/NSWIS) won the second sprint from MacPherson and Peta Mullens (Honda Dream Team), while defending champion Kirsty Broun (Jayco AIS) was forced to stop and change a wheel.

Emma Mackie (Race) tried her luck with a solo break as officials signalled five laps remaining. Mackie’s move didn’t stick, a fate also suffered by solo attempts by Wall and MacPherson in the closing laps.

Ankudinoff suffered a mechanical with three laps remaining, but officials allowed the rider to rest and rejoin the peloton on the same lap with two remaining. While Gilmore thought that would give her fellow New South Welshwoman an advantage towards the end, but with the rhythm broken Ankudinoff wasn’t able to capitalise on the situation.

After seeing off the challenge from Goss, Gilmore was delighted with the race’s outcome. "Going for a series win makes it difficult to go for a race win, because sometimes you have to sacrifice a race in order to take the series," said Gilmore. "But today we won the race and we’re still leading the series, so it’s fantastic."

Results
1Greg Henderson (Mazda)12pts
2Chris Sutton (Skilled/Lowe Farms)10 
3Daniel Braunsteins (Degani Cycling Cafe)8 
4Graeme Brown (Urban)7 
5Robbie McEwen (Mazda)6 
6Baden Cooke (Skilled/Lowe Farms)5 
7Matthew Goss (Degani Cycling Cafe)4 
8Joel Pearson (Genesys Wealth Advisers)3 
9Koen de Kort (O2 Networks)2 
10Nicholas Walker (Degani Cycling Cafe)1 
Elite Men General Classification – After Stage Two
1Graeme Brown (Urban)19pts
2Chris Sutton (Skilled/Lowe Farms)17 
3Greg Henderson (Mazda)14 
4Matthew Goss (Degani Cycling Cafe)14 
5Robbie McEwen (Mazda)14 
6Joel Pearson (Genesys Wealth Advisers)9 
7Daniel Braunsteins (Degani Cycling Cafe)8 
8Baden Cooke (Skilled/Lowe Farms)8 
9Rico Rodgers (Total Rush)5 
10Leigh Howard (Jayco VIS)4 
Elite Men Sprint Ace – After Stage Two
1Graeme Brown (Urban)6pts
2Mathew Hayman (Mazda)4 
Elite Men Teams – After Stage Two
1Mazda28pts
2Skilled/Lowe Farms25 
3Degani Cycling Cafe23 
4Urban19 
5Genesys Wealth Systems9 
6Total Rush5 
7Jayco VIS4 
8O2 Networks3 
Elite Women
1Rochelle Gilmore (Honda)12pts
2Belinda Goss (Pitcher Partners)10 
3Chloe Hosking (MB Cycles)8 
4Megan Dunn (Jayco VIS/NSWIS)7 
5Kirsty Broun (Jayco AIS)6 
6Isabella King (Plan B Racing WA)5 
7Nicole Whitburn (Unattached/Vic)4 
8Peta Mullens (Honda)3 
9Melissa Hoskins (Plan B Racing WA)2 
10Emma Mackie (Race)1 
Elite Women General Classification – After Stage Two
1Rochelle Gilmore (Honda)24pts
2Chloe Hosking (MB Cycles)18 
3Kirsty Broun (Jayco AIS)14 
4Megan Dunn (Jayco VIS/NSWIS)13 
5Belinda Goss (Pitcher Partners)10 
6Peta Mullens (Honda)10 
7Isabella King (Plan B Racing WA)10 
8Nicole Whitburn (Unattached/Vic)7 
9Rowena Fry (Degani)4 
10Ashlee Ankudinoff (Jayco VIS/NSWIS)2 
10Melissa Hoskins (Plan B Racing WA)2 
Elite Women Sprint Ace – After Stage Two
1Rochelle Gilmore (Honda)7pts
2Ashlee Ankudinoff (Jayco VIS/NSWIS)6 
3Jenny MacPherson (Race)5 
4Peta Mullens (Honda)4 
Elite Women Teams – After Stage Two
1Honda34pts
2MB Cycles18 
3Jayco VIS/NSWIS15 
4Jayco AIS14 
5Plan B Racing WA12 
6Pitcher Partners11 
7Team Degani4 
8Race1 
Support Men
1Po Hung Wu (NSWIS Team 2)12pts
2Jarrod Moroni (Unattached/Vic)10 
3Ethan Kimmice (NSWIS Team 1)8 
4Craig Hutton (Trevorrow Cycles/Chifley Hotel)7 
5Jacob Sutherland (Total Rush)6 
6Mitchell Benson (Unattached/WA)5 
7Joshua Carlson (Total Rush)4 
8Tom Last (Unattached/Great Britain)3 
9Steven Martin (Unattached/Vic)2 
10Mark Fenner (Total Rush)1 
Support Men General Classification – After Stage Two
1Mitchell Benson (Unattached/WA)17pts
2Ethan Kimmice (NSWIS Team 1)14 
3Po Hung Wu (NSWIS Team 2)12 
4Steven Martin (Unattached/Vic)12 
5Jarrod Moroni (Unattached/Vic)10 
6Oliver Le Grice (Degani Bakery Cafe)8 
7Antony Dimitrovski (Unattached/NSW)7 
7Craig Hutton (Trevorrow Cycles/Chifley Hotel)7 
9Jacob Sutherland (Total Rush)6 
10Mark Flood (Unattached/Vic)5 
Support Men Sprint Ace – After Stage Two
1Mitchell Benson (Unattached/WA)5pts
2Neil van der Ploeg (Unattached/Vic)4 
Support Men Teams – After Stage Two
1NSWIS Team 117pts
2Total Rush16 
3NSWIS Team 212 
4Degani Bakery Cafe8 
5John Trevorrow Cycles/Chifley Hotel7 

 

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