Haller holds on for overall Bay Crits victory as Ewan wins day 3

Australian sprinter takes second win in a row

Katusha Sports' Marco Haller held on to his overall lead to win the 2019 Lexus Blackburn Bay Crits in Williamstown, Australia, on Thursday afternoon, while Caleb Ewan(Lotto Soudal) took his second stage victory after having also won on Wednesday.

Both Haller's teammate Alex Dowsett and Lexus of Blackburn's Luke Durbridge worked hard to whittle the field down so that only the main contenders were left to battle it out for the stage and overall honours.

Miles Scotson has been active during the whole series, and will hope to take that good form into the Australian national championships road race on Sunday – a race that he won in 2017. He led the race into the final lap on the Williamstown circuit as part of a three-man move with MS All Stars teammate Heinrich Haussler and Novotel Geelong's Jay McCarthy.

Lotto Soudal's Roger Kluge, meanwhile, led the peloton just a few bike lengths behind, trying to set it up for teammate Ewan.

Haussler attacked on the back straight of the square circuit, but a huge jump from Ewan, having looked as though he may have been out of contention, gained him the lead in the final straight, and with it the stage win, from Brenton Jones (Lexus of Blackburn), with Haussler in third.

Fourth place for Haller, however, ensured that the Austrian sewed up the overall title, having won on the opening day on the Eastern Gardens circuit in Geelong.

"I'm relieved, as it was a hard series," Haller said at the finish. "It's been a super cool week – absolutely brilliant – and a great way to kick off the new year.

"We obviously didn’t want to take any risks, and we were expecting Caleb to strike again, but I wanted to make sure I finished high up," he said. "I tried to cover everything a little bit, and in the end it worked out."

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:59:37 
2Brenton Jones (Aus) Lexus of Blackburn  
3Heinrich Haussler (Aus) MS All Stars0:00:02 
4Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Sport0:00:03 
5Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha Sport  
6Ben Hill (Aus) MS All Stars  
7Zak Dempster (Aus) MS All Stars  
8Raphael Freienstein (Ger) Lexus Of Blackburn0:00:06 
9Reece Tucknott (Aus) Velofit Santic Racing  
10Cameron Ivory (Aus) GPM Stulz  
Final General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Sport)27 pts
2Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal24 
3Heinrich Haussler (Aus) MS All Stars18 
4Raphael Freienstein (Ger) Lexus Of Blackburn18 
5Brenton Jones (Aus) Lexus of Blackburn13 
6Michael Freiberg (Aus) Australian Cycling Academy13 
7Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha Sport10 
8Reece Tucknott (Aus) Velofit Santic Racing10 
9Jay McCarthy (Aus) Novotel Geelong City Of Greater Geelong9 
10Miles Scotson (Aus) MS All Stars8 

 

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