Durbridge takes first-ever Bay Crits win for Orica GreenEdge

Solo victory for Cromwell; Hoskins on verge of another overall win

Luke Durbridge scored the win that Orica GreenEdge had been craving for two years, having spent the majority of the Portarlington criterium at the head of the race. Durbridge was dominant over the one-hour event to claim the team's first ever win at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic.

The reigning Australian Time Trial Champion soloed away from breakaway companions Kristian House (Rapha Condor / JLT) and James Oram (Gray's Online / New Zealand) just ahead of the bell lap and maintaining his advantage, giving Durbridge time to celebrate as he crossed the finish line.

"I don't get to win too many bunch races, it's more time trials and you can't really come across the line doing that unless you're Cancellara so I was pretty happy," the 21-year-old explained. "It's emotional with all the crowd here; it's nice."

Champion in 2012, Allan Davis wasn't selected for the GreenEdge outfit last year and instead headed up the composite team Mitchelton Wineries – Lowe Farms.

Overnight leader Caleb Ewan (Bikebug) finished in sixth place, third in the bunch kick, enough to secure him the yellow jersey for the second day running with the series to conclude on Thursday in Williamstown, where he claimed his second win of the 2012 event.

A group of nine riders, including sprint leader Greg Henderson (Degani Bakery Cafe), House, Mike Northey (Gray's Online / New Zealand), Ewan and Durbridge set the agenda early in the race. Kiwi Northey looked strong and moved ahead of the breakaway group a few laps before the first sprint. The points were his and Henderson ensured he was second across the line to maintain his lead in the competition, while attempting to bridge the gap to his compatriot. The veteran was unsuccessful, but Durbridge too sensed Northey was vulnerable and made a concerted effort to catch him. Unfortunately for Northey, luck was not on his side, dropping his chain on the tough circuit's first climb, allowing Durbridge to pass him easily.

Durbridge, lean for 2013 after his first year on the road at an elite level, spent a good 15 minutes away solo despite various efforts from Henderson, Steele Von Hoff (Huon Salmon – Genesys), Ewan, Shaun McCarthy (Budget Forklifts) and Oram. The attacks meant that his advantage never went beyond 15 seconds and he conceded, for the time being, that he couldn't continue alone, swallowed by the peloton.

"I wasn't thinking about the win because I went away so early," Durbridge explained. "I just kept riding tempo because everyone was foxing with each other. Then I came back and I still had a little bit left so I thought I'd go away again."

After a small break to recover, Durbridge was back in the lead with around half of the race completed, and with House for company with nine seconds advantage over Oram who had a decent gap on the peloton. The three came together just ahead of the third sprint with Henderson holding a three-point advantage over Durbridge in the sprint classification heading into the final day.

McCarthy looked most-likely to catch the trio, getting as close as seven seconds in arrears before popping.

With three laps remaining the gap over the peloton was 15 seconds but there were questions marks over whether the group could work together to hang on. In the end, Durbridge sensed the weakness in his companions riding into the bell lap, and made the final push for the finish on his own. He was however, worried about the capabilities of House.

"He's super strong and I was a bit worried because I knew I couldn't leave it to him in a sprint – he's really fast," Durbridge said of the Brit. "He was really giving it to us on the climb so I knew he was feeling really strong and that I'd have to catch him out. I just got enough of a gap on him to hold him off."

Ewan holds a five-point lead over Durbridge, with Graeme Briggs (Great Britain) a further point behind in the overall standings with one stage left to race on Thursday. Ewan believes he's capable of a repeat performance in Williamstown in order to wear the yellow jersey from start to finish in the three-race series.

"I know how to race it pretty well so I just need to stay up in the front and hopefully I can get the stage again," he told Cyclingnews.

Another gutsy solo win for Cromwell

Tiffany Cromwell claimed her second win in Portarlington in two years, while Melissa Hoskins (Orica-AIS) all but sewed up the overall victory on Wednesday. Hoskins was second across the finish line, closely followed by Peta Mullens (Anytime Fitness Trek).

The result all but ensures Hoskins overall victory for the second successive year. On the final day, the West Australian needs to finish no worse than seventh to confirm her title.

"I've done the maths roughly," Hoskins admitted. "I needed to get more than two points on [Wells] and get a little bit of a buffer leading into tomorrow. I don't have to win tomorrow now and there's no pressure on the team either so we can play a few more cards."
Cromwell, not selected in the five-woman Orica-AIS team for the event, instead entered as an individual made the most of her freedom, moving away from the peloton on the third lap of the 45 minute criterium. Opening up a comfortable gap, Cromwell had a 21 second advantage by the time the first sprint rolled around. That put the 24-year-old on equal terms with Loes Gunnewijk for the green sprinter's jersey.

After the race, Cromwell was on the fence as to whether she felt like there was a point to prove given she was entered as an individual.

"It's always hard this time of year but ultimately I'm here to train for the Nationals," she explained. "It's a great opener to have three days of hard racing to get the intensity back. I've done a lot of work over the last two weeks after a training camp in Canberra. If you ask someone like Marv [Martin Barras] I wasn't in the best form there but I just have put my head down and dome some really good training. This just showed that I'm well on the way to another good season."

Towards the halfway mark, Cromwell's lead stretched to a maximum of 47 seconds with the peloton looking disinterested in any pursuit. That changed slightly by the second sprint, with Cromwell's advantage pegged back to 30 seconds.

It only seemed to motivate Cromwell to lift her intensity in the final stretch to the finish line, the gap back out to 35 seconds.

"It's a course I seem to like," Cromwell admitted. "It's a test of the fittest, the strongest – that climb can really take it out of your legs but I used it to my advantage."

Cromwell's time on the front earned her the green sprinter's jersey and leaves her in equal third place in the general classification, on par with race one winner, Wells. Orica-AIS leads the teams competition.

Results - Elite men

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge1:01:10 
2Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:00:02 
3James Oram (NZl) Grays Online  
4Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys0:00:19 
5Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:00:21 
6Caleb Ewan (Aus) Bikebug  
7Graham Briggs (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
8Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys  
9Rico Rogers (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing  
10Shaun Mccarthy (Aus) Team Budgetforklifts  
11Joseph Lewis (Aus) GPM /Data #3  
12Josh Atkins (NZl) Grays Online  
13Brenton Jones (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys  
14Robbie Hucker (Aus) Drapac Professional  
15Samuel Witmitz (Aus) Team SASI  
16Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
17Alastair Slater (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:25 
18Michael Northey (NZl) Grays Online  
19Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge0:00:30 
20Koen De Kort (Ned) Degani Bakery Café0:00:31 
21Robert-Jon Mccarthy (Aus) Team SASI  
22Richard Lang (Aus) Bikebug  
23Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
24Stuart Grimsey (NZl) Grays Online  
25Harry Carpenter (Aus) Team SASI  
26James Boal (Aus) Target - Trek Racing  
27John Walker (Aus) Drapac Professional  
28Aaron Buggle (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
29Vaughan Bowman (Aus) Target - Trek Racing  
30Greg Henderson (NZl) Degani Bakery Café0:00:36 
31Blair Windsor (Aus) Team Budgetforklifts0:00:44 
32Peter English (Aus) Degani Bakery Café0:00:52 
33Thomas Scully (NZl) Grays Online  
34Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional0:00:54 
35Dean Windsor (Aus) Degani Bakery Café0:01:01 
36George Tansley (Aus) Team SASI0:01:31 
37Julian Hamill (Aus) GPM /Data #30:01:38 
38Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Bikebug0:03:53 
DNFMitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFAlex Edmondson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFSamuel Lowe (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
DNFChristopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
DNFLuke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
DNFFelix English (Irl) Rapha Condor JLT  
DNFTom Robinson (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys  
DNFJack Beckinsale (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys  
DNFLuke Davison (Aus) Drapac Professional  
DNFMalcolm Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Professional  
DNFAlex Wohler (Aus) Team Budgetforklifts  
DNFJesse Kerrison (Aus) Team Budgetforklifts  
DNFPeter Loft (Aus) Team Budgetforklifts  
DNFRyan Macanally (Aus) Degani Bakery Café  
DNFScott Law (Aus) GPM /Data #3  
DNFJoshua Taylor (Aus) GPM /Data #3  
DNFCaleb Jones (Aus) GPM /Data #3  
DNFJames Butler (Aus) Target - Trek Racing  
DNFDean Sanfilippo (Aus) Target - Trek Racing  
DNFNicholas D'ambrosio (Aus) Target - Trek Racing  
DNFRussell Gill (Aus) Team SASI  
DNFJayden Copp (Aus) Pro Team Downunder  
DNFSean Whitfield (Aus) Pro Team Downunder  
DNFJake Klajnblat (Aus) Pro Team Downunder  
DNFAlexander Smyth (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing  
DNFDean Heathcote (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing  
DNFShannon Johnson (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing  
DNFCraig Johnson (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing  
DNFJack Edwards (Aus) Bikebug  
DNFJames Mowatt (Aus) Bikebug  
Intermediate Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Northey (NZl) Grays Online3 pts
2Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge2 
3Greg Henderson (NZl) Degani Bakery Café1 
Intermediate Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge3 pts
2Greg Henderson (NZl) Degani Bakery Café2 
3Graham Briggs (GBr) Great Britain National Team1 
Intermediate Sprint 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT3 pts
2James Oram (NZl) Grays Online2 
3Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge1 
General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Bikebug17 pts
2Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge12 
3Graham Briggs (GBr) Great Britain National Team11 
4Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT10 
5Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge10 
6Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge10 
7James Oram (NZl) Grays Online8 
8Thomas Scully (NZl) Grays Online8 
9Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys7 
10Greg Henderson (NZl) Degani Bakery Café6 
11Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional5 
12Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys4 
13Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain National Team3 
14Rico Rogers (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing2 
15Brenton Jones (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys2 
16Shaun Mccarthy (Aus) Team Budgetforklifts1 
Sprint Ace Competition
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Greg Henderson (NZl) Degani Bakery Café9 pts
2Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge6 
3Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge5 
4Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT3 
5Michael Northey (NZl) Grays Online3 
6Graham Briggs (GBr) Great Britain National Team3 
7James Oram (NZl) Grays Online2 
8Jack Edwards (Aus) Bikebug2 
9Shaun Mccarthy (Aus) Team Budgetforklifts1 
10Joseph Lewis (Aus) GPM /Data #31 
11Vaughan Bowman (Aus) Target - Trek Racing1 
Teams Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Orica GreenEdge32 pts
2Bikebug17 
3Grays Online16 
4Gbr National Team14 
5Huon Salmon - Genesys13 
6Rapha Condor JLT10 
7Degani Bakery Café6 
8Drapac Professional5 
9Total Rush / Hyster Racing2 
10Team Budgetforklifts1 

Results - Elite women

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tiffany Cromwell (Aus)0:45:54 
2Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS0:00:29 
3Peta Mullens (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek  
4Gracie Elvin (Aus)0:00:30 
5Carla Ryan (Aus) Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega  
6Grace Sulzberger (Aus)  
7Taryn Heather (Aus) Jayco Apollo VIS Women0:00:33 
8Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica - AIS  
9Sarah Roy (Aus) Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega  
10Miranda Griffiths (Aus)  
11Leonie Burford (Aus)0:01:13 
12Jessica Mundy (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
13Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS  
14Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS  
15Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
16Naomi Williams (Aus) Liv / Giant  
17Jenni King (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek  
18Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda0:01:16 
19Chloe Mcconville (Aus) Jayco Apollo VIS Women  
20Jessie Maclean (Aus) Orica - AIS  
21Kimberley Wells (Aus) Specialized Securitor  
22Judith Louise Betts (Aus) Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega  
23Amy Bradley (Aus) Specialized Securitor0:01:20 
DNFRochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
DNFLauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
DNFKendelle Hodges (Aus) Jayco Apollo VIS Women  
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Jayco Apollo VIS Women  
DNFEmma Bilston (Aus) Jayco Apollo VIS Women  
DNFNicole Whitburn (Aus) Liv / Giant  
DNFJenny Macpherson (Aus) Liv / Giant  
DNFGayle Brownlee (Aus) Liv / Giant  
DNFClaire Morgan (Aus) Liv / Giant  
DNFEmma Mackie (Aus) Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega  
DNFBrittany Lindores (Aus) Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega  
DNFRebecca Henderson (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek  
DNFHolly Harris (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek  
DNFKirsty Glover (Aus)  
DNFRebecca Werner (Aus) Specialized Securitor  
DNFCarla Franson (Aus) Specialized Securitor  
DNFKate Finegan (Aus) Specialized Securitor  
DNFSequoia Cooper (NZl) Total Rush / Hyster Racing  
DNFGrace Phang (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing  
DNFJosie Simpson (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing  
DNFLauretta Hanson (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing  
DNFKirsten Howard (Aus)  
DNFLara Batkin (Aus)  
DNFHolly Hawtin (Aus)  
DNFRuby Greig-Hurtig (Aus)  
DNFNina Greig-Towers (Aus)  
DNFHayley Jones (Aus)  
DNSSophie Williamson (NZl) Total Rush / Hyster Racing  
Intermediate Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tiffany Cromwell (Aus)3 pts
2Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS2 
3Peta Mullens (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek1 
Intermediate Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tiffany Cromwell (Aus)3 pts
2Gracie Elvin (Aus)2 
3Grace Sulzberger (Aus)1 
General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS20 pts
2Peta Mullens (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek13 
3Tiffany Cromwell (Aus)12 
4Kimberley Wells (Aus) Specialized Securitor12 
5Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda8 
6Gracie Elvin (Aus)7 
7Kate Finegan (Aus) Specialized Securitor7 
8Carla Ryan (Aus) Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega6 
9Sarah Roy (Aus) Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega6 
10Nicole Whitburn (Aus) Liv / Giant6 
11Grace Sulzberger (Aus)5 
12Taryn Heather (Aus) Jayco Apollo VIS Women4 
13Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica - AIS3 
14Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS3 
15Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Liv / Giant2 
16Miranda Griffiths (Aus)1 
17Kirsty Glover (Aus)1 
Sprint Ace Competition
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tiffany Cromwell (Aus)8 pts
2Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS5 
3Gracie Elvin (Aus)4 
4Kate Finegan (Aus) Specialized Securitor3 
5Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS1 
6Peta Mullens (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek1 
7Grace Sulzberger (Aus)1 
8Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica - AIS1 
Teams Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Orica - AIS26 pts
2Specialized Securitor19 
3Anytime Fitness Trek13 
4Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega12 
5Wiggle Honda8 
6Liv / Giant8 
7Jayco Apollo VIS Women4 

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