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January 02, Portarlington Criterium:

Durbridge takes first-ever Bay Crits win for Orica GreenEdge

By:
Jane Aubrey
Published:
January 02, 2013, 5:44 GMT,
Updated:
January 02, 2013, 14:32 GMT

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) Team Result
1 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 1:01:10  
2 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 0:00:02  
3 James Oram (NZl) Grays Online    
4 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys 0:00:19  
5 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:21  
6 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Bikebug    
7 Graham Briggs (GBr) Great Britain National Team    
8 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys    
9 Rico Rogers (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing    
10 Shaun Mccarthy (Aus) Team Budgetforklifts    
11 Joseph Lewis (Aus) GPM /Data #3    
12 Josh Atkins (NZl) Grays Online    
13 Brenton Jones (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys    
14 Robbie Hucker (Aus) Drapac Professional    
15 Samuel Witmitz (Aus) Team SASI    
16 Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain National Team    
17 Alastair Slater (GBr) Great Britain National Team 0:00:25  
18 Michael Northey (NZl) Grays Online    
19 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:30  
20 Koen De Kort (Ned) Degani Bakery Café 0:00:31  
21 Robert-Jon Mccarthy (Aus) Team SASI    
22 Richard Lang (Aus) Bikebug    
23 Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
24 Stuart Grimsey (NZl) Grays Online    
25 Harry Carpenter (Aus) Team SASI    
26 James Boal (Aus) Target - Trek Racing    
27 John Walker (Aus) Drapac Professional    
28 Aaron Buggle (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
29 Vaughan Bowman (Aus) Target - Trek Racing    
30 Greg Henderson (NZl) Degani Bakery Café 0:00:36  
31 Blair Windsor (Aus) Team Budgetforklifts 0:00:44  
32 Peter English (Aus) Degani Bakery Café 0:00:52  
33 Thomas Scully (NZl) Grays Online    
34 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional 0:00:54  
35 Dean Windsor (Aus) Degani Bakery Café 0:01:01  
36 George Tansley (Aus) Team SASI 0:01:31  
37 Julian Hamill (Aus) GPM /Data #3 0:01:38  
38 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Bikebug 0:03:53  
DNF Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
DNF Alex Edmondson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
DNF Samuel Lowe (GBr) Great Britain National Team    
DNF Christopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain National Team    
DNF Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
DNF Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor JLT    
DNF Tom Robinson (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys    
DNF Jack Beckinsale (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys    
DNF Luke Davison (Aus) Drapac Professional    
DNF Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Professional    
DNF Alex Wohler (Aus) Team Budgetforklifts    
DNF Jesse Kerrison (Aus) Team Budgetforklifts    
DNF Peter Loft (Aus) Team Budgetforklifts    
DNF Ryan Macanally (Aus) Degani Bakery Café    
DNF Scott Law (Aus) GPM /Data #3    
DNF Joshua Taylor (Aus) GPM /Data #3    
DNF Caleb Jones (Aus) GPM /Data #3    
DNF James Butler (Aus) Target - Trek Racing    
DNF Dean Sanfilippo (Aus) Target - Trek Racing    
DNF Nicholas D'ambrosio (Aus) Target - Trek Racing    
DNF Russell Gill (Aus) Team SASI    
DNF Jayden Copp (Aus) Pro Team Downunder    
DNF Sean Whitfield (Aus) Pro Team Downunder    
DNF Jake Klajnblat (Aus) Pro Team Downunder    
DNF Alexander Smyth (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing    
DNF Dean Heathcote (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing    
DNF Shannon Johnson (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing    
DNF Craig Johnson (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing    
DNF Jack Edwards (Aus) Bikebug    
DNF James Mowatt (Aus) Bikebug    
Intermediate Sprint 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Michael Northey (NZl) Grays Online 3  pts
2 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 2  
3 Greg Henderson (NZl) Degani Bakery Café 1  
Intermediate Sprint 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 3  pts
2 Greg Henderson (NZl) Degani Bakery Café 2  
3 Graham Briggs (GBr) Great Britain National Team 1  
Intermediate Sprint 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 3  pts
2 James Oram (NZl) Grays Online 2  
3 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 1  
General Classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Bikebug 17  pts
2 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 12  
3 Graham Briggs (GBr) Great Britain National Team 11  
4 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 10  
5 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 10  
6 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge 10  
7 James Oram (NZl) Grays Online 8  
8 Thomas Scully (NZl) Grays Online 8  
9 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys 7  
10 Greg Henderson (NZl) Degani Bakery Café 6  
11 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional 5  
12 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys 4  
13 Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain National Team 3  
14 Rico Rogers (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing 2  
15 Brenton Jones (Aus) Huon Salmon - Genesys 2  
16 Shaun Mccarthy (Aus) Team Budgetforklifts 1  
Sprint Ace Competition
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Greg Henderson (NZl) Degani Bakery Café 9  pts
2 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 6  
3 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 5  
4 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 3  
5 Michael Northey (NZl) Grays Online 3  
6 Graham Briggs (GBr) Great Britain National Team 3  
7 James Oram (NZl) Grays Online 2  
8 Jack Edwards (Aus) Bikebug 2  
9 Shaun Mccarthy (Aus) Team Budgetforklifts 1  
10 Joseph Lewis (Aus) GPM /Data #3 1  
11 Vaughan Bowman (Aus) Target - Trek Racing 1  
Teams Classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Orica GreenEdge 32  pts
2 Bikebug 17  
3 Grays Online 16  
4 Gbr National Team 14  
5 Huon Salmon - Genesys 13  
6 Rapha Condor JLT 10  
7 Degani Bakery Café 6  
8 Drapac Professional 5  
9 Total Rush / Hyster Racing 2  
10 Team Budgetforklifts 1  

Results - Elite women

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) 0:45:54  
2 Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS 0:00:29  
3 Peta Mullens (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek    
4 Gracie Elvin (Aus) 0:00:30  
5 Carla Ryan (Aus) Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega    
6 Grace Sulzberger (Aus)    
7 Taryn Heather (Aus) Jayco Apollo VIS Women 0:00:33  
8 Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica - AIS    
9 Sarah Roy (Aus) Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega    
10 Miranda Griffiths (Aus)    
11 Leonie Burford (Aus) 0:01:13  
12 Jessica Mundy (Aus) Wiggle Honda    
13 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS    
14 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS    
15 Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda    
16 Naomi Williams (Aus) Liv / Giant    
17 Jenni King (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek    
18 Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda 0:01:16  
19 Chloe Mcconville (Aus) Jayco Apollo VIS Women    
20 Jessie Maclean (Aus) Orica - AIS    
21 Kimberley Wells (Aus) Specialized Securitor    
22 Judith Louise Betts (Aus) Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega    
23 Amy Bradley (Aus) Specialized Securitor 0:01:20  
DNF Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda    
DNF Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda    
DNF Kendelle Hodges (Aus) Jayco Apollo VIS Women    
DNF Jessica Allen (Aus) Jayco Apollo VIS Women    
DNF Emma Bilston (Aus) Jayco Apollo VIS Women    
DNF Nicole Whitburn (Aus) Liv / Giant    
DNF Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Liv / Giant    
DNF Gayle Brownlee (Aus) Liv / Giant    
DNF Claire Morgan (Aus) Liv / Giant    
DNF Emma Mackie (Aus) Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega    
DNF Brittany Lindores (Aus) Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega    
DNF Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek    
DNF Holly Harris (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek    
DNF Kirsty Glover (Aus)    
DNF Rebecca Werner (Aus) Specialized Securitor    
DNF Carla Franson (Aus) Specialized Securitor    
DNF Kate Finegan (Aus) Specialized Securitor    
DNF Sequoia Cooper (NZl) Total Rush / Hyster Racing    
DNF Grace Phang (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing    
DNF Josie Simpson (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing    
DNF Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing    
DNF Kirsten Howard (Aus)    
DNF Lara Batkin (Aus)    
DNF Holly Hawtin (Aus)    
DNF Ruby Greig-Hurtig (Aus)    
DNF Nina Greig-Towers (Aus)    
DNF Hayley Jones (Aus)    
DNS Sophie Williamson (NZl) Total Rush / Hyster Racing    
Intermediate Sprint 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) 3  pts
2 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS 2  
3 Peta Mullens (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek 1  
Intermediate Sprint 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) 3  pts
2 Gracie Elvin (Aus) 2  
3 Grace Sulzberger (Aus) 1  
General Classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS 20  pts
2 Peta Mullens (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek 13  
3 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) 12  
4 Kimberley Wells (Aus) Specialized Securitor 12  
5 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda 8  
6 Gracie Elvin (Aus) 7  
7 Kate Finegan (Aus) Specialized Securitor 7  
8 Carla Ryan (Aus) Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega 6  
9 Sarah Roy (Aus) Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega 6  
10 Nicole Whitburn (Aus) Liv / Giant 6  
11 Grace Sulzberger (Aus) 5  
12 Taryn Heather (Aus) Jayco Apollo VIS Women 4  
13 Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica - AIS 3  
14 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS 3  
15 Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Liv / Giant 2  
16 Miranda Griffiths (Aus) 1  
17 Kirsty Glover (Aus) 1  
Sprint Ace Competition
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) 8  pts
2 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS 5  
3 Gracie Elvin (Aus) 4  
4 Kate Finegan (Aus) Specialized Securitor 3  
5 Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica - AIS 1  
6 Peta Mullens (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek 1  
7 Grace Sulzberger (Aus) 1  
8 Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica - AIS 1  
Teams Classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Orica - AIS 26  pts
2 Specialized Securitor 19  
3 Anytime Fitness Trek 13  
4 Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega 12  
5 Wiggle Honda 8  
6 Liv / Giant 8  
7 Jayco Apollo VIS Women 4