Ewan secures Mitchelton Bay Cycle Classic title

Hoskins finally gets her stage win to secure women's overall

Mitch Docker (Orica GreenEdge) has won the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic finale in Williamstown in style while Caleb Ewan (BikeBug) maintained his position against his rivals to ensure he held on to overall honours having lead the series from race one earlier in the week.

Harry Carpenter (SASI) finished second behind Docker, while Greg Henderson (Degani Bakery Cafe) was third leading the bunch across the finish line.

Ewan bettered his 2012 result in the series, where he finished as runner up behind Allan Davis by just one point.

"I knew there would be more pressure on me and that I would be much more of a marked man coming into the race but after the first stage it gave me the confidence for the rest of the series,"he explained.

The 18-year-old said that the result was "right up there" with his silver medal from the UCI Road World Championships late last year where he was runner up in the junior men's road race.

"To come here and race with the pros after they've been in Europe, you see then in the Tour [de France] and all these races and then you come here and beat them it's just... I can't really explain it but it's a real honour just to come here and race these guys.

"It was only four or five years ago now that my family came here on holiday to watch it [the Bay Crits] and I remember just thinking it was crazy how fast they were going so to come here and win it is really good.”

Ewan will ride with Cycling Australia's WorldTour Academy squad this season, with the aim of spending most of his time in Europe with his season reaching a crescendo with the World Championships in Italy.

Docker went on the attack within the first 10 minutes, quickly establishing a lead over the peloton. After taking out the first sprint, Docker was joined by Carpenter. Docker had been trailing Henderson and had even told the New Zealander that he need not worry about defending against him.

Once he had his gap on the field, which initially hovered around the 20 second mark, Docker's attention turned to the sprint classification.

"I wanted to make the breakaway worthwhile... At the end I saw that we had 30 seconds and both of us had been doing it fairly comfortably so we put a bit of extra effort in," he explained.

With Carpenter for company, the pair got out to a maximum lead of 44 seconds.

Docker benefitted from savvy teammates Jens Mouris and Luke Durbridge who with three laps remaining moved to the head of the bunch on the roundabout coming off the main straight of the course, and hit the breaks to give the race leaders some added comfort.

"Everyone ended up following their wheels which they probably shouldn't have so it gave us a little bit of extra time to muck around in the sprint as you always do," Docker laughed.

"[The green jersey] was really unexpected. I think it's great for the team."

Hoskins pushed all the way but secures women's title

In the women's event, Melissa Hoskins (Orica-AIS) finally got the stage win she'd been craving, rounding out her successful defence of her 2012 series title. Thursday's race win was her first in the seven races she'd contested in the series over two seasons.

A field of just 17 women were still on the course by the end of the 45 minute race in Williamstown, but the threat still loomed for Hoskins with Peta Mullens (Anytime Fitness / Trek) and Kimberley Wells (Specialized-Securitor) pushing the Orica-AIS rider all the way to finish.

Mullens opened up the sprint before the reduced field turned into the final straight but it was Hoskins who crossed the finish line in triumph. The West Australian only needed to finish in the top seven to secure her overall victory.

"What a way to finish," said a relieved Hoskins. "Huge thanks to the girls that led me out in the end and a great way to finish a tour and get the stage win that I'd been chasing for the last two years. I'm very happy.

"I always knew they [Mullens and Wells] were going to be all over me and they were with a lap to go. The only way I was going to win was if I was first into that last corner and that's what I did."

Elite men - Full Results

1Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:54:19 
2Harry Carpenter (Aus) Team SASI  
3Greg Henderson (NZl) Degani Bakery Cafe0:00:04 
4Shaun McCarthy (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
5Caleb Ewan (Aus) Bikebug  
6Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Bikebug  
7Sam Witmitz (Aus) Team SASI  
8Luke Davidson (Aus) Drapac Cycling0:00:06 
9Jensen Mouris (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
10Graham Briggs (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
11Russell Gill (Aus) Team SASI  
12Robert Jon McCarthy (Aus) Team SASI0:00:11 
13Tom Scully (NZl) Grays Online / NZL National Team  
14Rico Rogers (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing0:00:12 
15Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
16Stuart Grimsey (Aus) Grays Online / NZL National Team  
17Aaron Buggle (GBr) Rapha Condor / JLT0:00:16 
18Brenton Jones (Aus) Huon Salmon / Genesys Wealth Advisors0:00:19 
19Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Huon Salmon / Genesys Wealth Advisors  
20Alex Smythe (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing0:00:25 
21Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:00:29 
22Dean Sanfilippo (Aus) Target-Trek Racing Team0:00:38 
23Koen de Kort (Ned) Degani Bakery Cafe0:00:56 
24Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor / JLT  
25Robbie Hucker (Aus) Drapac Cycling0:02:14 
DNFAlex Edmondson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFMike Northey (NZl) Grays Online / NZL National Team  
DNFJosh Atkins (NZl) Grays Online / NZL National Team  
DNFJames Oram (NZl) Grays Online / NZL National Team  
DNFAlistair Slater (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
DNFSamuel Lowe (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
DNFChristopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
DNFRichard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor / JLT  
DNFLuke Mellor (GBr) Rapha Condor / JLT  
DNFFelix English (GBr) Rapha Condor / JLT  
DNFTom Robinson (Aus) Huon Salmon / Genesys Wealth Advisors  
DNFTom Palmer (Aus) Drapac Cycling  
DNFJohn Walker (Aus) Drapac Cycling  
DNFMalcolm Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Cycling  
DNFAlex Wohler (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
DNFJessie Kerrison (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
DNFBlair Windsor (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
DNFPeter Loft (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
DNFDean Windsor (Aus) Degani Bakery Cafe  
DNFPeter English (Aus) Degani Bakery Cafe  
DNFRyan MacAnally (Aus) Degani Bakery Cafe  
DNFScott Law (Aus) GPM / Data #3  
DNFJoseph Lewis (Aus) GPM / Data #3  
DNFJosh Taylor (Aus) GPM / Data #3  
DNFEd White (Aus) GPM / Data #3  
DNFCaleb Jones (Aus) GPM / Data #3  
DNFJames Boal (Aus) Target-Trek Racing Team  
DNFJames Butler (Aus) Target-Trek Racing Team  
DNFNicholas D’Ambrosio (Aus) Target-Trek Racing Team  
DNFVaughan Bowman (Aus) Target-Trek Racing Team  
DNFGeorge Tansley (Aus) Team SASI  
DNFJayden Copp (Aus) Pro Team Downunder  
DNFSean Whitfield (Aus) Pro Team Downunder  
DNFJake Klajnblat (Aus) Pro Team Downunder  
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  
DNFRichard Lang (Aus) Bikebug  
DNFJames Mowatt (Aus) Bikebug  
DNSLeigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
DNSAnthony Giacoppo (Aus) Huon Salmon / Genesys Wealth Advisors  
DNSJack Beckinsale (Aus) Huon Salmon / Genesys Wealth Advisors  
Intermediate Sprint 1
1Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge3pts
2Harry Carpenter (Aus) Team SASI2 
3Dean Windsor (Aus) Degani Bakery Cafe1 
Intermediate Sprint 2
1Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge3pts
2Harry Carpenter (Aus) Team SASI2 
3Dean Windsor (Aus) Degani Bakery Cafe1 
Intermediate Sprint 3
1Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge3pts
2Harry Carpenter (Aus) Team SASI2 
3Greg Henderson (NZl) Degani Bakery Cafe1 
Final General Classification
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Bikebug23pts
2Greg Henderson (NZl) Degani Bakery Cafe14 
3Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge12 
4Jensen Mouris (Aus) Orica GreenEdge12 
5Graham Briggs (GBr) Great Britain National Team12 
6Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge12 
7Harry Carpenter (Aus) Team SASI10 
8Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor / JLT10 
9Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge10 
10Shaun McCarthy (Aus) Budget Forklifts8 
11Tom Scully (NZl) Grays Online / NZL National Team8 
12James Oram (NZl) Grays Online / NZL National Team8 
13Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Huon Salmon / Genesys Wealth Advisors7 
14Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Bikebug5 
15Tom Palmer (Aus) Drapac Cycling5 
16Sam Witmitz (Aus) Team SASI4 
17Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Huon Salmon / Genesys Wealth Advisors4 
18Luke Davidson (Aus) Drapac Cycling3 
19Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain National Team3 
20Rico Rogers (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing2 
21Brenton Jones (Aus) Huon Salmon / Genesys Wealth Advisors2 
Sprint Ace Competition
1Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge14pts
2Greg Henderson (NZl) Degani Bakery Cafe10 
3Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge6 
4Harry Carpenter (Aus) Team SASI6 
5Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor / JLT3 
6Mike Northey (NZl) Grays Online / NZL National Team3 
7Graham Briggs (GBr) Great Britain National Team3 
8James Oram (NZl) Grays Online / NZL National Team2 
8Jack Edwards (Aus) Bikebug2 
10Dean Windsor (Aus) Degani Bakery Cafe2 
11Shaun McCarthy (Aus) Budget Forklifts1 
12Joseph Lewis (Aus) GPM / Data #31 
12Vaughan Bowman (Aus) Target-Trek Racing Team1 
Teams Classification
1Orica GreenEdge46pts
3Grays Online16 
4GBR National Team15 
5Team SASI14 
6Degani Bakery Caf‚14 
7Huon Salmon - Genesys13 
8Rapha Condor JLT10 
9Drapac Professional8 
10Team Budgetforklifts8 
11Total Rush / Hyster Racing2 

Elite Women - Full Results

1Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica GreenEdge - AIS0:39:18 
2Peta Mullens (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek  
3Kimberley Wells (Aus) Specialized Securitor  
4Nicole Whitburn (Aus) Liv / Giant  
5Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling  
6Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica GreenEdge - AIS0:00:04 
7Gracie Elvin (Aus)  
8Joanne Hogan (Aus)  
9Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling  
10Carla Ryan (Aus) Crino Cycles / Casa & Bottega  
11Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Liv / Giant  
12Jessica Mundy (Aus) Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling  
13Grace Sulzberger (Aus)0:00:09 
14Amy Bradley (Aus) Specialized Securitor0:00:15 
15Loes Gunnewijk (Aus) Orica GreenEdge - AIS0:00:17 
16Shara Gillow (Aus)0:00:21 
17Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica GreenEdge - AIS0:00:23 
DNFRochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling  
DNFAnna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling  
DNFTaryn Heather (Aus) Jayco VIS  
DNFChloe MacConville (Aus) Jayco VIS  
DNFJessica Alen (Aus) Jayco VIS  
DNFEmma Bilston (Aus) Jayco VIS  
DNFNaomi Williams (Aus) Liv / Giant  
DNFGayle Brownlee (Aus) Liv / Giant  
DNFRebecca Locke (Aus) Liv / Giant  
DNFJudith Louise Betts (Aus) Crino Cycles / Casa & Bottega  
DNFEmma Mackie (Aus) Crino Cycles / Casa & Bottega  
DNFBrittany Lindores (Aus) Crino Cycles / Casa & Bottega  
DNFSarah Roy (Aus) Crino Cycles / Casa & Bottega  
DNFRebecca Henderson (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek  
DNFJenni King (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  
DNFSophie Williamson (NZl) Total Rush / Hyster Racing  
DNFSequoia Williamson (NZl) Total Rush / Hyster Racing  
DNFChristie Glover (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing  
DNFJosie Simpson (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing  
DNFLauretta Hanson (Aus) Total Rush / Hyster Racing  
DNFLeonie Burford (Aus)  
DNFKirsten Howard (Aus)  
DNFLara Batkin (Aus)  
DNFHolly Hawtin (Aus)  
DNFRuby Greig-Hurtig (Aus)  
DNFNina Greig-Towers (Aus)  
DNFMiranda Griffiths (Aus)  
DNFHayley Jones (Aus)  
DNFKate Mullarkey (Aus)  
DNFJessie McLean (Aus) Orica GreenEdge - AIS  
DNSKendelle Hodges (Aus) Jayco VIS  
Intermediate Sprint 1
1Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica GreenEdge - AIS3pts
2Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica GreenEdge - AIS2 
3Joanne Hogan (Aus)1 
Intermediate Sprint 2
1Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica GreenEdge - AIS3pts
2Loes Gunnewijk (Aus) Orica GreenEdge - AIS2 
3Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling1 
Final General Classification
1Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica GreenEdge - AIS32pts
2Peta Mullens (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek23 
3Kimberley Wells (Aus) Specialized Securitor20 
4Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica GreenEdge - AIS17 
5Nicole Whitburn (Aus) Liv / Giant13 
6Gracie Elvin (Aus)11 
7Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling8 
8Carla Ryan (Aus) Crino Cycles / Casa & Bottega7 
9Kate Finegan (Aus) Specialized Securitor7 
10Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling6 
11Sarah Roy (Aus) Crino Cycles / Casa & Bottega6 
12Grace Sulzberger (Aus)5 
13Taryn Heather (Aus) Jayco VIS4 
14Joanne Hogan (Aus)3 
15Loes Gunnewijk (Aus) Orica GreenEdge - AIS3 
16Shara Gillow (Aus)3 
17Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling2 
18Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Liv / Giant2 
19Kirsty Glover (Aus)1 
19Miranda Griffiths (Aus)1 
Sprint Ace Competition
1Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica GreenEdge - AIS13pts
2Loes Gunnewijk (Aus) Orica GreenEdge - AIS7 
3Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica GreenEdge - AIS4 
4Gracie Elvin (Aus)4 
5Kate Finegan (Aus) Specialized Securitor3 
6Peta Mullens (Aus) Anytime Fitness Trek1 
7Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling1 
8Joanne Hogan (Aus)1 
9Grace Sulzberger (Aus)1 
10Shara Gillow (Aus)1 
Teams Classification
1Orica - AIS38pts
2Specialized Securitor27 
3Anytime Fitness Trek23 
4Wiggle Honda16 
5Liv / Giant15 
6Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega13 
7Jayco Apollo VIS Women4 
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