Matthews claims NSW Grand Prix opener

Wells takes win in women's race

Michael Matthews (Rabobank) has shown he means business in the NSW Grand Prix series by winning the opening round in Cronulla. Matthews won the Cronulla round of the Grand Prix in 2011 and was clearly happy with the day's result. The young soon-to-be Orica-GreenEdge rider outsprinted his two breakaway companions Aaron Gate (L and M Group Racing NZ) and Jens Mouris (Orica-GreenEdge) for the tight-fought win.

In the women's race it was Kimberley Wells (Specialized Securitor) who was handed the win. Wells crossed the line in second place behind the day's actual winner Ashlee Ankudinoff (AIS) who was later disqualified after a miscommunication that occurred. 

Elite Men

Seventy five starters began the elite men's race under perfect sunny conditions. The Cronulla crowd was enjoying the summer's day while the heat would take its toll on the bunch throughout the 30-lap, 40km race. The race was littered with attacks while the Orica-GreenEdge team lead by Leigh Howard, who is preparing for the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, were busy controlling the front of the group.

A group of three riders finally made their way off the front and quickly went about establishing the race winning move. Matthews and Mouris worked well together until Gate attacked the dwindling bunch and bridged across on his own. A number of counter moves tried in vain to reach the three but the gap never seemed under threat.

In the end it was Mouris who attempted to draw out the sprint and looked like he could have taken the win until Gate and Matthews opened their sprints. On the line it was Matthews who took his second consecutive win in Cronulla after capturing the NSW Grand Prix round in late 2011.

"It was really hard having no teammates in the race," said race winner Matthews to Cyclingnews.

"I just had to sort of gamble that I would have a good sprint at the finish. I tried for a breakaway a quarter into the race and it stayed away for a bit. I had to sit on a bit in the last 10 laps and take my chances while trying to save some energy. Aaron is really fast coming off the track and Jens Mouris is really, really strong."

While Matthews was clearly riding well, he said that his training has been mainly about logging endurance miles for the coming season, where he is focusing on not peaking too early.

"We've been training pretty hard [in Canberra], just base k' but nothing too major yet. I've got a big season with Orica-GreenEdge and I'm trying to peak a little bit later in the season," he told Cyclingnews.

Second-place Mouris has based himself in Sydney during the off-season and like Matthews, has been putting in some long days around Sydney in preparation for next year. He was looking forward to the next round in Wollongong before travelling to Falls Creek for a Orica-GreenEdge training camp. Mouris will look to start his season at Tour Down Under before heading off to Europe.

"I just like to be in the race always so I thought I'd cover that one move with Bling [Matthews] in it," Mouris said to Cyclingnews. "We just kept it going. This is a good circuit for me where you can keep it constant the whole time, I would have like to have won but I'll try again tomorrow.

"We've got a couple of other teammates who also might have a go too, so we'll see."

The men will race the second and final round of the NSW GP series in Wollongong on the Sunday.

Elite Women

The women's race was aggressive from the start with numerous attacks looking promising, only to be brought back into the main bunch quickly. While the attacking race did not lend itself to any significant breakaways, it served to thin the field out with riders falling off the pace in the opening laps.

At the finish it was Ankudinoff who was the first to cross the line only to discover shortly after that she had been disqualified. The AIS rider was involved in a crash that happened in crossing moments of the 20-lap race and was advised incorrectly by a race official at the site of the fall.

The rules stipulate that Ankudinoff could take a lap out but due to the lateness of the fall, where riders must finish the last four laps, she ended up joining with just a little over three to go. This was deemed to be inconsistent with the pre-race instructions and she was subsequently relegated from her first place.

At the end of the day it was Wells who was awarded the win with Lauren Kitchen (Rabobank) and Emily Colins in second and third respectively. The women will also conclude the NSW GP series in Wollongong on Sunday.


Elite Men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank 20  pts
2 Aaron Gate (NZl) L and M Group Racing NZ 18  
3 Jens Mouris (Hol) Orica-GreenEdge 16  
4 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 15  
5 Chris Sutton (Aus) Team Sky 14  
6 Jack Edwards (Aus) NSWIS 13  
7 Joseph Lewis (Aus) GPM Wilson Racing 12  
8 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen- Mercator 11  
9 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Team Raleigh-GAC 10  
10 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 10  
11 Caleb Ewan (Aus) NSWIS 10  
12 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 10  
13 Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 10  
14 Aaron Donnelly (Aus) Team Jayco AIS 10  
15 Roy Pieters (Hol) 10  
16 Jack Beckinsale (Aus) Southern Cross Club 10  
17 Joe Chapman (NZl) L and M Group Racing 10  
18 Marc Williams (Aus) Budget Forklifts 10  
19 Ryan MacAnally (Aus) Budget Forklifts 10  
20 Luke Cridland (Aus) Southern Cross NSW 10  
21 Tom Ashley (NZl) 10  
22 Jonathon Cridland (Aus) Southern Cross NSW 10  
23 Blair Windsor (Aus) Budget Forklifts 10  
24 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 10  
25 Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 10  
26 Brodie Talbot (Aus) Racing Kangaroos 10  
27 Jacob Kaufman (Aus) Tour de Cure 10  
28 Sam Rutherford (Aus) GPM Wilson Racing 10  
29 Josh Taylor (Aus) GPM Wilson Racing 10  
30 Caleb Jones (Aus) Tour de Cure 10  
31 Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 10  
32 Peter Thompson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 10  
33 Daniel O’Keefe (Aus) GPM Wilson Racing 10  
34 Joshua Cornish (Aus) Skoda St George 10  
35 Sam Nelson (Aus) Skoda St George 10  
36 Jared Triggs (Aus) Skoda St George 10  
37 Jordon Davies (Aus) Skoda St George 10  
38 Jeremy Scott (Aus) Skoda St George 10  
39 Jake Magee (Aus) GPM Wilson Racing 10  
40 James Canny (NZl) 10  
41 Nathan Bradshaw (Aus) Skoda St George 10  
42 Jay Dutton (Aus) Skoda St George 10  
43 Nicholas D’Ambrosio (Aus) Parramatta Race Team 10  
44 Harrison Bailey (Aus) Parramatta Race Team 10  
45 Richard Allen (Aus) Parramatta Race Team 10  
46 Antony Dimitrovski (Aus) Parramatta Race Team 10  
47 Chris Boogert (Aus) Parramatta Race Team 10  
48 Reece Robinson (Aus) 10  
49 Luke Meers (Aus) 10  
50 Sam Arnold (Aus) 10  
51 Eamonn Bell (Aus) 10  
52 Michael Troy (Aus) Team Torq 10  
53 Rylee Field (Aus) Parramatta Race Team 10  
54 Dirk Roshier (Aus) 10  
55 Keegan Aitchison (Aus) 10  
56 Jarrod Conevey (Aus) 10  
57 Lewis Chapman (Aus) 10  
58 Tom Patton (Aus) Parramatta Race Team 10  
59 Michael Phelan (Aus) Parramatta Race Team 10  
60 Paul Archer (Aus) 10  
61 Brad Heffernan (Aus) NSWIS 10  
62 Luke Williams (Aus) NSWIS 10  
63 Harry Carter (Aus) NSWIS 10  
64 Alex Malone (Aus) Tour de Cure 10  
65 Daniel Bonello (Aus) Tour de Cure 10  
66 Kris Johnston (Aus) 10  
67 Nicholas Costello (Aus) Racing Kangaroos 10  
68 Craig Hutton (Aus) Racing Kangaroos 10  
69 Ayden Toovey (Aus) Racing Kangaroos 10  
70 Jordan Payne (Aus) Racing Kangaroos 10  
71 Liam Melville (Aus) Peloton Sports 10  
72 Lachlan Edwards (Aus) Skoda St George 10  
73 Angus Tobin  (Aus) Terra Footwear-Bicycle Line 10  
74 Brendan Cole (Aus) Asfra Racing Team 10  
75 Brad Mills (Aus) Dulwich Hill BC 10  
DNS Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
DNS Luke Davison (Aus) Budget Forklifts    
DNS Peter Herzig (Aus) Budget Forklifts    
DNS Phillip Grenfell (Aus) Tour de Cure    
DNS Damien Howson (Aus)    
DNS David Mainwarning (Aus)    


Elite Women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kimberley Wells (Aus) Specialised Securitor 20  pts
2 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Dream Team 18  
3 Emily Collins (Aus) 16  
4 Sophie Williamson (NZl) Wakatipu 15  
5 Sarah Roy (Aus) St George 14  
6 Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Suzuki-Trek 13  
7 Brittany Lindores (Aus) Team Boss Constructions 12  
8 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS 11  
9 Ashlee Ankudinoff (AUS) AIS 10  
10 Sue Forsyth (Aus) North Sydney 10  
11 Kate Chilcott (NZl) Bates Bikes 10  
12 Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica - AIS 10  
13 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS 10  
14 Rebecca Werner (Aus) Specialised Women 10  
15 Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Dream Team 10  
16 Reta Trotman (NZl) 10  
17 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Dream Team 10  
18 Hannah Geelan (Aus) Specialised Securitor 10  
19 Gracie Sulzberger (Aus) Jayco- AIS 10  
20 Amy Bradley (Aus) 10  
21 Josie Talbot (Aus) 10  
22 Allie McDonald (Aus) Suzuki-Trek 10  
23 Brie Dutton (Aus) St George 10  
24 Laura Triggs (Aus) Suzuki-Trek 10  
25 Clare Mandeno (Aus) Sydney Uni Velo 10  
26 Gina Ricardo (Aus) Sydney Uni Velo 10  
27 Laura Meadley (Aus) Suzuki-Trek 10  
28 Emma Viotto (Aus) Suzuki-Trek 10  
29 Kayla Salopek (Aus) Suzuki-Trek 10  
30 Alex Nichols (Aus) Suzuki-Trek 10  
31 Courtney Hansford (Aus) Parramatta 10  
32 Tegan Elferkh (Aus) Vikings 10  
33 Stephanie Lord (Aus) Randwick Botany 10  
34 Lara Batkin (Aus) St George 10  
35 Angela Smith (Aus) Racing Kangaroos 10  
36 Cheryl Hulskamp (Aus) 10  
37 Hollee Simons (Aus) Bathurst 10  
38 Holly Hawtin (Aus) Sutherland 10  
39 Kirsten Howard (Aus) Bathurst 10  
40 Skye-Lee Armstrong (Aus) Sutherland 10  
41 Geraldine Blomfield-Brown (Aus) Waratah 10  
42 Geraldine Blomfield-Brown (Aus) Waratah 10  
DNS Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Dream Team    
DNS Loes Gunnewijk (NED) Orica-AIS Greenedge    
DNS Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica-AIS    
DNS Amber Jenkins (Aus) Sydney Cycling Club    
DNS Gracie Elvin (Aus) Jayco AIS    
DNS Alexis Barnes (GBr)    
DNS Holly Heffernan (Aus)    
DNS Jenny Fay (Aus)    
DNS Allison Rice (Aus) Suzuki-Trek    
DNS Angela Smith (Aus) Racing Kangaroos    
DNS Maria Prosperi (Aus) Illawarra    


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