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) TeamResult
1Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank20 pts
2Aaron Gate (NZl) L and M Group Racing NZ18 
3Jens Mouris (Hol) Orica-GreenEdge16 
4Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling15 
5Chris Sutton (Aus) Team Sky14 
6Jack Edwards (Aus) NSWIS13 
7Joseph Lewis (Aus) GPM Wilson Racing12 
8Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen- Mercator11 
9Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Team Raleigh-GAC10 
10Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge10 
11Caleb Ewan (Aus) NSWIS10 
12Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge10 
13Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge10 
14Aaron Donnelly (Aus) Team Jayco AIS10 
15Roy Pieters (Hol)10 
16Jack Beckinsale (Aus) Southern Cross Club10 
17Joe Chapman (NZl) L and M Group Racing10 
18Marc Williams (Aus) Budget Forklifts10 
19Ryan MacAnally (Aus) Budget Forklifts10 
20Luke Cridland (Aus) Southern Cross NSW10 
21Tom Ashley (NZl)10 
22Jonathon Cridland (Aus) Southern Cross NSW10 
23Blair Windsor (Aus) Budget Forklifts10 
24Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling10 
25Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling10 
26Brodie Talbot (Aus) Racing Kangaroos10 
27Jacob Kaufman (Aus) Tour de Cure10 
28Sam Rutherford (Aus) GPM Wilson Racing10 
29Josh Taylor (Aus) GPM Wilson Racing10 
30Caleb Jones (Aus) Tour de Cure10 
31Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling10 
32Peter Thompson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling10 
33Daniel O’Keefe (Aus) GPM Wilson Racing10 
34Joshua Cornish (Aus) Skoda St George10 
35Sam Nelson (Aus) Skoda St George10 
36Jared Triggs (Aus) Skoda St George10 
37Jordon Davies (Aus) Skoda St George10 
38Jeremy Scott (Aus) Skoda St George10 
39Jake Magee (Aus) GPM Wilson Racing10 
40James Canny (NZl)10 
41Nathan Bradshaw (Aus) Skoda St George10 
42Jay Dutton (Aus) Skoda St George10 
43Nicholas D’Ambrosio (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10 
44Harrison Bailey (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10 
45Richard Allen (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10 
46Antony Dimitrovski (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10 
47Chris Boogert (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10 
48Reece Robinson (Aus)10 
49Luke Meers (Aus)10 
50Sam Arnold (Aus)10 
51Eamonn Bell (Aus)10 
52Michael Troy (Aus) Team Torq10 
53Rylee Field (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10 
54Dirk Roshier (Aus)10 
55Keegan Aitchison (Aus)10 
56Jarrod Conevey (Aus)10 
57Lewis Chapman (Aus)10 
58Tom Patton (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10 
59Michael Phelan (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10 
60Paul Archer (Aus)10 
61Brad Heffernan (Aus) NSWIS10 
62Luke Williams (Aus) NSWIS10 
63Harry Carter (Aus) NSWIS10 
64Alex Malone (Aus) Tour de Cure10 
65Daniel Bonello (Aus) Tour de Cure10 
66Kris Johnston (Aus)10 
67Nicholas Costello (Aus) Racing Kangaroos10 
68Craig Hutton (Aus) Racing Kangaroos10 
69Ayden Toovey (Aus) Racing Kangaroos10 
70Jordan Payne (Aus) Racing Kangaroos10 
71Liam Melville (Aus) Peloton Sports10 
72Lachlan Edwards (Aus) Skoda St George10 
73Angus Tobin  (Aus) Terra Footwear-Bicycle Line10 
74Brendan Cole (Aus) Asfra Racing Team10 
75Brad Mills (Aus) Dulwich Hill BC10 
DNSWesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNSLuke Davison (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
DNSPeter Herzig (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
DNSPhillip Grenfell (Aus) Tour de Cure  
DNSDamien Howson (Aus)  
DNSDavid Mainwarning (Aus)  


Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kimberley Wells (Aus) Specialised Securitor20 pts
2Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Dream Team18 
3Emily Collins (Aus)16 
4Sophie Williamson (NZl) Wakatipu15 
5Sarah Roy (Aus) St George14 
6Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Suzuki-Trek13 
7Brittany Lindores (Aus) Team Boss Constructions12 
8Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS11 
9Ashlee Ankudinoff (AUS) AIS10 
10Sue Forsyth (Aus) North Sydney10 
11Kate Chilcott (NZl) Bates Bikes10 
12Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica - AIS10 
13Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS10 
14Rebecca Werner (Aus) Specialised Women10 
15Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Dream Team10 
16Reta Trotman (NZl)10 
17Carlee Taylor (Aus) Dream Team10 
18Hannah Geelan (Aus) Specialised Securitor10 
19Gracie Sulzberger (Aus) Jayco- AIS10 
20Amy Bradley (Aus)10 
21Josie Talbot (Aus)10 
22Allie McDonald (Aus) Suzuki-Trek10 
23Brie Dutton (Aus) St George10 
24Laura Triggs (Aus) Suzuki-Trek10 
25Clare Mandeno (Aus) Sydney Uni Velo10 
26Gina Ricardo (Aus) Sydney Uni Velo10 
27Laura Meadley (Aus) Suzuki-Trek10 
28Emma Viotto (Aus) Suzuki-Trek10 
29Kayla Salopek (Aus) Suzuki-Trek10 
30Alex Nichols (Aus) Suzuki-Trek10 
31Courtney Hansford (Aus) Parramatta10 
32Tegan Elferkh (Aus) Vikings10 
33Stephanie Lord (Aus) Randwick Botany10 
34Lara Batkin (Aus) St George10 
35Angela Smith (Aus) Racing Kangaroos10 
36Cheryl Hulskamp (Aus)10 
37Hollee Simons (Aus) Bathurst10 
38Holly Hawtin (Aus) Sutherland10 
39Kirsten Howard (Aus) Bathurst10 
40Skye-Lee Armstrong (Aus) Sutherland10 
41Geraldine Blomfield-Brown (Aus) Waratah10 
42Geraldine Blomfield-Brown (Aus) Waratah10 
DNSRochelle Gilmore (Aus) Dream Team  
DNSLoes Gunnewijk (NED) Orica-AIS Greenedge  
DNSShara Gillow (Aus) Orica-AIS  
DNSAmber Jenkins (Aus) Sydney Cycling Club  
DNSGracie Elvin (Aus) Jayco AIS  
DNSAlexis Barnes (GBr)  
DNSHolly Heffernan (Aus)  
DNSJenny Fay (Aus)  
DNSAllison Rice (Aus) Suzuki-Trek  
DNSAngela Smith (Aus) Racing Kangaroos  
DNSMaria Prosperi (Aus) Illawarra  


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