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Goss & Gilmore grab Eastern Park openers

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Series leader Matt Goss (E3 Pure Tasmania) sprays the champers as Sprint Points leader Graeme Brown (Urban) gets ready to do the same.

Series leader Matt Goss (E3 Pure Tasmania) sprays the champers as Sprint Points leader Graeme Brown (Urban) gets ready to do the same.
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Stage one podium (l-r): Chris Sutton (3rd,Team Sky), Matt Goss (1st,E3 Pure Tasmania),

Stage one podium (l-r): Chris Sutton (3rd,Team Sky), Matt Goss (1st,E3 Pure Tasmania),
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Sprints competition winner is Peta Mullins (Honda)

Sprints competition winner is Peta Mullins (Honda)
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The Vetta team chase at the front of the bunch

The Vetta team chase at the front of the bunch
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Megan Dunn (Honda Dream Team) broke her wrist in December

Megan Dunn (Honda Dream Team) broke her wrist in December
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Amanda Spratt (Jayco-AIS), just before she was caught by a small group

Amanda Spratt (Jayco-AIS), just before she was caught by a small group
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Felicity Wilson (Bike Force) shouts a warning

Felicity Wilson (Bike Force) shouts a warning
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Amanda Spratt (Jayco-AIS) was alone

Amanda Spratt (Jayco-AIS) was alone
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Nicole Whitburn (Prime Real Estate) was third overall.

Nicole Whitburn (Prime Real Estate) was third overall.
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Myfany Galloway (TDT/Race/Bike Force)

Myfany Galloway (TDT/Race/Bike Force)
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The women wait for the start

The women wait for the start
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Chloe Hoskins (TDT/Race/BikeForce)

Chloe Hoskins (TDT/Race/BikeForce)
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Race leader in the Jayco Bay Classics - Rochelle Gilmore (Honda)

Race leader in the Jayco Bay Classics - Rochelle Gilmore (Honda)
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The prodium : Belinda Goss (Vetta), Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) and Nicole Whitburn (Prime Estate)

The prodium : Belinda Goss (Vetta), Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) and Nicole Whitburn (Prime Estate)
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Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) celebrates her victory on day 1 in Geelong's Botanic Gardens

Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) celebrates her victory on day 1 in Geelong's Botanic Gardens
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With two laps to go, Belinda Goss' Vetta team went to the front to set her up for the sprint

With two laps to go, Belinda Goss' Vetta team went to the front to set her up for the sprint
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Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) takes the sprint from Belinda Goss (Vetta) and Nicole Whitburn (Prime Estate)

Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) takes the sprint from Belinda Goss (Vetta) and Nicole Whitburn (Prime Estate)
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Previous winner of the Bay Series and 2009 Australian criterium Chmampion, Kirsty Broun (Virgin Blue)

Previous winner of the Bay Series and 2009 Australian criterium Chmampion, Kirsty Broun (Virgin Blue)
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Emma Mackie (Virgin Blue) leads Judith Arndt (Team HTC-HighRoad)

Emma Mackie (Virgin Blue) leads Judith Arndt (Team HTC-HighRoad)
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Shara Gillow (Jayco AIS) and team-mate, Australian criterium Champion, Carly Light

Shara Gillow (Jayco AIS) and team-mate, Australian criterium Champion, Carly Light
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Jesse Maclean (Virgin Blue)

Jesse Maclean (Virgin Blue)
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Jess Allen (Jayco VIS) leads Lauren Kitchen (Jayco AIS)

Jess Allen (Jayco VIS) leads Lauren Kitchen (Jayco AIS)
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They're off on stage one of the 2011 Jayco Bay Classic Cycling Series

They're off on stage one of the 2011 Jayco Bay Classic Cycling Series
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Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) from Victoria will be looking ahead to a bright 2011 after an indifferent 2010.

Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) from Victoria will be looking ahead to a bright 2011 after an indifferent 2010.
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The pace was high after the peloton reeled in Team Sky's Greg Henderson in the concluding laps.

The pace was high after the peloton reeled in Team Sky's Greg Henderson in the concluding laps.
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Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) in action during the first stage of the 2011 Jayco Bay Classic Cycling Series in Geelong's Eastern Gardens.

Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) in action during the first stage of the 2011 Jayco Bay Classic Cycling Series in Geelong's Eastern Gardens.
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Graeme Brown riding for the Urban team keeps watch behind former Rabobank teammate Matt Hayman, now with Team Sky.

Graeme Brown riding for the Urban team keeps watch behind former Rabobank teammate Matt Hayman, now with Team Sky.
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Matt Wilson (Garmin Cervelo) from Victoria goes on the attack late into the stage.

Matt Wilson (Garmin Cervelo) from Victoria goes on the attack late into the stage.
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Tassie talent: Richie Porte from Tasmania is riding for the Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries team here in what is the beginning to a year in which he will fullfill a dream of riding in the Tour de France.

Tassie talent: Richie Porte from Tasmania is riding for the Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries team here in what is the beginning to a year in which he will fullfill a dream of riding in the Tour de France.
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The peloton head under the banner in Geelong's Eastern Gardens in the final laps.

The peloton head under the banner in Geelong's Eastern Gardens in the final laps.
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The field in the mens' elite race corner out of the home straight in Geelong's Eastern Gardens.

The field in the mens' elite race corner out of the home straight in Geelong's Eastern Gardens.
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The peloton stretch out beside Geelong's Corio Bay on day one of the classics.

The peloton stretch out beside Geelong's Corio Bay on day one of the classics.
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One of the characature statues that can be found near the water in Geelong watches riders go by.

One of the characature statues that can be found near the water in Geelong watches riders go by.
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Alan Davis (Bikebug.com) goes on the attack as eventual winner, Matt Goss (left), of E3 Pure Tasmania, looks for any other attacks.

Alan Davis (Bikebug.com) goes on the attack as eventual winner, Matt Goss (left), of E3 Pure Tasmania, looks for any other attacks.
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The peloton in search of Greg Henderson with Geelong's Corio Bay in the background.

The peloton in search of Greg Henderson with Geelong's Corio Bay in the background.
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A large crowd had gathered in Geelong's Botanical Gardens by the time the mens' elite race was about to begin.

A large crowd had gathered in Geelong's Botanical Gardens by the time the mens' elite race was about to begin.
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The peloton head towards the waterside of the course in Geelong.

The peloton head towards the waterside of the course in Geelong.
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Johnnie Walker is riding for the Urban team during the classics. Walker recently left Footon-Servetto to take up a position with the Australian Pegasus outfit.

Johnnie Walker is riding for the Urban team during the classics. Walker recently left Footon-Servetto to take up a position with the Australian Pegasus outfit.
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The admiral admires the peloton as it heads towards the climb in Geelong's Eastern Park.

The admiral admires the peloton as it heads towards the climb in Geelong's Eastern Park.
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Greg Henderson (Team Sky) from New Zealand tried to sneak away from the peloton around the half-way mark of the race.

Greg Henderson (Team Sky) from New Zealand tried to sneak away from the peloton around the half-way mark of the race.
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Looking for some horse-power: Greg Henderson (Team Sky) during his solo break from the field on day one of the series in Geelong.

Looking for some horse-power: Greg Henderson (Team Sky) during his solo break from the field on day one of the series in Geelong.
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The peloton in the men's elite field

The peloton in the men's elite field
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Sunbaking was the order of the day in near perfect conditions

Sunbaking was the order of the day in near perfect conditions
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The peloton make their way up a short but steep climb on the back

The peloton make their way up a short but steep climb on the back
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Matt Goss riding for the E3 Pure Tasmania team takes out stage one

Matt Goss riding for the E3 Pure Tasmania team takes out stage one
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Australia's Matt Goss showed he is already on form for the 2011 season by taking an impressive win in the opening race of the Jayco Bay Cycling Series in Geelong’s Eastern Gardens. The 24 year old was riding in the colours of E3/Pure Tas for the race but will be one of HTC-Highroad sprinters during 2011. He was too fast for defending champion Chris Sutton (Sky Racing) and Allan Davis (Astana).

“We have a really strong team here and Wes and Bernie Sulzberger covered every move well,” Goss said. “This is one of the hardest circuits. The wind here coming off the ocean makes it difficult on the home and back straight which makes the course hard."

Team Sky animated the race early with Britain's Ben Swift attacking on the opening lap of the 45 minute +3 lap criterium. When he was brought back, Graeme Brown (Urban) showed his intentions claiming the first two intermediate sprints from Sky’s Matt Hayman. Wes Sulzberger (Pure Tas) and Scott Law (Fly V Australia) were just some of the next riders to go on the attack. Then Greg Henderson (Sky) launched a solo attack. He spent three laps out on his own forging a maximum advantage of fifteen seconds over the peloton. His teammates, Simon Gerrans and Matt Hayman tried to slow the peloton down as Henderson flexed his muscles at the front of the race.

Henderson took the second intermediate sprint with Brown sprinting from the peloton to take the important second place and ensure he earned the sprinters jersey.

Richie Porte (Lowe Farms) showed he is going to be a force to be reckoned with at the Nationals next week by doing a lot of work in the peloton, bringing the moves back for his leader Baden Cooke.

With three laps to go the peloton were altogether with Porte and Wes Sulzberger hammering an incredible pace in the peloton to put Cooke in a good position. Despite the speed, Johnnie Walker (Urban) launched a solo attack with the aim of tiring out the sprinters teams to give his teammate Brown a great opportunity to win the bunch sprint.

Walker was caught by the peloton on the final lap and the race was that fierce that coupled with the wind, caused a split in the back straight. A group of approximately 30 riders were at the head of the race powering into the final five hundred metres.

All the major sprinters were in good positions heading into the final corner but it was Goss who was positioned best on third wheel. He then surged past his two rivals to take his first win of 2011. But surely not his last.

“We came in to get a stage win and we’ve knocked that over pretty early so that’s a good start,” Goss said, pleased to start the season on a high.

Goss’s win shows that he is one of the form sprinters in Australia and is looking forward to getting more leadership roles at HTC-Columbia in 2011.

“I’m going to get a lot more opportunities this year. I had to help Andre Greipel and Mark Cavendish last year and back at Saxo Bank I had to help JJ Haedo. I was given a few chances last year and grabbed a few victories and will look forward to some more support this year,” Goss concluded.

Sutton and Davis satisfied with placings

Chris Sutton’s second place highlighted his form as he tries to defend his Jayco Series title. With Team Sky having such a strong line-up, his placing today ensures he’s in a good position to pounce over the coming days.

“The team is more settled now,” Sutton said. “Our November camp was nice and relaxed and after our first year, the second year will start to look up. The boys did everything they could today and I just got beaten by a better rider. It’s anyone’s bike race with guys like Brown, McEwen, Renshaw, Goss and even Palmer who showed his form in the Sydney criteriums last month."

Allan Davis started 2011 the way he finished 2010 and is refreshed after two months off the bike.

“I’m happy with how things panned out last year. The late wins kept me motivated in November and December. I did a lot of training in the gym as well as boxing and participating in other sports to keep my mind refreshed,” he explained.

Davis had to come to Melbourne early after the flood crisis in Queensland threatening to delay his travel plans.
“It’s a rough time for the locals up there. I came here a week early and would like to thank John Trevorrow for helping me. I also would like to thank Leigh Howard’s dad as I have been motor pacing with him the last week.”

Gilmore on track to defend her title

Rochelle Gilmore showed she is again the woman to beat powering to victory in the opening round of the women's Jayco Bay Series classic in Geelong.

The defending champion and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, riding for the Honda Dream Team edged out Belinda Goss (Vetta) and Nicole Whitburn.

"It's fantastic to win the first race of 2011. Last year worked out pretty well with the Commonwealth Games and everything. Every year you think you can learn more and it can be better, so to come out and win the first race of 2011 is a fantastic feeling,” Gilmore said.

The race was delayed by 45 minutes because of a crash in the warm-up with Queensland road champion Brittany Lindores taken to hospital. That reduced the race from 45 minutes to 30 and when racing got underway it didn’t take long for the attacks to start. Peta Mullens (Honda Dream Team) was the first to show her intentions and soon after Amanda Spratt (Jayco AIS) tried to go alone. Rebecca Domange (Bike Force) attempted to bridge across but was unsuccessful.

The peloton didn’t let the break get free and soon after, another half dozen riders attacked, including Megan Dunn (Honda Cycling Team), Lauren Kitchen and Jess Allan (Jayco AIS).

They were eventually pegged back by the peloton and despite a few more riders trying to attack, the peloton nullified the moves, setting up a bunch sprint involving approximately 20 riders. Gilmore showed she was the strongest with a perfect sprint but despite being defending champion, Gilmore rejected suggestions that she and her team will dominate the series.
“We certainly don’t have the attitude that we dominated today or that we’re going to dominate, because there were so many good. That makes it hard to control the race as we don’t know who to chase and who not to chase. There is a lot of new talent coming through in Australia. We come back here to race and we no longer know our competitors.”

Gilmore thanked her team, particularly 19 year-old Megan Dunn who had her wrist in plaster after breaking it five weeks ago.

“This kid is one of the toughest we will ever see come through Australian cycling. She trained through her accident in last five weeks. The doctor said she isn’t ready to race and the cast isn’t coming off but Megan was determined to race.”
“She is here and part of the Honda Dream Team. It was a proud for me to announce we had Megan added to the team because we are already one of the strongest teams in Australia and boosted the confidence of the team heading into the race,” she concluded.

The Jayco Criterium Series continues tomorrow with a tough circuit in Portarlington, 20km east of Geelong.

 

 

Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthew Goss (E3/Pure Tasmania)12pts
2Chris Sutton (Team Sky)10
3Allan Davis (Bikebug.com)8
4Graeme Brown (Urban)7
5Leigh Howard (Jayco VIS)6
6Michael Matthews (Urban)5
7Mark Renshaw (O2 Networks)4
8Joel Pearson (Genesys Wealth Advisers)3
9Baden Cooke (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries)2
10Jonathon Cantwell (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries)1

Sprint ace
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Graeme Brown (Urban)8pts
2Mathew Hayman (Team Sky)4
3Greg Henderson (Team Sky)3

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1E3/Pure Tasmania12pts
2Urban12
3Team Sky10
4Bikebugcom8

General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthew Goss (E3/Pure Tasmania)12pts
2Chris Sutton (Team Sky)10
3Allan Davis (Bikebug.com)8
4Graeme Brown (Urban)7
5Leigh Howard (Jayco VIS)6
6Michael Matthews (Urban)5
7Mark Renshaw (O2 Networks)4
8Joel Pearson (Genesys Wealth Advisers)3
9Baden Cooke (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries)2
10Jonathon Cantwell (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries)1

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rochelle Gilmore (Honda)12pts
2Belinda Goss (Vetta Pasta)10
3Nicole Whitburn (Unattached/Vic)8
4Peta Mullens (Honda)7
5Kirsty Broun (Virgin Blue)6
6Judith Arndt (Unattached/Ger)5
7Jessica Allen (Jayco VIS)4
8Sophie Williamson (Bicycle Superstore)3
9Emy Huntsman (Jayco VIS)2
10Emma Mackie (Virgin Blue)1

Sprint ace
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peta Mullens (Honda)3pts
2Megan Dunn (Honda)3
3Jess Allen (Jayco VIS)2

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Honda19pts
2Vetta Pasta10
3Virgin Blue7
4Jayco VIS6

General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rochelle Gilmore (Honda)12pts
2Belinda Goss (Vetta Pasta)10
3Nicole Whitburn (Unattached/Vic)8
4Peta Mullens (Honda)7
5Kirsty Broun (Virgin Blue)6
6Judith Arndt (Unattached/Ger)5
7Jessica Allen (Jayco VIS)4
8Sophie Williamson (Bicycle Superstore)3
9Emy Huntsman (Jayco VIS)2
10Emma Mackie (Virgin Blue)1

Support men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Steele Van Hoff12pts
2Angus Tobin10
3Ryan Standish8
4Neil Van Der Ploeg7
5Shaun Lewis6
6Jack Beckinsale5
7Steven Martin4
8Gary Wearmouth3
9Craig Hutton2
10Nic Graham-Dawson1

 

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