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Goss goes to top of the tree with win

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Series winners Rochelle Gilmore of Team Honda and Matt Goss of the E3 Pure Tasmania team on the podium in Williamstown with their trophys.

Series winners Rochelle Gilmore of Team Honda and Matt Goss of the E3 Pure Tasmania team on the podium in Williamstown with their trophys.
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The team winners, Honda (Hoskins, Cromwell, Gilmore, Mullens, Dunn), were dominant throughout.

The team winners, Honda (Hoskins, Cromwell, Gilmore, Mullens, Dunn), were dominant throughout.
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Consistently strong throughout the series, Judith Arndt (HTC-HighRoad) showed great form in this, her first Bay Classics appearance.

Consistently strong throughout the series, Judith Arndt (HTC-HighRoad) showed great form in this, her first Bay Classics appearance.
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Alex Carle (Jayco-AIS), who came third in Portarlington, in the bunch.

Alex Carle (Jayco-AIS), who came third in Portarlington, in the bunch.
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The bunch raced in front of a large crowd which lined the course, several deep, in many places.

The bunch raced in front of a large crowd which lined the course, several deep, in many places.
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Tiffany Cromwell (Honda) leads Lauren Kitchen (Jayco-AIS) and Jess Allen (Jayco-VIS) at the front of the bunch.

Tiffany Cromwell (Honda) leads Lauren Kitchen (Jayco-AIS) and Jess Allen (Jayco-VIS) at the front of the bunch.
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As seen on TV - the bunch passes under the start / finish barrier.

As seen on TV - the bunch passes under the start / finish barrier.
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Shara Gillow (Jayco-AIS) fell early in the race, but rejoined after a lap out.

Shara Gillow (Jayco-AIS) fell early in the race, but rejoined after a lap out.
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Series leader, Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) corners.

Series leader, Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) corners.
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Naomi Williams (Prime) hit the front again - she rode strongly throughout the Bay Classics 2011.

Naomi Williams (Prime) hit the front again - she rode strongly throughout the Bay Classics 2011.
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Peta Mullens (Honda) in the sprint competition jersey.

Peta Mullens (Honda) in the sprint competition jersey.
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Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) accelerates out of the roundabout corner, safely in the bunch.

Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) accelerates out of the roundabout corner, safely in the bunch.
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Judith Arndt (HTC-HighRoad) on a borrowed Specialized after her new team-issue frame was cracked in transit from the team training camp in California a couple of weeks ago.

Judith Arndt (HTC-HighRoad) on a borrowed Specialized after her new team-issue frame was cracked in transit from the team training camp in California a couple of weeks ago.
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Melissa Hoskins (Honda) leads team leader and series leader, Rochelle Gilmore.

Melissa Hoskins (Honda) leads team leader and series leader, Rochelle Gilmore.
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ayco Bay Classics series 2011 winner, Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) with her trophy.

ayco Bay Classics series 2011 winner, Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) with her trophy.
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Chloe Hosking, Judith Arndt (both HTC-HighRoad) and Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) on the podium.

Chloe Hosking, Judith Arndt (both HTC-HighRoad) and Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) on the podium.
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Australian interviewers wait to record Judith Arndt's thoughts on her win and the Bay Classics series.

Australian interviewers wait to record Judith Arndt's thoughts on her win and the Bay Classics series.
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Judith Arndt (HTC-HighRoad) realised as she crossed the line that she'd held off Gilmore for the win in Williamstown

Judith Arndt (HTC-HighRoad) realised as she crossed the line that she'd held off Gilmore for the win in Williamstown
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Tiffany Cromwell leads the Honda train with one lap to go.

Tiffany Cromwell leads the Honda train with one lap to go.
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Judith Arndt (HTC-HighRoad) sprints to victory ahead of Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) and Chloe Hosking (HTC-HighRoad).

Judith Arndt (HTC-HighRoad) sprints to victory ahead of Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) and Chloe Hosking (HTC-HighRoad).
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The Honda train keep things fast in the closing laps in Williamstown.

The Honda train keep things fast in the closing laps in Williamstown.
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Emma Mackie (Virgin Blue) moved to the front to try to set up sprinter, Kirsty Broun.

Emma Mackie (Virgin Blue) moved to the front to try to set up sprinter, Kirsty Broun.
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Another one for Tassie: Matt Goss (E3 Pure Tasmania) manages to stay upright as he wins the final stage in Williamstown ahead of Alan Davis (Bikebug.com) and Michael Matthews (Urban).

Another one for Tassie: Matt Goss (E3 Pure Tasmania) manages to stay upright as he wins the final stage in Williamstown ahead of Alan Davis (Bikebug.com) and Michael Matthews (Urban).
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Cheers mate: Wes Sulzberger (left) congratulates his E3/Pure Tasmania teammate and close friend Matt Goss after Goss took out the final stage and the overall series in Williamstown.

Cheers mate: Wes Sulzberger (left) congratulates his E3/Pure Tasmania teammate and close friend Matt Goss after Goss took out the final stage and the overall series in Williamstown.
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Workhorse Matt Hayman (Team Sky) will be a key player for his team at the national road championships starting in Buninyong tomorrow.

Workhorse Matt Hayman (Team Sky) will be a key player for his team at the national road championships starting in Buninyong tomorrow.
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Mark Renshaw (02 Networks) and Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) attacked the peloton in the later half of the race.

Mark Renshaw (02 Networks) and Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) attacked the peloton in the later half of the race.
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Johnnie Walker (Urban) from Victoria drives the peloton down the home straight in Williamstown.

Johnnie Walker (Urban) from Victoria drives the peloton down the home straight in Williamstown.
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Current National Criterium Champion, Aaron Kemps (Blood/Hyandai), will defend his jersey in Ballarat on Thursday night.

Current National Criterium Champion, Aaron Kemps (Blood/Hyandai), will defend his jersey in Ballarat on Thursday night.
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Graeme Brown (third wheel) riding for the Urban team looks around to check on the movements of others in the peloton.

Graeme Brown (third wheel) riding for the Urban team looks around to check on the movements of others in the peloton.
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Mark Renshaw (02 Networks), Chris Sutton (Team Sky) and David Pell (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries) formed a break nearing the finish to the race.

Mark Renshaw (02 Networks), Chris Sutton (Team Sky) and David Pell (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries) formed a break nearing the finish to the race.
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Ben Swift (Team Sky) from Great Britian was on the attack and hoping for a podium finish on the final day in Williamstown.

Ben Swift (Team Sky) from Great Britian was on the attack and hoping for a podium finish on the final day in Williamstown.
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Baden Cooke (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries) was again never far from the front when racing got down to the business end.

Baden Cooke (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries) was again never far from the front when racing got down to the business end.
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Matt Goss takes out the final stage in Williamstown as E3/Pure Tasmania teammate Bernard Sulzberger celebrates behind.

Matt Goss takes out the final stage in Williamstown as E3/Pure Tasmania teammate Bernard Sulzberger celebrates behind.
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He's not known for his sprinting prowess...Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) was still happy to take out the Blood/Hyundai green jersey for most sprint points in the series.

He's not known for his sprinting prowess...Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) was still happy to take out the Blood/Hyundai green jersey for most sprint points in the series.
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Riders wheel around the roundabout at the end of the home straight in Williamstown.

Riders wheel around the roundabout at the end of the home straight in Williamstown.
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Breakaway pair Mark Renshaw (02 Networks) and Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) had their break slowed when the lead-car made a personnel change in the home straight.

Breakaway pair Mark Renshaw (02 Networks) and Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) had their break slowed when the lead-car made a personnel change in the home straight.
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Richie Porte (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries) has used the series as a hit out for the up-coming Tour Down Under in South Australia later this month.

Richie Porte (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries) has used the series as a hit out for the up-coming Tour Down Under in South Australia later this month.
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The peloton corner on the roundabout at the top of the home straight in Williamstown.

The peloton corner on the roundabout at the top of the home straight in Williamstown.
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Michael Matthews (Urban) relenquished his lead in the series to stage winner Matt Goss on the final day in Williamstown.

Michael Matthews (Urban) relenquished his lead in the series to stage winner Matt Goss on the final day in Williamstown.
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The peloton make their way down the home straight in Williamstown on the fourth and final day of the series.

The peloton make their way down the home straight in Williamstown on the fourth and final day of the series.
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Jersey winners (l-r): Simon Gerrans (Sprint Points) of Team Sky, Matt Goss (Overall) of E3 Pure Tasmania and Graeme Brown (most aggressive) of the Urban team.

Jersey winners (l-r): Simon Gerrans (Sprint Points) of Team Sky, Matt Goss (Overall) of E3 Pure Tasmania and Graeme Brown (most aggressive) of the Urban team.
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The E3 Pure Tasmania team on the podium in Williamstown as the best team overall in the series.

The E3 Pure Tasmania team on the podium in Williamstown as the best team overall in the series.
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Aggressive on the road and podium: Series most aggressive rider went to Urban's Graeme Brown and he showed some on the podium with this spray!

Aggressive on the road and podium: Series most aggressive rider went to Urban's Graeme Brown and he showed some on the podium with this spray!
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Final stage podium (l-r): Michael Matthews (3rd,Urban), Matt Goss (1st,E3 Pure Tasmania), and Alan Davis (2nd,Bikebug.com).

Final stage podium (l-r): Michael Matthews (3rd,Urban), Matt Goss (1st,E3 Pure Tasmania), and Alan Davis (2nd,Bikebug.com).
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Mark Renshaw (left) of the 02 Networks team keeps a close watch on breakaway partners David Pell (left) of Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries and Chris Sutton (Team Sky).

Mark Renshaw (left) of the 02 Networks team keeps a close watch on breakaway partners David Pell (left) of Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries and Chris Sutton (Team Sky).
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The peloton head up the home straight trying to reel in a breakaway in the final laps.

The peloton head up the home straight trying to reel in a breakaway in the final laps.
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Chris Sutton (Team Sky) leads David Pell (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries) and Mark Renshaw (02 Networks) in a breakaway attempt.

Chris Sutton (Team Sky) leads David Pell (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries) and Mark Renshaw (02 Networks) in a breakaway attempt.
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Series leader going into the final day, Michael Matthews (Urban) speeds out of the top-end corner in Williamstown with Baden Cooke (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries) in tow.

Series leader going into the final day, Michael Matthews (Urban) speeds out of the top-end corner in Williamstown with Baden Cooke (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries) in tow.
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Matthew Goss topped off a great week of early season racing by taking his second victory and claiming the overall Jayco Bay Series title in Williamstown on Wednesday. The 23-year-old from Tasmania was too fast for Allan Davis (Bikebug.com) and Michael Matthews (Urban) in the sprint finish.

“I’m very happy. It’s a great start to the season. It’s good for the confidence and hopefully this is a sign of a good year to come,” Goss said after his victory. He is riding for the E3/Pure Tas squad in the Jayco Bay Series races but will be a key rider at HTC-Highroad for the rest of the season.

With the riders enjoying warm weather, the racing got off to a flying start, with no one unable to break clear of the peloton. After five minutes of racing, Dean Windsor (02 Networks) and Joe Lewis (Urban) tried their luck. They spent a couple of laps out in front but were reeled in by the peloton.

Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) went on the attack, 6 laps before the first intermediate sprint to try and seal the sprinters jersey. He was joined by Mark Renshaw (O2 Networks) and the duo opened a 10 second buffer over the peloton. Gerrans won the first intermediate sprint to put himself in a commanding position to win the jersey.

Tuesday’s winner Bernard Sulzberger (E3/Pure Tas) was prominent trying to put the Urban team under pressure. The peloton reacted and Gerrans and Renshaw were brought back to the peloton as a new move, featuring David Pell (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo) and Chris Sutton (Team Sky) went off the front. They were soon joined by Renshaw. That move didn’t last long and it was evident that a bunch sprint was on the cards.

Ben Swift (Team Sky) and Baden Cooke (Lowe Farms / Boomaroo) tried their luck to no avail, then the smallest rider in the field, Pat Lane (Vetta Pasta) made a brave solo move with five laps to go. He was joined by Swift and the duo lasted 4 laps out the front but the field was altogether for the last lap.

Heading into the final corner, the fighting for position was vital. Goss was in a perfect position and was too fast and too strong for Davis and Matthews.

“There was a dangerous break away with Renshaw and a few of the strong guys that were close on GC as well. I waited to see if it would come back but those guys were super strong and I had to ask Wes Sulzberger to stay on the front.”

Goss commended the efforts of his all-Tasmanian team after they won three out of the four races.

“I picked this team. They’re good friends and great bike riders. We have known each other for a long time. We work well together. Thanks to those guys, they did an awesome job. I’m very happy with the team.”

Goss will now head back to Tasmania for a few days before going to the Australian national road race championships.

“If that course was in March or April, I would have no doubt that I could get around and do a good result. I’m feeling pretty good and strong but the race is wide open,” he said, playing down his chances of another victory.

Allan Davis’ second place gave him two podiums for the series and boosted his confidence heading into the Nationals.

“Today was the best I felt the whole week and I’m pretty happy to finish the series off on this note. Hopefully I’ll be in good shape for Sunday,” he said.

Matthews had a brilliant race and showed he has a bright future matching the speed of the top sprinters throughout the series.

“It was a really hard race. My team did everything they could for me trying to bring every break back but I had to chase a fair few which took a bit of energy out of me for the sprint and Gossy was too fast for me. He had an awesome sprint.”

Simon Gerrans won the points jersey which will prepare him well for the National road race on Sunday.

Judith Arndt spoils Honda Dream Team’s Party

Germany’s Judith Arndt (HTC-Highroad) secured her first win in Australia by cleverly edging out Rochelle Gilmore (Honda Dream Team) and Chloe Hosking (Bike Force) in the sprint. Arndt’s win stopped the Honda Dream Team from winning all four races and was a surprise victory, as she bettered Rochelle Gilmore in the sprint.

“I was first around the corner and it’s not far to the finish. Rochelle was faster than I was, but the run to the finish was just too short,” Arndt said after the win.

The 45 minute race was fast with Emma Mackie (Virgin Blue) and Tiff Cromwell (Honda Dream Team) making it hard for anyone to break away.

Kirsty Broun (Virgin Blue), Lauren Kitchen and Alex Carle (Jayco AIS) were just some of the names who tried to break away. However, Peta Mullens blistering chasing pace for the Honda Dream Team in the peloton brought the moves back.

Heading into the final lap, the Honda Dream Team was at the front ready to set up Gilmore. However Arndt spoilt the party causing a massive upset. Not known for her sprinting, Arndt was first around the final corner and was too powerful for Gilmore, who had to settle for second place.

“Honda are a really strong team and I think today they had to work a lot and could have been tired at the end of the race,” she said.
Rochelle Gilmore had all but sealed the overall victory before the final stage and her satisfaction was not dented by defeat in the last race.

“It’s been a fantastic week. Today was all about tactics and it was cat and mouse at the finish and Judith and I got a bit of a break at the finish and I was a few centimeters short,” Gilmore said.

Not only did Gilmore win overall, the team won the team classification and Cromwell took the sprinters jersey in a dominate team display.

“It was a priority to win today. We worked very hard. We wanted the stage and didn’t get it so we didn’t achieve all of our goals, but we took the series win which has been a fantastic run for us.”

Paul Van Der Ploeg takes stage four of the Men’s Support Race

Paul Van Der Ploeg soloed to the line to stop Genesys Wealth Advisers string of wins in the men’s support race. The 21 year-old made a brave attack half-way through the race and held off the peloton. Steele Von Hoff (Genesys) finished third to secure the overall win ahead of teammate Nathan Earle and Angus Tobin.

“It’s great to start off the season on a winning note. Hopefully this prepares me well for the Nationals,” Von Hoff said.
 

Full results
1Matthew Goss (E3/Pure Tasmania12pts
2Allan Davis (Bikebug.com10
3Michael Matthews (Urban)8
4Chris Sutton (Team Sky)7
5Bernie Sulzberger (E3/Pure Tasmania)6
6Leigh Howard (Jayco VIS)5
7Tom Scully (Garmin Cervelo)4
8Jonathon Cantwell (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries)3
9Nick Walker (Fly V Australia)2
10Matt Hayman (Team Sky)1

Men's general classification after stage four
1Matthew Goss (E3/Pure Tasmania)33pts
2Michael Matthews (Urban)31
3Bernie Sulzberger (E3/Pure Tasmania)25
4Allan Davis (Bikebug.com)24
5Chris Sutton (Team Sky)21
6Greg Henderson (Team Sky)16
7Leigh Howard (Jayco VIS)14
8Wesley Sulzberger (E3/Pure Tasmania)13
9Simon Gerrans (Team Sky)10
10Baden Cooke (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries)9
11Joe Lewis (Urban)8
12Graeme Brown (Urban)7
13Mark Renshaw (O2 Networks)6
14Tom Scully (Garmin Cervelo)4
15Joel Pearson (Genesys Wealth Advisers)4
16Jonathon Cantwell (Lowe Farms/Boomaroo Nurseries4
17Nick Walker (Fly V Australia)2
18Matt Hayman (Team Sky)1

Men's sprint classification
1Simon Gerrans (Team Sky)14pts
2Graeme Brown (Urban)11
3Michael Matthews (Urban)6
4Wesley Sulzberger (E3/Pure Tasmania)6

Men's team classification
1E3/Pure Tasmania71pts
2Team Sky48
3Urban46
4Bikebug.com24

Women's stage 4 results
1Judith Arndt (Unattached)12pts
2Rochelle Gilmore (Honda)10
3Chloe Hosking (TDT/Race/BikeForce)8
4Kirsty Broun (Virgin Blue)7
5Jess Allen (Jayco VIS)6
6Lauren Kitchen (Jayco AIS)5
7Melissa Hoskins (Honda)4
8Peta Mullens (Honda)3
9Tiffany Cromwell (Honda)2
10Katherine O’Shea (Vetta Pasta)1

Women's general classification after stage 4
1Rochelle Gilmore (Honda)39pts
2Judith Arndt (Unattached)27
3Kirsty Broun (Virgin Blue)23
4Peta Mullens (Honda)20
5Chloe Hosking (TDT/Race/BikeForce)18
6Tiffany Cromwell (Honda)15
7Lauren Kitchen (Jayco AIS)15
8Jess Allen (Jayco VIS)14
9Belinda Goss (Vetta Pasta)10
10Nicole Whitburn (Unattached/Vic)9
11Alex Carle (Jayco AIS)8
12Emma Mackie (Virgin Blue)8
13Melissa Hoskins (Honda)7
14Katherine O’Shea (Vetta Pasta)7
15Bridget Officer (Vetta Pasta)5
16Sophie Williamson (Bicycle Superstore)3
17Isabella King (Vetta Pasta)2
17Emy Huntsman (Jayco VIS)2

Women's sprint classification
1Tiffany Cromwell (Honda)13pts
2Peta Mullens (Honda)11
3Lauren Kitchen (Jayco AIS)8

Women's team classification Teams
1Honda78pts
2Virgin Blue31
3Vetta Pasta24
4Jayco AIS23

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