South Australian Jack Bobridge put in an amazing performance to win the elite national road race in Buninyong on Sunday. The 21-year-old Garmin-Cervelo rider showed his class by soloing for 30km to take the coveted green and gold jersey, 37 seconds ahead of Matt Goss (HTC-Columbia) and Simon Gerrans (Team Sky).
"I'm over the moon, this is a fantastic feeling," an ecstatic Bobridge said after the race. His win today meant that Garmin-Cervelo keep the national jersey in the squad for another twelve months following Travis Meyer's victory last year and Bobridge added, "It's good to keep it in the team and take it to Europe again."
When racing got underway, the peloton made the course hard early with a blistering speed. Approximately twenty riders found the going tough from the outset and were dropped from the peloton, ensuring that they were in for a long day on the 163.2km course.
After the first lap of the 10.2km circuit, the peloton was still together but a break of six managed to get clear and built an advantage of up to half a minute. Pat Shaw (Genesys Wealth Advisers), Jai Crawford (Pegasus), Chris Jongewaard (Sasi), Rhys Pollock (Drapac), Chris Jory and Fabio Calabria were the men to escape from the peloton. When the move went, Jack Bobridge bridged across making it a strong seven man lead group.
Over the next few laps, their advantage grew to over two minutes and they gained a maximum advantage of nearly four minutes halfway through the race. Riders tried to bridge across to the break but were unsuccessful and with six laps to go, the leading group of seven were down to three with Bobridge, Crawford and Jongewaard all at the front of the race.
Their lead was approximately 45 seconds as their fellow companions were caught by the peloton. Heading into the final three laps, Bobridge launched a daring move, breaking away from the duo. Behind him, Jongewaard and Crawford were taken back by a reduced peloton of approximately fifteen riders. Leigh Howard and Baden Cooke were also in that group after trying to attack.
On that penultimate lap, the peloton was reduced to a select group of eight riders as Howard and Cooke dropped off with nine other riders and with two laps to go, Bobridge had a 45 second lead on a small group featuring Matt Goss, Bernard Sulzberger (Pegasus), Simon Gerrans (Sky), Lachlan Norris (Drapac) and his two team-mates, Cameron and Travis Meyer.
The Meyer brothers’ presence gave Bobridge’s chances a significant boost: they were closing down moves as Gerrans kept attacking when the lead dropped to two hundred metres on the climb.
To Bobridge's credit, he dug deep and increased his advantage back out to 40 seconds at the top of the climb and held that advantage for the rest of the race. As Bobridge entered the final straight, he started to celebrate as he realised he secured one of the biggest victories in his career.
Goss sprinted out of a small group of five riders to take second with pre-race favourite Gerrans in third.
Bobridge – just the beginning?
Bobridge won the under-23 national title in both the time trial and road race in 2009. After securing the elite road race today, he could very well do the double again on Tuesday, as one of the favourites for the time trial.
"I came here with good training under my belt over the past month," said Bobridge. “I had one of those days today where everything falls into place and you feel well. It's awesome."
"When I heard who was behind me, it definitely got me going. The crowd was awesome today on the course - they were loud on that hill. At the end of the day my move paid off and I will come back next year and give it another crack," concluded Bobridge.
Goss and Gerrans on the podium
Matt Goss' second place shows how good his form is and sets him up nicely for the 2011 season. Although he would have liked to have won the race, he was pleased with his result.
"It's a good result, it's good for the confidence. It's a hard circuit. I wouldn't have expected to get around there this time of year but I have trained really hard and I'm in good form," Goss explained.
"Unfortunately we didn't catch Jack today. He rode too strong...he was impressive. He's shown how good of a time triallist he is. He's a super strong bike rider."
Gerrans’ third place was a good result and he also commended Bobridge on his impressive ride.
"I did everything I could to try to win today's race and in the end we were outclassed," explained Gerrans. "I did everything I could to try to break the field up and get across to Jack, but out there by himself, he was just a bit too strong."
"Obviously he has huge potential, I think we'll see him even develop a lot more when he just concentrates on the road. He's one of our stars for the future," Gerrans concluded.
Sulzberger's fourth earns him the final Tour Down Under spot.
Bernard Sulzberger came into the race today with two objectives - winning and securing the last spot in the Uni-SA squad for the Tour Down Under. He didn't win, but his fourth place ensured he took that place in the team, something which is important for him and his team, Pegasus.
"I'm very happy," Sulzberger said after the race. "I'm in good form and to get a place in the squad for the Tour Down Under is fantastic and hopefully it gives us good exposure."
Simon Gerrans was pleased with his compatriot after the race.
"Bernie is in good shape and he's a fantastic rider. He deserves a spot in the Tour Down Under. We've seen him place consistently at the front for the last month or two and he deserves that spot and I hope something eventuates for him," said Gerrans.
The 2011 Mars Australian Open Road Championships conclude Tuesday with the under-23 and elite men and women time trials.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Jack Bobridge (Norwood CC)||4:12:42|
|2||Matt Goss (West Tamar CC)||0:00:37|
|3||Simon Gerrans (Mansfield Mt Buller CC)||Row 2 - Cell 2|
|4||Bernard Sulzberger (West Tamar CC)||Row 3 - Cell 2|
|5||Lachlan Norris (MTBA)||Row 4 - Cell 2|
|6||Cameron Meyer (Midland CC)||Row 5 - Cell 2|
|7||Travis Meyer (Midland CC)||Row 6 - Cell 2|
|8||Matt Wilson (Chelsea & Peninsula CC)||0:01:22|
|9||Nathan Earle (Hobart Wheelers)||Row 8 - Cell 2|
|10||Timothy Roe (Norwood CC)||0:01:37|
|11||Leigh Howard (Geelong Cycle Club)||Row 10 - Cell 2|
|12||Baden Cooke (Carnegie Caulfield CC)||Row 11 - Cell 2|
|13||Steele Von Hoff (Chelsea & Peninsula CC)||Row 12 - Cell 2|
|14||Allan Davis (Bundaberg Cycle Club)||Row 13 - Cell 2|
|15||Michael Matthews (Vikings CC ACT)||Row 14 - Cell 2|
|16||Peter McDonald (Sydney CC)||0:01:39|
|17||Jai Crawford (Hobart Wheelers)||Row 16 - Cell 2|
|18||Floris Goesinnen (Netherlands)||Row 17 - Cell 2|
|19||Benjamin King (Melville Fremantle CC)||Row 18 - Cell 2|
|20||Wes Sulzberger (West Tamar CC)||Row 19 - Cell 2|
|21||Mark O'Brien (Horsham CC Inc)||Row 20 - Cell 2|
|22||Darren Lapthorne (Coburg CC)||Row 21 - Cell 2|
|23||Michael Rogers (Canberra CC)||Row 22 - Cell 2|
|24||Anthony Giacoppo (Northern Districts WA)||0:03:00|
|25||John Anderson (Balmoral Cycle Club)||0:03:55|
|26||Cal Britten (Alpine CC)||Row 25 - Cell 2|
|27||Graeme Brown (Randwick Botany CC)||0:04:49|
|28||Rowan Dever (Blackburn CC Inc)||Row 27 - Cell 2|
|29||Jason Spencer (Blackburn CC Inc)||Row 28 - Cell 2|
|30||William Clarke (Northern Districts CC)||Row 29 - Cell 2|
|31||Luke Roberts (Norwood CC)||Row 30 - Cell 2|
|32||David Pell (Bendigo & District CC)||Row 31 - Cell 2|
|33||Cameron Worth (Hobart Wheelers)||Row 32 - Cell 2|
|34||Darren Rolfe (Toowoomba CC Inc.)||Row 33 - Cell 2|
|35||Michael Cupitt (Sunshine Coast CC)||Row 34 - Cell 2|
|36||Brendan Brooks (Murwillumbah Cycle Club)||Row 35 - Cell 2|
|37||Jonathan Cantwell (Lifecycle CC)||Row 36 - Cell 2|
|38||David Tanner (Carnegie Caulfield CC)||Row 37 - Cell 2|
|39||Trent Lowe (Carnegie Caulfield CC)||Row 38 - Cell 2|
|40||Ryan Obst (Norwood CC)||0:09:22|
|41||Hayden Brooks (Toowoomba CC Inc.)||Row 40 - Cell 2|
|42||Cameron Jennings (Rockhampton Cycle Club)||Row 41 - Cell 2|
|43||Marc Williams (Canberra CC)||Row 42 - Cell 2|
|44||Sam Rutherford (Sydney CC)||0:11:42|
|45||Andrew Blair (Canberra CC)||Row 44 - Cell 2|
|46||Nick Bensley (St Kilda CC Inc)||Row 45 - Cell 2|
|47||Fabio Calabria (Blackburn CC Inc)||0:13:31|
|48||Chris Jongewaard (Norwood CC)||0:13:45|
|DNF||Rhys Pollock (Albury-Wodonga CC)||Row 48 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Clarke Petrick (Alice Springs CC)||Row 49 - Cell 2|
|DNF||John Kent (Alpine CC)||Row 50 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Damien Turner (Ballarat/Sebastopol CC)||Row 51 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Will Wettenhall (Ballarat/Sebastopol CC)||Row 52 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Patrick Shaw (Ballarat/Sebastopol CC)||Row 53 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jay Bourke (Ballarat/Sebastopol CC)||Row 54 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Mark Renshaw (Bathurst CC)||Row 55 - Cell 2|
|DNF||David Brown (BCRI)||Row 56 - Cell 2|
|DNF||James Ibrahim (Bendigo & District CC)||Row 57 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Tom Leaper (Blackburn CC Inc)||Row 58 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Mitchell Docker (Brunswick CC Inc)||Row 59 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Stuart Grimsey (Brunswick CC Inc)||Row 60 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Adam Hansen (Cairns Cycle Club)||Row 61 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Stuart Shaw (Canberra CC)||Row 62 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Tony Gaudry (Canberra CC)||Row 63 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Kris Johnston (Canberra CC)||Row 64 - Cell 2|
|DNF||William Lind (Canberra CC)||Row 65 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Ryan Quade (Canberra CC)||Row 66 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Shane Spicer (Canberra CC)||Row 67 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Mathew Hayman (Canberra CC)||Row 68 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Julien Wicks (Canberra CC)||Row 69 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Andrew Downie (Carnegie Caulfield CC)||Row 70 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Matthew Shea (Carnegie Caulfield CC)||Row 71 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Daniel Strauss (Carnegie Caulfield CC)||Row 72 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Matthew Bishop (Carnegie Caulfield CC)||Row 73 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Tommy Nankervis (Carnegie Caulfield CC)||Row 74 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Peter Smith (Carnegie Caulfield CC)||Row 75 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Alexander Smyth (Carnegie Caulfield CC)||Row 76 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Johnnie Walker (Carnegie Caulfield CC)||Row 77 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Nick Walker (Carnegie Caulfield CC)||Row 78 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Chris Winn (Carnegie Caulfield CC)||Row 79 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Simon Clarke (Carnegie Caulfield CC)||Row 80 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jon Houston (Central Districts CC)||Row 81 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Aaron Kemps (Coral Isle Cyclists)||Row 82 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Scott Liston (Dirt Riders)||Row 83 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Adrian Jackson (Dirt Riders)||Row 84 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Darcy Rosenlund (Dutton Cycles R R)||Row 85 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Joel Pearson (Eurobodalla Cyclists Club Inc.)||Row 86 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Matthew Chew (Ffast Cycle Club)||Row 87 - Cell 2|
|DNF||David Melville (Ffast Cycle Club)||Row 88 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Benjamin Day (Ffast CC)||Row 89 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Benjamin Johnson (Footscray CC Inc)||Row 90 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Julian Bain (Footscray CC Inc)||Row 91 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Brett Hickford (Footscray CC Inc)||Row 92 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Paul Redenbach (Footsray CC)||Row 93 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Richard Jeremiah (Geelong Cycle Club)||Row 94 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Andrew Margison (George Town CC)||Row 95 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Michael Hosking (Gold Coast CATS CC)||Row 96 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Robbie McEwen (Gold Coast CATS CC)||Row 97 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Giuseppe Cirella (Gold Coast CATS CC)||Row 98 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Ben Swift (Great Britain)||Row 99 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Zakkari Dempster||Row 100 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Tom Southam (Great Britain)||Row 101 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Joel Strachan (Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club)||Row 102 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Timothy White (Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club)||Row 103 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Peter Dennis (Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club)||Row 104 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Samuel Witmitz (Horsham CC Inc)||Row 105 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Matthew Wood (Kangaroo Point CC)||Row 106 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Charles Howlett (Latrobe City CC)||Row 107 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Richie Porte (Launceston CC)||Row 108 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Michael Smith (Launceston City CC)||Row 109 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Liam McCarthy (Lifecycle CC)||Row 110 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Rian Douglas (MA Cycling)||Row 111 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Luis Trueba (Macarthur Collegians CC)||Row 112 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Amir Rusli (Malaysia)||Row 113 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Caleb Jones (Manly Warringah CC)||Row 114 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Andrew Crawley (Manly Warringah CC)||Row 115 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Nathan Versey (MTBA)||Row 116 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Matthew Hodges (Murwillumbah Cycle Club)||Row 117 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Mark Dippelsman (Murwillumbah Cycle Club)||Row 118 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Koen De Kort (Netherlands)||Row 119 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Nicholas Mitchell (Northcote CC Inc)||Row 120 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Reece-Emerson Van Beek (Northcote CC Inc)||Row 121 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jason Rigg (Northern Districts WA)||Row 122 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Stephen Tree (Northern Sydney CC)||Row 123 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Alexander Malone (Northern Sydney CC)||Row 124 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Christopher Williams (Northern Sydney CC)||Row 125 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Nathan Hunter (Norwood CC)||Row 126 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Andrew Roe (Norwood CC)||Row 127 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Brad Davies (Norwood CC)||Row 128 - Cell 2|
|DNF||James Hannam (Norwood CC)||Row 129 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Antony Dimitrovski (Parramatta CC)||Row 130 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jake Magee (Parramatta CC)||Row 131 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Cameron Peterson (Peloton Sports)||Row 132 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Chris Jory (Port Macquarie CC)||Row 133 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Lars Pria (Romania)||Row 134 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Brett Lancaster (Shepparton CC)||Row 135 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Benjamin Cheney (South Coast CC)||Row 136 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Shaun Lewis (Southern Highlands CC)||Row 137 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Christopher Sutton (St George CC)||Row 138 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Peter Hatton (St George CC)||Row 139 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Ben Kersten (St George CC)||Row 140 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Peter English (St Kilda CC)||Row 141 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Danny Cohen (St Kilda CC Inc)||Row 142 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Thomas Donald (St Kilda CC Inc)||Row 143 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Tim McGrath (St Kilda CC Inc)||Row 144 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Malachi Moxon (St Kilda CC Inc)||Row 145 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Rico Rogers (St Kilda CC Inc)||Row 146 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Reece Stephens (St Kilda CC Inc)||Row 147 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Carson Tully (St Kilda CC Inc)||Row 148 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Andrew Clark (St Kilda CC Inc)||Row 149 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Luke James (St Kilda CC Inc)||Row 150 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Tristan Jones (Sturt Holdfast Marion CC)||Row 151 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Andrew Hutcheson (Sunbury & Hume Districts CC)||Row 152 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Kris Koke (Sutherland Shire CC)||Row 153 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Neil Van der Ploeg (Team Mount Beauty)||Row 154 - Cell 2|
|DNF||David Jameson (Townsville Cycle Club)||Row 155 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Mark Jameson (Uni Cycle Club)||Row 156 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Aidan McKenzie (Uni Cycle Club)||Row 157 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Timothy Walker (West Tamar CC)||Row 158 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Michael Fitzgerald (Atomic Brooks Cycle Club)||Row 159 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Michael Bulters (Canberra CC)||Row 160 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Jason Cattonar (Norwood CC)||Row 161 - Cell 2|
|DNS||David Kemp (Toowoomba CC Inc.)||Row 162 - Cell 2|
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