Dyball takes U23 title

Ben Dyball claimed the biggest win of his career, soloing 9 kilometres to take the Australian under-23 green and gold jersey in Buninyong. The 21-year-old won by 400m ahead of Nathan Haas (Genesys Wealth Advisers) and Jo Lewis (Trek-Livestrong)

"I couldn't believe I won," Dyball said after the race. "When we started to spray the champagne, that's when the feeling stuck in."

On the first lap of twelve, a group of twelve broke free from the peloton. They were; Phillip Grenfell, Aaron Donnelly, Stephen Hall, Alex Carver, Kane Walker, Ben Grenda, Kevin Hawes, Scott Law, Nick Aitken, Geoff Straub, Adiq Othman and Sean Boyle. Over the next two laps, their advantage increased to in excess of five minutes.

Dean Windsor, Jackson Wardrop and Craig Hutton broke free from the peloton to try and bridge to the leaders, but with a two minute deficit, the trio found it hard. Brodie Talbot then launched an attack from the peloton to catch that group, but was unsuccessful in his attempt.

Over the next couple laps, the peloton edged closer to the breakaway and with 40km to go, the advantage was just one minute and forty-five seconds. Straub could sense the break was going to be caught and he attacked to get some valuable king of the mountain points to secure that jersey. He was off the front for a lap and the break group shattered featuring only Grenda, Aitken, Walker and Othman.

Grenda, the under-23 criterium winner, kept attacking that group to try and break free but despite his best efforts, he was brought back every time. On the bell lap, the break was caught and with Jayco AIS leading the reduced peloton.

It was there that Dyball made his move, attacking at the feed station on the climb.

He increased that advantage out to fifteen seconds as the peloton split up. Over the next 4km, he moved that advantage out to over twenty seconds and in the last 5km held it. The chase group tried their best to catch him, but heading into the final straight, he had approximately a four hundred metre advantage and cruised to the line. Haas sprinted out of the group to take second with Lewis settling for third.

Dyball was ecstatic taking victory and hopes it will now open up doors as he develops his career.

"Hopefully this win takes me somewhere and gives me more opportunities. It's going to be great wearing this jersey in Europe."

"On the last lap all I was thinking was I wanted to get to the end without getting caught. I never thought I had the win until the end. I started to cramp in the final hundred metres," he said.

Nathan Haas and Jo Lewis (both 21) rounded out the podium.

"I think this was a really good result for me. Getting a second place today is a good sign ahead of the time trial and I'm going to go into that race on Tuesday with confidence," Haas said.

Jo Lewis wanted to win the race, but regards third place as a good result.

"I'm a bit disappointed, but to come third place in the national championships is quite a good result. I came here to win but it didn't end up like that," Lewis described.

Twenty-one year old Geoff Straub was the king of the mountains winner and twenty year-old Sean Boyle claimed the sprint jersey.



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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Dyball (Caravello CC)3:22:05
2Nathan Haas (Vikings Cycling Club ACT)0:00:15
3Joseph Lewis (Kooragang Open CC)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Rohan Dennis (Adelaide CC)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Thomas Palmer (Canberra Cycling Club)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Adam Semple (Melville Fremantle CC)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Stuart Smith (Leongatha Cycling Club Inc)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Patrick Lane (Carnegie Caulfield CC)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Luke Durbridge (Midland CC)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Paul Van Der Ploeg (Team Mount Beauty)0:00:49
11Malcolm Rudolph (Fraser Coast Cycling Inc. )0:00:59
12Jay McCarthy (Fraser Coast Cycling Inc. )Row 11 - Cell 2
13Ben Grenda (Launceston City CC)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Sean Boyle (Adelaide CC)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Dale Parker (Central Districts C.C. )Row 14 - Cell 2
16Adiq Othman (Malaysia)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Luke Fetch (Mornington Cycling Club)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Joshua Prete (Tableland Cycle Sports)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Reuben Donati (Byron Bay CC)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Lachlan Morton (Port Macquarie Cycling Club)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Eric Sheppard (Carnegie Caulfield CC)0:04:06
22Geoff Straub Armidale CC)0:04:42
23Matthew Benson (Riverland C.C. )0:04:56
24Cameron Bayly (Norwood C.C. )Row 23 - Cell 2
25Brian McLeod (Rockhampton Cycle Club)0:05:04
26Sam Davis (Atomic Brooks Cycle Club)Row 25 - Cell 2
27James Hepburn (BCRI)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Brodie Talbot (Macarthur Collegians CC)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Nathan Elliott (Brunswick Cycling Club Inc)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Peter Braunsteins (Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Benjamin Hill (Canberra Cycling Club)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Jamie Lacey (Toowoomba Cycling Club Inc)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Clay Murfet (Launceston City CC)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Oliver Kent-Spark (Geelong Cycle Club)0:09:27
35James Boal (Wangaratta Cycling Club Inc)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Sean Evangelista (Gold Coast Goldstars C C)0:09:56
37Timothy Cameron (Vikings Cycling Club ACT)0:10:48
38Alex Wohler (Gold Coast Goldstars C C)0:11:42
39Phillip Grenfell (Randwick Botany)0:12:52
40Kane Walker (Warragul Cycling Club Inc)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Scott McPhee (Central Districts C.C. )0:13:30
42Mitchell Codner (St George CC)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Shannon O'Brien (Carnegie Caulfield CC)0:14:09
44Dylan Wallis (Norwood C.C. )0:14:48
45Luca Giacomin (Brunswick Cycling Club Inc)Row 44 - Cell 2
46James Mowatt (Carnegie Caulfield CC)0:15:09
47Justin Vanstone (Balmoral Cycle Club)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Lachlan Ambrose (Central Districts C.C. )Row 47 - Cell 2
49Ben Cutajar (Gold Coast CATS Cycling Club)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Trent Morey (Carnegie Caulfield CC)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Craig Hutton (Bathurst CC)Row 50 - Cell 2
52David Abraham (Launceston City CC)Row 51 - Cell 2
53James Herd (Brunswick Cycling Club Inc)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Stuart Mulhern (Dutton Cycles R R)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Danny Pulbrook (Hobart Wheelers)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Jonathan Lovelock (Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Harry Rassie (Footscray Cycling Club Inc)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Stephen Bomball (Vikings Cycling Club ACT)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Benjamin Duncan (Lifecycle Cycling Club)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Jackson Wardrop (Gold Coast Goldstars C C)0:16:28
61Samuel Beveridge (Latrobe City Cycling Club)Row 60 - Cell 2
DNFScott Cronly-Dillon (Manly Warringah CC)Row 61 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Hepburn (Ipswich C C)Row 62 - Cell 2
DNFAdam Phelan (Canberra Cycling Club)Row 63 - Cell 2
DNFNick Aitken (Leongatha Cycling Club Inc)Row 64 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Baker (MTBA)Row 65 - Cell 2
DNFDamien Howson (Central Districts C.C. )Row 66 - Cell 2
DNFAaron Donnelly (Illawarra CC)Row 67 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Robinson (Launceston City CC)Row 68 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Spokes (Tamworth CC)Row 69 - Cell 2
DNFRhys Gillett (Ballarat-Sebastapol CC)Row 70 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Freiberg (Midland CC)Row 71 - Cell 2
DNFBrendan J Cole (Parramatta CC)Row 72 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew Christie (Blackburn Cycling Club Inc)Row 73 - Cell 2
DNFNicholas Dougall (Ffast Cycle Club)Row 74 - Cell 2
DNFBrenton Jones (Warragul Cycling Club Inc)Row 75 - Cell 2
DNFLuke Knox (Bendigo & District CC)Row 76 - Cell 2
DNFFergus MacLachlan (Carnegie Caulfield CC)Row 77 - Cell 2
DNFCampbell Flakemore (Hobart Wheelers)Row 78 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel O'Keefe (Parramatta CC)Row 79 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Hampton (Macarthur Collegians CC)Row 80 - Cell 2
DNFEtienne Blumstein-Jones (Canberra Cycling Club)Row 81 - Cell 2
DNFKyle Bridgwood (Townsville Cycle Club)Row 82 - Cell 2
DNFMitch Brogden (Ballarat/Sebastopol C C)Row 83 - Cell 2
DNFTrent Carman (Logan City Cycling Club)Row 84 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Carver (Lidcombe Auburn CC)Row 85 - Cell 2
DNFJames Crafter (Ballarat/Sebastopol C C)Row 86 - Cell 2
DNFJamie Crass (Bendigo & District CC)Row 87 - Cell 2
DNFLouis Evangelista (Gold Coast Goldstars C C)Row 88 - Cell 2
DNFAaron Eynaud (Blackburn Cycling Club Inc)Row 89 - Cell 2
DNFCallum Fagg (Hobart Wheelers)Row 90 - Cell 2
DNFJoel Finucane (Canberra Cycling Club)Row 91 - Cell 2
DNFLewis Fulcher (Horsham CC)Row 92 - Cell 2
DNFStephen Hall (Track Cycling W.A. )Row 93 - Cell 2
DNFJulian Hamill (Eastern Suburbs CC)Row 94 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Hawes (Port Macquarie Cycling Club)Row 95 - Cell 2
DNFChristopher Jehu (Colac Cycling Club Inc)Row 96 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Koep (Germany)Row 97 - Cell 2
DNFRichard Lang (Lidcombe Auburn CC)Row 98 - Cell 2
DNFScott Law (Illawarra Cycling Club)Row 99 - Cell 2
DNFAlastair Loutit (Canberra Cycling Club)Row 100 - Cell 2
DNFRyan MacAnally (Gold Coast Goldstars CC)Row 101 - Cell 2
DNFJason Moore (Norwood C.C. )Row 102 - Cell 2
DNFChristopher Pescott (Footscray Cycling Club)Row 103 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Phelan (Canberra Cycling Club)Row 104 - Cell 2
DNFJames Quinton (Vikings Cycling Club)Row 105 - Cell 2
DNFStephen Rackham (St Kilda Cycling Club Inc)Row 106 - Cell 2
DNFDean Sanfilippo (Brunswick Cycling Club Inc)Row 107 - Cell 2
DNFDale Scarfe (Central Coast CC)Row 108 - Cell 2
DNFClive Silcock (Ballarat/Sebastopol CC)Row 109 - Cell 2
DNFJoel Stearnes (Launceston City CC)Row 110 - Cell 2
DNFJoshua Taylor (Kooragang Open CC)Row 111 - Cell 2
DNFMatthew Williams (Balmoral Cycle Club)Row 112 - Cell 2
DNFBlair Windsor (Bathurst CC)Row 113 - Cell 2
DNFPeter Loft (Launceston City CC)Row 114 - Cell 2
DNFJames Szollosi (Logan City Cycling Club)Row 115 - Cell 2
DNSRobert Heideman (Brunswick Cycling Club Inc)Row 116 - Cell 2
DNSCameron Ivory (Hunter District CC)Row 117 - Cell 2
DNSLewis Rattray (MTBA)Row 118 - Cell 2
DNSJames Rendall (Albury-Wodonga CC)Row 119 - Cell 2

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