Brenton Jones wins Australian national criterium title

Delko Marseille Provence sprinter Brenton Jones streaked to his first win at the Australian National Criterium Championships in Ballarat, Victoria, on Friday evening, getting the better of Team BridgeLane's Tristan Ward and Bora-Hansgrohe's Jay McCarthy in the bunch sprint.

Mitchelton-Scott's sole representative, Rob Stannard, was arguably the most active rider of the day, ending up in sixth place for his efforts, having forced himself into a number of breaks during the race over the same 40-lap, 44km distance as the elite women's race, won for the second year in a row by Rebecca Wiasak.

Just like in the women's race, as the laps ticked by, it looked more and more likely that things were going to end in a bunch sprint, with riders in ones, twos and threes splintering off the front only to be reeled back in a short time later.

EF Education First's Lachlan Morton was active on the front of the race with 14 laps to go, riding almost incognito in contrast to his team's usual fluorescent kits, which is yet to be unveiled for 2019.

There was still no sign of favourite Jones, who preferred to keep his powder dry in the relative safety of the bunch as the laps continued to be ticked off. With Lotto Soudal's Caleb Ewan opting not to start the race, in favour of putting all of his eggs into the road race basket on Sunday, Jones would have already been starting to fancy his chances.

But with four laps left, Stannard rocketed off the front, leaving the entire Team BridgeLane squad to give chase, initially appearing to set things up for their sprinter Neil Van Der Ploeg.

At the bell, BridgeLane still had numbers at the front, with the race strung out behind them. And it was Van Der Ploeg who opened the sprint coming out of the last corner, with Jones appearing for the first time in the mix, before powering through to take the win, with Ward – rather than Van Der Ploeg – taking second for BridgeLane, and McCarthy taking the final step on the podium.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brenton Jones (Aus) Delko Marseille Provence1:01:13
2Tristan Ward (Aus) Team BridgeLaneRow 1 - Cell 2
3Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Bora HansgroheRow 2 - Cell 2
4Cameron Ivory (Aus) GPMStulzRow 3 - Cell 2
5Theodore Yates (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic development teamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 5 - Cell 2
7Ben Hill (Aus) Ljubljana Gusto SanticRow 6 - Cell 2
8Shannon Johnson (Aus)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Mathew Ross (Aus)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 9 - Cell 2
11Sam Welsford (Aus) Pro Racing Sunchine CoastRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jai Hindley (Aus) Team SunwebRow 11 - Cell 2
13Todd Satchell (Aus)0:00:06
14Nick Spratt (Aus) MTOSS RacingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Team BridgeLaneRow 14 - Cell 2
16Liam White (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic development teamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education FirstRow 16 - Cell 2
18Russell Gill (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Daniel Bucknall (Aus)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Jonathan Clarke (Aus)Row 19 - Cell 2
21David Randall (Aus) Butterfields - Appselec p/b Van Daam RacingRow 20 - Cell 2
22Dominik Dudkiewicz (Aus)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Alex Holden (Aus) Subaru - Anchor Point Racing TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Cyrus Monk (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:00:13
25Aaron Watts (Aus) GPMStulzRow 24 - Cell 2
26Toby Stewart (Aus) Phoenix cycling collectiveRow 25 - Cell 2
27Adam Lloyd (Aus) MTOSS RacingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Cameron Layton (Aus) Futuro - Maxxis Pro Cycling presented by Velo GitaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Guy Kalma (Aus)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Leigh Howard (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:00:15
31Tom Chapman (Aus)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Nathan Booth (Aus) Phoenix Cycling CollectiveRow 31 - Cell 2
33Dylan Newbery (Aus) Futuro - Maxxis Pro Cycling presented by Velo GitaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Samuel Volkers (Aus) Memil Pro CyclingRow 33 - Cell 2
35Joel Walsh (Aus) GPMStulzRow 34 - Cell 2
36Harrison Bailey (Aus) GPMStulzRow 35 - Cell 2
37Jarrod Currie (Aus)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Brendan Johnston (Aus)0:00:19
39Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team BridgeLane0:00:22
40Patrick Burt (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic development teamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Thomas Kaesler (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic development team0:00:25
42Jesse Featonby (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb0:00:38
44Lionel Mawditt (Aus) Team BridgeLane0:00:41
45Scott Bowden (Aus) Team BridgeLaneRow 44 - Cell 2
46Chris Harper (Aus) Team BridgeLaneRow 45 - Cell 2
47Riley Field (Aus)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Cameron Roberts (Aus) GPMStulzRow 47 - Cell 2
49Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) St. George Continental Cycling Team0:00:47
50Julian Thomson (Aus) GPMStulz0:00:48
51Jason Lea (Aus) Team BridgeLaneRow 50 - Cell 2
52Aden Reynolds (Aus) GPMStulzRow 51 - Cell 2
53Lachlan Glasspool (Aus)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Toby Orchard (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:00:52
55Jacob Warman (Aus)0:01:15
56Ashley Mackay (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:01:54
57Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Team BridgeLaneRow 56 - Cell 2
58Jonathon Noble (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine CoastRow 57 - Cell 2
59Nathan Elliott (Aus) Inform TM Insight MAKE0:02:39
DNFBenjamin Van Dam (Aus) Team BridgeLaneRow 59 - Cell 2
DNFKarl Michelin-Beard (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 60 - Cell 2
DNFOliver Martin (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic development teamRow 61 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Coates (Aus) Futuro - Maxxis Pro Cycling presented by Velo GitaRow 62 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Bettany (Aus) Futuro - Maxxis Pro Cycling presented by Velo GitaRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFTasman Nankervis (Aus) GPMStulzRow 64 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Hill (Aus) Team Nero BianchiRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Kinnane (Aus)Row 66 - Cell 2
DNFMatk Seddon (Aus)Row 67 - Cell 2
DNFNaish Chapman (Aus)Row 68 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Taylor (Aus)Row 69 - Cell 2
DNFJade Maddern (Aus)Row 70 - Cell 2
DNSCaleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 71 - Cell 2
DNSRyan Thomas (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic development teamRow 72 - Cell 2
DNSAden Reynolds (Aus) GPMStulzRow 73 - Cell 2
DNSDaniel Bonello (Aus) St. George Cycling Club TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
DNSMatthias Kiernan (Aus)Row 75 - Cell 2
DNSBraeden Dean (Aus)Row 76 - Cell 2

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