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Hosking seals 2020 Bay Crits title with victory on final day

Chloe Hosking seals victory in the 2020 Bay Crits by winning the final stage. (Image credit: Con Chronis Photography)

Chloe Hosking (Lexus of Blackburn) secured overall victory in the 2020 Bay Crits by winning the final stage of the event in Williamstown. The Australian delivered a powerful finishing sprint to take out the stage honours ahead of Lotta Lepisto and Peta Mullens (Roxsolt Attaquer).

In the overall standings, Hosking finished 5 points clear of Ruby Hoseman-Gannon (Appselec), who had to settle for 4th on the final stage.

“I actually didn’t come in with any expectation to win,” Hosking said afterwards. “I came in to the week feeling a bit flat and just haven’t been thrilled with my pre-season preparation, I feel like I’ve ridden into it and starting to feel more fresh, more explosive, more powerful so it’s all positive.”

Hosking’s Lexus of Blackburn teammates Amanda Spratt and Lauren Kitchen were forced out the final stage after crashing during the warm-up, though neither rider reported major injury following the incident.

“Instead of having an aggressive race like what we wanted to have, we had to go into more crisis management,” Hosking said. “It was just one of those incidents that happened in training, someone ran into someone else. I think Spratty might have hit her head. She’s ok, she’s just resting and I’m confident they’ll both be up and racing at the nationals.”

Once the race began, Kerry Jonker (Appselec) was quickly on the offensive, opening a lead of 20 seconds before the peloton, led by Sarah Gigante (Lexus of Blackburn) reeled her in after 30 minutes of racing.

In the last quarter of an hour, Lexus continued to control affairs in the peloton, paving the way for Hosking to unleash her sprint in the finishing straight to claim stage honours and seal overall victory. She previously won the Bay Crits series in 2015.

“Chloe, I think, is the fastest sprinter in the world right now,” said race director John Trevorrow. “She definitely has been this week.”

Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Lexus Of Blackburn) 0:44:57
2Lotta Lepisto
3Peta Mullens (Roxsolt)
4Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Appselec)
5Teneal Attard
6Nicola Macdonald (Roxsolt)
7Charlotte Culver (Appselec)
8Abigail Van Twisk 0:00:05
9Rebecca Wiasak (Novotel - Mitchelton)
10Emily Watts (Subaru Giant Women's Team) 0:00:06
11Sarah Gigante (Lexus Of Blackburn)
12Lizzie Stannard
13Alana Forster
14Natalie Redmond (Novotel - Mitchelton)
15Emma Viotto (Novotel - Mitchelton)
16Eloise Vaughan
17Jessica Allen (Lexus Of Blackburn)
18Justine Barrow (Roxsolt) 0:00:15
19Gemma Mollenhauer (Subaru Giant Women's Team)
20Kerry Jonker (Appselec) 0:00:27
21Elizabeth Nuspan 0:00:45
22Saffron Button (Appselec) 0:00:46
23Jordyn Hassett (Subaru Giant Women's Team)
DNFEmma Roberts (Novotel - Mitchelton)
DNFLucia Azzopardi (Subaru Giant Women's Team)
DNFIsla Bradbury
DNFAnnie Bramley
DNFDharlia Haines
DNFJade Haines
DNFBree Playel
DNFCourtney Sherwell
DNFKasuga Watabe
DNSAmanda Spratt (Lexus Of Blackburn)
DNSShannon Malseed (Lexus Of Blackburn)
DNSLauren Kitchen (Lexus Of Blackburn)
DNSEmma Chilton (Roxsolt)
DNSElla Falzarano (Subaru Giant Women's Team)
DNSChloe Moran (Appselec)
DNSMolly Patch (Appselec)
DNSCarina Newman
DNSMatilda Raynolds

Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Lexus of Blackburn) 32
2Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Appselec) 27
3Amanda Spratt (Lexus of Blackburn) 19
4Lotta Lepisto 17
5Peta Mullens (Roxsolt) 17
6Teneal Attard 13
7Matilda Raynolds 12
8Alana Forster 6
9Nicola Macdonald (Roxsolt) 5
10Charlotte Culver (Appselec) 5
11Jessica Allen (Lexus of Blackburn) 5
12Emily Watts (Subaru Giant Women's Team) 4
13Abigail Van Twisk 3
14Natalie Redmond (Novotel - Mitchelton) 3
15Rebecca Wiasak (Novotel - Mitchelton) 2
16Emma Viotto (Novotel - Mitchelton) 2
17Lauren Kitchen (Lexus of Blackburn) 2

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