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Ewan and Elvin swoop to victory for Orica at Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic

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Caleb Ewan might become an expert at this

Caleb Ewan might become an expert at this
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Chloe Hosking against the Geelong waterfront

Chloe Hosking against the Geelong waterfront
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The womens field head into a strong head wind

The womens field head into a strong head wind
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Gracie Elvin on her ambitous attack

Gracie Elvin on her ambitous attack
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Eileen Roe racing in the summer heat

Eileen Roe racing in the summer heat
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Gracie Elvin (Orica AIS) takes the win

Gracie Elvin (Orica AIS) takes the win
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The Orica AIS women enjoy their win

The Orica AIS women enjoy their win
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Ben Hill lines up on the start line and looking keen

Ben Hill lines up on the start line and looking keen
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The men's field race along the windswept coast line

The men's field race along the windswept coast line
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Damian Howson leads the peloton

Damian Howson leads the peloton
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Miles Scotson leads a small break in pursuit of the leaders

Miles Scotson leads a small break in pursuit of the leaders
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Caleb Ewan in the bunch

Caleb Ewan in the bunch
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Orica Greenedge took control of the main group

Orica Greenedge took control of the main group
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Ben Hill and Aaron Gate tried their luck

Ben Hill and Aaron Gate tried their luck
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Miles Scotson made a strong attack late in the race

Miles Scotson made a strong attack late in the race
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Caleb Ewan stayed with his strong teammates

Caleb Ewan stayed with his strong teammates
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Miles Scotson was holding off the group, but not for long

Miles Scotson was holding off the group, but not for long
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Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) takes an easy win

Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) takes an easy win
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Chloe Hosking looking pretty happy in the leader's jersey

Chloe Hosking looking pretty happy in the leader's jersey
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The men's podium after two days of racing

The men's podium after two days of racing
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Caleb Ewan on the podium

Caleb Ewan on the podium
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Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) made it back-to-back wins on day two of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic in Eastern Park Geelong on Saturday with another powerful display of his sprinting talent.

The first year professional made use of his Orica teammates' strong leadout to win ahead of Mitchel Docker (Orica GreenEdge) and Richard Kluge (Total Rush Hyster). Michael Hepburn capped an excellent performance for Orica with fourth.

"As you saw the boys pretty much rode on the front from start to finish and blew the race to pieces. I didn’t have to touch the wind the whole race” Ewan said in a team press release.

"That was the plan for Mitch [Docker] to lead me out at the finish. The other guys took Mitch, Michael Hepburn and I to 500metres to go and once they hit the front the race was done.”

Ewan’s win strengthened his grip of the leader’s jersey and he now leads Greg Henderson, 24 points to 13, with two days remaining.

Earlier in the day Elvin started her season with a flyer with a dominant performance in the women’s race. The Australian national champion didn’t wait for a sprint, instead choosing to attack early in the race before establishing an unassailable lead.

She finished over a minute clear of the field with teammate Loes Gunnewijk (Orica AIS) finishing second and day one winner Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Down Under) in third.

“It’s very lonely out there. It’s not the best way to win a bike race but it’s also a fantasy way to win a bike race too, on your own,” Elvin said in a team statement.

“I am going to go to bed with a big smile on my face,” Elvin said. “I have been feeling awesome in training so it’s nice to come here and get a good result.”

Hosking remains at the top of the standings on 20 points with Elvin three points back.
 

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