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Ewan takes triple in Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic

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Caleb Ewan on the podium

Caleb Ewan on the podium
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Greg Henderson is here to get in some early season form

Greg Henderson is here to get in some early season form
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The peloton stretch out up the climb

The peloton stretch out up the climb
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Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) tests out the opposition

Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) tests out the opposition
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Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) gets out of the saddle

Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) gets out of the saddle
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Cameron Meyer plays super domestique for Ewan with two laps to go

Cameron Meyer plays super domestique for Ewan with two laps to go
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Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) comes out on top

Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) comes out on top
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Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Down Under) on the podium

Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Down Under) on the podium
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The men's podium at the Bay Crits

The men's podium at the Bay Crits
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Ben Hill was once again on the attack

Ben Hill was once again on the attack
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The men's peloton on the back straight

The men's peloton on the back straight
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Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) is all smiles

Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) is all smiles
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Chloe Hosking lines up for the toughest stage of the series

Chloe Hosking lines up for the toughest stage of the series
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Tiffany Cromwell was a favourite for the stage

Tiffany Cromwell was a favourite for the stage
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Amanda Spratt working tirelessly for her team

Amanda Spratt working tirelessly for her team
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Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Down Under) in action

Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Down Under) in action
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Peta Mullens attacks at the Bay Crits

Peta Mullens attacks at the Bay Crits
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Tiffany Cromwell in action at the Bay Crits

Tiffany Cromwell in action at the Bay Crits
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Peta Mullens wins the women's race

Peta Mullens wins the women's race
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Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) on the startline at the Bay Crits

Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) on the startline at the Bay Crits
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Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) on the podium at the Bay Crits

Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) on the podium at the Bay Crits
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Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) continued his successful start to the season with his third straight victory in Portarlington at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic after another impressive leadout from his teammates.

The first year professional edged out Steele von Hoff (Avanti Racing) and Alexander Edmondson (SASI) in the race to the line and in doing so cemented his lead in the overall with one stage remaining.

“I am a little bit surprised. You never know how your form is going to be coming into the first part of the year,” Ewan said after the race.

Portarlington offered up a more challenging course than in previous days and Orica came into the event with one eye on supporting Cameron Meyer but with Ewan in such form they quickly reassessed the situation with Meyer unable to break clear of the peloton.

“We came into this race with a few different plans so it took the pressure right off me,” Ewan added. “Unfortunately for Cam he didn’t get away, there were a few strong guys here, and it worked perfectly for me in the end.”

In the women’s race Peta Mullens escaped to victory and held off the chasing peloton by 24 seconds to take her first win of the season.

Former World Champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Down Under) led the peloton home with Lauren Kitchen taking third. Overall leader Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Down Under) finished fifth to retain her two point lead at the top of the standings.

The Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic ends on Monday.
 

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