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Bibby wins in Ritchie Blvd as Ewan crashes out

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Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) surges to the finish to beat Jesse Kerrison (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness)

Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) surges to the finish to beat Jesse Kerrison (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness)
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The Orica-Scott team in action

The Orica-Scott team in action
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The crowds enjoyed the fast racing

The crowds enjoyed the fast racing
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The Orica-Scott team protect Caleb Ewan

The Orica-Scott team protect Caleb Ewan
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Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) was shocked to win

Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) was shocked to win
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Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) rode to the finish

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) rode to the finish
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Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) lost some skin in the crash

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) lost some skin in the crash
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Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) takes centre stage on the podium

Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) takes centre stage on the podium
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Cameron Bayly (IsoWhy Sports Swiss Wellness) got another jersey for his attack

Cameron Bayly (IsoWhy Sports Swiss Wellness) got another jersey for his attack
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Cameron Bayly (IsoWhy Sports Swiss Wellness)

Cameron Bayly (IsoWhy Sports Swiss Wellness)
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Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) pulled on the leader's jersey

Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) pulled on the leader's jersey
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Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) on the podium

Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) on the podium
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The Orica-Scott team lead the peloton

The Orica-Scott team lead the peloton
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Cameron Bayly (IsoWhy Sports Swiss Wellness) made a strong attack

Cameron Bayly (IsoWhy Sports Swiss Wellness) made a strong attack
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Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott)

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott)
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The men's race is about to start

The men's race is about to start
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Orica-Scott controlled the race but came up empty handed due to the late crash

Orica-Scott controlled the race but came up empty handed due to the late crash
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Another rider goes down

Another rider goes down
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There were several crashes during the hour of intense racing

There were several crashes during the hour of intense racing
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It was fast into the corners

It was fast into the corners
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Caleb Ewan sat behind his Orica-Scott teammates

Caleb Ewan sat behind his Orica-Scott teammates
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Scott-Orica doing the hard work

Scott-Orica doing the hard work
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All lined out

All lined out
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The solo attacker Cameron Bayly (IsoWhy Sports Swiss Wellness)

The solo attacker Cameron Bayly (IsoWhy Sports Swiss Wellness)
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Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) takes a corner

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) takes a corner
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Orica-Scott lead the race

Orica-Scott lead the race
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The pace was high all race

The pace was high all race
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Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) enjoys his great start to the New Year

Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) enjoys his great start to the New Year
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Ian Bibby (JTL Condor) survived a final corner crash to emerge the winner of the opening stage of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic. The Briton edged out Jesse Kerrison (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) and teammate Mathew Gibson in the rising surge to the finish line. Three-time series winner Caleb Ewan was amongst the crash victims.

"We were racing for Breton Jones," said Bibby. "I did a good turn, got into position and sort of sat up and there were only five or six [riders] left, so I thought I should just carry on.

"They all went really hot around the corner and then they all went down, so I put my chin down," Bibby added. "It's a shame, the crash, but I suppose that's bike racing."

ORICA-Scott will lament the opportunity lost. Ewan appeared in fine form and ready to snag his fourth win on short and intense Richie Boulevard circuit. His Australian-registered squad controlled the peloton from the start of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic opener.

Cameron Bayly (IsoWhy Sports Swiss Wellness) attacked 25 minutes into the hour-long affair. ORICA-Scott assumed responsibility for the chase, allowing Bayly to dangle at 15 seconds before reeling him ahead of the finale. With three laps remaining, Bayly was back in the bunch. The South Australian earned the sprint jersey and most aggressive for his efforts.

"The race went pretty flat out really for those last few laps," noted Bibby. "I caught up on the last bend with a lap to go. I had Ed [Clancy] and Brenton on my wheel. I rolled them back and swung over and there were only six or seven left."

Ewan attacked on the back straight of the hot dog circuit, carrying his speed into the final corner with 190 metres left to race.

"Going into the corner I was maybe fourth or fifth," Bibby said. "There were a couple lads on the straight behind me still, and I thought I'd keep going and get a top five if possible.

"Caleb hit out," Bibby explained. "All I saw was four of them sort of going down the line flat out. Someone must have gone down, caught wheels. I tried to dodge them as best I could."

"I came around, and me another lad came out together," Bibby added. "It was a drag sprint up and luckily I got the better of him."

Only 18 of the 48 starters in Geelong finished the race. Ewan, with the left side of his jersey torn on the shoulder and his shorts in tatters, rolled across the line in 17th place, 51 seconds down on Bibby.

"I'm not exactly sure what happened," said Ewan. "I have hit that corner so many times in exactly the same way, if not faster, and I haven't had an issue. There's no major damage, just a bit of skin. There are more days to come, so we will keep trying."  

Brief Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor12pts
2Jesse Kerrison (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness10
3Mathew Gibson (GBr) Condor8
4Cameron Bayly (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness7
5Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness6
6Patrick Lane (Aus) Vtwo Team5
7Samuel Spokes (Aus) Total Rush4
8Alistair Donohoe (Aus) GTR3
9Ali Slater (GBr) JLT Condor2
10Scott Sunderland (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness1

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