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Allen gives Orica-Scott the Williamstown win

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Jessica Allen (Orica-Scott) goes solo

Jessica Allen (Orica-Scott) goes solo
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Amanda Spratt (Orica-Scott) in action

Amanda Spratt (Orica-Scott) in action
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Valentina Scandolara wins the 2017 Bay Crit series

Valentina Scandolara wins the 2017 Bay Crit series
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Valentina Scandolara celebrates her love for Italy and Australia

Valentina Scandolara celebrates her love for Italy and Australia
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The Williamstown podium

The Williamstown podium
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Amanda Spratt (Orica-Scott) took the points competition

Amanda Spratt (Orica-Scott) took the points competition
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Jessica Allen (Orica-Scott) took the red jersey

Jessica Allen (Orica-Scott) took the red jersey
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Valentina Scandolara in the yellow and black overall winner's jersey

Valentina Scandolara in the yellow and black overall winner's jersey
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Valentina Scandolara shows off her trophy as overall winner of the Bay Crits

Valentina Scandolara shows off her trophy as overall winner of the Bay Crits
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The Scott-Orica team open the champagne

The Scott-Orica team open the champagne
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The break of the race

The break of the race
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Valentina Scandolara was protected by Ale Cycling teammates

Valentina Scandolara was protected by Ale Cycling teammates
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Jessica Allen (Orica-Scott)

Jessica Allen (Orica-Scott)
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The view of the finish

The view of the finish
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The Ale' Cycling riders stood out in the peloton

The Ale' Cycling riders stood out in the peloton
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The peloton can see the attack

The peloton can see the attack
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Valentina Scandolara takes the corner

Valentina Scandolara takes the corner
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A view from above

A view from above
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Valentina Scandolara stayed on the wheels

Valentina Scandolara stayed on the wheels
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The break of the day was kept in check by Ale' Cycling

The break of the day was kept in check by Ale' Cycling
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The new Orica-Scott colours

The new Orica-Scott colours
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The shade offered some respite from the sun

The shade offered some respite from the sun
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The Orica-Scott riders had another successful Bay Crit series

The Orica-Scott riders had another successful Bay Crit series
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Jessica Allen (Orica-Scott) celebrates her win

Jessica Allen (Orica-Scott) celebrates her win
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Patience paid for Jessica Allen in Williamstown on Tuesday. With two laps left to race on stage three of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, Allen attacked from a three-rider breakaway and handily hung on to take the win.

"I felt that I was the strongest in the breakaway, so I was very patient, which is not one of my strengths," Allen told reporters, including Cyclingnews, as she awaited the podium presentation. "I thought: 'With two laps to go, I'm just going to give it everything.' And that's what I did."

The 23-year-old reached the finish line six seconds ahead of Lucy Bechtel (Specialized Women's Racing) and 12-seconds ahead of Ellen Skerritt (Alé Cycling). Race leader Valentina Scandolara (Alé Cycling) won the bunch sprint for fourth place to take out the series overall.

"I needed to make more points than ORICA to win the overall jersey," said Scandolara, who started the final stage with a two-point advantage over Portarlington winner Amanda Spratt (ORICA-Scott). "That was my target for today. If the bunch came together, of course, I also would have gone for the win, but the breakaway was perfect because my teammate was in it, sitting on."

The racing winning escape forced clear at the mid-point of the race. Allen countered the catch of her teammate Annemiek van Vleuten. Skerritt marked Allen, and Bechtel bridged across. The trio quickly gained 30-seconds on a peloton that seemed unable or unwilling to organise a concerted chase.

"We were only two points behind GC, but we thought for us to get the stage win would be more in our favour," said Allen. "If Spratty happened to get up the road without Vale, that would have worked great for us, but we wanted to be aggressive right from the start, and that's what we did."

The scenario also suited Scandolara. Allen started the stage in ninth overall, eight points behind Scandolara. To take the jersey from Scandolara, Allen would have needed to win the stage with Scandolara finishing outside the top six.

"Luckily I had my team to back me up perfectly today," said Scandolara. "That was the plan, to control the race and see what would happen in the breakaway – if we would like it or not. I did like the breakaway, so we let it go and then I went for the sprint."

With five laps remaining, the Novotel Geelong / Japan team attempted to shut down the move. Alé blocked the chase efforts, and the gap held steady around the half-minute mark.

Allen used a slight rise on the back half of the course to put in a digger. She carried an eight-second advantage over Betchel and Skerritt into the bell lap.

In Sunday in Portarlington, Allen was part of a three-rider breakaway. She finished in third place. On Tuesday, she came out on top.

"I wasn't in good position on Sunday, and I was with two sprinters," said Allen. "I wasn't confident, and I didn't back myself, which I learned to do today. I put myself in the break and said I could win this. I was a bit more patient and we used our numbers a lot better."

Twenty eight seconds later, Scandolara shot across the line, pulling on the fabric of her yellow jersey by way of celebration.

"I had one of the best sprinters in the world leading me out, Chloe Hosking," said Scandolara. "It was an easy job for me today, well – less difficult.

"Last year I slipped to third [from second] on the last stage, but I was going for the stage wins because ORICA was all over the place," Scandolara added. "I never really went for the series. This year winning the first stage, I wanted to."

Brief Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica-Scott0:45:24
2Lucy Bechtel (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:00:06
3Ellen Skerritt (Aus) Alé Cycling0:00:12
4Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Alé Cycling0:00:28
5Yumi Kajihara (Jpn) Novotel Geelong / Japan
6Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-Scott
7Minami Uwano (Jpn) Novotel Geelong / Japan
8Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-Scott
9Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-Scott
10Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé Cycling

Final standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Alé Cycling24pts
2Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica-Scott21
3Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-Scott18
4Yumi Kajihara (Jpn) Novotel Geelong / Japan16
5Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-Scott14
6Peta Mullens (Aus) Hagens Berman | Supermint13
7Shannon Malseed (Aus)12
8Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-Scott11
9Lucy Bechtel (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing10
10Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Orica-Scott10

 

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