Matthews claims NSW Grand Prix opener

Michael Matthews (Rabobank) has shown he means business in the NSW Grand Prix series by winning the opening round in Cronulla. Matthews won the Cronulla round of the Grand Prix in 2011 and was clearly happy with the day's result. The young soon-to-be Orica-GreenEdge rider outsprinted his two breakaway companions Aaron Gate (L and M Group Racing NZ) and Jens Mouris (Orica-GreenEdge) for the tight-fought win.

In the women's race it was Kimberley Wells (Specialized Securitor) who was handed the win. Wells crossed the line in second place behind the day's actual winner Ashlee Ankudinoff (AIS) who was later disqualified after a miscommunication that occurred. 

Elite Men

Seventy five starters began the elite men's race under perfect sunny conditions. The Cronulla crowd was enjoying the summer's day while the heat would take its toll on the bunch throughout the 30-lap, 40km race. The race was littered with attacks while the Orica-GreenEdge team lead by Leigh Howard, who is preparing for the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, were busy controlling the front of the group.

A group of three riders finally made their way off the front and quickly went about establishing the race winning move. Matthews and Mouris worked well together until Gate attacked the dwindling bunch and bridged across on his own. A number of counter moves tried in vain to reach the three but the gap never seemed under threat.

In the end it was Mouris who attempted to draw out the sprint and looked like he could have taken the win until Gate and Matthews opened their sprints. On the line it was Matthews who took his second consecutive win in Cronulla after capturing the NSW Grand Prix round in late 2011.

"It was really hard having no teammates in the race," said race winner Matthews to Cyclingnews.

"I just had to sort of gamble that I would have a good sprint at the finish. I tried for a breakaway a quarter into the race and it stayed away for a bit. I had to sit on a bit in the last 10 laps and take my chances while trying to save some energy. Aaron is really fast coming off the track and Jens Mouris is really, really strong."

While Matthews was clearly riding well, he said that his training has been mainly about logging endurance miles for the coming season, where he is focusing on not peaking too early.

"We've been training pretty hard [in Canberra], just base k' but nothing too major yet. I've got a big season with Orica-GreenEdge and I'm trying to peak a little bit later in the season," he told Cyclingnews.

Second-place Mouris has based himself in Sydney during the off-season and like Matthews, has been putting in some long days around Sydney in preparation for next year. He was looking forward to the next round in Wollongong before travelling to Falls Creek for a Orica-GreenEdge training camp. Mouris will look to start his season at Tour Down Under before heading off to Europe.

"I just like to be in the race always so I thought I'd cover that one move with Bling [Matthews] in it," Mouris said to Cyclingnews. "We just kept it going. This is a good circuit for me where you can keep it constant the whole time, I would have like to have won but I'll try again tomorrow.

"We've got a couple of other teammates who also might have a go too, so we'll see."

The men will race the second and final round of the NSW GP series in Wollongong on the Sunday.

Elite Women

The women's race was aggressive from the start with numerous attacks looking promising, only to be brought back into the main bunch quickly. While the attacking race did not lend itself to any significant breakaways, it served to thin the field out with riders falling off the pace in the opening laps.

At the finish it was Ankudinoff who was the first to cross the line only to discover shortly after that she had been disqualified. The AIS rider was involved in a crash that happened in crossing moments of the 20-lap race and was advised incorrectly by a race official at the site of the fall.

The rules stipulate that Ankudinoff could take a lap out but due to the lateness of the fall, where riders must finish the last four laps, she ended up joining with just a little over three to go. This was deemed to be inconsistent with the pre-race instructions and she was subsequently relegated from her first place.

At the end of the day it was Wells who was awarded the win with Lauren Kitchen (Rabobank) and Emily Colins in second and third respectively. The women will also conclude the NSW GP series in Wollongong on Sunday.

 

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Elite Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank20pts
2Aaron Gate (NZl) L and M Group Racing NZ18Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jens Mouris (Hol) Orica-GreenEdge16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling15Row 3 - Cell 3
5Chris Sutton (Aus) Team Sky14Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jack Edwards (Aus) NSWIS13Row 5 - Cell 3
7Joseph Lewis (Aus) GPM Wilson Racing12Row 6 - Cell 3
8Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen- Mercator11Row 7 - Cell 3
9Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Team Raleigh-GAC10Row 8 - Cell 3
10Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge10Row 9 - Cell 3
11Caleb Ewan (Aus) NSWIS10Row 10 - Cell 3
12Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge10Row 11 - Cell 3
13Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge10Row 12 - Cell 3
14Aaron Donnelly (Aus) Team Jayco AIS10Row 13 - Cell 3
15Roy Pieters (Hol)10Row 14 - Cell 3
16Jack Beckinsale (Aus) Southern Cross Club10Row 15 - Cell 3
17Joe Chapman (NZl) L and M Group Racing10Row 16 - Cell 3
18Marc Williams (Aus) Budget Forklifts10Row 17 - Cell 3
19Ryan MacAnally (Aus) Budget Forklifts10Row 18 - Cell 3
20Luke Cridland (Aus) Southern Cross NSW10Row 19 - Cell 3
21Tom Ashley (NZl)10Row 20 - Cell 3
22Jonathon Cridland (Aus) Southern Cross NSW10Row 21 - Cell 3
23Blair Windsor (Aus) Budget Forklifts10Row 22 - Cell 3
24Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling10Row 23 - Cell 3
25Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling10Row 24 - Cell 3
26Brodie Talbot (Aus) Racing Kangaroos10Row 25 - Cell 3
27Jacob Kaufman (Aus) Tour de Cure10Row 26 - Cell 3
28Sam Rutherford (Aus) GPM Wilson Racing10Row 27 - Cell 3
29Josh Taylor (Aus) GPM Wilson Racing10Row 28 - Cell 3
30Caleb Jones (Aus) Tour de Cure10Row 29 - Cell 3
31Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling10Row 30 - Cell 3
32Peter Thompson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling10Row 31 - Cell 3
33Daniel O’Keefe (Aus) GPM Wilson Racing10Row 32 - Cell 3
34Joshua Cornish (Aus) Skoda St George10Row 33 - Cell 3
35Sam Nelson (Aus) Skoda St George10Row 34 - Cell 3
36Jared Triggs (Aus) Skoda St George10Row 35 - Cell 3
37Jordon Davies (Aus) Skoda St George10Row 36 - Cell 3
38Jeremy Scott (Aus) Skoda St George10Row 37 - Cell 3
39Jake Magee (Aus) GPM Wilson Racing10Row 38 - Cell 3
40James Canny (NZl)10Row 39 - Cell 3
41Nathan Bradshaw (Aus) Skoda St George10Row 40 - Cell 3
42Jay Dutton (Aus) Skoda St George10Row 41 - Cell 3
43Nicholas D’Ambrosio (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10Row 42 - Cell 3
44Harrison Bailey (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10Row 43 - Cell 3
45Richard Allen (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10Row 44 - Cell 3
46Antony Dimitrovski (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10Row 45 - Cell 3
47Chris Boogert (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10Row 46 - Cell 3
48Reece Robinson (Aus)10Row 47 - Cell 3
49Luke Meers (Aus)10Row 48 - Cell 3
50Sam Arnold (Aus)10Row 49 - Cell 3
51Eamonn Bell (Aus)10Row 50 - Cell 3
52Michael Troy (Aus) Team Torq10Row 51 - Cell 3
53Rylee Field (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10Row 52 - Cell 3
54Dirk Roshier (Aus)10Row 53 - Cell 3
55Keegan Aitchison (Aus)10Row 54 - Cell 3
56Jarrod Conevey (Aus)10Row 55 - Cell 3
57Lewis Chapman (Aus)10Row 56 - Cell 3
58Tom Patton (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10Row 57 - Cell 3
59Michael Phelan (Aus) Parramatta Race Team10Row 58 - Cell 3
60Paul Archer (Aus)10Row 59 - Cell 3
61Brad Heffernan (Aus) NSWIS10Row 60 - Cell 3
62Luke Williams (Aus) NSWIS10Row 61 - Cell 3
63Harry Carter (Aus) NSWIS10Row 62 - Cell 3
64Alex Malone (Aus) Tour de Cure10Row 63 - Cell 3
65Daniel Bonello (Aus) Tour de Cure10Row 64 - Cell 3
66Kris Johnston (Aus)10Row 65 - Cell 3
67Nicholas Costello (Aus) Racing Kangaroos10Row 66 - Cell 3
68Craig Hutton (Aus) Racing Kangaroos10Row 67 - Cell 3
69Ayden Toovey (Aus) Racing Kangaroos10Row 68 - Cell 3
70Jordan Payne (Aus) Racing Kangaroos10Row 69 - Cell 3
71Liam Melville (Aus) Peloton Sports10Row 70 - Cell 3
72Lachlan Edwards (Aus) Skoda St George10Row 71 - Cell 3
73Angus Tobin  (Aus) Terra Footwear-Bicycle Line10Row 72 - Cell 3
74Brendan Cole (Aus) Asfra Racing Team10Row 73 - Cell 3
75Brad Mills (Aus) Dulwich Hill BC10Row 74 - Cell 3
DNSWesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 75 - Cell 2 Row 75 - Cell 3
DNSLuke Davison (Aus) Budget ForkliftsRow 76 - Cell 2 Row 76 - Cell 3
DNSPeter Herzig (Aus) Budget ForkliftsRow 77 - Cell 2 Row 77 - Cell 3
DNSPhillip Grenfell (Aus) Tour de CureRow 78 - Cell 2 Row 78 - Cell 3
DNSDamien Howson (Aus)Row 79 - Cell 2 Row 79 - Cell 3
DNSDavid Mainwarning (Aus)Row 80 - Cell 2 Row 80 - Cell 3

Results

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Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kimberley Wells (Aus) Specialised Securitor20pts
2Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Dream Team18Row 1 - Cell 3
3Emily Collins (Aus)16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sophie Williamson (NZl) Wakatipu15Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sarah Roy (Aus) St George14Row 4 - Cell 3
6Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Suzuki-Trek13Row 5 - Cell 3
7Brittany Lindores (Aus) Team Boss Constructions12Row 6 - Cell 3
8Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS11Row 7 - Cell 3
9Ashlee Ankudinoff (AUS) AIS10Row 8 - Cell 3
10Sue Forsyth (Aus) North Sydney10Row 9 - Cell 3
11Kate Chilcott (NZl) Bates Bikes10Row 10 - Cell 3
12Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica - AIS10Row 11 - Cell 3
13Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS10Row 12 - Cell 3
14Rebecca Werner (Aus) Specialised Women10Row 13 - Cell 3
15Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Dream Team10Row 14 - Cell 3
16Reta Trotman (NZl)10Row 15 - Cell 3
17Carlee Taylor (Aus) Dream Team10Row 16 - Cell 3
18Hannah Geelan (Aus) Specialised Securitor10Row 17 - Cell 3
19Gracie Sulzberger (Aus) Jayco- AIS10Row 18 - Cell 3
20Amy Bradley (Aus)10Row 19 - Cell 3
21Josie Talbot (Aus)10Row 20 - Cell 3
22Allie McDonald (Aus) Suzuki-Trek10Row 21 - Cell 3
23Brie Dutton (Aus) St George10Row 22 - Cell 3
24Laura Triggs (Aus) Suzuki-Trek10Row 23 - Cell 3
25Clare Mandeno (Aus) Sydney Uni Velo10Row 24 - Cell 3
26Gina Ricardo (Aus) Sydney Uni Velo10Row 25 - Cell 3
27Laura Meadley (Aus) Suzuki-Trek10Row 26 - Cell 3
28Emma Viotto (Aus) Suzuki-Trek10Row 27 - Cell 3
29Kayla Salopek (Aus) Suzuki-Trek10Row 28 - Cell 3
30Alex Nichols (Aus) Suzuki-Trek10Row 29 - Cell 3
31Courtney Hansford (Aus) Parramatta10Row 30 - Cell 3
32Tegan Elferkh (Aus) Vikings10Row 31 - Cell 3
33Stephanie Lord (Aus) Randwick Botany10Row 32 - Cell 3
34Lara Batkin (Aus) St George10Row 33 - Cell 3
35Angela Smith (Aus) Racing Kangaroos10Row 34 - Cell 3
36Cheryl Hulskamp (Aus)10Row 35 - Cell 3
37Hollee Simons (Aus) Bathurst10Row 36 - Cell 3
38Holly Hawtin (Aus) Sutherland10Row 37 - Cell 3
39Kirsten Howard (Aus) Bathurst10Row 38 - Cell 3
40Skye-Lee Armstrong (Aus) Sutherland10Row 39 - Cell 3
41Geraldine Blomfield-Brown (Aus) Waratah10Row 40 - Cell 3
42Geraldine Blomfield-Brown (Aus) Waratah10Row 41 - Cell 3
DNSRochelle Gilmore (Aus) Dream TeamRow 42 - Cell 2 Row 42 - Cell 3
DNSLoes Gunnewijk (NED) Orica-AIS GreenedgeRow 43 - Cell 2 Row 43 - Cell 3
DNSShara Gillow (Aus) Orica-AISRow 44 - Cell 2 Row 44 - Cell 3
DNSAmber Jenkins (Aus) Sydney Cycling ClubRow 45 - Cell 2 Row 45 - Cell 3
DNSGracie Elvin (Aus) Jayco AISRow 46 - Cell 2 Row 46 - Cell 3
DNSAlexis Barnes (GBr)Row 47 - Cell 2 Row 47 - Cell 3
DNSHolly Heffernan (Aus)Row 48 - Cell 2 Row 48 - Cell 3
DNSJenny Fay (Aus)Row 49 - Cell 2 Row 49 - Cell 3
DNSAllison Rice (Aus) Suzuki-TrekRow 50 - Cell 2 Row 50 - Cell 3
DNSAngela Smith (Aus) Racing KangaroosRow 51 - Cell 2 Row 51 - Cell 3
DNSMaria Prosperi (Aus) IllawarraRow 52 - Cell 2 Row 52 - Cell 3

 

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