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2016 Mitchelton Wines Bay Cycling Classic, Australia (Criterium)

January 1 - January 4, 2016

Mitchelton Wines Bay Cycling Classic podium history | Teams Invited | 2015 edition | 2017 edition
Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4

Monday, January 4: 4th and Final Stage, Williamstown Criterium, 60 minutes

Stage 4 map

Caleb Ewan wins stage 4

Caleb Ewan wins stage 4

The Race, Here's the race report from an obviously happy Orica-GreenEdge team:

21-year-old Caleb Ewan has wrapped up a third Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic title with another victory in Williamstown today. Ewan, who also won back-to-back on the opening stages in Geelong, becomes the second most successful rider of the 26-year running event, behind Australian sprint legend Robbie McEwen (6 titles).

A dominant ORICA-GreenEDGE again controlled racing on the final day, former Australian champion Luke Durbridge and debutant Jack Haig denying any attempts to break up racing. “Look – the boys again, I always say it, they were so strong,” Ewan said. “They rode the whole race on the front. They were so impressive. Luke and Jack rode the front the whole time. Even at the end, they could it up still.

“Keeping me up near the front makes it a lot smoother for me so I can save a lot of energy. At the end of the race, I was feeling really good because of the position I was in. They delivered me perfectly.”

After a solid lead out by multiple track world champion Alex Edmondson, Ewan hit the final corner in front and sprinted to victory. Despite taking the corner at speed, Ewan used experience to better his rivals who battled fiercely for his wheel.

“I thought I braked enough going into it, but as I was going through it I was thinking, ‘Oh gosh. I’m going a bit fast’ but I got around it alright,” he said. I had a little gap coming out of it. It’s not far from that corner to the finish so you really have to go through it in first place to win here.”

Ewan’s third victory saw him finish the series on 43 points, 13 points ahead of Brenton Jones (Drapac Professional, 30 points) and 16points from Patrick Shaw (Avanti IsoWhey Sports, 27 points).

How it happened: Looking for a final stage victory and to wrap the series, ORICA-GreenEDGE controlled racing on the final day of racing. Various attacks proved unsuccessful as Luke Durbridge and Jack Haig pulled the peloton to keep any moves under control.

As the peloton rode around for the bell Alex Edmondson took over at the front and led Ewan out much of the final lap before Ewan kicked into the final corner to lead first into the final straight and hold on for victory.

Complete results:

1 Caleb EWAN (Orica GreenEDGE) 1hr 0min 7sec
2 Brenton JONES (Drapac Professional) s.t.
3 Alexander EDMONDSON (Orica GreenEDGE) s.t.
4 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) s.t.
5 Bernard SULZBERGER (Drapac Professional) s.t.
6 Samuel SPOKES (Drapac Professional) s.t.
7 Anthony GIACOPPO (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) s.t.
8 Mitch DOCKER (Orica GreenEDGE) @ 5sec
9 Jason LOWNDES (Drapac Professional) s.t.
10 Leigh HOWARD (Chain Reaction Cycles) 24
11 Aaron GATE (Chain Reaction Cycles) 30
12 Steven LAMPIER (JLT Condor Mavic) s.t.
13 Stefan MATZNER (Budget Forklifts) 38
14 George ATKINS (JLT Condor Mavic) s.t.
15 Mike CUMMING (State of Matter/Maap) s.t.
16 Tommy NANKERVIS (Budget Forklifts) s.t.
17 Kazushige KUBOKI (Novotel Geelong/Japan) s.t.
18 Luke DURBRIDGE (Orica GreenEDGE) 53
19 Sam CROME (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) @ 1min 12sec
20 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) s.t.
dnf Jack HAIG (Orica GreenEDGE)
dnf Peter KONING (Drapac Professional)
dnf Travis MEYER (Drapac Professional)
dnf Eiya HASHIMOTO (Novotel Geelong/Japan)
dnf Shogo ICHIMARU (Novotel Geelong/Japan)
dnf Taisei KOBAYASHI (Novotel Geelong/Japan)
dnf Steele VON HOFF (Avanti IsoWhey Sports)
dnf Mitchell LOVELOCK-FAY (Avanti IsoWhey Sports)
dnf Samuel WITMITZ (Budget Forklifts)
dnf Jacob KAUFFMANN (Budget Forklifts)
dnf Christopher LAWLESS (JLT Condor Mavic)
dnf Jonathan MOULD (JLT Condor Mavic)
dnf Alex FRAME (JLT Condor Mavic)
dnf Alistair SLATER (JLT Condor Mavic)
dnf Reece ROBINSON (Chain Reaction Cycles)
dnf Joel WALSH (Chain Reaction Cycles)
dnf Caiden HULL (Chain Reaction Cycles)
dnf Joshua TAYLOR (State of Matter/Maap)
dnf Harry SWEENY (State of Matter/Maap)
dnf Alexander SMYTH (State of Matter/Maap)
dnf Luke PARKER (State of Matter/Maap)
dnf Chris HARPER (State of Matter/Maap)
dnf Nathan HAAS (VTWO)
dnf Tyler SPURRELL (VTWO)
dnf James CUMMINGS (VTWO)
dnf Nathan WOOD (VTWO)
dnf Samuel LANE (VTWO)
dnf Callan DOUGLAS (VTWO)
dnf Russell GILL (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Andreas MÜLLER (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Tom CHAPMAN (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Evan HULL (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Zane HUNTER (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Mitchell DEDMAN (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Sam EVANS (Pat's Veg)
dnf Peter JOHNSTONE (Pat's Veg)
dnf Cyrus MONK (Pat's Veg)
dnf Michael RICE (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Sean WHITFIELD (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Rowan DEVER (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Lachlan GLASSPOOL (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Karl MICHELIN-BEARD (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Brad DAVIES (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Liam WHITE (Pat's Veg)

Final GC after Stage 4:

1 Caleb EWAN (Orica GreenEDGE) 43 points
2 Brenton JONES (Drapac Professional) 30
3 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 27
4 Samuel SPOKES (Drapac Professional) 16
5 Leigh HOWARD (Chain Reaction Cycles) 16
6 Kazushige KUBOKI (Novotel Geelong/Japan) 13
7 Luke PARKER (State of Matter/Maap) 12
8 Bernard SULZBERGER (Drapac Professional) 10
9 Daniel FITTER (State of Matter/Maap) 10
10 Alexander EDMONDSON (Orica GreenEDGE) 8
11 Miles SCOTSON (Budget Forklifts) 8
12 Steele VON HOFF (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 7
13 Christopher LAWLESS (JLT Condor Mavic) 6
13 Alex FRAME (JLT Condor Mavic) 6
15 Anthony GIACOPPO (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 4
16 Mitch DOCKER (Orica GreenEDGE) 3
17 Steven LAMPIER (JLT Condor Mavic) 3
18 Jason LOWNDES (Drapac Professional) 2
19 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 2
20 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 2
20 Joshua TAYLOR (State of Matter/Maap) 2
22 Chris HAMILTON (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 1
22 Jesse KERRISON (State of Matter/Maap) 1

Sprint Ace Competition final standings:

1 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 18 points
2 Miles SCOTSON (Budget Forklifts) 6
2 Nathan HAAS (VTWO) 6
4 Alexander SMYTH (State of Matter/Maap) 6
5 Luke DURBRIDGE (Orica GreenEDGE) 6
6 Jack HAIG (Orica GreenEDGE) 6
7 Sam CROME (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 3
8 Chris HAMILTON (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 3
8 Jason LEA (PhysioHealth Focus) 3
10 Patrick LANE (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 3
11 Peter KONING (Drapac Professional) 2
11 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 2
11 Joshua TAYLOR (State of Matter/Maap) 2
11 Chris HARPER (State of Matter/Maap) 2
15 Caleb EWAN (Orica GreenEDGE) 1
16 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 1
17 Bernard SULZBERGER (Drapac Professional) 1
18 Steele VON HOFF (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 1

Teams Competition final standings:

1 Drapac Professional 56 points
2 Orica GreenEDGE 54
3 Avanti IsoWhey Sports 43
4 State of Matter/Maap 25
5 Chain Reaction Cycles 16
6 JLT Condor Mavic 15
7 Novotel Geelong/Japan 13
8 Budget Forklifts 8

Stage 4 map:

Stage 4 map


Sunday, January 3: Stage 3, Portarlington Criterium, 60 minutes

Stage 3 map

Patrick Shaw wins stage 3

Patrick Shaw wins stage 3

The Race: Here's how the team of GC leader Caleb Ewen reported it:

Two-time stage winner Caleb Ewan has sprinted to fourth place in Portarlington, picking up more points to extend his overall lead at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic. After unsuccessful attempts by ORICA-GreenEDGE and other teams to break up the action on a windy day, Ewan found himself too far back on the final corner and couldn’t make up the distance to ride himself onto the podium.

The tough stage, featuring a short sharp climb, was won by Pat Shaw (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) whilst Ewan’s fourth place moves him to 31points overall ahead of Shaw and Brenton Jones (Drapac Professional), both on 20points, with one day left to race.

“The plan was to try and let the others have a go today because the last few stages they were all out working for me,” Ewan said. “It was their turn to have a go in the breaks but I think because we are a pro team we were heavily marked and we couldn’t get a move away. Luke Durbridge tried to get away but it was hard, especially because of the wind out there which was a head-wind up the back straight.

“It ended up coming back for a sprint but to be honest, I was feeling pretty tired and I was way too far back into the last corner and I couldn’t make up the ground in the sprint. With a tail-wind to finish, that was always going to be hard.”

How it happened:

Countless attempts to get away proved unsuccessful in the first 15minutes of racing in Portarlington. Eventually it was a solo move by Miles Scotson (Budget Forklifts) that broke free as he rode out to an advantage of 20 seconds.

A two-time winner of this stage, Durbridge made his move from the peloton and bridged across to Scotson just after the halfway mark of the one-hour race. The duo was later joined by two additional riders, but with two laps remaining the peloton were just nine-seconds behind, and the race was back together for the bell.

Caught too far back into the last corner, Ewan tried to recover, finishing fourth, as Shaw used the tail wind to sprint from the front for the victory.

The Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classics wraps up tomorrow with a final day criterium in Williamstown.

Complete Results:

64 starters, 23 classified finishers, 41 abandons

1 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 1hr 0min 18sec
2 Daniel FITTER (State of Matter/Maap) s.t.
3 Samuel SPOKES (Drapac Professional) s.t.
4 Caleb EWAN (Orica GreenEDGE) s.t.
5 Leigh HOWARD (Chain Reaction Cycles) s.t.
6 Kazushige KUBOKI (Novotel Geelong/Japan) s.t.
7 Miles SCOTSON (Budget Forklifts) s.t.
8 Steven LAMPIER (JLT Condor Mavic) s.t.
9 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) s.t.
10 Chris HAMILTON (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) s.t.
11 Zane HUNTER (PhysioHealth Focus) s.t.
12 Alistair SLATER (JLT Condor Mavic) s.t.
13 George ATKINS (JLT Condor Mavic) @ 7sec
14 Jason LEA (PhysioHealth Focus) 8
15 Aaron GATE (Chain Reaction Cycles) s.t.
16 Brenton JONES (Drapac Professional) 12
17 Mike CUMMING (State of Matter/Maap) 20
18 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 23
19 Travis MEYER (Drapac Professional) 31
20 Luke DURBRIDGE (Orica GreenEDGE) 37
21 Peter KONING (Drapac Professional) 38
22 Ryan CAVANAGH (State of Matter/Maap) @ 1min 4sec
23 Patrick LANE (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) s.t.
dnf Jack HAIG (Orica GreenEDGE)
dnf Alexander EDMONDSON (Orica GreenEDGE)
dnf Jason LOWNDES (Drapac Professional)
dnf Bernard SULZBERGER (Drapac Professional)
dnf Eiya HASHIMOTO (Novotel Geelong/Japan)
dnf Shogo ICHIMARU (Novotel Geelong/Japan)
dnf Ryo CHIKATANI (Novotel Geelong/Japan)
dnf Taisei KOBAYASHI (Novotel Geelong/Japan)
dnf Steele VON HOFF (Avanti IsoWhey Sports)
dnf Samuel WITMITZ (Budget Forklifts)
dnf Jacob KAUFFMANN (Budget Forklifts)
dnf Stefan MATZNER (Budget Forklifts)
dnf Christopher LAWLESS (JLT Condor Mavic)
dnf Jonathan MOULD (JLT Condor Mavic)
dnf Alex FRAME (JLT Condor Mavic)
dnf Reece ROBINSON (Chain Reaction Cycles)
dnf Joel WALSH (Chain Reaction Cycles)
dnf Caiden HULL (Chain Reaction Cycles)
dnf Harry SWEENY (State of Matter/Maap)
dnf Luke PARKER (State of Matter/Maap)
dnf Jesse KERRISON (State of Matter/Maap)
dnf Nathan HAAS (VTWO)
dnf Tyler SPURRELL (VTWO)
dnf James CUMMINGS (VTWO)
dnf Nathan WOOD (VTWO)
dnf Samuel LANE (VTWO)
dnf Callan DOUGLAS (VTWO)
dnf Harry CARPENTER (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Russell GILL (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Andreas MÜLLER (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Tom CHAPMAN (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Benjamin ANDREWS (Pat's Veg)
dnf Sam EVANS (Pat's Veg)
dnf Peter JOHNSTONE (Pat's Veg)
dnf Patrick DRAPAC (Pat's Veg)
dnf Michael RICE (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Rowan DEVER (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Trevor SPENCER (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Lachlan GLASSPOOL (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Karl MICHELIN-BEARD (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Brad DAVIES (Oliver's Real Food)

GC after Stage 3:

1 Caleb EWAN (Orica GreenEDGE) 31 points
2 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 20
3 Brenton JONES (Drapac Professional) 20
4 Leigh HOWARD (Chain Reaction Cycles) 15
5 Kazushige KUBOKI (Novotel Geelong/Japan) 13
6 Luke PARKER (State of Matter/Maap) 12
7 Samuel SPOKES (Drapac Professional) 11
8 Daniel FITTER (State of Matter/Maap) 10
9 Miles SCOTSON (Budget Forklifts) 8
10 Steele VON HOFF (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 7
11 Christopher LAWLESS (JLT Condor Mavic) 6
11 Alex FRAME (JLT Condor Mavic) 6
13 Bernard SULZBERGER (Drapac Professional) 4
14 Steven LAMPIER (JLT Condor Mavic) 3
15 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 2
16 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 2
17 Joshua TAYLOR (State of Matter/Maap) 2
18 Chris HAMILTON (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 1
19 Jesse KERRISON (State of Matter/Maap) 1

Stage 3 map:

Stage 3 map

Stage 3 map


Saturday, January 2: Stage 2, Geelong Eastern Gardens Criterium, 60 minutes

Stage 2 map

Caleb Ewan wins stage 2

Caleb Ewan makes it two stage wins in a row

The Race: Here's the report from Orica-GreenEdge:

Stage one winner Caleb Ewan has produced back-to-back victories at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic in Geelong following another tactically sound race by ORICA-GreenEDGE. The result mirrors the 21-year-old’s efforts in 2015 and elevates him to the clear second highest stage winner at the ‘Bay Crits’ with a total of nine stage wins over the past five years. Australian sprint legend Robbie McEwen remains the highest with an impressive 17 victories over ten editions.

Ewan’s second win for the year came from another bunch sprint after his ORICA-GreenEDGE teammates closed a dangerous breakaway covered by debutant Alexander Edmondson. “The team again rode so well,” Ewan said. “It was handy having Alex up in the breakaway.”

“I think he was just sitting on making sure it wasn't getting get too far ahead and then the boys behind did a great job to chase as well. We rode it perfectly and I think everyone was pretty tired towards the end so that made the sprint a lot easier for me.”

Leaving the final chase until the closing stages of the one-hour race made for a frantic final lap.

“There was people going everywhere because teams were running out of guys so there wasn’t much organisation in the last lap,” the two-time overall champion said. “I had Alex Edmondson with me the whole last lap and he guided me perfectly and put me in good position into the last corner.”

Despite losing powerhouse Luke Durbridge early due to a mechanical, sport director Matt Wilson said the team stuck well to the plan. “Losing Durbo took the edge off our game plan but Alex was really attentive to cover that move,” Wilson said. “If we didn’t get the break back, I was pretty sure that Alex was still going to win but it worked out perfectly. In the final Caleb was just too strong again. He is certainly showing some great early season form.”

Back-to-back victories gives Ewan a four-point lead over Brenton Jones (Drapac Professional) who took out second place and a 12point lead over Luke Parker (State of Matter/IMAP) in third.How it happened:

There was no settling into the second day of racing at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic as a series of solo attempts kept the peloton honest. After 37 minutes of racing a dangerous move of nine riders escaped, ORICA-GreenEDGE represented by Edmondson in his first hit out for the outfit. A split in the break saw three riders – Pat Shaw (Avanti IsoWhey Sports), Pat Lane (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) and Nathan Haas (VTWO) – with a narrow lead from their previous companions.

Recognising the danger of Shaw in the general classification, Edmondson bridged solo as the peloton swallowed up those left in between. “Having Alex in the front took a lot of pressure off us,” Ewan explained. “We didn’t want it to get too far because Pat Shaw was there and obviously he is pretty high up on GC so we knew we had to bring it back.”

In the closing laps ORICA-GreenEDGE worked solidly on the front, with contribution from Drapac Professional, and the speed demolished the breaks lead and diminished the size of the peloton from the pressure. “The later we left it, the harder we had to ride in the end which works in our favour,” Ewan said.

Tomorrow’s penultimate day of racing at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic moves to Portarlington for a challenging 1.3km circuit.

Complete results:

1 Caleb EWAN (Orica GreenEDGE) 59min 49sec
2 Brenton JONES (Drapac Professional) s.t.
3 Leigh HOWARD (Chain Reaction Cycles) s.t
4 Steele VON HOFF (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) s.t
5 Alex FRAME (JLT Condor Mavic) s.t.
6 Luke PARKER (State of Matter/Maap) s.t.
7 Miles SCOTSON (Budget Forklifts) s.t.
8 Kazushige KUBOKI (Novotel Geelong/Japan) s.t.
9 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) s.t.
10 Jesse KERRISON (State of Matter/Maap) s.t.
11 Michael RICE (Oliver's Real Food) s.t.
12 Samuel SPOKES (Drapac Professional) s.t.
13 Alexander EDMONDSON (Orica GreenEDGE) s.t.
14 Steven LAMPIER (JLT Condor Mavic) s.t.
15 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) @ 5sec
16 Jason LEA (PhysioHealth Focus) 7
17 Bernard SULZBERGER (Drapac Professional) 13
18 Samuel WITMITZ (Budget Forklifts) 13
19 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 17
20 Mike CUMMING (State of Matter/Maap) 58
21 Alexander SMYTH (State of Matter/Maap) 58
22 James CUMMINGS (VTWO) @ 1min 27sec
23 Jack HAIG (Orica GreenEDGE) s.t.
24 Patrick LANE (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) s.t.
25 Jacob KAUFFMANN (Budget Forklifts) +1:29
26 Joshua TAYLOR (State of Matter/Maap) +1:36
27 Ryo CHIKATANI (Novotel Geelong/Japan) +1:44
28 Nathan HAAS (VTWO) +1:48
29 Trevor SPENCER (Oliver's Real Food) +1:59
30 George ATKINS (JLT Condor Mavic) +2:00
31 Liam WHITE (Pat's Veg) s.t.
32 Nicholas WHITE (PhysioHealth Focus) s.t.
33 Zane HUNTER (PhysioHealth Focus) s.t.
34 Stefan MATZNER (Budget Forklifts) s.t.
35 Andreas MÜLLER (PhysioHealth Focus) s.t.
36 Aaron GATE (Chain Reaction Cycles) s.t.
37 Sam EVANS (Pat's Veg) +2:15
38 Joel WALSH (Chain Reaction Cycles) s.t.
39 Taisei KOBAYASHI (Novotel Geelong/Japan) s.t.
40 Callan DOUGLAS (VTWO) s.t.
41 Samuel LANE (VTWO) s.t.
42 Reece ROBINSON (Chain Reaction Cycles) s.t.
43 Cyrus MONK (Pat's Veg) s.t.
44 Harry CARPENTER (PhysioHealth Focus) s.t.
45 Ryan CAVANAGH (State of Matter/Maap) +2:28
46 Brad DAVIES (Oliver's Real Food) +3:06
47 Shogo ICHIMARU (Novotel Geelong/Japan) s.t.
48 Peter KONING (Drapac Professional) s.t.
49 Jason LOWNDES (Drapac Professional) s.t.
dnf Mitch DOCKER (Orica GreenEDGE)
dnf Luke DURBRIDGE (Orica GreenEDGE)
dnf Travis MEYER (Drapac Professional)
dnf Eiya HASHIMOTO (Novotel Geelong/Japan)
dnf Mark O'BRIEN (Avanti IsoWhey Sports)
dnf Christopher LAWLESS (JLT Condor Mavic)
dnf Jonathan MOULD (JLT Condor Mavic)
dnf Caiden HULL (Chain Reaction Cycles)
dnf Tyler SPURRELL (VTWO)
dnf Nathan WOOD (VTWO)
dnf Russell GILL (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Benjamin ANDREWS (Pat's Veg)
dnf Peter JOHNSTONE (Pat's Veg)
dnf Patrick DRAPAC (Pat's Veg)
dnf Sean WHITFIELD (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Lachlan GLASSPOOL (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Karl MICHELIN-BEARD (Oliver's Real Food)

GC after Stage 2:

1 Caleb EWAN (Orica GreenEDGE) 24 points
2 Brenton JONES (Drapac Professional) 20
3 Luke PARKER (State of Matter/Maap) 12
4 Leigh HOWARD (Chain Reaction Cycles) 9
5 Kazushige KUBOKI (Novotel Geelong/Japan) 8
6 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 8
7 Steele VON HOFF (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 7
8 Alex FRAME (JLT Condor Mavic) 6
9 Christopher LAWLESS (JLT Condor Mavic) 6
10 Miles SCOTSON (Budget Forklifts) 4
11 Bernard SULZBERGER (Drapac Professional) 4
12 Samuel SPOKES (Drapac Professional) 3
13 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 2
14 Joshua TAYLOR (State of Matter/Maap) 2
15 Jesse KERRISON (State of Matter/Maap) 1

Stage 2 map:

Stage 2 map

Stage 2 map


Friday, January 1: Stage 1, Geelong; Ritchie Boulevard Criterium, 60 minutes

Stage 1 map

Caleb Ewan wins Bay Classic stage 1

Caleb Ewan wins Bay Cycling Classic stage 1

The Race, Here's the report from Orica-GreenEdge:

2015 Vuelta a Espana stage winner Caleb Ewan is off to a flying start to 2016, taking out the opening criterium at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic with a bold early move on the Geelong hotdog circuit. Ewan’s victory capitalised on an impressive performance by debutant Jack Haig who spent the majority of the one-hour long race on the front of the peloton chasing down moves.

21-year-old Ewan was pleased to produce in the final, despite not having pinned on a number since September, and was quick to praise his sole teammate in Haig.

“This was my first race in four months,” Ewan said.  “I think it’s one of the hardest races to start with – one hour full gas. It’s a massive relief. I didn’t know what my form was going to be like, especially in a short race like this. I haven’t done an hour-long race since this time last year. It was nice coming here and winning again.

“But more impressive today was Jack’s performance. He’s a climber, and unfortunately, we had a broken bike for Alex (Edmondson) so he couldn’t start, but Jack did an awesome job... I’m so impressed with him.”

Sport director Matt Wilson was also pleased by the pair’s performance. “Both guys were really strong,” Wilson said. “It’s a really hard circuit to control with just two guys but Jack Haig was seriously seriously impressive, he controlled the entire race and was there until a lap to go. Caleb was squeezed on the second last corner but he was obviously super confident, he hit out with 350m to go and won into a headwind.”

How it happened: The elite men’s race started with no incident although the intensity saw a big split in the group after six minutes of racing. Ewan showed his nose at the head of racing early before a solo move by Robbie Hucker (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) had the field in chase mode.

With few putting their hand up to assist the chase, and a depleted two-man ORICA-GreenEDGE outfit to support Ewan, Haig stepped up in his first race as a professional cyclist to control racing single-handedly for much of the 60 minutes of action.

Just over halfway through, Hucker’s move was closed down and Haig continued to deny subsequent counter attacks. With 15 minutes remaining a crash depleted the field and just 14 riders remained in contention for the first honours of the season.

As Haig dropped off the front with a lap remaining, Ewan sat in fifth wheel into the second last corner behind a well-positioned Drapac Professional Cycling Team. With experience in his favour, Ewan, a two-time and reigning Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic champion, made his move early down the back straight to lead into the final corner and hold on for victory by four bike lengths.

Complete Results:

58 starters, 19 classified finishers with 39 abandons

1 Caleb EWAN (Orica GreenEDGE) 59min 2sec
2 Brenton JONES (Drapac Professional) s.t.
3 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) s.t.
4 Luke PARKER (State of Matter/Maap) s.t.
5 Christopher LAWLESS (JLT Condor Mavic) s.t.
6 Kazushige KUBOKI (Novotel Geelong/Japan) @ 3sec
7 Bernard SULZBERGER (Drapac Professional) s.t.
8 Jordan KERBY (Drapac Professional) s.t.
9 Joshua TAYLOR (State of Matter/Maap) s.t.
10 Leigh HOWARD (Chain Reaction Cycles) 11
11 Zane HUNTER (PhysioHealth Focus) s.t.
12 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 12
13 Jack HAIG (Orica GreenEDGE) s.t.
14 Chris HAMILTON (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) s.t.
15 Samuel WITMITZ (Budget Forklifts) 24
16 Sam CROME (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 26
17 Alistair SLATER (JLT Condor Mavic) s.t.
18 Alexander SMYTH (State of Matter/Maap) s.t.
19 Patrick LANE (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) s.t.
dnf Peter KONING (Drapac Professional)
dnf Jason LOWNDES (Drapac Professional)
dnf Eiya HASHIMOTO (Novotel Geelong/Japan)
dnf Shogo ICHIMARU (Novotel Geelong/Japan)
dnf Ryo CHIKATANI (Novotel Geelong/Japan)
dnf Taisei KOBAYASHI (Novotel Geelong/Japan)
dnf Steele VON HOFF (Avanti IsoWhey Sports)
dnf Jacob KAUFFMANN (Budget Forklifts)
dnf Stefan MATZNER (Budget Forklifts)
dnf Jonathan MOULD (JLT Condor Mavic)
dnf George ATKINS (JLT Condor Mavic)
dnf Alex FRAME (JLT Condor Mavic)
dnf Steven LAMPIER (JLT Condor Mavic)
dnf Aaron GATE (Chain Reaction Cycles)
dnf Reece ROBINSON (Chain Reaction Cycles)
dnf Joel WALSH (Chain Reaction Cycles)
dnf Caiden HULL (Chain Reaction Cycles)
dnf Harry SWEENY (State of Matter/Maap)
dnf Mike CUMMING (State of Matter/Maap)
dnf Chris HARPER (State of Matter/Maap)
dnf Tyler SPURRELL (VTWO)
dnf James CUMMINGS (VTWO)
dnf Nathan WOOD (VTWO)
dnf Samuel LANE (VTWO)
dnf Callan DOUGLAS (VTWO)
dnf Russell GILL (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Andreas MÜLLER (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Tom CHAPMAN (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Evan HULL (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Mitchell DEDMAN (PhysioHealth Focus)
dnf Kane WALKER (Pat's Veg)
dnf Sam EVANS (Pat's Veg)
dnf Peter JOHNSTONE (Pat's Veg)
dnf Cyrus MONK (Pat's Veg)
dnf Michael RICE (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Sean WHITFIELD (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Lachlan GLASSPOOL (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Karl MICHELIN-BEARD (Oliver's Real Food)
dnf Brad DAVIES (Oliver's Real Food)

GC after Stage 1:

1 Caleb EWAN (Orica GreenEDGE) 12 points
2 Brenton JONES (Drapac Professional) 10
3 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 8
4 Luke PARKER (State of Matter/Maap) 7
5 Christopher LAWLESS (JLT Condor Mavic) 6
6 Kazushige KUBOKI (Novotel Geelong/Japan) 5
7 Bernard SULZBERGER (Drapac Professional) 4
8 Jordan KERBY (Drapac Professional) 3
9 Joshua TAYLOR (State of Matter/Maap) 2
10 Leigh HOWARD (Chain Reaction Cycles) 1

Stage 1 map:

2016 Bay C;assic stage 1

2016 Bay Classic stage 1 map


Teams Invited:

  • Orica GreenEDGE
  • Drapac Professional
  • Novotel Geelong / Japan
  • Avanti IsoWhey Sports
  • Budget Forklifts
  • Condor JLT Presented by Mavic
  • Chain Reaction Cycles
  • State of Matter / Maap
  • VTWO
  • PhysioHealth Focus
  • Pat’s Veg
  • Oliver’s Real Food