Elvin dominates with solo win on stage two of the Bay CritsSat 3 Jan 2015
On the eve of her national title defense, Australian road race champion Gracie Elvin has put on a dominant display to take out the second stage of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic in Geelong’s Eastern Park this afternoon.
Hot and extremely windy conditions made it a challenging day of racing but Elvin made it look easy, escaping from the peloton after twenty minutes of racing and holding on to win by one minute 31seconds.
“A bit stupid at first,” Elvin said of her solo move.
“It’s very lonely out there. It’s not the best way to win a bike race but it’s also a fantasy way to win a bike race too, on your own.”
In one week today Elvin will line up in the Cycling Australia Road Cycling National Championships in attempt to make it three consecutive national championship victories. Today was the perfect set up.
“I am going to go to bed with a big smile on my face,” Elvin said. “I have been feeling awesome in training so it’s nice to come here and get a good result.”
To put the icing on the cake Dutch teammate Loes Gunnewijk escaped off the front of the diminished peloton to make it one, two for ORICA-AIS. Series leader Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Down Under) finished third.
“It was a really good day for Loes and I, we are really good with the wind. We used our strength and made the most of it,” Elvin said of her teammate.
“We have done a lot of training together recently… so it’s the perfect way to come into the year.”
Sport director Gene Bates was impressed by the dominant ride by Elvin who has worked hard across the off-season.
“It was a really good move firstly by Amanda Spratt to set that move up and then Gracie (Elvin) went right over the top of her,” Bates said. “And to be honest she never looked like being caught from that point which is surprising with the caliber of some of the teams here.”
“You would think the move was with a little bit too far to go but we had three strong riders still there if it didn’t come off but obviously it worked and you have to be happy with that.”
PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARK GUNTER.