Elvin retains yellow with second on day two of Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic

Sat 2 Jan 2016

Two-time Australian champion and yesterday’s winner Gracie Elvin has sprinted to second place on day two of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic to retain her overall lead.

ORICA-AIS played another active role on the 1.9km circuit in Geelong’s Eastern Gardens but the race came back together in the final laps.

Reacting to an early wind up by Kimberley Wells (High5 Dream Team), Elvin battled to claim second position with teammate Sarah Roy rounding up the podium.

“The race came back together with three laps to go,” Elvin said. “(Amanda) Spratt and Chloe (McConville) were on the front drilling it again.”

“I was there to give Sarah a last lead out again but Kimberley hit us, way earlier than we were expecting, and I was just in the right position so I followed her but couldn’t quite get her on the line.”

The result sees Elvin retain her overall race lead with 22points and a narrow two-point lead to Wells. ORICA-AIS teammate Lizzie Williams sits in third with 14points.

“We wanted a stage win, it didn’t matter who it was,” Elvin said. “But we are pretty happy to keep the yellow jersey in the team for another day.”

How it happened:

A calm start saw the women’s bunch remain intact for the first 18minutes of racing in Geelong’s Eastern Gardens on day two of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic. 

As the intensity picked up it was ORICA-AIS at the fore, courtesy of a strong pull by Williams that stretched out the field.

Former Australian champion Spratt escaped one lap later with three riders for company. The group briefly grew to five before being swallowed up by the peloton once again.

A secondary effort by Williams had her in a strong break with Julie Leth (Ale Cycling) as the pair extended to a 13second lead. With three laps remaining the bunch had launched a recovery and all-but closed the gap.

“We were trying not to make the race too early and wait for a good moment,” Elvin explained.  “A couple of our girls in Spratty and Lizzie put in some good attacks and we would have been happy to leave them out there because they are going really well at the moment.”

In the end the race came back together with Wells surprising the pack for victory.