Williams stunning solo stage in Williamstown, Elvin wraps up Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic titleMon 4 Jan 2016
In a perfect day on the road, ORICA-AIS has walked away from the final day of racing at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic with the stage win, overall title and team classification.
An impressive performance saw 2015 SwissEver GP Cham-Hagendorn Lizzie Williams ride breakaway companion Julie Leth (Ale Cycling) off her wheel with three laps remaining to win solo.
Behind, two-time Australian champion and day one winner Gracie Elvin secured her yellow jersey and the overall title with a fifth placed finish out of the bunch.
Williams, who backed herself before the start of racing, said the day capped off a big four-days of racing for ORICA-AIS.
“To get the overall win and my first win of the season, its exciting times for our team,” Williams said.
“I could tell I was feeling good. I was looking at my watts on the rollers and you can just tell if you are going to have a good day. So I thought, ‘I’m going to go and I’m going to go full gas and see what happens’. And it worked.
“I actually had the easier turn, she was doing the harder turn into the wind but we were working really well. Then, I could tell she was struggling and I thought, I’m not going to take the chance, I think I can do it alone.”
Elvin, who has held the yellow jersey since her opening win in Geelong on Friday, finished on 38points ahead of teammate Williams and Valentina Scandolara (Ale Cycling) on 32points.
“I was still a bit nervous today, I had the shakes a bit,” Elvin said when asked if the title was ever in doubt.
“It was a good day out. We had strong girls this week and it’s been so awesome to all be in great form together after a good training camp in November.
“We were still here today for the stage win, that was goal but to take away the yellow jersey, we are pretty stoked about that.”
How it happened:
Just 30 riders lined up for the women’s final criterium of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic in Williamstown.
Williams rode off the front with Julie Leth (Ale Cycling) and the pair worked together to build a sizeable gap that extended beyond 40seconds – the equivalent of over half a way.
A couple of minor attacks and a solo bridge attempt by Kajihara Yumo (Novotel Geelong/Japan) proved unsuccessful as the duo continued to extend their lead.
After 40minutes of racing and with just over three laps remaining Williams rode Leth off her wheel to victory.
Behind, the peloton settled for the final points on offer, Elvin finishing fifth behind Scandolara to secure the overall title.