Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic - Men
Wiliamstown - Stage Details

Defending series champion Caleb Ewan (Subaru NSWIS) won the tightly fought Williamstown criterium at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, after taking a small gap on the field going into the final corner. A chaotic bunch sprint ensued, with Matt Goss finishing fifth and Leigh Howard in seventh. With three riders in the top six overall, ORICA-GreenEDGE took out the final team classification.

After four days of racing, the general classification was still up for grabs, making for a nervous hour of racing in Williamstown. ORICA-GreenEDGE was lucky to avoid a crash in the late stages of the race that brought down some of the main overall contenders and split the bunch in two.

In a day touted as a likely bunch sprint finish, the bigger teams maintained a constant presence at the front of the peloton, never letting any moves make up too much ground. In a chaotic lead in to the final bunch sprint, teams jostled for position in an attempt to set up their sprinters for the win. Caleb Ewan jumped ahead of the field leading into the final corner with about 300 metres to go and managed to hold off the bunch to the line. 

“There were a few breakaway attempts today. But none of them were too dangerous, so our guys just tried to control and keep things together for a bunch sprint for Gossy. Fortunately the guys were all well positioned at the front when the crash happened, so none of them were caught up in that. “Howard got into position and led out Gossy in the final, but it wasn’t the ideal lead out given that there was only one rider left. Caleb (Ewan) was clear of the bunch at that point, so he was hard to beat from that position.” - Sport Director Matt Wilson

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) - Subaru NSWIS 0:55:38
2 Brenton Jones (Aus) - Procon Telematics ST
3 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) - SASI ST
4 Tom Scully (Aus) - Total Rush/Hyster Racing ST
5 Matthew Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
6 Graham Briggs (GBr) - Rapha Condor JLT ST
7 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
8 Felix English (Irl) - Rapha Condor JLT ST
9 Samuel Witmitz (Aus) - Budget Forklifts ST
10 Jesse Kerrison (Aus) - Budget Forklifts ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
5 Matthew Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
7 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
25 Mitch Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:48