Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic - Women
Criterium 1: Ritchie Boulevard - Stage Details

ORICA-AIS has started 2016 firing, claiming a one-two result at the opening Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic criterium in Geelong this evening.

The Australian outfit tackled the 750m hotdog circuit, known for its brutal corners, from the front as a host of attackattempts went unsuccessful courtesy of an attentive peloton.

The diminished field entered the final three laps together as ORICA-AIS formed their sprint train at the head of the field with two laps to race.

Bursting out of the last corner from her lead out position, two-time Australian champion Gracie Elvin proved too strong into a headwind and held on for victory. Teammate Lizzie Williams crossed the line closely behind to give ORICA-AIS the perfect start to 2016.

“I wasn’t expecting it actually,” Elvin said. “I’ve just done a whole lot of volume. I haven’t done a whole lot of intensity. I was hoping today would wind up the legs for nationals.”

Read the full report.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Gracie Elvin (AUS) - ORICA-AIS 44:31:00
2 Lizzie Williams (AUS) - ORICA-AIS ST
3 Kimberley Wells (AUS) - High5 Dream Team ST
4 Peta Mullens (AUS) - ST
5 Valentina Scandolara (ITA) - Ale Cycling ST
6 Sarah Roy (AUS) - ORICA-AIS ST
7 Julie Leth (DEN) - Ale Cycling ST
8 Amanda Spratt (AUS) - ORICA-AIS ST
9 Kristy Glover (AUS) - Bikebug-NextGen ST
10 Nakamura Kisato (JPN) - Novotel Geelong/Japan ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
1 Gracie Elvin (AUS) - ORICA-AIS 44:31:00
2 Lizzie Williams (AUS) - ORICA-AIS ST
6 Sarah Roy (AUS) - ORICA-AIS ST
8 Amanda Spratt (AUS) - ORICA-AIS ST
19 Chloe McConville (AUS) - ORICA-AIS 0:09