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Sara Carrigan - back to winning ways

Olympic Champion wins second race of 2006

Carrigan follows up New Years Day win on the Gold Coast with victory in Jayco Race 4 

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In an exciting race which was run off in terrific conditions, Sara Carrigan (pitcher Partners) showed why she is Olympic Champion to take victory in the 5th round of the Jayco Bay Series. The Geelong Botanical Gardens formed a wonderful backdrop again this year for the penultimate round of the Jayco Bay Series. All of the riders had taken part earlier in the day in the Amy Gillett Foundation Charity ride, which attracted over 3000 participants (report to follow). 

Right from the gun the pace was on, with the first eight laps dominated by attacks from high calibre riders such as Oenone Wood, Kate Bates, Olivia Gollan, Jo Kiesonowski and Belinda Goss. It was this last move by Goss that initiated the attack from Carrigan. The only other rider who managed to bridge the 8 second gap Carrigan quickly gained was Sally Cowman (Werribee Mansion Hotel/NSWIS). 

Carrigan and Cowman dominated the race. Working well together they stretched their lead out to 26 seconds with three laps to go. The bunch tried hard to bridge the gap; with the Jayco VIS team (notably Helen Kelly and Peta Mullins) working hard on the front. They were not alone, Belinda Goss, Olivia Gollan, Kate Bates and Kate Nichols were  at the front of the race chasing the pair. At the bell the bunch was decimated,, Kate Bates and Kate Nichols jumped with 3 laps to go and were not seen again. Oenone Wood tried to force some pace into the bunch with 2 to go to catch Bates and Nichols but her move was neutralised. 

In the sprint for the finish, Carrigan dominated taking a clear will over Cowman. Bates came into sight with a clear advantage over Nichols and for the bunch sprint, Katie Mactier accelerated aggressively to take fifth place, leaving the rest to fight out the remaining points. 

Jo Kiesonowski dominated the intermediate sprints to take a one point lead over Katie Mactier into the final day at Docklands. now all have a share of the strong riders”.

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Speaking to WCN after the presentation of her Sprint Jersey, Jo Kiesonowski said “I am really pleased with today, it’s still close on points but at least I have a small lead to go into tomorrow. This is great preparation for the track nationals in New Zealand next week, the LA World Cup and Commonwealth Games coming up” 

Kiesonowski was one of the many riders to change teams in the off season, moving from Nobili Rubinetterie to Univega. “I am really pleased and excited with the change.” Asked if she was pleased to be in the same team as Great Britain’s Nicole Cooke she said “ Yes of course, its going to be a great season, the World Cup competition is no longer dominated by Nürnberger. The top teams now all have a share of the strong riders”.

Sara Carrigan "It was a bit of a slow year for me last year (2005) I won one Dutch classic and had a lot of seconds and then I won the New Year's Day criterium up on the Gold Coast. So I've had two wins so far this year - that's great." When asked whether she came into the Jayco Bay Series with some improved form, Carrigan continued to explain that her focus this week had been "to ride Amy's Ride. I love riding the Bay Crits, but this year I came down and raced the crits before and after "Amy's Ride", but the thing for me was Amy's Ride. Amy's Ride was awesome, there were so many people out, it was great."

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1   Sara Carrigan   (Pitcher Partners)                         12points 

2   Sally Cowman  (Werriee Mansion Hotel / NSWIS)  10 points 

3   Kate Bates      (Pitcher Partners)                            8 points

4   Kate Nichols                                                         7 points

5   Katie Mactier   (Jayco VIS)                                     6 points

6   Hayley Brown  (Pitcher Partners)                            5 points


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