Jayco Bay Series
Geelong Botanical Gardens, 45 minutes
The fourth and probably the toughest day due to
weather conditions was set to be one of the most exciting so far in the
series. After stage 3 Kate Bates (Pitcher Partners) had on a one point
margin on the Tasmanian Belinda Goss (Volvo).
The peloton took it easy round the first three
quarters of the course, negotiating the back half of the course where
severe winds buffeted the course. As they entered the home straight it was
NSW IS rider Belinda Dipose who went on the attack. This did not last
however, as the bunch entered lap 3, Olympic Champion Carrigan was
stretching her legs and the forcing the bunch to chase hard. The Olivia
Gollan (Pitcher Partners) was on hand though to ensure that no one was
going to get away today unless her team was going to allow it.
It was Nikki Egyed team mate to Carrigan that went
on the attack again though and managed to hold a small margin of 10
seconds for a couple of laps. That was until Gollan again led the chase
for her team, obviously pushing herself to the edge, she closed the gap to
Gollan could not last though and it was Carrigan
who again positioned herself well and moved to the front, managing to
block any attacks allowing Egyed to increase her lead to 13 seconds. It
was time for Rhodes, looking fresh from her win the day before to take up
the chase. Her power split the bunch. She quickly managed to bring Egyed
back into the bunch but this effort from Rhodes created a split in the peloton
and a select group of riders formed. The group included Goss and team mate
Bates and a number of the NZ team.
Bianca Rogers (Volvo) attacked taking with her a
number of key riders. By lap 13 there was a small group of riders away.
This did not include Rogers but did include Carrigan. It was the NZ rider
Hyland who worked hard to bring the group back together. Joseph
immediately attacked again, taking Carrigan with her. The managed to gain
a small advantage, but it was the Pitcher Partners Natalie Bates who
chased them down. On her tail was Naomi Williams (NSW IS) and Jo
Kiesanowski (Portfolio Partners) who unfortunately brought what was left
of the peloton with her.
It was the NZ team again who attacked this time
Toni Bradshaw was the one to go. It could have been anyone if the Kiwi
riders as they had 5 left in the bunch. It was Carrigan who again chased
down the attack. With 8 laps to go Joseph decided to attack again, this
time it was only Rhodes that could go with her. Within two laps Rhodes had
managed to drop Joseph and was set to repeat the win from the day before.
After 35 minutes of racing Rhodes was looking
extremely strong with 3 laps to go she had opened up a 16 second gap. Joseph
was caught by Naomi Williams and Carrigan. The three managed to claw back
some of Rhodes lead and at the bell they were 12 seconds down. They could
not make up the gap though and Rhodes cruised
to victory, have a quick glance over her should before starting her
celebrations to the finish.
Kate Bates beat Goss to the line; this means Bates will wear the yellow jersey in the final day in Docklands in the centre of Melbourne
Rhodes was all
smiles after her second win while she chatted to her mum after the race.
from two is great, I donít normally back up but so to come out today and
win in similar fashion is quite nice. "
through the last three laps, what goes through your head when you are away
so convincingly? ďI
am just concentrating on the techniques trying to not pedal too big a gear
as I have a tendency to do that, Wazza [Warren Macdonald] and I have
been working hard on that as itís a bit of a fault of mine. I just try
to keep a good even rhythm to maintain what I have done and not get
caught.Ē It was essential to watch any attacks today, especially where
Goss and Egyed were involved. Hopefully it will be someone elseís turn tomorrow as
all 5 of us have been working hard and someone else deserves the win.
wind was exceptionally strong today Rhodes was asked if it affected the
plan for the race. ďDefinitely, you were better on
your own rather than in the bunch. I was almost doing a time-trial the
Kate Bates looked tired as
she crossed the line her job done for the day and her team securing her
place in the Yellow jersey for the final day. Asked if it had been a team
tactic for Alex to attack again today Bates said, ďWe wanted one of us to go because
it takes the pressure off us to do any chasing. We had to work hard to
protect the lead Natalie [Bates] had a few attempts but that did not
happen. Alex went after that and it worked out well.Ē
goes into the final day in Yellow here is her reflection on this. ďEvery
day, you canít get more confident when you have team mates like I do. If
by tomorrow our biggest annoyance is that we lost one stage to one of the
other teams we canít complain.Ē
played second fiddle to Bates again today asked how tough it was she
commented ďIt was really had our there today, Pitcher Partners worked hard to
secure the win. We tried hard Bianca did an awesome job out there today I
could not have asked for anymore from her, we did not have enough people.
Its going to be tough, I am 3 points down now.Ē
Rickards tried hard again today but like many riders preparing
for the European season was affected by the pace and the wind. ďIt was so windy today; you could
never get a good sit [on a wheel]. It was on from the start. There were a
lot of twitchy wheels because of the wind. It was almost a cross wind the
whole way round. At least being strung out we avoided any incidents.Ē
Jayco VIS team is supported by one of the major sponsors of the race Jayco
Caravans. Asked if this puts added pressure on the team, Rickards added
Dave Saunders [coach] always like to push hard for the sponsors but some
days itís not to be. We had a great run yesterday with Jenís attack
and second place. It is hard, from my perspective I am still training for
later in the year. We try hard to go out there for the sponsors but it
doesnít always work.Ē
Mullens did a lot of chasing today but she was happy with her ride
given her placing yesterday and sore legs. Mullens is still recovering
from an horrific accident which ended in major knee repairs, asked if she
is inspired by Rhodes recovery and form Mullens said. ďYou
canít help but be;
she is pure inspiration, anyone that doesnít
look up to her and her achievements doesnít
deserve to be racing. If you look at today, It was a hard day today, the
tussle between Bates and Goss ensured the pace was really high, so
that made it very tough on everyone.Ē
Jenny Macpherson rode
strongly again today, asked how her legs were holding up after the first 4
days she had this to day. ďThey are holding up really well, if
feels better each day, it doesnít hurt so much coming out of the
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