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Race 4 - Gilmore and her team dominate final race to win overall

Williamstown, 850m circuit

Race Writeup

Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) completed race 4 in the 2010 Bay Classic series are the victor and overall winner. Chloe Hosking (MB Cycles) just beat Peta Mullens (Honda) to the line to secure second overall. In the battle for third place overall, Megan Dunn (Jayco VIS/NSWIS) got the better of Mullens by one point. 

In the sprint competition, Gilmore won the first of the intermediate sprints, cementing her position as the overall winner.

The teams classification was dominated by the Honda Dream Team, clear winners ahead of the Jayco VIS/NSWIS and MB Cycles teams. 

The pace was on right from the start of the 40 minute final race. It was evident right from the start that the Honda team were going to try to control the race. Despite this, a number of riders did try to shake up the race. The first attack came from, Amanda Spratt (Jayco AIS) and Tess Downing (Jayco VIS?NSWIS). Tiffany Cromwell (Honda) moved to the front to close down the gap. Helen Kelly (Jayco VIS/NSWIS), the winner of race 3, tried to repeat her effort from the day before, by escaping just after the start/finish line. This time it was Peta Mullens (Honda) that chased down the gap. It seemed like no one could get any gap on the bunch. After the first of the sprints, won by Gilmore, Spratt tried to attack again. This time she was Liza Rachetto (Pitcher Partners). Kelly tried to bridge the gap with Shara Gillow (Jayco AIS) reacting with her. This caused another covering move from the Honda team, this time from Josic Tomic. 

Tomic controlled the front of the race for a number of laps. The officials showed the five laps to go board and this initiated another attempt from Spratt. She was chased again by Honda. Kelly tried one last attempt to get away, Again the Honda team covered the move. This time it wasn't just one rider, the whole team moved to the front and setup a train to the finishing sprint. With 200m to go, Gilmore had two team mates in front. It wasn't until the final 50m that she was along and sprinting against Hosking. Mullens held on for third place.

 

Post Race Comments

Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) was overjoyed to have secured all three categories for her team. "We came here to win, that's what we achieved, it is amazing. I am so pleased for the team, it was a team effort and everyone gave it their all," said Gilmore. Gilmore was very thankful to Honda for their support and to John Trevorrow for organising an incredible event once more.

Chloe Hosking (MB Cycles) had few team mates left to help her to the line in the finish, unlike the winning team. Hosking reflected on the whole event, "It has been a hard four days of racing. The girls have just come off the off season but the race was dominated by Team Honda. I am a little disappointed not to have won a race after four years of trying but hopefully I can get one next year. I am still young and have a lot to learn," said Hosking. 

Megan Dunn (Jayco VIS/NSWIS) stayed relatively quiet for most of the days racing. Choosing to show herself for the final sprints only. Dunn who was the youngest woman to win the event in 2008, at just 16 was pleased to be back on the podium after crashing out in 2009. "It is good to be back on the podium" said Dunn. "I missed out in 2009 after a crash so it is great to be back up there. I wasn't sure how I would go, so third is really great," added Dunn.

Tiffany Cromwell (Honda) was a key part of the team and a talent for the future of Australian women's cycling. "I tried to take it easy for the first half of the race so that I could make sure I was there at the end. I wasn't sure about riding today, with nationals over the next few days but I could not miss being apart of such a great team experience. We just did everything to perfection, the line out formed just under two laps to go. It was like a true professional team train doing a lead out in Europe," said Cromwell.

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Results - Click here for full results

Position Name Team Points
1 Rochelle Gilmore Honda Dream Team 12
2 Chloe Hosking MB Coaching 10
3 Peta Mullens Honda Dream Team 8
4 Megan Dunn Jayco VIS/ NSW IS 7
5 Belinda Goss Pitcher Partners 6
6 Isabella King Plan B Racing WA 5
7 Melissa Hoskins Plan B Racing WA 4
8 Helen Kelly Jayco VIS/ NSW IS 3
9 Emma Mackie Race 2
10  Rebecca Locke individual 1

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StandingsClick here for full results

Position

Name

Team

Points

1

Rochelle

Gilmore

Honda Dream Team

43

2

Chloe

Hosking

MB Coaching

32

3

Megan

Dunn

Jayco VIS/ NSW IS

25

4

Peta

Mullens

Honda Dream Team

24

5

Isabella

King

Plan B Racing WA

18

6

Helen

Kelly

Jayco VIS/ NSW IS

15

7

Kirsty

Broun

Jayco AIS

14

8

Emma

Mackie

Race

13

9

Belinda

Goss

Pitcher Partners

10

10

Tiffany

Cromwell

Honda Dream Team

8

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