Jayco Bay Classic Series 2011
Race 4 - Arndt beats Gilmore in final sprint
Honda and Gilmore dominate overall
Williamstown, 850m circuit
Judith Arndt (HTC Highroad) used tactics and pure strength to beat the pure sprinter in the last 150m to win the final race in the 2011 Jayco Bay Series. Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) became only the second woman, after Anna Wilson, to win three bay criterium series. Gilmore finished second to Arndt in the sprint to become the 2011 Bay Classic series winner. Chloe Hosking (TDT/Race/Bikeforce) was third in the sprint ahead of Kirsty Broun (Virgin Blue).
Arndt moved herself up to second overall with the win ahead of Broun.
In the sprint competition it was a head to head between team mates Tiffany Cromwell and Peta Mullens (Honda). In the end it was Cromwell who got the better of Mullens to win the overall sprint jersey.
The teams classification was dominated by the Honda Dream Team, clear winners ahead of the Virgin Blue and Vetta Pasta.
Despite a number of attempts to get away the bunch was controlled by the Honda team. They had to work hard the whole race to close down attacks from Emma Mackie and Kirsty Broun (Virgin Blue) and Amanda Spratt and Alex Carle (Jayco AIS) in the early part of the race. Each time however one of the Honda riders covered the move. the fast pace did however cause devastation in the bunch. 46 riders started the final race with 15 left to fight out the result.
With 5 laps to go the Honda team were on front controlling the pace for Gilmore who sat in fourth wheel the entire time.
As they started the final lap, Arndt attacked and moved to the front to set the pace. Gilmore and Hosking were on her wheel. The German is known for her power and speed and proved that she is a formidable opponent outsprinting Gilmore to the line.
Judith Arndt (HTC Highroad) was very happy to have ended the four days of racing on the podium. Outsprinting Gilmore, Arndt used tactics to beat the pure sprinter in the last 150m. "I had the right line and was on front after the corner. I just kept going to the line," said Arndt.
Arndt is based in Australia over the European winter and loves to race in Australia. This was her first Jayco Bay Criteriums and finishing second overall is a good result at this stage in her season. "I am happy with my form. I have just come from a [HTC] training camp in California. It has been in January in the past but moved to December this time. I am fitter at this time of year than I have been in the past," said Arndt.
Arndt plans to ride the Australian road race championships for the third year. Having finished third last year, the omens look good for a top three finish again.
Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) was overjoyed to have secured all three categories for her team. ""When I come back to Australia for the summer this is the one I think about, this is the Jayco Bay Classic and it's like the world championships at home - everyone wants to win it," Gilmore said. "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 (TDT/Race/Bikeforce) did not have any of her TDT team mates on had to help with the sprint, but she did have her professional teammate Judith Arndt on hand to lead her out in the final 150m. A line adjustment on the final corner mean Hosking dropped back a little which forced Gilmore to chase Arndt. "It has been a hard four days of racing. Judith did the perfect lead out, I lost the line on the last corner but held on for third." said Hosking.
Tiffany Cromwell (Honda) was a key part of the team and a talent for the future of Australian women's cycling. "I am surprised by my form, I have taken quite a lot of holidays since the season end. To win the sprint jersey is great. With nationals over the next few days I am really pleased with my form," said Cromwell.
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