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Stage 1 -Doctor Wells sprints to victory

Geelong, Ritchie Boulevard

Race Writeup

Kimberley Wells (Specialized Securitor) upstaged the Australian and handful of international professional riders by taking out her first win of the 2013 season. Wells outsprinted  2012 overall winner Melissa Hoskins (Orica-AIS) and Rochelle Gilmore (Wiggle Honda)

In a action packed race, Orica-AIS tried to dominate the race with constant attacks from Tiffany Cromwell, Amanda Spratt, Loes Gunnewijk. They were heavily marked by the new professional team Wiggle Honda, Specalized Securitor and Liv / Giant. 

The race reflected how much Australian domestic racing has advanced over the last 12 months. The Australian National Road Series expanded in 2012 which provided the opportunity for teams like Specialized Securitor to form allowing riders like Wells to compete more regularly.  The Doctor from Canberra (Wells grew up in Adelaide) is coached by 2004 Olympic champion, Sara Carrigan. She decided to concentrate on developing her cycling and gave up full time work. Having only been on the bike for a short time, Wells is demonstrating that there are big things to come. 

In the sprint competition, Kate Finegan(Specialized Securitor) leads overall she won the second intermediate sprint and finishing fourth in the final sprint.  

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Kimberley Wells (Specialized Securitor) , was overjoyed with her win, "I had a battle to get the Orica lead out. I jumped on the Orica train on the back straight and on the top corner, I took it really tight and got the jump on Melissa [Hoskins] and got the tailwind to the line.".

Wells recovered from a crash after the first sprint that neutralised. Unfortunately for Orica-AIS this disrupted the small break they had just created after the sprint.  "You certainly had to have your wits about you," Wells said after the race. "We were bouncing all over the place and I was involved in one of the crashes.  I smashed my ankle into the fence. but that just gave me enough adrenaline to just jump in there and use the GreenEdge girls to my advantage. Let's face it; they're a really strong team. I still had my girls out there just attacking and attacking on the front. It was pretty exciting for us." add Wells.  

Asked if she can defend the jersey, Wells added, "Tomorrow is another day. We move from the beaches to the hills at Port Arlington. We will have to see how the team pull up but we will try everything." 

Melissa Hoskins (Orica-AIS) had been given the heads up about Wells before the race and new she was in good form, "I knew she was in good form after the Cronulla Crits," said Hoskins. "We tried to break things up but Kimberley got the jump on the top corner of the finish straight. Tomorrow is another day and a course that suits the team so we still have a chance to move into the lead," added Hoskins.

Lauren Kichen (Wiggle) spent 2012 learning from the best rider in the world Marianne Vos. In her new team, Kitchen worked hard to close down the attacks from Orica-AIS, "I felt really good today. It was important to keep the race together." Kitchen a former stage winner of the sprint jersey has ridden the Bay Crits for many years. She was joined in her new by three riders who had never ridden before. "I tried to share some of my experience with them. This is a tough circuit and not easy to ride for the first time," added Kitchen.

Kate Finegan (Specialized Securitor) won the second sprint and finished fourth to take the sprint jersey, "I am not sure if we can defend the sprint jersey tomorrow. I like the Port Arlington course, it suits me so will be looking to make sure we can defend the yellow for the team I think."


Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time/Gap
1 Kimberley WELLS  Specialized Securitor 45:54:00
2 Melissa HOSKINS  Orica - AIS "
3 Rochelle GILMORE  Wiggle Honda "
4 Kate FINEGAN  Specialized Securitor "
5 Nicole WHITBURN  Liv / Giant "
6 Peta MULLENS  Anytime Fitness Trek "
7 Sarah ROY  Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega 4
8 Loes GUNNEWIJK  Orica - AIS 5
9 Jenny MACPHERSON  Liv / Giant 6
10 Kirsty GLOVER 8


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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name Team Points
1 Kimberley WELLS  Specialized Securitor 12
2 Melissa HOSKINS  Orica - AIS 10
3 Rochelle GILMORE  Wiggle Honda 8
4 Kate FINEGAN  Specialized Securitor 7
5 Nicole WHITBURN  Liv / Giant 6
6 Peta MULLENS  Anytime Fitness Trek 5
7 Sarah ROY  Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega 4
8 Loes GUNNEWIJK  Orica - AIS 3
9 Jenny MACPHERSON  Liv / Giant 2
10 Kirsty GLOVER 1


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