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Stage 3 - Hoskins wins stage and overall



Race Writeup

Melissa Hoskins (Orica-AIS) secured the win on the stage and the overall series win with strong support from her Orica-AIS team. Peta Mullens (Anytime Fitness TREK) was second and Kimberley Wells (Specialized Securitor) was third in the sprint to the line. 

Every attempt to create a break was neutralised by the Orica-AIS team under 31 degree temperatures on the tough fast Williamstown course. 

Early on Kate Finegan (Specialized Securitor) tried to form a break but conditions were to difficult for her to stay away. Wiggle Honda's Lauren Kitchen and Jessica Mundy tried to break things up but Orica-AIS's Gracie Elvin and Loes Gunnewijk closed things down. Joanne Hogan (Jayco Apollo VIS) was very active on the front but again Orica-AIS closed the gap. This time it was race leader Hoskins who chased down Hogan. 

As the first of the two intermediate sprints approached, overnight leader Tiffany Cromwell moved to the front. Hoskins was on her wheel and moved to the front to take the 3 points. Cromwell secured 2 points which was enough to give her the Sprint jersey for the series. 

Gracie Sultzberger (Jayco-AIS) tried to get away but she was marked by 2012 Australian Road Champion Amanda Spratt. 

Nicole Whitburn (Liv/Giant) and Carla Ryan (CrinoCycles-Casa & Bottega) tried to shake things up at the half way stage. Conditions and pace were taking their toll on the riders. The lead group was down to 19 riders including most of Orica-AIS and stage 1 winner Kimberley Wells (Specialized Securitor). 

in the end it was a race of attrition as 2012 Australian time trial champion moved to the front to set up Hoskins for the win. 

Hoskin's did not get it all her own way. Half way round the back straight Mullens got the jump on the peloton and attempted to go for the win early. Hoskins chased and closed the gap. In the last 300m Hoskins moved to the front and turned the final bend in the lead. No one was going to pass her at that stage and she crossed the line first. Mullens held off Wells for second.


Melissa Hoskins (Orica-AIS) was overjoyed to win back to back Bay Crits, "It is my first [stage] win  I am really stoked. I thought it was going to be really hard to get one today because it was going to be aggressive. I was having a bit of trouble half way round the last lap but I tried not to show it. The girls were amazing again, Shara [Gillow] and Amanda [Spratt] looked after me."

"What a way to finish. Thanks to the girls who lead me out at the finish, it was a great way to finish the tour and I finally get the stage win I have been chasing for the last two years."

On top of the overall success it was the much needed stage win that delighted Hoskins. "Back-to-back is sweet, having finished it on the final stage in the yellow jersey can't be much happier than that."

Sitting in second coming into the final leg Mullen's made the first real move coming into the home straight to try and clinch the win from Hoskins."I was a little bit surprised, I won't lie I was happy it was her (Mullen's) and not Kimberley Wells. I might have had a bit of trouble if it was Kimberley. she got the jump on me but I jumped her before the corner. I know that corner really well. I knew if I was on the front then I could win," Hoskins said.

Comparing her win in 2012 and this one, Hoskins added, "Last year was a different sort of excitement. It was the first time I was racing professionally with GreenEDGE. It was the first time I had really done well. This year with the pressure I am so glad that I backed myself and the team backed me. They gave me every opportunity to take it and fortunately I was able to capitalise on it,"

Peta Mullens  (Anytime Fitness TREK) was relieved that the race was over but very happy, "I wasn't going for the stage win when we started. Coming into that last corner I thought I had it but Melissa got the jump on me. I was in front of Kim {Wells} and that got me second overall so I am ecstatic," said Mullens

Kimberley Wells (Specialized Securitor) was once again the red amongst the green as she tried to split the Orica-AIS train. "I always knew they were going to be all over me and they were with a lap to go," Wells said. "I knew the only way I was going to win was if I was first into that last corner otherwise there was no hope for me."

"I am over the moon with this week. This is my second year doing Bay Crits. I did not finish last year and to come away with a win, a third and third overall I can't be happier. The team was so active on all the stages so this is a dream come true," added Wells.

Tiffany Cromwell (Orica-AIS) was very happy with her green Sprint jersey, "It is Orica colours all over the place. It was a good result for a great series," said Cromwell.

Loes Gunnewijk (Orica-AIS) loves racing in Australia away from the cold of Europe and could not have been happier for the team, "I think I have a bit of lactate in my legs after that. It wasn't my best day but we tried to do it for the team by making it a tough race. It was great to defend the jersey and with Mel [Melissa Hoskins] winning the stage and the overall it is a really good start to the season. It is great preparation for the rest of the team for Nationals and for me for the Tour of Qatar, I am happy," said Gunnewijk.

Reflecting on the benefit of being able to be in Australia during the European winter, Gunnewjik ruled out recommending the trip to other European riders, "I would like that they stay in Europe and train in the cold so I can train out here enjoying the sun and nice culture. I don't want any of them to join me I want the benefit all to myself, so Imhave god legs when I get to Europe," smiled Gunnewijk.

Shara Gillow (Orica-AIS) was instrumental in getting Hoskins to the line,"It is great preparation for Nationals. It isn't just the TT I want to focus on, we want to chase as a team it is the Criterium and the Road Race. I am really looking forward to it all especially after this win. We wanted to start the season off with a big bang and we did," said Gillow. 

Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS) looks strong after three days of racing and feels she is ready to defend her road race title, "We were really well prepared coming into this series of races and we have all lifted to another level now. It was really important to us to start the season off well with a win. That is how last year started so I hope I can do it again next week," said Spratt.

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time
1 Melissa HOSKINS  Orica - AIS 39:18:00
2 Peta MULLENS  Anytime Fitness Trek "
3 Kimberley WELLS  Specialized Securitor "
4 Nicole WHITBURN  Liv / Giant "
5 Emily COLLINS  Wiggle Honda "
6 Tiffany CROMWELL Orica - AIS 4
7 Gracie ELVIN Orica - AIS "
8 Joanne HOGAN Jayco Apollo VIS Women "
9 Lauren KITCHEN  Wiggle Honda "
10 Carla RYAN  Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega "


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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name Team Points
1 Melissa HOSKINS  Orica - AIS 32
2 Peta MULLENS  Anytime Fitness Trek 23
3 Kimberley WELLS  Specialized Securitor 20
4 Tiffany CROMWELL Orica - AIS 17
5 Nicole WHITBURN  Liv / Giant 13
6 Gracie ELVIN Orica - AIS 11
7 Rochelle GILMORE  Wiggle Honda 8
8 Carla RYAN  Crino Cycles - Casa & Bottega 7
9 Kate FINEGAN  Specialized Securitor 7
10 Emily COLLINS  Wiggle Honda 6

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