Result: Bay Crits Day 1

Ian Bibby wins the first race of 2017 after victory on day 1 of the Bay Crits in Geelong (Australia)

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Result: Bay Crits Day 1

Victory for JLT Condor on New Years Day

Photos: Matt de Neff and Con Chronis.

Ian Bibby sprinted to victory in Geelong, Australia on the opening day of the Bay Cycling Classic. Pre race favourite, Caleb Ewan crashed in the final hundred metres bringing down JLT Condor’s designated sprinter, Brenton Jones. New signing, Ian Bibby spotted the opportunity to go for the line and sealed his first victory of 2017.

How the race unfolded
Billed as one of the fastest criterium series in the world, the opening day of the Bay Cycling Classic was fast and furious with a flurry of attacks in the opening half of the race. The pressure was firmly on World Tour squad, Orica-Scott to defend their sprinter Caleb Ewan.

Orica-Scott carefully controlled the race following any dangerous moves made by JLT Condor, spotting the danger in letting Ed Clancy or Brenton Jones break free. Throughout the race Caleb Ewan stayed at the sharp end of the field and in prime position going into the final fast laps of the race.

Into the final hundred meters of the race, Caleb Ewan hit the front with JLT Condor’s Brenton Jones neatly tucked onto his wheel. The talented sprinter entered the final bend with too much speed and crashed out, taking down Brenton in the process.

Ian Bibby, in his first race for JLT Condor, emerged from that final corner with only a couple of riders around him, and drove for the line. Bibby kept his head down until he was assured of victory, forgoing the opportunity to put his hands in the air. Bibby beat Jesse Kerrison (IsoWhey Sports-SwissWellness) and teammate Matt Gibson to take the victory.

“We were working for Brenton [Jones] to be honest,” Bibby said. “[I] did a good turn for Brenton, we got him in a good position and I sat up and there was only six or seven left [in the final lap].

“And then they all went really hot into that corner and they all went down. I thought ‘best get my head down’. It was a bit of luck — it’s a shame they all crashed but I suppose that’s bike racing.” explained the rider from Preston.

Olympic hero Ed Clancy back in the saddle on the road….

Day two in the driving seat
Bibby goes into tomorrow’s hilly stage 2 in Portarlington with the leader’s yellow jersey. He will be hoping to defend his lead on a course that suits him more than did today’s pancake-flat, hotdog circuit. Brenton Jones emerged from the incident with some cuts but is able to race again tomorrow.

1. Ian BIBBY (Condor JLT) 58:31
2. Jesse KERRISON (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) +0
3. Mathew GIBSON (Condor) +2
4. Cameron BAYLY (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) +4
5. Anthony GIACOPPO (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) +4
6. Patrick LANE (VTWO Team) +4
7. Samuel SPOKES (Total Rush) +4
8. Alistair DONOHOE (GTR) +4
9. Ali SLATER (Condor JLT) +9
10. Scott SUNDERLAND (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) +12
11. Ed CLANCY (Condor JLT) +14
12. Matt ROBERTSON (Maker Flanders) +16
13. Robbie HUCKER (VTWO Team) +16
14. Robert MCCARTHY (Condor) +19
15. Nathan HAAS (VTWO Team) +28
16. Brenton JONES (Condor JLT) +39
17. Caleb EWAN (Orica Scott) +51

Number of starters: 48
Riders abandoning the race: 31

General Classification

After Stage 1
1. Ian BIBBY (Condor JLT) 12 pt
2. Jesse KERRISON (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) 10
3. Mathew GIBSON (Condor) 8
4. Cameron BAYLY (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) 7
5. Anthony GIACOPPO (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) 6
6. Patrick LANE (VTWO Team) 5
7. Samuel SPOKES (Total Rush) 4
8. Alistair DONOHOE (GTR) 3
9. Ali SLATER (Condor JLT) 2
10. Scott SUNDERLAND (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) 1

Teams Classification

After Stage 1
1. IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness 23 pt
2. Condor JLT 14
3. Condor 8
4. VTWO Team 5
5. Total Rush 4
6. GTR 3





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