Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic: Bronzini looking good for overall victory after win on stage three
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic: Bronzini looking good for overall victory after win on stage three

by Shane Stokes at 11:32 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results, Video
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Giorgia BronziniThree time world champion Giorgia Bronzini notched up her second win in three days and solidified her place at the top of the general classification in the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic today.

The Wiggle Honda rider sprinted in well ahead of Annette Edmondson (Orica-AIS) and Tiffany Cromwell (Specialized Securitor) at the end of the third stage, which was held in Portarlington. Her final effort saw her finish well clear of the others, underlining her dominant form.

“I am really, really happy because it is the first time that we meet for the season, and we work so well and it is a good feeling with the girls. I am really happy,” the Italian enthused.

Her teammate Peta Mullens was once again aggressive, joining another Wiggle Honda rider Charlotte Becker, Valentina Scandolara (Orica-AIS) and Gracie Elvin (Jayco National Team) in the day’s main break. This ensured that the riders behind and their teams had to chase, including Cromwell.

Becker rode until the first intermediate sprint, then dropped back. That left the other three out front.

“I loved being in the break, knowing that I had the fastest sprinter back in the bunch,” said Mullens afterwards. “Obviously it wasn’t my job to do the work because we were clearly racing for Giorgia. However, I felt really great and I was able to take both of the sprints, and kept my legs really fresh for tomorrow.”

Taking both of those sprints ensured that she extended her lead in the Sprint Ace classification, ending the day with eleven points. This is five more than both Valentina Scandolra (Orica-AIS) and Lizzie Williams (Specialized Securitor).

The break was eventually caught with four laps to go, after which Wiggle Honda marked the subsequent moves.

Mullens then led out Bronzini into the finishing straight, enabling the Italian to blast home well ahead.

“Today was a hard day, because of the wind, it was a really windy day and the short climb was tough,” she said afterwards. “But the team was so good in the whole race.

“Because we had Peta in the break we could wait for the other teams to chase it down. Then, when we had four or five laps to go we were all together again, some riders tried to get into another break, but we were able to follow.”

She explained how things ended up. “We finished in a small bunch sprint. In the final Peta and Linda Villumsen gave me a lead out. In the last corner Tiffany tried to go into first position but I followed her and sprinted off her wheel…it was really perfect.”

Win number two puts her comfortably ahead in the general classification. She now has 34 points, six more than Edmondson and eleven ahead of yesterday’s winner Chloe Hosking (Roxslot). Cromwell is fourth on 22 points, then Gracie Elvin (Jayco National Team) and Sophie Williamson (Vanderkitten) complete the top six.

“We are really, really happy and proud,” said Bronzini. “Tomorrow we will look to keep my yellow jersey, and Peta’s green jersey, and we will look also to win the stage, maybe with someone else.

“We will look to be strong, and to be the perfect team on the finish line.”

The last stage will be held in Williamstown and, if things go to plan for Wiggle Honda, it will win the individual, sprint and team classifications.

Michelton Bay Cycling Classic

Stage three, Portarlington:

Elite women:

1, Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) 12
2, Annette Edmondson (Orica-AIS) 10
3, Tiffany Cromwell (Specialized Securitor) 8
4, Joanne Hogan () 7
5, Barbara Guarschi (Dhb Dream Team) 6

General classification:

1, Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) 34
2, Annette Edmondson (Orica-AIS) 28
3, Chloe Hosking (Roxsolt) 23
4, Tiffany Cromwell (Specialized Securitor) 22
5, Gracie Elvin (Jayco National Team) 18
6, Sophie Williamson (Vanderkitten) 8
7, Joanne Hogan () 7
8, Barbara Guarschi (Dhb Dream Team) 6
9, Kristy Glover (Bicycle Superstore) 5
10, Lizzie Williams (Specialized Securitor) 5

Sprint Ace classification:

1, Peta Mullens (Wiggle Honda) 11
2, Valentina Scandolra (Orica-AIS) 6
3, Lizzie Williams (Specialized Securitor) 6


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