• Kimberly Wells pushed past the Orica-AIS juggernaut to claim a race victory (Supplied)Source: Supplied
Kimberley Wells trails Gracie Elvin by two points going into round three of the Bay Classic cycling series.
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3 Jan 2016 - 5:53 AM  UPDATED 3 Jan 2016 - 7:37 AM

Kimberley Wells will have a tough decision to make if she continues to challenge for the Bay Classic cycling series title.

Wells won round two on Saturday in Geelong ahead of Orica-AIS pair Gracie Elvin and Sarah Roy.

Her plan was only to race the first three rounds of the four-race series, which ends on Monday, because she will defend her Australian criterium title on Wednesday in Ballarat.

But after winning at Geelong's Eastern Beach and trailing Elvin by only two points overall, Wells admitted the potential prospect of winning the Mitchelton Bay Classic title for the first time would be a strong lure.

"That's the thing with putting yourself potentially in a yellow jersey, you have to keep racing the series," she said.

Orica-AIS outnumbered Wells in race one and her friend Elvin took the win.

But Wells had much stronger support from the High5 team in round two and she dominated the final sprint.

“I’m definitely fast, these (National Champion) stripes denote a big target on my back, which definitely makes it harder for myself and for my teammates," Well said.

“There was a bit of wind out there today which changed the dynamic of the race, and I had my great High5 Dream Team teammates do a lot of work for me out there, policing things, deciding when to go and when not to go, and it really paid off for us today.”

“Orica we’re trying to line it up for a lead out, Tessa had done a big job chasing down the two riders off the front. Then I had Jess Mundy just before the hill giving me a few moments of respite.”

“I decided to go early and really hit the Orica-AIS squad hard as I didn’t want to get boxed in like yesterday. It really hurt to go early, and I could feel Gracie (Elvin) behind me, but I dug in and pulled off the win."

While Wells keeps the women's series alive, Caleb Ewan looks unstoppable in the men's series after a second consecutive victory put him in the box seat for his third series title.

He now has nine race wins in the series, second only to Australian cycling legend Robbie McEwen with 17.

Ewan’s second win for the year came from another bunch sprint after his Orica-GreenEDGE teammates closed a dangerous breakaway covered by debutant Alexander Edmondson.

Finishing second was Brenton Jones (Drapac) while Leigh Howard (Chain Reaction Cycles) rounded out the podium.

“The team again rode so well. It was handy having Alex up in the breakaway," Ewan said.

“I think he was just sitting on making sure it wasn't getting get too far ahead and then the boys behind did a great job to chase as well.

“We rode it perfectly and I think everyone was pretty tired towards the end so that made the sprint a lot easier for me.

“There was people going everywhere because teams were running out of guys so there wasn’t much organisation in the last lap."