• Orica-GreenEdge's Caleb Ewan is now the premier Australian sprinter on the WorldTour (Getty) (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
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4 Jan 2016 - 5:57 AM  UPDATED 4 Jan 2016 - 9:46 AM

Caleb Ewan's booming professional cycling career will reach another milestone when he wins his third Bay Classic title.

The 21-year-old road sprinting phenomenon has an 11 point lead going into the last round at Williamstown and only has to finish in the top-10 to win the series.

Ewan has two wins and a fourth placing so far after the third race in the series was won by Avanti IsoWhey veteran Pat Shaw, ahead of Daniel Fitter (State of Matter/Maap) and Sam Spokes (Drapac).

"I've been semi-pro for 10 plus years and it takes you this long to get a good win," Shaw said. "I'm sitting in the wheel, on Caleb, getting the best run anyone could dream for and it's just lucky, I got the job done. I was just saying in the last corner 'Do Not Crash'. I knew I had it, I've been working hard on that sprint".

Barring disaster, Ewan is about to become the second-most successful rider in the series behind Australian cycling legend Robbie McEwen, who won the Mitchelton Classic six times.

"Obviously the team are riding super-strong. I'm happy with how my form is happy with how their form is," Ewan said of his Orica-GreenEDGE teammates.

"Everyone is pretty motivated, not just for this race, but for the races coming up."

Two-time Australian road race champion Gracie Elvin should make it a perfect start to the year for Orica-GreenEDGE by also winning the women's series.

The Orica-AIS rider, who has never won the series, has a seven-point lead after a win and two second placings.

She led Kimberley Wells (High5) by two points going into Sunday's tough third race at Portarlington won by Italian Valentina Scandolara (Alé Cycling) in front of Elvin and Orica-GreenEDGE team mate Sarah Roy.

"Today my main concerns were Peta Mullens and Wiggle, and most of Orica because I know them, I had been in their team for two years and know they are really strong," Scandolara said.

"To win the sprint is just amazing for me, it's just great. Gracie is really fast and Roy came across and I was helping her the last lap, so I tried to save energy because I knew I needed all my energy to beat Gracie. I think it worked out well".

Second placed overall, Wells lost touch with the leaders and finished seventh, effectively ending her series hopes.

Wells will most likely pull out of Monday's race to focus on the Australian criterium title on Wednesday in Ballarat, where she will start as defending champion.

Chloe Hosking, who won last year's Bay Classic series, will also not start on Monday as she prepares for the national road race title next Sunday.

Hosking has been ill, but raced on Sunday.

Defending Australian road race champion Peta Mullens showed she is in strong form for next Sunday with a fourth placing at Portarlington.