• Number one: Caleb Ewan at the 2016 Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic (Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic)Source: Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic
Australian cycling stars Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEDGE) and Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS) showed their class once again in the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic taking the overall titles in the fourth and final stage.
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Cycling Central

5 Jan 2016 - 8:44 AM  UPDATED 5 Jan 2016 - 8:47 AM

Around the street circuit at Williamstown Ewan’s Orica-GreenEDGE team-mates controlled the race and set it up for a bunch sprint. Ewan was first accross the line and continues to build his profile as one of the world's most promising sprinters.

At just 21 years of age it was Ewan's 10th career stage win and third overall title in the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic.

“Look, the boys again, I always say it, they were so strong,” Ewan said. “They rode the whole race on the front. They were so impressive.”

“Keeping me up near the front makes it a lot smoother for me so I can save a lot of energy. At the end of the race, I was feeling really good because of the position I was in. They delivered me perfectly.”

After a solid lead out by multiple track world champion Alex Edmondson, Ewan hit the final corner in front and sprinted to victory.

Despite taking the corner at speed, Ewan used experience to better his rivals who battled fiercely for his wheel.

“I thought I braked enough going into it, but as I was going through it I was thinking, ‘Oh gosh. I’m going a bit fast’ but I got around it alright,” he said.

“I had a little gap coming out of it. It’s not far from that corner to the finish so you really have to go through it in first place to win here.”

Ewan won comfortably ahead of Brenton Jones (Drapac Professional) and team-mate, Edmondson.

“Getting a few wins at the start of the season gives you a massive amount of confidence going into the next races, but I don't feel any pressure going into the nationals,” said Ewan.

Second overall went to Brenton Jones with Pat Shaw (Avanti Isowhey Sports) in third. The green jersey, for the points classification, was won by Robbie Hucker (Avanti Isowhey Sports).

Williams wins in Williamstown

Melbourne’s Lizzie Williams (Orica-AIS) continued Orica’s Bay Crits domination and took the women’s stage victory.

She broke away early with Denmark's Julie Leth (Alé Cycling). Williams then attacked and rode solo to the finish.

I had the opportunity to take a chance and I was feeling really good,” said Williams.

“I was looking at my watts on the rollers and you can just tell if you are going to have a good day and I decided to go and go full gas and see what happens and it worked. I could tell Julie was struggling and so I made the move to ride her off my wheel and did it.”

The overall race honours went to Williams’ team-mate, two-time national road race champion, Gracie Elvin.

I was still a little nervous today, but it was a good day out and the girls have been so strong this week and it was awesome to get another team-mate up for the win today,” said Elvin, who has worn the yellow leader’s jersey since winning the opening stage.

“To win yellow is awesome, but I think it has now given me a target on my back at the road nationals. I'm pretty proud of myself and the team, and it is something I wanted to do in my career so it's great to have done it this early.”

Williams’ stage four win boosted her to second place overall sharing equal points with third overall, Valentina Scandolara (Alé Cycling).

The green jersey, for the Budget Forklifts points classification, went to Lauretta Hanson (Total Rush Hyster).

The next stop on the cycling calendar is the MARS Cycling Australia Road National Championships, starting on Wednesday in Ballarat.