(Image: Kathryn Watt- Watt Shotz Photography)

Orica-Scott quickly put Caleb Ewan's race-one crash behind them with Michael Hepburn righting the ship for the WorldTour team in attacking style.

An Australian Olympic silver medallist, Hepburn posted his first Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic win by using his time trial talents to claim the Portarlington round.

“The plan today was quite open,” Hepburn said. “The opportunity was there for a few guys to go up the road and be aggressive and I’m thankful that I had the form and legs to go on with it.

“I was away with (Ian) Bibby and (Jesse) Kerrison, so the leader’s jersey and Jesse, who is a pretty fast finisher, so I wanted to go to the line by myself.

“I threw a couple of attacks in and couldn’t get rid of them but then I decided to attack through the start/finish line, which you don’t normally do here, but just tried to catch them off guard and I was lucky I got a gap and could go on with it.”

British rider Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) finished second to hold a comfortable six-point lead heading into Tuesday's third and final round at suburban Williamstown.

Bibby’s team-mate Matthew Gibson rounded out the day two result for third while another JLT Condor rider, Brenton Jones, finished fourth.

The result means there is no chance of a third overall victory for Orica-Scott and Ewan and Bibby is likely to be one of the few European raiders to win the series.

Race 2 result
1 Michael Hepburn (Orica-Scott) 1hr 00min 23sec
2 Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) 0:00:06
3 Mathew Gibson (JLT Condor) 0:00:6
4 Brenton Jones (JLT Condor) 0:00:08
5 Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) 0:00:08
6 Samuel Spokes (Total Rush) 0:00:08
7 Anthony Giacoppo (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) 0:00:08
8 Benjamin Hill (GTR) 0:00:09
9 Cameron Bayly (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) 0:00:09
10 Nathan Haas (VTWO Team) 0:00:09