1 Jan 2017 - 8:50 PM  UPDATED 2 Jan 2017 - 6:24 AM

It was almost case of the last one standing for Ian Bibby (Condor JLT) - or dare we say "he did a Steven Bradbury?" - who just had Jesse Kerrison (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) to beat after the pair survived a crash containing race favourite Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott). 

A somewhat surprised Bibby said he was still jet-lagged. 

"I only arrived in Australia yesterday. I was working for Brenton (Jones) to be honest.

"We did a good turn and we had riders in that last straight. Then everyone went really hot into that corner.

"It was a bit of luck, I suppose that's bike racing." 

Kerrison who also capitalised on the crash, said there was a word he felt like saying as he came upon the debris in the final corner. 

"One word I probably can't say! I just tried to dodge the boys on the ground. I think I hit Sundo [ed-Scott Sunderland] with my pedal and then I saw Bibby beside me. 

"It was a drag race and I had nothing left." 

But hero status belonged to the most aggressive rider, Cameron Bayly (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness). Bayly attacked just before half the race was done, managing to stay out the front of a hungry Orica-Scott until two laps to go. 

Bayly said while he did not enjoy Luke Durbridge's pursuit of him, he had fun taking it to Orica-Scott who controlled the race.

"I thought, let's give it a go. I was just having fun out there. I really enjoyed it and it's a bit of a confidence boost with nationals around the corner." 

Before and during the race, Caleb Ewan was the only name on everyone's lips, with Scott Sunderland perhaps a distant favourite. 

Even when it was another name people chanted as Bayly led the race from half way, and as his gap gradually dwindled from 15 seconds, it was still Caleb Ewan who remained the favourite as the catch became inevitable. 

But as he broke clear in the final straight, putting the screws on around the corner, Ewan fell. 

"I’m not exactly sure what happened,” Ewan said in a team statement. “I have hit that corner so many times in exactly the same way, if not faster, and haven’t had an issue.”

“It’s frustrating to be in that position, wanting to deliver for the team who chased all race to support me, and to crash.

“But, there’s no major damage, just a bit of skin. There are more days to come, so we will keep trying.”

That's bike racing. 

 

Elite Men Stage 1 Result

          Time/Gap  
1. 26 Ian BIBBY (Condor JLT)     58:31  
2. 12 Jesse KERRISON (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness)     +0  
3. 84 Mathew GIBSON (Condor)     +2  
4. 16 Cameron BAYLY (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness)     +4  
5. 13 Anthony GIACOPPO (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness)     +4  
6. 34 Patrick LANE (VTWO Team)     +4  
7. 42 Samuel SPOKES (Total Rush)     +4  
8. 76 Alistair DONOHOE (GTR)     +4  
9. 24 Ali SLATER (Condor JLT)     +9  
10. 11 Scott SUNDERLAND (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness)     +12  
11. 22 Ed CLANCY (Condor JLT)     +14  
12. 55 Matt ROBERTSON (Maker Flanders)     +16  
13. 35 Robbie HUCKER (VTWO Team)     +16  
14. 81 Robert MCCARTHY (Condor)     +19  
15. 31 Nathan HAAS (VTWO Team)     +28  
16. 21 Brenton JONES (Condor JLT)     +39  
17. 1 Caleb EWAN (Orica Scott)     +51  
             
dnf 2 Michael HEPBURN (Orica Scott)        
dnf 3 Luke DURBRIDGE (Orica Scott)        
dnf 4 Damian HOWSON (Orica Scott)        
dnf 5 Mitch DOCKER (Orica Scott)        
dnf 14 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness)        
dnf 15 Sam CROME (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness)        
dnf 23 Jon MOULD (Condor JLT)        
dnf 25 Alex FRAME (Condor JLT)        
dnf 32 Steele VON HOFF (VTWO Team)        
dnf 33 Nathan ELLIOTT (VTWO Team)        
dnf 36 Nicholas WHITE (VTWO Team)        
dnf 43 Jake MAGEE (Total Rush)        
dnf 44 Alder MARTZ (Total Rush)        
dnf 45 Joseph LEWIS (Total Rush)        
dnf 46 Joel STRACHAN (Total Rush)        
dnf 51 Paul JONES (Maker Flanders)        
dnf 52 Nicholas NORDEN (Maker Flanders)        
dnf 53 Dylan BENSON (Maker Flanders)        
dnf 54 Steven CUSWORTH (Maker Flanders)        
dnf 56 Jack SUTTON (Maker Flanders)        
dnf 61 Jesse EWART (Team 7 Eleven RBP Continental)        
dnf 62 Josh BERRY (Team 7 Eleven RBP Continental)        
dnf 63 Tristan WARD (Team 7 Eleven RBP Continental)        
dnf 64 Joel WALSH (Team 7 Eleven RBP Continental)        
dnf 65 Alexander EVANS (Team 7 Eleven RBP Continental)        
dnf 66 Julian THOMSON (Team 7 Eleven RBP Continental)        
dnf 72 Michael FREIBERG (GTR)        
dnf 73 Benjamin HILL (GTR)        
dnf 74 James CUMMINGS (GTR)        
dnf 82 James GULLEN (Condor)        
dnf 83 Edmund BRADBURY (Condor)        
             
dns 41 Zakkari DEMPSTER (Total Rush)        
dns 77 Max BEYER (GTR)        
  • Number of starters: 48
  • Riders abandoning the race: 31

 

After Stage 1 General Classification

1. 26 Ian BIBBY (Condor JLT)     12 pt
2. 12 Jesse KERRISON (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness)     10  
3. 84 Mathew GIBSON (Condor)     8  
4. 16 Cameron BAYLY (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness)     7  
5. 13 Anthony GIACOPPO (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness)     6  
6. 34 Patrick LANE (VTWO Team)     5  
7. 42 Samuel SPOKES (Total Rush)     4  
8. 76 Alistair DONOHOE (GTR)     3  
9. 24 Ali SLATER (Condor JLT)     2  
10. 11 Scott SUNDERLAND (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness)     1  

Sprint Competition

After Stage 1

1. 16 Cameron BAYLY (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness)     6 pt
2. 73 Benjamin HILL (GTR)     4  
3. 12 Jesse KERRISON (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness)     3  
4. 72 Michael FREIBERG (GTR)     2  
5. 2 Michael HEPBURN (Orica Scott)     1  
5. 3 Luke DURBRIDGE (Orica Scott)     1  
5. 5 Mitch DOCKER (Orica Scott)     1