Cycling: Mitchelton Wines Bay Cycling ClassicORICA-GreenEDGE have got their season off to another flyer with a dominating performance at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic in Geelong, Australia. Mitch Docker (ORICA-GreenEDGE) and Melissa Hoskins (ORICA-GreenEDGE) won the final stage of the three day criterium event. ORICA-GreenEDGE were the dominant team in the men’s event, winning two stages, the sprint classification and the team classification.

Docker was pleased with his ride: “This is my first win for the team, and my first win in several years, actually. It’s always good to win for the team, and it’s a big confidence boost for me personally for the coming season.”

“The team raced well together. Everyone had an important job, and we molded together to get the work done.”

Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic 2013, Race 3 - Williamstown

Credit: CJ Farquharson/CJFoto

Young gunBut all attention has been on Caleb Ewan, the 18 year old talent who came to notice at the same event last year when he won two stages but narrowly lost out to Allan Davis (ORICA-GreenEDGE) for the overall victory.

There was no stopping Ewan (BikeBug) this time around. His fifth-placed finish in the third stage was enough to secure the victory (on 23 points) ahead of Greg Henderson (New Zealand National Team, 14 points) and Mitch Docker (12 points).

“It’s right up there with worlds, to come here and race with the pro’s who have come back from Europe, you see them in the Tour and all those big races, to beat them, it’s a real honour to race these guys.”

“It’s really good to get the win after being so close last year. I knew there was more pressure on me, much more marked man at this race. After the first race it gave me real confidence for the rest of the races,” Ewan said.

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