Greg Henderson wins the Bay Classic Criterium Series.GEELONG – Experienced New Zealand cyclist Greg Henderson rode smart to upstage the GreenEDGE debut at race 1 of the Bay Classic Criterium Series.
Henderson beat Australians Chris Sutton and Allan Davis in a photo-finish at the end of an absorbing twilight race on the Geelong foreshore.
Davis, riding for the Mitchelton Wines team, was the best ranked GreenEDGE finisher.
Top GreenEDGE rider Matt Goss probably lost his chance of defending the series title when he was in a large group pulled off the course late in the race.
GreenEDGE is making its much anticipated debut this year as Australian cycling’s first World Tour team.
They have two five-man teams in this series, GreenEDGE and Mitchelton, but last night their weight of numbers was not enough.
Henderson (Degani), Sutton (Urban Hotels) and Davis were in a group of 15 that broke clear of the peloton on the tight Eastern Beach circuit.
The lead group almost caught the main bunch and race judges made the controversial decision to pull the peloton off the course a little more than 45 minutes into the one-hour criterium.
Goss and GreenEDGE teammate Robbie McEwen were among them.
Mitchelton Wines rider Patrick Lane staged a daring break with nine laps left and he was not caught until the final lap. Henderson, Sutton and Davis then sprinted for the win.
Lane is the only member of the Mitchelton team who is not on the GreenEDGE roster. He is a 20-year-old member of the Jayco-AIS development team.
Henderson is a regular at the Bay Series and as usual he rode a smart race.
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