Ian Bibby sprinted to victory in Geelong, Australia on the opening day of the Bay Cycling Classic.
Pre race favourite, Caleb Ewan crashed in the final hundred metres bringing down JLT Condor’s designated sprinter, Brenton Jones.
New signing, Ian Bibby spotted the opportunity to go for the line and sealed his first victory of 2017.
During the elite men’s event, World Tour team, Orica-Scott carefully controlled the race to ensure their key man, Caleb Ewan was kept out of trouble in prime position for the drag sprint to the line when it came.
Into the final corner of the race, Caleb Ewan hit the front with JLT Condor’s Brenton Jones neatly tucked onto his wheel. Ewan who hit final bend with too much speed crashed taking down Brenton in the process. Ian Bibby, in his first race for JLT Condor, emerged from that final corner with only a couple of riders around him, and drove for the line. Bibby kept his head down until his crossed the line to ensure the victory was sealed. Bibby beat Jesse Kerrison (IsoWhey Sports-SwissWellness) and teammate Matt Gibson to take the victory.
“We were working for Brenton [Jones] to be honest,” Bibby said. “[I] did a good turn for Brenton, we got him in a good position and I sat up and there was only six or seven left [in the final lap].
“And then they all went really hot into that corner and they all went down. I thought ‘best get my head down’. It was a bit of luck — it’s a shame they all crashed but I suppose that’s bike racing.” explained the rider from Preston.
Bibby goes into tomorrow’s hilly stage 2 in Portarlington with the leader’s yellow jersey. He will be hoping to defend his lead on a course that suits him more than did today’s pancake-flat, hotdog circuit.
Brenton Jones emerged from the incident with some bruising but is able to race again tomorrow.