JLT Condor tighten grip on Bay Cycling Classic

Ian Bibby and Matt Gibson finished second and third respectively on day two of the Bay Cycling Classic. The high placed finish extends Ian Bibby’s lead in the competition, whilst young rider Matt Gibson is elevated to second overall.

Ian Bibby reamins in yellow after day two. Image: Con Chronis

Day two of the Bay Cycling Classic saw more fast racing, it was clear from the gun that ORICA-Scott were keen to make up for yesterday’s missed opportunities.

Attacks were frequently launched as riders tried to evade the bunch on the hilly Portarlington course and it was left to JLT-Condor to neutralise the threats to keep hold of the leaders jersey. Former winner, Caleb Ewan (ORICA-Scott) spent some time away before being chased down. Luke Durbridge (ORICA-Scott) countered Ewan’s catch and when Durbridge was closed down, talented Tour rider, Michael Hepburn (ORICA-Scott) launched what would prove to be the race winning move. 

JLT Condor lead the peloton on the climb. Image: Con Chronis

The Australian went clear with Bibby, Kerrison (Avanti-WheyIsoSport) and Matt Gibson (JLT Condor) with three laps remaining. Hepburn attacked again with two laps left, escaping solo and holding his chasers to the line.

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The breakaway: Bibby riding hard with Kerrison. Image: Con Chronis

Three corners from the finish, Kerrison crashed out of the chase.

“Everyone seems to fall off around me, and I somehow seem to avoid it,” joked Bibby. “Jesse was unlucky crashing. When it happened, I sat up and waited for Matt. We got our heads down together.”

Bibby and Gibson rode hard to the line staying clear of the peloton by a mere two seconds with Bibby getting the upper-hand in the two-up sprint to solidify his overall lead.
Back in the bunch Brenton Jones sprinted home to win the gallop ensuring JLT Condor took as many points available as possible.

Bibby will head to Williamstown with 22 points over Gibson, who has 16 points, and Hepburn with 12 points.



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