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Jayco Bay Cycling Classic, Geelong, Australia, January 3-7, 2007

Kate Bates zoooms past
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(Click for larger image) Kate Bates zoooms past the bay
Kate Bates
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(Click for larger image) Kate Bates in control
Jo Kiesanowski is riding
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(Click for larger image) Jo Kiesanowski is riding in Katie Mactier's Portfolio Partners team this week.
Natalie Bates (Pitcher Partners)
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(Click for larger image) Natalie Bates (Pitcher Partners) concentrates on a corner
Bunch action
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(Click for larger image) Bunch action from the women's race
Alexis Rhodes and Kate Bates
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(Click for larger image) Alexis Rhodes and Kate Bates stand out in their magenta helmets
Rosara Joseph (NZ)
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(Click for larger image) Rosara Joseph (NZ) during her lone break
Belinda Goss (Volvo) takes the win
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(Click for larger image) Belinda Goss (Volvo) takes the win from Kate Bates (Pitcher Partners) and Vikki Egyed (Rapido)
Belinda Goss (Volvo)
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(Click for larger image) Belinda Goss (Volvo) tells the tale of her first Bay Series win
Renshaw
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(Click for larger image) Renshaw follows Australian U23 criterium champion, Dean Windsor
Simon Gerrans (Portfolio Partners)
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(Click for larger image) Simon Gerrans (Portfolio Partners) checks out Mark Renshaw before they broke away with Darren Lapthorne
Sutherland
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(Click for larger image) Sutherland in the bunch
There's something missing here..........
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(Click for larger image) There's something missing here..........
Gerrans leads
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(Click for larger image) Gerrans leads the break
Rory Sutherland (Landlink)
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(Click for larger image) Rory Sutherland (Landlink) almost regained the leaders, although they were over a minute up at one point
Johnny Clarke in the yellow
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(Click for larger image) Johnny Clarke in the yellow Series Leader jersey
With just a couple of laps to go,
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(Click for larger image) With just a couple of laps to go, Sutherland had closed the gap on the leaders to a tantalising 7 seconds, he couldn't get any closer
Mark Renshaw won
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(Click for larger image) Mark Renshaw won the elite race
Sara Carrigan
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(Click for larger image) Sara Carrigan lines up for race 2
The women's bunch
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(Click for larger image) The women's bunch sets off
The girls from Team Volvo
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(Click for larger image) The girls from Team Volvo  warm up on the rollers prior to racing in Portarlington
Dale Scarfe (left) of the Central Coast Cycling Club
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(Click for larger image) Dale Scarfe (left) of the Central Coast Cycling Club narrowly takes out the Men's support race in Portarlington
Natalie Bates (Pitcher Partners) shares a joke with
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(Click for larger image) Natalie Bates (Pitcher Partners) shares a joke with sister and teammate Kate on the startline
Olivia Gollan (Pitcher Partners) reaches for the sky
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(Click for larger image) Olivia Gollan (Pitcher Partners) reaches for the sky on the startline in Portarlington
Nick Gates checks out his Volvo jersey
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(Click for larger image) Nick Gates checks out his Volvo jersey in Portarlington
Riders in the women's race head down the home
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(Click for larger image) Riders in the women's race head down the home  straight in Portarlington
The women's peloton in searing heat
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(Click for larger image) The women's peloton in searing heat at Portarlington
New Zealander Rosara Joseph made a brave
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(Click for larger image) New Zealander Rosara Joseph made a brave  attempt at a breakaway early into the race
The women's race begins to split
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(Click for larger image) The women's race begins to split in trying conditions on an already dificult course in Portarlington
Belinda Goss (Centre) of Team Volvo wins a thriller
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(Click for larger image) Belinda Goss (Centre) of Team Volvo wins a thriller  in Portarlington for stage two of the women's series
A surprised Belinda Goss (Volvo) from Tasmania
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(Click for larger image) A surprised Belinda Goss (Volvo) from Tasmania after outsprinting Kate Bates and Nikki Egyed to win stage two
Robbie Williams (Drapac Porsche) on the startline
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(Click for larger image) Robbie Williams (Drapac Porsche) on the startline in his Volvo Cars Sprint Ace leader's jersey
They're off for stage two of the Elite Men's Jayco Bay
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(Click for larger image) They're off for stage two of the Elite Men's Jayco Bay Cycling Classic Series in Portarlington
It was a day for hats, whatever the kind beneath
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(Click for larger image) It was a day for hats, whatever the kind beneath a blistering sun in Portarlington
Former Barloworld rider, Tom Southam from England
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(Click for larger image) Former Barloworld rider, Tom Southam from England riding for the Drapac Porsche team in the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic
Dean Windsor (Drapac Porsche) sneaks a peek
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(Click for larger image) Dean Windsor (Drapac Porsche) sneaks a peek for any attacks in the home straight
Brett Lancaster riding for the Jayco VIS team in the series
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(Click for larger image) Brett Lancaster riding for the Jayco VIS team in the series has the jersey unzipped to cool down in 34 degree heat
David Kemp (Volvo) leads Henk Vogels (BBB) and
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(Click for larger image) David Kemp (Volvo) leads Henk Vogels (BBB) and  Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Porsche) up the rise in the home straight
The break has been made with Simon Gerrans (Portfolio Partners)
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(Click for larger image) The break has been made with Simon Gerrans (Portfolio Partners) taking Mark Renshaw (Skilled) and Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Porsche) with him
The consistent Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Porsche), on the improve
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(Click for larger image) The consistent Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Porsche), on the improve and always looking to attack
John Eblining (FRF Couriers-NSWIS) tried valliantly to bridge
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(Click for larger image) John Eblining (FRF Couriers-NSWIS) tried valliantly to bridge  the gap to the leading trio
Robbie McEwen (Volvo) has bigger fish to fry this season -
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(Click for larger image) Robbie McEwen (Volvo) has bigger fish to fry this season -  but maybe not from the bay behind him?
Lapthorne, Renshaw and Gerrans lead the field with Melbourne
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(Click for larger image) Lapthorne, Renshaw and Gerrans lead the field with Melbourne  in the background
Back in the bunch and the speed is on…
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(Click for larger image) Back in the bunch and the speed is on… but it's in the water behind!
Speed one way and speed the other
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(Click for larger image) Speed one way and speed the other
And the catch is made…The leading trio are about to tack onto
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(Click for larger image) And the catch is made…The leading trio are about to tack onto the main field nearing the end of the race
Chasing riders descend towards Port Phillip Bay
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(Click for larger image) Chasing riders descend towards Port Phillip Bay  and into the home straight
Rory Sutherland riding for the Landlink team tried to chase down the
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(Click for larger image) Rory Sutherland riding for the Landlink team tried to chase down the  leaders coming agonisingly close
The leaders under the banner with Sutherland in the distance
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(Click for larger image) The leaders under the banner with Sutherland in the distance on the closing laps
Mark Renshaw (Skilled) takes out stage two in Portarlington
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(Click for larger image) Mark Renshaw (Skilled) takes out stage two in Portarlington with runner-up Simon Gerrans (Portfolio Partners) close by
Driver comfort and rider comfort with Robbie McEwen riding for
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(Click for larger image) Driver comfort and rider comfort with Robbie McEwen riding for  Team Volvo during the Series
Robbie McEwen (Volvo) signs another autograph while women's winner
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(Click for larger image) Robbie McEwen (Volvo) signs another autograph while women's winner Belinda Goss also of Team Volvo looks on
Belinda Goss (Volvo) originally from Tasmania and now based in Melbourne
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(Click for larger image) Belinda Goss (Volvo) originally from Tasmania and now based in Melbourne has just returned from riding in the Tasmanian Christmas Carnival track series
Kate Bates (Pitcher Partners) from New South Wales retains the leader's
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(Click for larger image) Kate Bates (Pitcher Partners) from New South Wales retains the leader's jersey after stage two in Portarlington
Third place-getter in the men's race, Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Porsche)
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(Click for larger image) Third place-getter in the men's race, Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Porsche) about to step onto the podium in Portarlington
Simon Gerrans (Portfolio Partners), a two-time Herald Sun Tour winner and
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(Click for larger image) Simon Gerrans (Portfolio Partners), a two-time Herald Sun Tour winner and  2006 Tour Down Under victor on the podium in Portarlington
Stage winner Mark Renshaw (Skilled) in his Series leader's yellow jersey
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(Click for larger image) Stage winner Mark Renshaw (Skilled) in his Series leader's yellow jersey and ready to celebrate
So where the bloody hell are you? Can I say that?
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(Click for larger image) So where the bloody hell are you? Can I say that?