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Ewan stays on his cycling winning roll

  • Ewan stays on his cycling winning roll

Caleb Ewan's booming professional cycling career will reach another milestone on Monday when he wins his third Bay Classic title.

The 21-year-old road sprinting phenomenon has an 11-point lead going into Monday's last round at Williamstown and only has to finish in the top 10 to win the series.

Ewan has two wins and a fourth placing so far.

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Barring disaster, he is about to become the second-most successful rider in the series behind Australian cycling legend Robbie McEwen, who won the Mitchelton Classic six times.

"Obviously the team are riding super-strong ... I'm happy with how my form is happy with how their form is," Ewan said of his Orica-GreenEDGE teammates.

"Everyone is pretty motivated, not just for this race, but for the races coming up."

Two-time Australian road race champion Gracie Elvin should make it a perfect start to the year for Orica-GreenEDGE by also winning the women's series.

The Orica-AIS rider has a seven-point lead.

Elvin, who has never won the series, has a win and two second placings.

She only led Kimberley Wells by two points going into Sunday's tough third race at Portarlington.

But Wells lost touch with the leaders and finished seventh, effectively ending her series hopes.

Wells will most likely pull out of Monday's race to focus on the Australian criterium title on Wednesday in Ballarat, where she will start as defending champion.

Chloe Hosking, who won last year's Bay Classic series, will also not start on Monday as she prepares for the national road race title next Sunday.

Hosking has been ill, but raced on Sunday.

Defending Australian road race champion Peta Mullens showed she is in strong form for next Sunday with a fourth placing at Portarlington.

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