Zak second in crit series

BENDIGO'S Zak Dempster was runner-up for overall honours after Sunday's finish to the Mitchelton Wines-backed Bay criterium cycling series.

Dempster started the final round at Williamstown a point clear of Brenton Jones.

A dramatic battle for race honours was won by last year's series champion, NSW young gun Caleb Ewan ahead of Jones and Dempster.

The placings meant Jones jumped above Dempster in the series standings.

Series glory for Jones capped an incredible comeback by the 22-year-old Victorian.

Jones struck a pothole during the 2011 Tour of Toowoomba and was left with critical head injuries.

He needed six months of intensive therapy to regain his balance and be able to walk up stairs again.

A year after the crash he rode in the Tour of Toowoomba again and has not looked back.

After racing for the South Australia Sports Institute in this Bay criterium series, Dempster's focus now switches to this week's national road titles at Ballarat.

Meanwhile, Strathdale teenager Chris Hamilton won the final two legs in the support races of the Bay crit series.

The victories lifted Hamilton to third overall in the batlte for series honours behind Edward Powell and Dominik Dudkiewicz.

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