Jones powers to victory in duel on city's streets

WARRAGUL'S Brenton Jones added to this season's success by winning Friday night's Andy's Earthmovers-backed criterium at the Bendigo International Madison carnival. 

In what's becoming a tradition, a daring breakaway would reign supreme in the 30-lap cycling contest.

A top-class field raced along Pall Mall, swung onto Howard Place and then through Rosalind Park.

After negotiating the turn onto View Street the riders then powered back along Pall Mall in the heart of Bendigo.

Jones and Avanti team-mates Mark O'Brien from Horsham, and last year's criterium champion Scott Law were to the fore.

Bendigo's Sam Crome, racing in the Charter Mason colours, was prominent in the first half of the race.

A breakaway group of six soon became three as Jones joined forces with Horsham's Sam Witmitz and Germany's Leif Lampater.

The criterium champion in 2009 and reigning Bendigo International Madison, Lampater kept on winning the sprints.

What was more decisive was the lead just kept on building.

On bell lap Witmitz attacked on the lengthy straight in Rosalind Park.

Having toppled some of cycling's biggest names in this summer's Mitchelton Wines Bay criterium series, Jones did so in Bendigo.

Jones won in a slick time of 46.32 minutes from Witmitz and Lampater.

The main pack rolled in 26 seconds later in which Law fought on to be fourth overall from New Zealand's Shane Archbold.

Jones said he learnt a lot from two previous hit-outs in the Bendigo's street classic.

"This race just keeps on getting better every year.

"It was a great breakaway to be in."

Jones praised O'Brien and Law for their attacks which split the field early in the contest.

"Leif and Sam are really strong riders and we worked well to keep building our lead."

The 22-year-old said the focus is now on next weekend's criterium in Mooloolaba and then on the national road series.

In the race for the BendBal sprint king title, Lampater ruled the way on 13 points from Witmitz 8, Jones 4, O'Brien 3, and Crome 2. 

VICTORIOUS: Brenton Jones wins the Andy's Earthmovers criterium ahead of Sam Witmitz and Leif Lampater. Pictures: JIM ALDERSEY

VICTORIOUS: Brenton Jones wins the Andy's Earthmovers criterium ahead of Sam Witmitz and Leif Lampater. Pictures: JIM ALDERSEY

Leif Lampater, Brenton Jones and Sam Witmitz dominated the Andy's Earthmovers criterium held as part of the Bendigo International Madison athletics-cycling carnival. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Leif Lampater, Brenton Jones and Sam Witmitz dominated the Andy's Earthmovers criterium held as part of the Bendigo International Madison athletics-cycling carnival. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Graison Jelbart, Lilli Cairns, Saige Finch, Milla Finch and Ella Finch.

Graison Jelbart, Lilli Cairns, Saige Finch, Milla Finch and Ella Finch.

South Australia's Joshua Harrison.

South Australia's Joshua Harrison.

Nellie and Adam English.

Nellie and Adam English.

Cyclists race along Pall Mall in the Andy's Earthmovers criterium held at the Bendigo International Madison carnival.

Cyclists race along Pall Mall in the Andy's Earthmovers criterium held at the Bendigo International Madison carnival.

Richard and Faye Dole with Ruth Dean, Tracey Hughes and Carol Anderson.
Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Richard and Faye Dole with Ruth Dean, Tracey Hughes and Carol Anderson. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Germany's Leif Lampater rode brilliantly to win the BendBal sprint king title and be third overall in the Andy's Earthmovers criterium.

Germany's Leif Lampater rode brilliantly to win the BendBal sprint king title and be third overall in the Andy's Earthmovers criterium.

Mark Simons, Dan Simons and John Chapman.

Mark Simons, Dan Simons and John Chapman.

Horsham's Sam Witmitz leads Germany's Leif Lampater and Warragul's Brenton Jones in the Andy's Earthmovers criterium held at the Bendigo Internaitonal Madison carnival. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Horsham's Sam Witmitz leads Germany's Leif Lampater and Warragul's Brenton Jones in the Andy's Earthmovers criterium held at the Bendigo Internaitonal Madison carnival. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Jimmy Angove, Charlie Fitzpatrick and Peter Angove watch the Andy's Earthmovers criterium.

Jimmy Angove, Charlie Fitzpatrick and Peter Angove watch the Andy's Earthmovers criterium.

Scott Law from New South Wales fought on to finish fourth in the Andy's Earthmovers criterium.

Scott Law from New South Wales fought on to finish fourth in the Andy's Earthmovers criterium.

Cyclists power along Pall Mall.

Cyclists power along Pall Mall.

Riders roll through Rosalind Park in the Andy's Earthmovers criterium.

Riders roll through Rosalind Park in the Andy's Earthmovers criterium.

Riders negotiate one of the tricky corners in the Andy's Earthmovers criterium raced in Bendigo's CBD.

Riders negotiate one of the tricky corners in the Andy's Earthmovers criterium raced in Bendigo's CBD.