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Doc's patience pays off as rivals kept at Bay

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Guy Hand

Kimberley Wells won the opening stage of the women's Bay Cycling Classic.

Kimberley Wells won the opening stage of the women's Bay Cycling Classic. Photo: Eddie Jim

For doctor Kimberley Wells, it was all about patience.

The 27-year-old Canberra-based cyclist overcame a blanket of Orica-GreenEDGE riders - and a fall - to win the opening stage of the women's Bay Cycling Classic in Geelong on Tuesday.

Wells, riding for Specialized Securitor, bided her time perfectly to outsprint defending series champion Melissa Hoskins and three-time Bay Classic winner Rochelle Gilmore.

Wells fell early in the race among several riders, jamming and taking skin off an ankle which bled throughout the rest of the 45-minute criterium around Eastern Beach. Wells works locum shifts in a hospital emergency ward as she waits to test her cycling prowess overseas.

One of the biggest moments in her career as she outlasted two top-quality cyclists, and overcame Orica-GreenEDGE controlling the latter stages of the race from the front, will no doubt help.

''I'm pretty keen to get overseas this year, so I have to get myself in a team, and I'll be racing the national road series until that happens,'' Wells said.

''I've dabbled in cycling for a long time, but it's probably in the last year or two that I've decided to take it to a more serious level.

''I've always fostered a desire to do sport at an elite level. Gosh, I remember being in fourth year med school and wanting to do this.

''As a woman trying to do cycling at that point, I couldn't do it. I had to wait another three or four years before I was in a position to do it.''

Wells is now coached by former Olympic gold medallist Sara Carrigan, who won the women's road race in Athens in 2004.

Wells' teammate Kate Finegan won one of the sprint legs, while Orica-GreenEDGE's Loes Gunnewijk, of The Netherlands, took the other.

NSW youngster Caleb Ewan won the opening stage of the men's Bay Cycling Classic. AAP

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