Jonathan Cantwell is already planning ways to take the Jayco Herald Sun Tour’s yellow jersey back after sprint rival Chris Sutton (Garmin-Slipstream) took the race lead away by winning the third stage. Cantwell won the race’s preface stage, which didn’t count for the overall classification, but managed to take the race lead after finishing second to Sutton on stage two.
"It was do or die day for me with those climbs but my team did a great job, 167k's on the front,” an upbeat Cantwell explained. “I am super confident we can get it (the yellow jersey) back.”
Cantwell and his Fly V Australia squad has enjoyed a successful season this year, in the squad’s first year. The Scody Cup winner hopes to play a tactical battle to overcome the strength of Garmin’s roster, which includes 2009 Tour de France revelation and time trial specialist Bradley Wiggins.
“Race dynamics change,” said Cantwell. “We'll sit tomorrow and let them (Garmin) do the work."
While he lost the race lead to Sutton, Cantwell leads his compatriot in the sprinter’s classification by 12 points.
Tomorrow’s fourth stage takes the peloton over 139 kilometres from Anglesea to Barwon Heads. It includes intermediate sprints at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch and at Moriac and a testing climb up Benwerrin.
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