The 5th stage of the Sun Tour finished at Lake Mountain, and the climb was the undoing of leader Karl Menzies (Health Net). Matt Lloyd had an excellent ride, as did Trent Lowe (Australian National Team) who set the pace on the final climb, and Hilton Clark (Navigators), who has all but wrapped up the sprinter's competition, John Trevorrow reports.
Matt Lloyd (Southaustralia.com-AIS)
Q: It’s been a strange week for you.
A: I tell you after last week, oh. I came into this race and the first criterium I crashed and then missed the move on the first road stage and I was shattered not to be on GC. I saw the move going early, I wasn’t worrying about Gerro or anyone, I just did my own thing. I thought I might as well get amongst it.
This just means so much to me. The team have done a great job in fixing me up since the fall, my arm’s still a bit puffy but who cares and I started to feel pretty good today. I hit em at the bottom and I thought 2 ½ minutes is enough for me.
Trent Lowe (Australian National Team)
Q: You did a great job on the climb.
A: Yeah thanks. It was even hard before the climb and then I had to red line it on the early section, actually I really battled on the steep section and then we caught Willo (teammate Trent) who pulled out an awesome turn and he was on the front for a couple oh kilometres and I had the chance to recover. So then it was just me riding as hard as I could for as long as I could.
Hilton Clark (Navigators Insurance)
" All week there has been no mention of Phil [Zajicek]. I would read all the stories and think to myself, they will know about him by the end of the week "