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The Australian racing season gets under way today with the Tattersall's Tour of Gippsland, the first...
The Australian racing season gets under way today with the Tattersall's Tour of Gippsland, the first in a series of three five-day races that comprise the 2005 Tattersall's Cup series.
In previous years the Tattersall's Cup has been a series of one-day races in regional Victoria and Tasmania, but for 2005 organisers have freshened up the format which will now include the Jayco Tour of Tasmania, August 17-21, and the Tour of the Murray River, August 31-September 4. A total of $90,000 in prize money is up for grabs, including $10,000 for the overall leading placegetters in the Tattersall's Cup
The Tour of Gippsland will take in four municipalities - Latrobe, Wellington, South Gippsland and Baw Baw - and will cover 534km over nine stages. It starts with a 45km criterium in Moe on Wednesday, August 3, and will finish with a 57km street race in Traralgon on Sunday, August 7.
Top Australian riders Robert McLachlan, a Barcelona Olympian, and 2004 Herald Sun Tour runner-up David McKenzie say they are looking forward to the Tour of Gippsland. "It is going to be great. I can't wait," said McLachlan. "I am excited by the Tour of Gippsland because the scenery is stunning and the prize money is excellent."
David McKenzie, a stage winner in the 2000 Giro d'Italia, agreed. "The Tour of Gippsland has all the makings of a magnificent event," he said. "But it won't be easy."