Sutton finally snatches victory

Cantwell settles for second place and race lead

The battlelines were drawn in this year's Herald Sun Tour when Chris Sutton picked up his first stage win of the event and preface winner Jonathan Cantwell took over the leader's yellow jersey.

The two riders are the form contenders in this year's event and both survived a hectic day of wind and crashes that cast many potential winners aside, leaving a select group of riders that will go into the final few stages with hopes of overall victory.

Sutton was overcome in Sunday’s preface by local rider Cantwell (Fly V Australia) while Tour de France stage winner Jaan Kirsipuu (LeTua) swept up the spoils in yesterday’s opening stage.

Cantwell finished a close second from today’s for man sprint. The Scody Cup winner may have missed a stage win, but receives a consolation by claiming the leader’s jersey ahead of tomorrow’s third stage. It will be the first time Cantwell gets to don the jersey at this year’s race, as his stage win on Sunday didn’t contribute to the race’s overall classification.

For Sutton it was the continuation of a family tradition that stretches back to 1983, when his uncle, Shane, won the title. The following year brother Gary claimed the win.

Now finding himself in a position to do continue the 'dynasty', Sutton knows what's ahead if he wants to make his mark on the race. "Whilst it is always sweet to get a win, especially in Australia, hopefully I've got another couple in me yet," said Sutton.

"I've still got hopes of winning overall so we can become the first father and son combination to do it."

Chris' father Gary, who has a Commonweatlh Games gold medal and a world championship title to his name, is a tough man to please, something of which the latest member of the family to make their mark on the Herald Sun Tour is well aware. "He'll probably say 'Good on ya son, but not as good as me'," said Sutton, with a laugh.

"But I think he's quietly proud of me - especially now I'm cooking, cleaning and speaking a couple of languages," he added. "I look up to my dad, he's a great coach. And then there's Uncle Shane, who coaches me. He'll say, 'It's about time'."

How it unfolded

The early part of the day was almost a replica of stage one, with a big breakaway of around 40 and a series of crashes that sent 10 men out of the race, three via hospital; the finish was a quite a contrast, however.

This time just six were left to battle it out for stage honours and the all-important time bonuses that go with the podium placings. They were the remnants of a 13-man group that broke away from the lead pack of around 50 riders with almost 30km to race.

Initially the focus was on Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia) as he continued his domination of the Budget Forklifts green jersey classification, with a second win in the day's two intermediate sprints at Cheese World. Then tactics took over with 17km mark to go to the stage finish on Flagstaff Hill.

Five kilometres further on, he broke away with 2007 Tour winner Matt Wilson (Jayco Australia) and a resilient David Pell (Savings and Loans), establishing a 20-second break on most of the other leaders - ominously for the trio, they had Garmin's Svein Tuft for company.

Predictably perhaps, his mere presence resulted in the Canadian's teammates - pre-race favourite Bradley Wiggins and Sutton - making it across to join the group to contest the finish.

Despite a lack of awareness about the uphill nature of the finale, Sutton prevailed just, but not sufficiently to deny Cantwell the prized yellow jersey.

"I had [team director] Henk Vogels on the phone and I knew it was a headwind finish but we underestimated how hard it was," explained Cantwell. "I hadn't looked at the race book. It was a bit of a mistake on my behalf, I guess."

The Queenslander, who claimed on Monday he was happy to have then missed yellow to avoid the associated pressure, clearly had experienced a change of heart overnight.

"It's a dream come true - to put this [the yellow jersey] on my shoulders. We have had a great preparation, the team has worked inside out, everything together," added Cantwell.

And he did not rule out keeping it for a good while yet, in spite of the aspirations of Sutton and his mates.

"I've been trying to get as many time bonuses as I can on guys like Tuft and Wiggins before the time trial on Friday. If I can go with 30 seconds on them, I'll be happy," explained Cantwell.

"A 10 kilometre time trial is definitely within my reach. I've been working on both my hill climbing and time trialling for most of 2009."

Taking third and fourth respectively Matthew Wilson (Jayco Australia National) and David Pell (Savings & Loans) made it an all-Aussie affair in the lead group, with Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins and Canadian Svein Tuft the next riders to cross the line. The Garmin-Slipstream duo finished three and nine seconds behind their stage winning team-mate respectively.

Tomorrow's third stage should see the wind at the 85 remaining riders' backs as they journey the picturesque 164 kilometres from Warrnambool to Apollo Bay, with intermediate sprints at Peterborough and the 12 Apostles and the race's toughest climb over Lavers Hill.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream3:33:44 
2Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia  
3Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
4David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans  
5Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:03 
6Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:09 
7Philip Zajicek (Aus) Fly V Australia0:00:56 
8David Tanner (Aus) Rock Racing0:00:57 
9Aaron Kemps (Aus) Rock Racing0:01:01 
10Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
11Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
12Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly0:01:05 
13Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) LeTua  
14Mitchell Pearson (Aus) Prime Estate0:04:09 
15Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream  
16Kyle Marwood (Aus) Praties  
17Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS  
18Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
19Jai Crawford (Aus) Savings & Loans  
20Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling  
21Cameron Jennings (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
22Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
23Jeremy Yates (NZl) LeTua  
24Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor  
25Benjamin King (Aus) Fly V Australia  
26Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan  
27David Mccann (Irl) Prime Estate  
28John Cornish (Aus) Prime Estate  
29Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia  
30Zak Dempster (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
31Michael England (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
32Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor  
33Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
34Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
35John Anderson (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
36Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly  
37Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia  
38Wil Routley (Can) Jelly Belly  
39Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
40Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor0:04:18 
41Dylan Newell (Aus) Praties  
42Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream0:04:20 
43Tim Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans0:11:21 
44Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS  
45Mitchell Docker (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
46Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS  
47Jason Rigg (Aus) Praties  
48Jonny Clarke (Aus) Jelly Belly  
49Joshua Chugg (Aus) Praties  
50Nic Sanderson (Aus) Rock Racing  
51Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
52David Kemp (Aus) Fly V Australia  
53Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
54Richie Porte (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
55Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
56Benjamin Grenda (Aus) Praties0:23:15 
57Takumi Beppu (Jpn) Aisan  
58Peter Ladd (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
59Mitsuhiro Matsumura (Jpn) Aisan  
60Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
61Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly  
62William Clarke (Aus) Praties  
63Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling  
64Joel Pearson (Aus) Savings & Loans  
65Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS  
66Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor  
67Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
68Blair Windsor (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
69Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties0:27:29 
70Herz Serge (Ger) LeTua  
71Thomas Nankervis (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
72Peter Smith (Aus) Prime Estate  
73Brett Tivers (NZl) Prime Estate  
74Stephen Cunningham (Aus) Savings & Loans  
75Luke Fetch (Aus) Prime Estate  
76Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
77Richard Lang (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
78Lachlan Norris (Aus) Prime Estate  
79Andrew Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans  
80Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan  
81Lars Pria (Rom) LeTua  
82Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan  
83Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan  
84William Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans  
85Glenn O'shea (Aus) Jayco AIS0:27:34 
DNFPatrick Shaw (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
DNFGene Bates (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
DNFJoe Lewis (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
DNFPeter Mcdonald (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
DNFJi Wen Low (Sin) LeTua  
DNFBrad Huff (USA) Jelly Belly  
DNFBen Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor  
DNFMathew Cronshaw (GBr) Rapha Condor  
DNFTakeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan  
DNFIvan Dominguez (USA) Rock Racing  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream10 pts
2Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia8 
3Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australia National6 
4David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans4 
5Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream2 
1Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia6 
2Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream4 
3Joe Lewis (Aus) Drapac Porsche2 
1Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia6 
2Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australia National4 
3Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National2 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream12 pts
2Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly8 
3Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling4 
1Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream12 
2Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly8 
3Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream4 
General Classification after Stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia7:15:17 
2Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:03 
3Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australia National0:00:19 
4David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans0:00:25 
5Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:28 
6Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:46 
7Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) LeTua0:01:16 
8Philip Zajicek (Aus) Fly V Australia0:01:21 
9David Tanner (Aus) Rock Racing0:01:22 
10Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National0:01:25 
11Aaron Kemps (Aus) Rock Racing0:01:26 
12Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
13Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly0:01:30 
14Mitchell Pearson (Aus) Prime Estate0:04:34 
15Jai Crawford (Aus) Savings & Loans  
16Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor  
17Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling  
18Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
19David Mccann (Irl) Prime Estate  
20Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia  
21Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly  
22Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream  
23Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor  
24Cameron Jennings (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
25Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
26Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
27Zak Dempster (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
28Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia0:04:54 
29Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS0:11:46 
30Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
31Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:12:54 
32John Cornish (Aus) Prime Estate0:22:51 
33Michael England (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
34Benjamin King (Aus) Fly V Australia  
35Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
36Wil Routley (Can) Jelly Belly  
37Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS  
38John Anderson (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
39Kyle Marwood (Aus) Praties  
40Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan  
41Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
42Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor0:23:00 
43Dylan Newell (Aus) Praties  
44Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream0:23:02 
45Jeremy Yates (NZl) LeTua0:23:11 
46Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor0:23:38 
47Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS0:23:40 
48Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
49Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling  
50Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
51Takumi Beppu (Jpn) Aisan0:24:10 
52Richard Lang (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:27:51 
53Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche0:27:54 
54Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan  
55Nic Sanderson (Aus) Rock Racing0:30:03 
56David Kemp (Aus) Fly V Australia  
57Tim Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans  
58Jason Rigg (Aus) Praties  
59Joshua Chugg (Aus) Praties  
60Jonny Clarke (Aus) Jelly Belly  
61Mitchell Docker (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
62Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS  
63Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
64Richie Porte (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
65Peter Ladd (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:41:57 
66Blair Windsor (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
67Benjamin Grenda (Aus) Praties  
68Joel Pearson (Aus) Savings & Loans  
69Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly  
70William Clarke (Aus) Praties  
71Mitsuhiro Matsumura (Jpn) Aisan  
72Brett Tivers (NZl) Prime Estate0:46:11 
73Peter Smith (Aus) Prime Estate  
74Luke Fetch (Aus) Prime Estate  
75Herz Serge (Ger) LeTua  
76William Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans  
77Thomas Nankervis (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
78Lars Pria (Rom) LeTua  
79Stephen Cunningham (Aus) Savings & Loans  
80Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties  
81Andrew Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans  
82Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan  
83Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan  
84Lachlan Norris (Aus) Prime Estate  
85Glenn O'shea (Aus) Jayco AIS0:46:16 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia36 pts
2Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream22 
3Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) LeTua10 
4Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australia National10 
5Richard Lang (Aus) Budget Forklifts6 
6David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans6 
7Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream6 
8Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor4 
9Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National2 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream38 pts
2Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly20 
3Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche12 
4Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling6 
5Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream4 
6Jai Crawford (Aus) Savings & Loans4 
Under 23 classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National7:16:42 
2Mitchell Pearson (Aus) Prime Estate0:03:09 
3Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream  
4Zak Dempster (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
5Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS0:10:21 
6Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
7Benjamin King (Aus) Fly V Australia0:21:26 
8Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
9Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS  
10John Anderson (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
11Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
12Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS0:22:15 
13Richard Lang (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:26:26 
14Tim Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans0:28:38 
15Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS  
16Blair Windsor (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:40:32 
17Benjamin Grenda (Aus) Praties  
18Peter Smith (Aus) Prime Estate0:44:46 
19Luke Fetch (Aus) Prime Estate  
20Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties  
21Andrew Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans  
22Lachlan Norris (Aus) Prime Estate  
23Glenn O'shea (Aus) Jayco AIS0:44:51 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Garmin Slipstream21:47:14 
2Fly V Australia0:04:53 
3Bissell Pro Cycling0:09:11 
4Rapha Condor0:12:28 
5Drapac Porsche0:19:31 
6Jelly Belly0:27:32 
7Jayco Australian National0:30:31 
8Prime Estate0:30:36 
9Budget Forklifts  
10Rock Racing0:31:28 
11Savings & Loans0:33:39 
12Jayco AIS0:45:00 
13LeTua Cycling Team1:09:05 


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