Another Sutton in yellow after 25 years

Second stage win nets Chris Sutton race lead

Chris Sutton still says his father is not interested enough to come and watch him ride but the younger man took another giant step towards making that and other things more likely with a second stage win in today's leg of the 2009 Jayco Herald Sun Tour, that also delivered him the yellow jersey.

After his Garmin Slipstream team mate, Tom Peterson, looked to have booked a spot in a two man shoot-out with Geelong's Leigh Howard (Jayco AIS) for the honours on the 164km third stage from Warrnambool to Apollo Bay, Sutton was part of a big pack that hunted them down just 100 metres from the line.

"I thought Tom Peterson would win the stage but Fly V kept chasing. I feel a bit sorry for both of them,” said Sutton. “Leigh Howard is a great bike rider and Tom is going really strong at the moment. He was upset he missed the move yesterday and I am sure he is a bit upset today as well. But that is bike racing. We rode a team plan."

Sutton plans of retaining the leader’s jersey through to Melbourne on Saturday in an attempt to complete the first father and son Tour victories, complementing father Gary's 1984 success. He is however aware of that same team plan and of the threats from elsewhere.

"The race is not over yet and let's hope I've still got it on my back tomorrow,” he said. “I know Jonno Cantwell and the rest of Fly V will give us a run for the money. It has been a big 24 hours but we are not getting too excited.

"We're riding for Wiggo and Svein - the three of us can podium but the big dangers are Jonno and Matthew Wilson," Sutton added.

Sutton is clearly in awe of Bradley Wiggins ability and knows the asset that Svein Tuft, a world championships silver medallist at time trial in 2008, is to their team. "Wiggo is like a freight train. I can't describe how fast he goes. Today after Fly V did all the work, which was perfect for us, Trent Lowe took over at the front, and then Bradley and I tagged on.

"We don't really talk that much on the road. We just have a bit of a signal. Wiggo just taps his hand on his rear and I hang on," Sutton explained.

Peterson on the other hand was clearly despondent post race, despite picking up the polka dot jersey for the leader in the King of the Mountains category, two hill climbs, two sprint wins and a few bonus seconds during the day. "I'm speechless. I would have loved to have won it today, but we went with the team," the 2009 Tour of California stage winner said during the presentation ceremony.

The rising star Howard, who won the award for the most aggressive rider on the day was more philosophical but equally frustrated.

"It is a bit unfortunate and I am very disappointed. We went a long way out. At 15k to go we thought we had it and we probably slowed up a bit too much,” the talented 19-year-old said. "And then there was the obvious change of tactics from Garmin. He kept attacking me. I understand why they did it - they won they stage."


1Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream3:48:58 
2Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia  
3David Tanner (Aus) Rock Racing  
4Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
5Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream  
6Mitchell Pearson (Aus) Prime Estate  
7Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS  
8David Mccann (Irl) Prime Estate0:00:02 
9Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling  
10Philip Zajicek (Aus) Fly V Australia  
11Aaron Kemps (Aus) Rock Racing  
12Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS  
13Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly  
14Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
15Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream  
16Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
17Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties  
18Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor  
19Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor  
20Jeremy Yates (NZl) LeTua0:00:10 
21Takumi Beppu (Jpn) Aisan  
22Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
23Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan0:00:15 
24Lachlan Norris (Aus) Prime Estate0:00:19 
25Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
26Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
27Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia0:00:39 
28Tim Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans0:01:08 
29David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans  
30Jai Crawford (Aus) Savings & Loans  
31Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream  
32Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream  
33Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
34Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS  
35Wil Routley (Can) Jelly Belly  
36Michael England (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
37Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly  
38Cameron Jennings (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
39Brett Tivers (NZl) Prime Estate  
40Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan  
41Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor0:01:15 
42Joshua Chugg (Aus) Praties0:08:42 
43Luke Fetch (Aus) Prime Estate  
44Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
45Jonny Clarke (Aus) Jelly Belly  
46Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
47Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling  
48Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan  
49Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia  
50Richie Porte (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
51Mitchell Docker (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
52Dylan Newell (Aus) Praties0:12:43 
53Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:16:37 
54John Anderson (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:23:59 
55Stephen Cunningham (Aus) Savings & Loans  
56Peter Ladd (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
57William Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans  
58Lars Pria (Rom) LeTua  
59Nic Sanderson (Aus) Rock Racing  
60Glenn O'shea (Aus) Jayco AIS  
61Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS  
62David Kemp (Aus) Fly V Australia  
63John Cornish (Aus) Prime Estate  
64Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor  
65Benjamin King (Aus) Fly V Australia  
66Thomas Nankervis (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
67Andrew Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans  
68Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly  
69Zak Dempster (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
70Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) LeTua  
71Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
72Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
73Mitsuhiro Matsumura (Jpn) Aisan  
74Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
75Herz Serge (Ger) LeTua  
76Jason Rigg (Aus) Praties  
77Kyle Marwood (Aus) Praties  
78William Clarke (Aus) Praties  
79Joel Pearson (Aus) Savings & Loans  
80Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
81Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan  
82Peter Smith (Aus) Prime Estate0:24:08 
DNFBenjamin Grenda (Aus) Praties  
DNFRichard Lang (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
DNFBlair Windsor (Aus) Budget Forklifts  

1Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream24 pts
2Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS16 
3Richie Porte (Aus) Jayco Australia National8 
1Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream18 pts
2Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS12 
3Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS6 
Sprint 1
1Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream10 pts
2Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia8 
3David Tanner (Aus) Rock Racing6 
4Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream4 
5Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream2 
Sprint 2
1Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream6 pts
2Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Porsche4 
3William Clarke (Aus) Praties2 
Sprint 3
1Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream6 pts
2Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS4 
3William Clarke (Aus) Praties2 
General classification
1Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream11:04:08 
2Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia0:00:01 
3Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:35 
4Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australia National0:00:45 
5Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:55 
6David Tanner (Aus) Rock Racing0:01:25 
7Philip Zajicek (Aus) Fly V Australia0:01:30 
8Aaron Kemps (Aus) Rock Racing0:01:35 
9Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
10Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly0:01:39 
11David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans0:01:40 
12Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National0:01:42 
13Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:04:35 
14Mitchell Pearson (Aus) Prime Estate0:04:41 
15David Mccann (Irl) Prime Estate0:04:43 
16Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling  
17Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
18Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor  
19Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor  
20Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia0:05:20 
21Jai Crawford (Aus) Savings & Loans0:05:49 
22Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream  
23Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly  
24Cameron Jennings (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
25Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS0:13:01 
26Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
27Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Porsche0:13:21 
28Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia0:13:43 
29Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:21:43 
30Jeremy Yates (NZl) LeTua0:23:28 
31Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS0:23:49 
32Michael England (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:24:06 
33Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
34Wil Routley (Can) Jelly Belly  
35Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan  
36Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream0:24:17 
37Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor0:24:22 
38Takumi Beppu (Jpn) Aisan0:24:27 
39Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) LeTua0:25:22 
40Zak Dempster (Aus) Drapac Porsche0:28:40 
41Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS0:30:08 
42Tim Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans0:31:18 
43Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling0:32:29 
44Dylan Newell (Aus) Praties0:35:50 
45Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan0:36:43 
46Joshua Chugg (Aus) Praties0:38:52 
47Jonny Clarke (Aus) Jelly Belly  
48Mitchell Docker (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
49Richie Porte (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
50Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:40:24 
51Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties0:46:20 
52Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan0:46:33 
53Lachlan Norris (Aus) Prime Estate0:46:37 
54John Cornish (Aus) Prime Estate0:46:57 
55Benjamin King (Aus) Fly V Australia  
56John Anderson (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
57Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS  
58Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
59Kyle Marwood (Aus) Praties  
60Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
61Brett Tivers (NZl) Prime Estate0:47:26 
62Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor0:47:44 
63Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche0:52:00 
64Nic Sanderson (Aus) Rock Racing0:54:09 
65David Kemp (Aus) Fly V Australia  
66Jason Rigg (Aus) Praties  
67Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
68Luke Fetch (Aus) Prime Estate0:55:00 
69William Clarke (Aus) Praties1:06:01 
70Peter Ladd (Aus) Budget Forklifts1:06:03 
71Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly  
72Joel Pearson (Aus) Savings & Loans  
73Mitsuhiro Matsumura (Jpn) Aisan  
74William Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans1:10:17 
75Lars Pria (Rom) LeTua  
76Thomas Nankervis (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
77Stephen Cunningham (Aus) Savings & Loans  
78Herz Serge (Ger) LeTua  
79Andrew Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans  
80Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan  
81Glenn O'shea (Aus) Jayco AIS1:10:22 
82Peter Smith (Aus) Prime Estate1:10:26 
Mountains classification
1Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream42 pts
2Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream38 
3Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS28 
4Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly20 
5Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche12 
6Richie Porte (Aus) Jayco Australia National8 
7Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling6 
8Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS6 
9Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream4 
10Jai Crawford (Aus) Savings & Loans4 
Sprint classification
1Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia44 pts
2Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream32 
3Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream16 
4Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) LeTua10 
5Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australia National10 
6Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream8 
7David Tanner (Aus) Rock Racing6 
8David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans6 
9Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Porsche4 
10Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS4 
11Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor4 
12William Clarke (Aus) Praties4 
13Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National2 
Teams classification

1Garmin Slipstream (USA)33:14:08 
2Fly V Australia (Australia)0:05:34 
3Bissell Pro Cycling (USA)0:09:17 
4Rapha Condor (Great Britain)0:12:51 
5Jelly Belly (USA)0:29:50 
6Prime Estate (Australia)0:30:57 
7Savings & Loans (Australia)0:37:03 
8Jayco Australian National (Australia)0:39:42 
9Jayco AIS (Australia)0:46:10 
10Rock Racing (USA)0:55:29 
11Budget Forklifts (Australia)0:56:51 
12Aisan (Japan)1:10:51 
13Drapac Porsche (Australia)1:16:11 
14Praties (Australia)1:35:58 
15LeTua Cycling Team (Malaysia)1:57:13 
Best Young Rider

1Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National11:05:50 
2Mitchell Pearson (Aus) Prime Estate0:02:59 
3Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream0:04:07 
4Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS0:11:19 
5Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
6Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS0:22:07 
7Zak Dempster (Aus) Drapac Porsche0:26:58 
8Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS0:28:26 
9Tim Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans0:29:36 
10Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties0:44:38 
11Lachlan Norris (Aus) Prime Estate0:44:55 
12Benjamin King (Aus) Fly V Australia0:45:15 
13John Anderson (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
14Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS  
15Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
16Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
17Luke Fetch (Aus) Prime Estate0:53:18 
18Andrew Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans1:08:35 
19Glenn O'shea (Aus) Jayco AIS1:08:40 
20Peter Smith (Aus) Prime Estate1:08:44 


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