Another stage edges Sutton closer to overall victory

Garmin dominates podium placings

Chris Sutton today extended his domination of this year's Jayco Herald Sun Tour with a third successive stage win on the 139 kilometre journey from Anglesea to Barwon Heads.

On a day that started and finished in pouring rain, it was again all about Sutton and his Garmin-Slipstream team, but with a fine cameo from young Canberra rider Michael Matthews (Jayco AIS) and former Australian road champion, Darren Lapthorne (Rapha Condor).

Matthews, who was later recognised for his brave riding with the day's most aggressive rider award, joined Lapthorne on a two man break that stayed away for more than 70 kilometres before being caught with just over 10 kilometres to ride.

But it was the sprinter Sutton who reigned supreme for the third day in a row, just nudging out Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia) and Garmin teammate, Bradley Wiggins in a desperate lunge for the line as the heavens opened up on the waterfront at Barwon Heads.

"I was yelling at the boys from 3k to go and then I told Brad to go 500 metres out. I was going to let him have the stage, as I thought we could take one and two," an increasingly confident Sutton said after the race.

"But then I could feel riders coming and I thought it could have been either Jonathan Cantwell or Jaan Kirsipuu, so I went for it."

Still, he had plenty of praise for his team, particularly Tom Peterson, who narrowly missed victory the day before.

"The boys have ridden for me but we have three up on general classification now and so anything can happen. We planned it like that," the 25-year-old said.

"Tom is a great bike rider and he did 5k in front up the 10km climb today. He played his role yet again, that's why were winning races, why we're going so well."

Peterson did manage a victory for himself today, securing the Herald Sun King of the Mountains polka dot jersey, his win in the first climb of the day between Moggs Creek and Lorne effectively putting the title out of reach of the rest of the peloton.

Cantwell again played cat and mouse with Sutton all day, with each of them picking up three bonus seconds in the intermediate sprints and then jousting for the stage win right to the finish.

The Queenslander retains the Budget Forklifts green jersey for the leading sprinter on the Tour but lost four seconds to Sutton on general classification as a result of the stage winner's superior time bonus reward. Nonetheless his confidence remains high with just two stages to ride.

"I'm five seconds behind Chris overall. For two sprinters to go head to head it's been a bit of a strange outcome so far. But I have 38 seconds up my sleeve on Bradley and when you have an inspirational team, anything can happen," Cantwell said.

With belief within both the Garmin and Fly V outfits sky high, all is set for a fascinating time trial stage in Geelong on Friday and a spectacular criterium around Lygon Street in Melbourne on Saturday.

The presence of Tour de France fourth-place getter and brilliant time trialler, Wiggins will ensure plenty of interest in both. Cantwell says he has been working on that aspect of his riding and Sutton feels the course will suit him, citing the stop start corners and a few little hills.

"I was a national under 19 time trial champion but I steered away from it after that. My tactics will just be to go out hard and get faster and faster," Sutton said.

But he also acknowledged that he will be taking on someone quite special.

"I can't really describe it (riding with Wiggins). Since I was young Bradley Wiggins was my hero, my idol, I wanted to be like Bradley Wiggins. But he doesn't see it like that - we roomed together at Cofidis for two years and he taught me so much. He sees me like a little brother," Sutton said.

Tomorrow's fifth stage is a 10 kilometre individual time trial in Geelong that could well determine who wins the 58th edition of Australia's oldest stage cycling race.

Full Results

1Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream3:06:47 
2Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia  
3Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream  
4Aaron Kemps (Aus) Rock Racing  
5Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) LeTua  
6Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor  
7Mitchell Pearson (Aus) Prime Estate  
8Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS  
9David Tanner (Aus) Rock Racing  
10Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly  
11Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
12Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
13Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling  
14David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans  
15David McCann (Irl) Prime Estate  
16Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly  
17Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
18Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
19Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
20Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream  
21Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
22Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan  
22Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia  
24Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
25Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly  
26Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
27Philip Zajicek (Aus) Fly V Australia  
28Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor  
29Jai Crawford (Aus) Savings & Loans  
30Cameron Jennings (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
31Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS0:00:11 
32Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS  
33Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor0:00:18 
34Joel Pearson (Aus) Savings & Loans0:00:19 
35Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:23 
36Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS  
37Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia  
38Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor0:00:48 
39Mitchell Docker (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
40Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream  
41David Kemp (Aus) Fly V Australia0:02:22 
42John Cornish (Aus) Prime Estate0:03:00 
43Peter Smith (Aus) Prime Estate  
44Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties  
45Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
46Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan  
47Takumi Beppu (Jpn) Aisan  
48Dylan Newell (Aus) Praties  
49Tim Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans  
50Lachlan Norris (Aus) Prime Estate  
51Andrew Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans  
52Jeremy Yates (NZl) LeTua  
53Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:03:04 
54Benjamin King (Aus) Fly V Australia  
55Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
56Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
57Jonny Clarke (Aus) Jelly Belly  
58William Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans0:08:56 
59Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling  
60Mitsuhiro Matsumura (Jpn) Aisan0:11:25 
61John Anderson (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
62Joshua Chugg (Aus) Praties  
63Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan  
64Wil Routley (Can) Jelly Belly  
65Herz Serge (Ger) LeTua  
66Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:15:57 
67Nic Sanderson (Aus) Rock Racing0:23:39 
68Thomas Nankervis (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
69Lars Pria (Rom) LeTua  
70Stephen Cunningham (Aus) Savings & Loans  
71Brett Tivers (NZl) Prime Estate  
72William Clarke (Aus) Praties  
73Richie Porte (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
74Peter Ladd (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
75Kyle Marwood (Aus) Praties  
76Luke Fetch (Aus) Prime Estate  
77Michael England (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
78Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
79Jason Rigg (Aus) Praties  
80Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan  
DNFZak Dempster (Aus) Drapac Porsche  
DNFGlenn O'shea (Aus) Jayco AIS  
1Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream12 pts
2Jai Crawford (Aus) Savings & Loans8 
3Glenn O'shea (Aus) Jayco AIS4 

1David Mccann (Irl) Prime Estate24 pts
2Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS16 
3Jai Crawford (Aus) Savings & Loans8 
Sprint 1
1Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream10 pts
2Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia8 
3Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream6 
4Aaron Kemps (Aus) Rock Racing4 
5Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) LeTua2 
Sprint 2

1Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream6 pts
2Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia4 
3Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream2 
Sprint 3

1Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor6 pts
2Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS4 
3Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia2 
General classifcation

1Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream14:10:42 
2Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia0:00:05 
3Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:43 
4Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australia National0:00:58 
5Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:01:08 
6David Tanner (Aus) Rock Racing0:01:38 
7Philip Zajicek (Aus) Fly V Australia0:01:43 
8Aaron Kemps (Aus) Rock Racing0:01:48 
9Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
10Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly0:01:52 
11David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans0:01:53 
12Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National0:01:55 
13Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:04:48 
14Mitchell Pearson (Aus) Prime Estate0:04:54 
15Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling0:04:56 
16David Mccann (Irl) Prime Estate  
17Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
18Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor  
19Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia0:05:33 
20Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor0:05:41 
21Jai Crawford (Aus) Savings & Loans0:06:02 
22Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly  
23Cameron Jennings (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
24Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream0:06:25 
25Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS0:13:23 
26Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Porsche0:13:34 
27Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia0:14:19 
28Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:16:18 
29Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS0:24:13 
30Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor0:24:19 
31Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor0:24:53 
32Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:24:56 
33Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream0:25:18 
34Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) LeTua0:25:35 
35Jeremy Yates (NZl) LeTua0:26:41 
36Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan0:27:19 
37Takumi Beppu (Jpn) Aisan0:27:40 
38Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS0:30:21 
39Tim Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans0:34:31 
40Wil Routley (Can) Jelly Belly0:35:44 
41Dylan Newell (Aus) Praties0:39:03 
42Mitchell Docker (Aus) Jayco Australia National0:39:53 
43Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling0:41:38 
44Jonny Clarke (Aus) Jelly Belly0:42:09 
45Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:43:41 
46Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan0:46:46 
47Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS0:47:33 
48Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor0:47:57 
49Michael England (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:47:58 
50Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan0:48:21 
51Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties0:49:33 
52Lachlan Norris (Aus) Prime Estate0:49:50 
53John Cornish (Aus) Prime Estate0:50:10 
54Benjamin King (Aus) Fly V Australia0:50:14 
55Joshua Chugg (Aus) Praties0:50:30 
56Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porsche0:54:22 
57Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche0:55:17 
58David Kemp (Aus) Fly V Australia0:56:44 
59John Anderson (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:58:35 
60Richie Porte (Aus) Jayco Australia National1:02:44 
61Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling1:03:07 
62Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly1:06:16 
63Joel Pearson (Aus) Savings & Loans1:06:35 
64Kyle Marwood (Aus) Praties1:10:49 
65Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
66Brett Tivers (NZl) Prime Estate1:11:18 
67Andrew Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans1:13:30 
68Peter Smith (Aus) Prime Estate1:13:39 
69Mitsuhiro Matsumura (Jpn) Aisan1:17:41 
70Nic Sanderson (Aus) Rock Racing1:18:01 
71Jason Rigg (Aus) Praties  
72Luke Fetch (Aus) Prime Estate1:18:52 
73William Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans1:19:26 
74Herz Serge (Ger) LeTua1:21:55 
75William Clarke (Aus) Praties1:29:53 
76Peter Ladd (Aus) Budget Forklifts1:29:55 
77Lars Pria (Rom) LeTua1:34:09 
78Thomas Nankervis (Aus) Jayco Australia National  
79Stephen Cunningham (Aus) Savings & Loans  
80Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan  
Mountains classification
1Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream54 pts
2Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream38 
3Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS28 
4David Mccann (Irl) Prime Estate24 
5Jai Crawford (Aus) Savings & Loans20 
6Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly20 
7Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS16 
8Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche12 
9Richie Porte (Aus) Jayco Australia National8 
10Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling6 
11Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS6 
12Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream4 
Sprint classification

1Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia58 pts
2Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream48 
3Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream16 
4Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream16 
5Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) LeTua12 
6Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australia National10 
7Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor6 
8David Tanner (Aus) Rock Racing6 
9David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans6 
10Aaron Kemps (Aus) Rock Racing4 
11Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS4 
12Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Porsche4 
13Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS4 
14Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor4 
15William Clarke (Aus) Praties4 
16Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National2 

1Garmin Slipstream (USA)42:34:29 
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)0:33:57 
7Savings & Loans (Australia)0:37:22 
8Jayco Australian National (Australia)0:40:30 
9Jayco AIS (Australia)0:46:32 
10Aisan (Japan)1:16:51 
11Rock Racing (USA)1:19:08 
12Drapac Porsche (Australia)1:19:15 
13Budget Forklifts (Australia)1:31:55 
14Praties (Australia)1:53:23 
15LeTua Cycling Team (Malaysia)2:11:38 
Best Young Rider

1Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National14:12:37 
2Mitchell Pearson (Aus) Prime Estate0:02:59 
3Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream0:04:30 
4Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS0:11:28 
5Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:14:23 
6Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS0:22:18 
7Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS0:28:26 
8Tim Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans0:32:36 
9Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS0:45:38 
10Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties0:47:38 
11Lachlan Norris (Aus) Prime Estate0:47:55 
12Benjamin King (Aus) Fly V Australia0:48:19 
13John Anderson (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:56:40 
14Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling1:01:12 
15Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts1:08:54 
16Andrew Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans1:11:35 
17Peter Smith (Aus) Prime Estate1:11:44 
18Luke Fetch (Aus) Prime Estate1:16:57 


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