Duyn wins stage among bush fires and crocodiles

Huber sets the pace but makes up no time on leader Boelen

It was good that that the Normanby River, in which the infamous Queensland's saltwater crocodiles where sighted just a few days ago, separated the raging bush fires from the finish area or stage 8 of the Crocodile Trophy would have had to be neutralized today.

After a short but extremely hot stage Huub Duyn (Darrell Lee - Donckers Koffie) from the Netherlands won the stage in Kalpowar Camp, beating Austrian Josef Benedseder in a two-up sprint. After three years of being a helper on the road for Garmin riders Bradley Wiggins, Tylar Farrar, Christian Vande Velde and Martijn Maaskant, Duyn returned to the continental level. His excursion to the Crocodile Trophy was supposed to be for fun, but once a rider is on the bike, he wants to win.

"This morning Huub was complaining again and he didn't want to start any more," said his teammate Kevin Hulsmans from Belgium. "We told him that it was a short stage and that it would be easier on the bike than in the back of a wobbling car." Wobbling, that indeed describes today's stage. Corrugations from the start in Laura till the end in Kalpowar. "Fortunately", it was a flat stage. The heat and the rough surface made it already hard enough.

The best 17 riders immediately broke away but soon lost René Haselbacher (puncture), Mark Griffin (hit a reflective pole with his left knee) and Mike Blewitt (material problem). Nobody in the front was able to attack as Swiss champion Urs Huber kept the pace so high as to deter any such efforts. For more than 70km, the two-time Crocodile Trophy winner Huber was pulling the front group. Impressive, but not immediately comprehensible to riders and spectators alike.

"I didn't want a scenario like yesterday when a small group of riders broke away and caused my and race leader Boelen's group falling asleep behind them," said Huber. "I wanted to make the race hard. It is my only chance to beat Jeroen Boelen, still seven minutes ahead of me in the GC. Okay, in the end, nobody cracked but I had to give it a try."

Huber showed a strong performance and after the second feed station kept powering on, despite a nose bleed that wouldn't stop until he was in the finish, being looked after by medical staff and partner Simone Jung, whom he had met at last year's Crocodile Trophy.

"A lot of times in my career, I raced with and against Fabian Cancellara," said Kevin Hulsmans. "But what Huber did was as impressive, just what 'Spartacus' would do. Amazing how he, by himself, kept the speed that high on those terrible corrugations. We were all dying on his wheel."

Really just one rider had tried to do something against Huber's hegemony and that was Hulsmans. He attacked, like he's done every day so far, but this time not once, not two or three times, Hulsmans attacked 10 times on the roads through the Lakefield National Park, with its countless termite colonies. The first eight times, it was Huber himself who went after him. The last two times, at 5km and 3km from the end, it was the Australian Graeme Arnott, the leader in the masters category, who spoiled the plans of Hulsmans.

The first counter attack of someone else was immediately the one that worked. Duyn gave it a try at 2km from the finish. Benedseder and Justin Morris were the only ones able or willing to follow. For Morris, it all went too fast. A too nervous Benedseder started the sprint between the two of them from too far behind and the experienced Duyn overtook him and claimed his first ever mountain bike victory.

"At the 500 meter mark, I tried to push it really hard but apparently not hard enough as Duyn managed to pass me," said the disappointed Austrian rider. "This is already my second placing as second in this Crocodile Trophy. There are still two chances left for me. I came here for a stage win. I won't give it up."

The happiest rider in Kalpowar was of course Dutch rider Duyn. "It is true, I thought 'what am I doing here?' a lot and that I should really be somewhere nice with my wife in October, but now my perseverance delivered. I had no mountain bike experience at all. This race is technically not so hard, but there is the heat, today all those corrugations - I have blisters on my hands - and then after the stage, you need to put up your tents, wash your clothes yourself etc. It makes it hard, but an unforgettable adventure."

With his third place, Australian Morris was as happy as if he had won. "We had a good team performance today. Graeme Arnott worked for his position as best master in the GC, I would race for the stage win. I did not win, but this is my best ever performance in a mountain bike race. I hope this can give other diabetics more hope; just because you have diabetes doesn't mean that you can't do sports at a high level."

Next season Morris will race on the road for Team Type 1 on the development program, as he already did in 2010. "I am the first diabetic to do this race. I hope some others will follow my example," said Morris.

The best master 1 category finisher in Kalpowar was Belgian Jan Verboven. "I have a full time job, two little kids, this Crocodile Trophy results are a surprise for me. On the other hand, I trained for it a whole year. My father was a multi-time winner in road races. I prefer mountain biking. That's more fun, more nature, more honest."

Tomorrow's stage is over 148 kilometres goes from Kalpowar to Starke. It will be a hard and sandy stage with deep bull dust sections. Having suffered from a sore knee for the past few days, Australian John Boswell will not be at the start line.

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Full Results

Men stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Huub Duyn (Ned) Darrell Lee-Donckers Koffie Cycling 12:46:28 
2Josef Benedseder (Aut)  
3Justin Morris (Aus) Subaru/MarathonMTB.com0:00:10 
9Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Darrell Lee-Donckers Koffie Cycling 10:00:36 
4Jeroen Boelen (Ned) Milka-Trek0:01:09 
5Mike Mulkens (Bel) Kipeo MTB Team  
6Wolfgang Krenn (Aut)  
7Urs Huber (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team0:01:10 
8Geeni Yong Choi (Kor) Team Korea  
10Christoph Sokoll (Aut)0:01:16 
11Ondrej Slezak (Cze) Bernard Rocky Trail Racing0:07:59 
12Bruno Naessens (Bel)0:08:00 
13Sander Van Schuerbeeck (Bel)0:23:20 
14Roeland Suys (Bel) Kipeo MTB Team0:23:21 
15Sam Van De Gucht (Bel)0:23:22 
16Chris Hellman (Aus)0:23:24 
17Samuel McGregor (Aus) The Fitzroy Revolution0:28:54 
18Bram Donckers (Bel) Darrell Lee-Donckers Koffie Cycling 11:08:29 
Women stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jessica Douglas (Aus)3:09:46 
2Sharman Parr (NZl) kickass0:55:44 
Masters 1 stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Verboven (Bel) Den Outback 4bikes croc team 20112:47:40 
2Arnott Graeme (Aus) Subaru/MarathonMTB.com0:00:03 
3Gert Maes (Bel) Den Outback 4bikes croc team 20110:01:12 
4Mark Griffin (Aus) Ashfield Cycles & Rockytrail0:06:45 
5Mike Blewitt (Aus) Subaru/MarathonMTB.com0:06:46 
6Steve Petre (Aus)0:06:51 
7Michal Kafka (Aus) Bernard Rocky Trail Racing0:22:04 
8Tim Schepens (Bel) Den Outback 4bikes croc0:22:05 
9Matthias Schwarze (Ger) The Fitzroy Revolution0:22:07 
10Ki Joong Kim (Kor) Team Korea0:22:10 
11Michal Lanik (Cze)0:22:11 
12Ashley Hayat (Aus) The Fitzroy Revolution  
13Peter Roelens (Bel)0:22:14 
14Martin Wisata (Aut) Bernard Rocky Trail Racing0:29:18 
15René Haselbacher (Aut)  
16Frederic Starck (Bel)0:48:20 
17Laurent Tesch (Bel)0:48:21 
18Werner Van Vuuren (Aus)0:54:44 
19Michael Taylor (Aus)  
20Andreas Buchegger (Aut)  
21Dirk Hörnig (Ger)0:54:46 
22Nicola Gianfranceschi (Ita)0:54:53 
23Christophe Demeyere (Bel)1:10:10 
Masters 2 stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brad Davies (Aus)2:47:38 
2Marc Baechli (Swi)0:06:48 
3Carl Maroney (Aus)0:06:51 
4Aloyse Albert Schartz (Lux)0:07:05 
5Shaun Portegys (NZl)0:07:08 
6Patrick Mensch (Bel) Den Outback 4bikes croc team 20110:22:07 
7Baelen Guy Van (Bel) Den Outback 4bikes croc0:22:08 
8Jeroen Tiebie (Ned) Silvis en Vos0:30:53 
9Christiaan Van Splunter (Ned) Silvis en Vos0:30:58 
10Johan Van Splunter (Ned) Silvis en Vos0:30:59 
11Thomas Holmberg (Den)0:34:59 
12Stéphane Maitrejean (Bel)0:48:24 
13Gianni Banterla (Ita)0:54:47 
14Andrew Chafer (USA) Team Van Be Venture0:54:48 
15Rien Montsma (Ned) Silvis en Vos 20:54:56 
16Blair King (NZl)1:07:19 
Masters 3 stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pio Tomasetig (Ita) Danieli Team3:10:45 
2Greg Parr (Aus) kickass0:04:40 
3Gerhard Grasmugg (Aut)0:14:15 
4Andrew Radcliffe (Aus)0:31:38 
5Andreas Wittmann (Ger)  
Tandem stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Doris Ermens & Lieven Straetmans (Bel)3:09:47 
2Daniele Modolo & Sebastian Favaro (Ita) Il Tandem Italia0:16:53 
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Huub Duyn (Ned) Darrell Lee-Donckers Koffie Cycling 120 pts
2Josef Benedseder (Aut)15 
3Justin Morris (Aus) Subaru/MarathonMTB.com10 
4Jeroen Boelen (Ned) Milka-Trek5 
5Mike Mulkens (Bel) Kipeo MTB Team2 
Men general classification after stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeroen Boelen (Ned) Milka-Trek26:36:09 
2Urs Huber (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team0:07:05 
3Wolfgang Krenn (Aut)0:44:49 
4Josef Benedseder (Aut)0:53:35 
5Mike Mulkens (Bel) Kipeo MTB Team0:59:54 
6Christoph Sokoll (Aut)1:19:48 
7Justin Morris (Aus) Subaru/MarathonMTB.com1:46:09 
8Geeni Yong Choi (Kor) Team Korea1:52:02 
9Huub Duyn (Ned) Darrell Lee-Donckers Koffie Cycling 12:25:49 
10Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Darrell Lee-Donckers Koffie Cycling 12:26:47 
11Ondrej Slezak (Cze) Bernard Rocky Trail Racing3:21:20 
12Bruno Naessens (Bel)4:04:04 
13Samuel McGregor (Aus) The Fitzroy Revolution4:11:13 
14Roeland Suys (Bel) Kipeo MTB Team6:29:44 
15Sam Van De Gucht (Bel)7:03:17 
16Sander Van Schuerbeeck (Bel)7:03:53 
17Chris Hellman (Aus)7:31:28 
18Bram Donckers (Bel) Darrell Lee-Donckers Koffie Cycling 116:42:35 
Women general classification after stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jessica Douglas (Aus)33:06:02 
2Sharman Parr (NZl) kickass13:50:45 
Masters 1 general classification after stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arnott Graeme (Aus) Subaru/MarathonMTB.com28:19:27 
2Mark Griffin (Aus) Ashfield Cycles & Rockytrail0:14:23 
3Jan Verboven (Bel) Den Outback 4bikes croc team 20110:28:02 
4Ashley Hayat (Aus) The Fitzroy Revolution0:55:11 
5Mike Blewitt (Aus) Subaru/MarathonMTB.com1:13:52 
6Gert Maes (Bel) Den Outback 4bikes croc team 20111:35:46 
7Michal Lanik (Cze)1:36:47 
8René Haselbacher (Aut)2:10:15 
9Steve Petre (Aus)3:10:49 
10Michal Kafka (Aus) Bernard Rocky Trail Racing3:44:26 
11Tim Schepens (Bel) Den Outback 4bikes croc4:25:31 
12Ki Joong Kim (Kor) Team Korea5:02:55 
13Matthias Schwarze (Ger) The Fitzroy Revolution5:43:12 
14Peter Roelens (Bel)6:17:43 
15Martin Wisata (Aut) Bernard Rocky Trail Racing6:35:50 
16Werner Van Vuuren (Aus)8:33:53 
17Frederic Starck (Bel)9:05:35 
18Laurent Tesch (Bel)9:05:38 
19Michael Taylor (Aus)9:39:41 
20Andreas Buchegger (Aut)10:12:03 
21Dirk Hörnig (Ger)10:45:14 
22Christophe Demeyere (Bel)14:28:12 
23Nicola Gianfranceschi (Ita)15:27:17 
Masters 2 general classification after stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
24Brad Davies (Aus)29:02:12 
25Shaun Portegys (NZl)29:32:05 
26Marc Baechli (Swi)30:32:51 
27Carl Maroney (Aus)30:43:36 
28Patrick Mensch (Bel) Den Outback 4bikes croc team 201132:59:08 
29Baelen Guy Van (Bel) Den Outback 4bikes croc33:07:47 
30Johan Van Splunter (Ned) Silvis en Vos34:51:54 
31Christiaan Van Splunter (Ned) Silvis en Vos34:51:56 
32Aloyse Albert Schartz (Lux)34:52:05 
33Thomas Holmberg (Den)35:45:17 
34Jeroen Tiebie (Ned) Silvis en Vos36:23:49 
35Stéphane Maitrejean (Bel)37:25:01 
36Rien Montsma (Ned) Silvis en Vos 240:52:16 
37Blair King (NZl)41:06:23 
38Gianni Banterla (Ita)43:30:55 
39Andrew Chafer (USA) Team Van Be Venture58:38:52 
Masters 3 general classification after stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pio Tomasetig (Ita) Danieli Team34:04:40 
2Gerhard Grasmugg (Aut)3:15:26 
3Andrew Radcliffe (Aus)3:57:21 
4Andreas Wittmann (Ger)4:23:33 
5Greg Parr (Aus) kickass11:11:21 
Tandem general classification after stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Doris Ermens & Lieven Straetmans (Bel)35:10:54 
2Daniele Modolo & Sebastian Favaro (Ita) Il Tandem Italia3:17:43 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeroen Boelen (Ned) Milka-Trek105 pts
2Urs Huber (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team90 
3Josef Benedseder (Aut)45 
4Wolfgang Krenn (Aut)39 
5Mike Mulkens (Bel) Kipeo MTB Team22 
5Huub Duyn (Ned) Darrell Lee-Donckers Koffie Cycling 122 
7Christoph Sokoll (Aut)20 
8Justin Morris (Aus) Subaru/MarathonMTB.com12 
9Wolfgang Krenn (Aut)5 
10Ashley Hayat (Aus) The Fitzroy Revolution2 
10Geeni Yong Choi (Kor) Team Korea2 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Subaru/MarathonMTB.com86:15:09 
2Den Outback 4bikes croc team 20115:26:41 
3The Fitzroy Revolution7:49:30 
4Bernard Rocky Trail Racing10:41:30 
5Darrell Lee-Donckers Koffie Cycling 115:08:44 
6Silvis en Vos19:21:37 

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