Walker clips away to win opening stage at Toowoomba

Grenda, Talbot round out podium spots

Will Walker (Drapac) has bounced back from last week's disappointment at Battle on the Border, where he failed to start the final day due to illness, to capture the opening stage at the FKG Tour of Toowoomba. Walker finished two-seoncds clear of the 60-odd man bunch after following a late move in the final kilometre by Brodie Talbot (Racing Kangaroos) before opening his sprint in the final metres. 

"In the last few kilometres I found something extra," said Walker. "I probably had a little bit of tactical luck which you don't normally get too much in cycling [so] I'm really happy with a stage win."

Walker took out the 112km stage ahead of former U23 national criterium champion Ben Grenda (Polygon Australia) and Talbot who managed to hold on for third place. Last year it was Talbot who clipped away in the final kilometres to win the opening stage at Toowoomba and while missing out on taking an early lead in the race, appears on track to contest for the overall classification throughout the remaining days.

"Honestly I wasn't even planning on doing a sprint today but at the end I found myself in the right place and followed the right move with 100 meters to go,” added Walker. “Brodie Talbot has quite a bit of horse power which was pretty good because he ended up leading me out.”

For Walker, the victory marked an impressive come-back of sorts after the former WorldTour rider struggled with illness at the Battle on the Border. Walker returned home to Melbourne instead of contesting the final stage in northern New South Wales and told Cyclingnews that the Drapac team would need a different strategy for the third round of the Subaru National Road Series in Queesland.

"I think we have to tackle it differently from Battle on the Border - that's quite obvious,” he told Cyclingnews a few days before the start of Toowoomba.

With the first stage victory in the bag and his team seemingly on the up after Darren Lapthorne pushed into the top-three overall after spending the final hour or so of racing in five-man breakaway and picked up a number of bonification seconds in the intermediate sprint and king of the mountains locations.

Walker's time bonus means he will pull on the race leader's jersey for the start of Stage 2. However, the new leader of the four-day race was downplaying his chances of successfully defending his position up Bunya Mountain.

"Taking the lead in a tour is always nice, I haven't been in this position for a while so it's a good feeling to rally the troops. I think we saw a few chinks in the armour of Huon-Genesys today," he said.

"I don't see myself having recovered enough tomorrow for the climbs, but you never know."

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1William Walker (Drapac Professional Cycling)2:52:33 
2Ben Grenda (Polygon Australia)0:00:02 
3Brodie Talbot (Racing Kangaroos)  
4Neil Van Der Ploeg (search2retain p/b health.com.au)  
5Luke Parker (Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team)  
6Malcolm Rudolph (Drapac Professional Cycling)  
7Bernard Sulzberger (Drapac Professional Cycling)  
8Rhys Gillett (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)  
9Nathan Earle (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team)  
10Jason Spencer (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)  
11Jack Haig (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team)  
12Matthew Clark (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)  
13Saxon Irvine (Downer EDi Mining National Cycling Team)  
14Correy Edmed (Pensar SPM Racing)  
15Adam Semple (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)  
16Robbie Hucker (Drapac Professional Cycling)  
17Jack Anderson (Budget Forklifts)  
18Reuben Donati (Downer EDi Mining National Cycling Team)  
19Matthew Nicholson (Polygon Australia)  
20Mathew Marshall (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)  
21Caleb Jones (Parramatta Race Team)  
22Harry Carpenter (Euride Racing)  
23Andrew Clarkson (Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team)  
24Ben Dyball (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team)  
25Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Professional Cycling)  
26Jayden Copp (Pro Team Downunder)  
27Theodore Yates (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)  
28Lex Nederlof (Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team)  
29Trevor Spencer (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)  
30Lucas Hamilton (Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team)  
31Sylvain Lauwers (Pro Team Downunder)  
32Samuel Horgan (Budget Forklifts)  
33Tim Rush (New Zealand)  
34Thomas Hamilton (Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team)  
35David Melville (GPM Data#3)  
36Conor Murtagh (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)  
37Alexander Malone (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)  
38Oliver Martin (Polygon Australia)  
39Andrew Roe (Euride Racing)  
40Jesse Ewart (GPM Data#3)  
41Eric Sheppard (search2retain p/b health.com.au)  
42Dylan Nankivell (Downer EDi Mining National Cycling Team)  
43Jai Crawford (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team)  
44Tom Kaesler (Euride Racing)  
45Cal Britten (search2retain p/b health.com.au)  
46Thomas Collier (Pensar SPM Racing)  
47Callum O'Sullivan (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)  
48Steven Waite (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)  
49Sam Stow (Pensar SPM Racing)  
50Nicholas Woods (Pro Team Downunder)  
51Peter Collins (Balmoral Elite Team)  
52Nathan Elliott (Target Trek Racing Team)  
53Jared Holmes (New Zealand)  
54Amir Rusli (Drapac Professional Cycling)  
55Peter Hatton (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)  
56Dylan Newbery (Downer EDi Mining National Cycling Team)  
57Craig Hutton (Racing Kangaroos)  
58Ben Cook (Campos Avalon)  
59Sam McCallum (Polygon Australia)  
60Daniel Pinczewski (Downer EDi Mining National Cycling Team)  
61Tyler Spurrell (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)  
62James Rendall (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)  
63Zac Quinn (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)  
64James Boal (Target Trek Racing Team)  
65Aaron Watts (Campos Avalon)  
66Ryan Thomas (Parramatta Race Team)  
67Lachlan Ambrose (Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team)  
68Adam Allen (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)  
69Thomas Patton (Parramatta Race Team)0:00:16 
70Matthew Killin (Pensar SPM Racing)0:00:21 
71Dave Brown (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)0:00:36 
72Michael Cupitt (Budget Forklifts)  
73Alex Quirk (Balmoral Elite Team)0:01:03 
74Reece Robinson (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)  
75Oscar Stevenson (Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team)  
76Kevin Hawes (Racing Kangaroos)  
77Taylor Charlton (Campos Avalon)  
78Samuel Hill (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)  
79Hadleigh Milligan (Pensar SPM Racing)  
80Timothy Owbridge (Balmoral Elite Team)  
81Alex Grunke (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)  
82Nicholas Costello (Racing Kangaroos)  
83Joel Strachan (Target Trek Racing Team)  
84Luke Ockerby (Budget Forklifts)  
85Trent Morey (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)  
86Benjamin Fox (Racing Kangaroos)  
87Riley Maule (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)  
88Brad Davies (Euride Racing)  
89Cameron Bayly (search2retain p/b health.com.au)  
90Daniel Bonello (Parramatta Race Team)  
91Jason Rigg (Polygon Australia)  
92Joshua Taylor (GPM Data#3)  
93Kalvin Bartlett (Balmoral Elite Team)  
94Brad Tilby (New Zealand)  
95Peter English (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)  
96Ben Carman (Downer EDi Mining National Cycling Team)  
97Thomas Donald (search2retain p/b health.com.au)  
98Darcy Ellerm-Norton (Pro Team Downunder)  
99James Butler (Target Trek Racing Team)  
100Andrew Stephan (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)0:01:12 
101Karl Evans (Budget Forklifts)  
102Angus Tobin (search2retain p/b health.com.au)0:01:18 
103Fraser Northey (Euride Racing)0:01:24 
104Russell Gill (Euride Racing)  
105Samuel Volkers (Pro Team Downunder)0:01:58 
106Daniel Mcculloch (Campos Avalon)0:02:03 
107Mathew Ross (Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team)  
108Hardy Michel (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)  
109Craig Evers (Racing Kangaroos)0:02:18 
110Chris Harper (Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team)0:03:06 
111Joseph Cooper (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team)0:04:32 
112Aaron Donnelly (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team)  
113Samuel Wood (GPM Data#3)  
114Bradley Nightingale (Pensar SPM Racing)  
115Karl Murray (New Zealand)  
116Braden O'Hehir-Fleming (Balmoral Elite Team)0:06:12 
117Andrew Crawley (GPM Data#3)  
118Jack Drake (Balmoral Elite Team)0:07:49 
119Anthony Collins (Campos Avalon)0:11:28 
120Cameron Ivory (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)  
121James Hepburn (GPM Data#3)  
122Peter Loft (Budget Forklifts)0:16:38 
123Samuel Layzell (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)0:21:01 
124Guy Brown (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)0:30:05 
125Travis Frisby (Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team)  
126Liam McCarthy (Campos Avalon)  
DNFBen Price (Polygon Australia)  
DNFDavid Parsons (Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team)  
DNFChristopher Aitken (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)  
DNFNick Miller (New Zealand)  
DNSJacob Restall (Pro Team Downunder)  
Intermediate Sprints - Sprint #1 Kulpi
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Anderson (Budget Forklifts)3 pts
2Cameron Bayly (search2retain p/b health.com.au)2 
3Peter Hatton (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)1 
Sprint #2 Goombungee
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1William Walker (Drapac Professional Cycling)3 pts
2Craig Evers (Racing Kangaroos)2 
3Fraser Northey (Euride Racing)1 
Sprint #3 Kingsthorpe
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Professional Cycling)3 pts
2Cameron Bayly (search2retain p/b health.com.au)2 
3Nathan Elliott (Target Trek Racing Team)1 
Sprint #4 Highfields (Stage Finish)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1William Walker (Drapac Professional Cycling)3 pts
2Ben Grenda (Polygon Australia)2 
3Brodie Talbot (Racing Kangaroos)1 
Hill Climbs - KoM #1 Doctors Creek
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1William Walker (Drapac Professional Cycling)5 pts
2Fraser Northey (Euride Racing)3 
3Craig Evers (Racing Kangaroos)2 
KoM #2 Gowrie
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Professional Cycling)5 pts
2Nathan Elliott (Target Trek Racing Team)3 
3Tom Kaesler (Euride Racing)2 
KoM #3 Meringandan
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Haig (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team)5 pts
2Rhys Gillett (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)3 
3Adam Semple (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)2 
Most Aggressive
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1William Walker (Drapac Professional Cycling)3 pts
2Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Professional Cycling)2 
3Craig Evers (Racing Kangaroos)1 
Team stage
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Drapac Cycling8:37:43 
2Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team0:00:02 
3CharterMason Drapac Development Team  
4Team Polygon Australia  
5Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
6Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team  
7Downer EDi Mining National Cycling Team  
8search2retain p/b health.com.au  
9Euride Racing  
10Pro Team Downunder  
11Pensar SPM Racing  
12African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
13Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team  
14Parramatta Race Team0:00:16 
15Budget Forklifts0:00:36 
16Data#3 Cisco Racing Team  
17Racing Kangaroos Cycling Development Program0:01:03 
18GPM Data#3  
19New Zealand  
20Target Trek Racing Team  
21Campos Avalon  
22Balmoral Elite Team0:02:04 
23Paradice Investment Cycling Team0:13:30 
General classsification after Stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1William Walker (Drapac Professional Cycling)2:52:17 
2Ben Grenda (Polygon Australia)0:00:12 
3Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Professional Cycling)  
4Brodie Talbot (Racing Kangaroos)0:00:14 
5Jack Haig (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team)0:00:15 
6Jack Anderson (Budget Forklifts)  
7Nathan Elliott (Target Trek Racing Team)  
8Rhys Gillett (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)0:00:16 
9Adam Semple (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)0:00:17 
10Tom Kaesler (Euride Racing)  
11Peter Hatton (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)  
12Neil Van Der Ploeg (search2retain p/b health.com.au)0:00:18 
13Luke Parker (Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team)  
14Malcolm Rudolph (Drapac Professional Cycling)  
15Bernard Sulzberger (Drapac Professional Cycling)  
16Nathan Earle (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team)  
17Jason Spencer (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)  
18Matthew Clark (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)  
19Saxon Irvine (Downer EDi Mining National Cycling Team)  
20Correy Edmed (Pensar SPM Racing)  
21Robbie Hucker (Drapac Professional Cycling)  
22Reuben Donati (Downer EDi Mining National Cycling Team)  
23Matthew Nicholson (Polygon Australia)  
24Mathew Marshall (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)  
25Caleb Jones (Parramatta Race Team)  
26Harry Carpenter (Euride Racing)  
27Andrew Clarkson (Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team)  
28Ben Dyball (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team)  
29Jayden Copp (Pro Team Downunder)  
30Theodore Yates (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)  
31Lex Nederlof (Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team)  
32Trevor Spencer (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)  
33Lucas Hamilton (Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team)  
34Sylvain Lauwers (Pro Team Downunder)  
35Samuel Horgan (Budget Forklifts)  
36Tim Rush (New Zealand)  
37Thomas Hamilton (Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team)  
38David Melville (GPM Data#3)  
39Conor Murtagh (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)  
40Alexander Malone (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)  
41Oliver Martin (Polygon Australia)  
42Andrew Roe (Euride Racing)  
43Jesse Ewart (GPM Data#3)  
44Eric Sheppard (search2retain p/b health.com.au)  
45Dylan Nankivell (Downer EDi Mining National Cycling Team)  
46Jai Crawford (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team)  
47Cal Britten (search2retain p/b health.com.au)  
48Thomas Collier (Pensar SPM Racing)  
49Callum O'Sullivan (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)  
50Steven Waite (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)  
51Sam Stow (Pensar SPM Racing)  
52Nicholas Woods (Pro Team Downunder)  
53Peter Collins (Balmoral Elite Team)  
54Jared Holmes (New Zealand)  
55Amir Rusli (Drapac Professional Cycling)  
56Dylan Newbery (Downer EDi Mining National Cycling Team)  
57Craig Hutton (Racing Kangaroos)  
58Ben Cook (Campos Avalon)  
59Sam McCallum (Polygon Australia)  
60Daniel Pinczewski (Downer EDi Mining National Cycling Team)  
61Tyler Spurrell (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)  
62James Rendall (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)  
63Zac Quinn (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)  
64James Boal (Target Trek Racing Team)  
65Aaron Watts (Campos Avalon)  
66Ryan Thomas (Parramatta Race Team)  
67Lachlan Ambrose (Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team)  
68Adam Allen (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)  
69Thomas Patton (Parramatta Race Team)0:00:32 
70Matthew Killin (Pensar SPM Racing)0:00:37 
71Dave Brown (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)0:00:52 
72Michael Cupitt (Budget Forklifts)  
73Cameron Bayly (search2retain p/b health.com.au)0:01:15 
74Alex Quirk (Balmoral Elite Team)0:01:19 
75Reece Robinson (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)  
76Oscar Stevenson (Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team)  
77Kevin Hawes (Racing Kangaroos)  
78Taylor Charlton (Campos Avalon)  
79Samuel Hill (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)  
80Hadleigh Milligan (Pensar SPM Racing)  
81Timothy Owbridge (Balmoral Elite Team)  
82Alex Grunke (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)  
83Nicholas Costello (Racing Kangaroos)  
84Joel Strachan (Target Trek Racing Team)  
85Luke Ockerby (Budget Forklifts)  
86Trent Morey (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)  
87Benjamin Fox (Racing Kangaroos)  
88Riley Maule (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)  
89Brad Davies (Euride Racing)  
90Daniel Bonello (Parramatta Race Team)  
91Jason Rigg (Polygon Australia)  
92Joshua Taylor (GPM Data#3)  
93Kalvin Bartlett (Balmoral Elite Team)  
94Brad Tilby (New Zealand)  
95Peter English (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)  
96Ben Carman (Downer EDi Mining National Cycling Team)  
97Thomas Donald (search2retain p/b health.com.au)  
98Darcy Ellerm-Norton (Pro Team Downunder)  
99James Butler (Target Trek Racing Team)  
100Andrew Stephan (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)0:01:28 
101Karl Evans (Budget Forklifts)  
102Angus Tobin (search2retain p/b health.com.au)0:01:34 
103Fraser Northey (Euride Racing)0:01:37 
104Russell Gill (Euride Racing)0:01:40 
105Samuel Volkers (Pro Team Downunder)0:02:14 
106Daniel Mcculloch (Campos Avalon)0:02:19 
107Mathew Ross (Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team)  
108Hardy Michel (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)  
109Craig Evers (Racing Kangaroos)0:02:31 
110Chris Harper (Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team)0:03:22 
111Joseph Cooper (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team)0:04:48 
112Aaron Donnelly (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team)  
113Samuel Wood (GPM Data#3)  
114Bradley Nightingale (Pensar SPM Racing)  
115Karl Murray (New Zealand)  
116Braden O'Hehir-Fleming (Balmoral Elite Team)0:06:28 
117Andrew Crawley (GPM Data#3)  
118Jack Drake (Balmoral Elite Team)0:08:05 
119Anthony Collins (Campos Avalon)0:11:44 
120Cameron Ivory (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)  
121James Hepburn (GPM Data#3)  
122Peter Loft (Budget Forklifts)0:16:54 
123Samuel Layzell (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)0:21:17 
124Guy Brown (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)0:30:21 
125Travis Frisby (Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team)  
126Liam McCarthy (Campos Avalon)  
Mavic Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1William Walker (Drapac Professional Cycling)6 pts
2Cameron Bayly (search2retain p/b health.com.au)4 
3Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Professional Cycling)3 
4Jack Anderson (Budget Forklifts)3 
5Ben Grenda (Polygon Australia)2 
6Craig Evers (Racing Kangaroos)2 
7Brodie Talbot (Racing Kangaroos)1 
8Nathan Elliott (Target Trek Racing Team)1 
9Peter Hatton (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)1 
10Fraser Northey (Euride Racing)1 
Arrow Energy King of the Mountains
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1William Walker (Drapac Professional Cycling)5 pts
2Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Professional Cycling)5 
3Jack Haig (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team)5 
4Nathan Elliott (Target Trek Racing Team)3 
5Rhys Gillett (African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team)3 
6Fraser Northey (Euride Racing)3 
7Adam Semple (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)2 
8Tom Kaesler (Euride Racing)2 
9Craig Evers (Racing Kangaroos)2 
The Chronicle Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Haig (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team)2:52:32 
2Tom Kaesler (Euride Racing)0:00:02 
3Luke Parker (Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team)0:00:03 
4Matthew Clark (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)  
5Matthew Nicholson (Polygon Australia)  
6Harry Carpenter (Euride Racing)  
7Andrew Clarkson (Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team)  
8Theodore Yates (Satalyst-Giant Racing Team)  
9Trevor Spencer (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)  
10Lucas Hamilton (Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team)  
Triple Play team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Drapac Cycling8:37:43 
2Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team0:00:02 
3CharterMason Drapac Development Team  
4Team Polygon Australia  
5Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
6Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team  
7Downer EDi Mining National Cycling Team  
8search2retain p/b health.com.au  
9Euride Racing  
10Pro Team Downunder  
11Pensar SPM Racing  
12African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
13Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team  
14Parramatta Race Team0:00:16 
15Budget Forklifts0:00:36 
16Data#3 Cisco Racing Team  
17Racing Kangaroos Cycling Development Program0:01:03 
18GPM Data#3  
19New Zealand  
20Target Trek Racing Team  
21Campos Avalon  
22Balmoral Elite Team0:02:04 
23Paradice Investment Cycling Team0:13:30 

 

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