Tour of Toowoomba: Neil van der Ploeg claims stage 1 sprint

Another NRS stage win for Avanti

Avanti Racing has continued its dominance of May’s NRS racing with another of its riders snaring a stage win. This time it was Neil van der Ploeg's time as he bested Daniel Fitter (CharterMason) and Alistair Donohoe (Health.com.au-search2retain) on stage 1 of the Tour of Toowoomba.

Van der Ploeg also claimed the first leader’s jersey of the race along with the lead in the points and climbers classifications.

"I'm really happy to win the first stage of the Tour," said van der Ploeg. "Last week we had such a great result as a team so it's really nice to be able to continue that here in Toowoomba."

"There wasn't much time to think about the sprint in the end because there were attacks going all day. I went too early last year so this year I just held back a bit and got the timing right."

Second placed Fitter was pleased with his third podium finish this week after his efforts at the Battle on the Border

"I just couldn't get there in the end, I had to sprint from pretty far out and I just ran out of legs at the end, but I'm still happy with the result," said Fitter.

"Tomorrow will split the general classification and show who's on form for this Tour. We'll be looking at Keagan [Girdlestone] who's probably one of our best climbers in the team, so we'll have to really help him tomorrow."

Stage two of the race concludes with a climb to the summit of Mount Mowbullan in the Bunya Mountains and van der Ploeg isn’t expecting to retain the jersey after the 1000m plus ascent.

"I'll definitely be looking for one of my teammates to take up the reins tomorrow," said van der Ploeg. "I've gone into it thinking I might be able to do alright in the past but two years is enough to know it is not a climb for me, it's brutal."

On 118 km stage from Toowoomba to Highfields, it wasn’t until 85km had been raced that a break established and built a 30 second lead on the peloton.

Stuart Smith (Health.com.au-search2retain) and Paralympic gold medallist Michael Gallagher (Jayco/John West/VIS) were the leaders on the road. The duo established a maximum lead of 50 seconds in the 20km that they were away.

With the bunch all back together, a sprint finish was inevitable and it was the man in blue was the fastest legs after an aggressive day of racing.
The race continues with a 132km stage from Highfields to the Bunya Mountains.

Results

Stage 1 Result
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Neil Van Der Ploeg (VIC) Avanti Racing Team2:44:09 
2Daniel Fitter (QLD) CharterMason Giant Racing  
3Alistair Donohoe (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
4Joshua Taylor (NSW) CharterMason Giant Racing  
5Keagan Girdlestone (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing  
6Theodore Yates (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
7James Mowatt (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
8Harrison Carter (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
9Ryan Thomas (NSW) GPM Stulz  
10Patrick Sharpe (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
11Mitchell Carrington (NSW) Paradice Investment Cycling Team  
12Jeremy Cameron (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
13Ryan Cavanagh (QLD) Jayco/John West/VIS  
14Timothy Roe (SA) Avanti Racing Team  
15Joseph Cooper (NZL) Avanti Racing Team  
16Correy Edmed (QLD) Data#3 Symantec Racing Team  
17Shaun O’Callaghan (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
18Dylan Sunderland (NSW) Cellarbrations Racing Team  
19Jack Haig (VIC) Avanti Racing Team  
20Tamas Allenby (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
21Caleb Jones (NSW) GPM Stulz  
22Jordan Davies (NSW) St. George Merida  
23Ayden Toovey (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
24Daniel Bonello (NSW) GPM Stulz  
25Tim Rush (NZL) Racing Kangaroos  
26Brendon Meney (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
27Alex Grunke (QLD) Data#3 Symantec Racing Team  
28Mark O’Brien (VIC) Avanti Racing Team  
29Samuel Burston (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
30Chris Hamilton (VIC) Avanti Racing Team  
31Matthew Warner-Smith (NSW) Paradice Investment Cycling Team  
32Tristan Cardew (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
33Oscar Stevenson (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS  
34Michael Vink (NZL) Team Budget Forklifts  
35Ben Comfort (ACT) Team Scody Downunder  
36Conor Murtagh (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing  
37Cameron Fraser (NSW) Cellarbrations Racing Team  
38David Melville (QLD) Data#3 Symantec Racing Team  
39Brodie Talbot (NSW) Team Budget Forklifts  
40Ronald Visser (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
41Joshua Prete (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts  
42James Hepburn (QLD) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
43Mathew Marshall (QLD) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
44Benjamin Harvey (NSW) St. George Merida  
45Harrison Wiles (NSW) St. George Merida  
46Oliver Martin (TAS) Team Polygon Australia (PGN)  
47Freddy Ovett (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS  
48Angus Tobin (NSW) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
49Jordan Payne (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
50Oliver Kent-Spark (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
51Josh Berry (NSW) Cellarbrations Racing Team  
52Matthew Slee (QLD) Cellarbrations Racing Team  
53Patrick Shaw (VIC) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
54Alex Quirk (QLD) Racing Kangaroos  
55Nicholas Miller (QLD) Team Scody Downunder  
56James Thompson (QLD) Team TLD  
57Declan Baker (NSW) Cellarbrations Racing Team  
58Brendan Canty (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
59Aaron Watts (NSW) Racing Kangaroos  
60Jason Spencer (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
61Hamish Youl (TAS) Team Polygon Australia (PGN)  
62Sam Allen (QLD) Team TLD  
63Sam Crome (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing  
64Darren Rolfe (QLD) Team TLD  
65Mitch Neumann (QLD) FKG Invitational Team  
66Morgan Smith (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing  
67Alastair Loutit (ACT) GPM Stulz  
68Jordan Stannus (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS  
69Michael Gallagher (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS  
70Fraser Gough (NZL) Data#3 Symantec Racing Team  
71Michael Cupitt (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts  
72Joel Walsh (NSW) Racing Kangaroos0:00:21 
73Matthew Payne (QLD) Racing Kangaroos  
74Mitchell Mulhern (QLD) FKG Invitational Team0:00:29 
75Gerald Evans (TAS) Team Polygon Australia (PGN)0:00:32 
76Christopher Maycock (QLD) Team TLD  
77Samuel Volkers (QLD) Team Scody Downunder0:00:45 
78Darcy Woolley (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
79Todd Buschkuehl (VIC) Team Scody Downunder0:02:28 
80Liam Hill (VIC) Team Scody Downunder0:03:02 
81Samuel Witmitz (VIC) Team Budget Forklifts  
82Chad Elliston (NZL) Team Scody Downunder  
83Ryan MacAnally (QLD) FKG Invitational Team  
84Nathan Bradshaw (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
85Stuart Smith (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
86Ben Marshall (ACT) Paradice Investment Cycling Team  
87Joshua Haggerty (NZL) Racing Kangaroos  
88Trent West (QLD) Team TLD0:03:37 
89Aden Reynolds (NSW) SUVelo Racing0:04:16 
90Edward White (NSW) GPM Stulz0:05:13 
91Jackson Mawby (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
92Jason Rigg (WA) Team Polygon Australia (PGN)0:06:18 
93Ben Grenda (TAS) Team Polygon Australia (PGN)  
94Karl Michelin-Beard (ACT) FKG Invitational Team  
95Tyler Spurrell (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:07:46 
96Jonathan Bolton (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
97Sean Grimes (QLD) FKG Invitational Team  
98Samuel Layzell (NSW) Paradice Investment Cycling Team  
99Kris Johnston (NSW) Cellarbrations Racing Team  
100Sebastian Scott (QLD) Team TLD0:08:52 
101Isaac Probert (TAS) Team Polygon Australia (PGN)  
102Julian Hamill (NSW) GPM Stulz  
103Fraser Northey (SA) Data#3 Symantec Racing Team  
104Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT) Avanti Racing Team0:11:26 
105Jay Dutton (NSW) St. George Merida0:17:06 
106Harrison Munday (NSW) Paradice Investment Cycling Team0:08:52 
DNFCallum O'Sullivan (QLD) Data#3 Symantec Racing Team  
DNFNicholas Yallouris (NSW) St. George Merida  
DNFSamuel Hill (NSW) Paradice Investment Cycling Team  
Intermediate Sprints - Sprint #1 Meringandan West
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Neil Van Der Ploeg (VIC) Avanti Racing Team3 pts
2Jackson Mawby (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team2 
3Timothy Roe (SA) Avanti Racing Team1 
Sprint #2 Goombungee
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Declan Baker (NSW) Cellarbrations Racing Team3 pts
2Ronald Visser (NSW) SUVelo Racing2 
3Tim Rush (NZL) Racing Kangaroos1 
Sprint #3 Acland
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chad Elliston (NZL) Team Scody Downunder3 pts
2James Hepburn (QLD) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team2 
3Morgan Smith (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing1 
Sprint #4 Goombungee
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stuart Smith (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team3 pts
2Michael Gallagher (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS2 
3James Mowatt (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team1 
Sprint #5 Highfields (Stage Finish)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Neil Van Der Ploeg (VIC) Avanti Racing Team3 pts
2Daniel Fitter (QLD) CharterMason Giant Racing2 
3Alistair Donohoe (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team1 
Hill Climbs KOM - #1 Gowrie (CAT 3)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Neil Van Der Ploeg (VIC) Avanti Racing Team3 pts
2Daniel Fitter (QLD) CharterMason Giant Racing2 
3Joshua Prete (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts1 
KOM #2 Plain View (CAT 3)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Josh Berry (NSW) Cellarbrations Racing Team3 pts
2Brodie Talbot (NSW) Team Budget Forklifts2 
3Neil Van Der Ploeg (VIC) Avanti Racing Team1 
KOM #3 Klein Road (CAT 3)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Timothy Roe (SA) Avanti Racing Team3 pts
2Mark O’Brien (VIC) Avanti Racing Team2 
3Brendan Canty (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team1 
Most Aggressive Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brendan Canty (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team3 pts
2Stuart Smith (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team2 
3Michael Gallagher (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS1 
Teams Stage Result
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1CharterMason Giant Racing8:12:27 
2Avanti Racing Team  
3African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
4GPM Stulz  
5SUVelo Racing  
6Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
7Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
8Data#3 Symantec Racing Team  
9Team Budget Forklifts  
10health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
11Jayco/John West/VIS  
12Cellarbrations Racing Team  
13St. George Merida  
14Racing Kangaroos  
15Team TLD  
16Team Polygon Australia0:00:32 
17Team Scody Downunder0:00:45 
18Paradice Investment Cycling Team0:03:02 
19FKG Invitational Team0:03:31 
General Classification after Stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Neil Van Der Ploeg (VIC) Avanti Racing Team2:43:52 
2Daniel Fitter (QLD) CharterMason Giant Racing0:00:09 
3Alistair Donohoe (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team0:00:13 
4Timothy Roe (SA) Avanti Racing Team  
5Josh Berry (NSW) Cellarbrations Racing Team0:00:14 
6Declan Baker (NSW) Cellarbrations Racing Team  
7Mark O’Brien (VIC) Avanti Racing Team0:00:15 
8Brodie Talbot (NSW) Team Budget Forklifts  
9Ronald Visser (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
10James Hepburn (QLD) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
11Michael Gallagher (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS  
12James Mowatt (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:00:16 
13Tim Rush (NZL) Racing Kangaroos  
14Joshua Prete (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts  
15Brendan Canty (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
16Morgan Smith (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing  
17Joshua Taylor (NSW) CharterMason Giant Racing0:00:17 
18Keagan Girdlestone (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing  
19Theodore Yates (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
20Harrison Carter (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
21Ryan Thomas (NSW) GPM Stulz  
22Patrick Sharpe (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
23Mitchell Carrington (NSW) Paradice Investment Cycling Team  
24Jeremy Cameron (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
25Ryan Cavanagh (QLD) Jayco/John West/VIS  
26Joseph Cooper (NZL) Avanti Racing Team  
27Correy Edmed (QLD) Data#3 Symantec Racing Team  
28Shaun O’Callaghan (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
29Dylan Sunderland (NSW) Cellarbrations Racing Team  
30Jack Haig (VIC) Avanti Racing Team  
31Tamas Allenby (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
32Caleb Jones (NSW) GPM Stulz  
33Jordan Davies (NSW) St. George Merida  
34Ayden Toovey (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
35Daniel Bonello (NSW) GPM Stulz  
36Brendon Meney (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
37Alex Grunke (QLD) Data#3 Symantec Racing Team  
38Samuel Burston (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
39Chris Hamilton (VIC) Avanti Racing Team  
40Matthew Warner-Smith (NSW) Paradice Investment Cycling Team  
41Tristan Cardew (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
42Oscar Stevenson (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS  
43Michael Vink (NZL) Team Budget Forklifts  
44Ben Comfort (ACT) Team Scody Downunder  
45Conor Murtagh (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing  
46Cameron Fraser (NSW) Cellarbrations Racing Team  
47David Melville (QLD) Data#3 Symantec Racing Team  
48Mathew Marshall (QLD) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
49Benjamin Harvey (NSW) St. George Merida  
50Harrison Wiles (NSW) St. George Merida  
51Oliver Martin (TAS) Team Polygon Australia (PGN)  
52Freddy Ovett (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS  
53Angus Tobin (NSW) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
54Jordan Payne (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
55Oliver Kent-Spark (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
56Matthew Slee (QLD) Cellarbrations Racing Team  
57Patrick Shaw (VIC) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
58Alex Quirk (QLD) Racing Kangaroos  
59Nicholas Miller (QLD) Team Scody Downunder  
60James Thompson (QLD) Team TLD  
61Aaron Watts (NSW) Racing Kangaroos  
62Jason Spencer (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
63Hamish Youl (TAS) Team Polygon Australia (PGN)  
64Sam Allen (QLD) Team TLD  
65Sam Crome (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing  
66Darren Rolfe (QLD) Team TLD  
67Mitch Neumann (QLD) FKG Invitational Team  
68Alastair Loutit (ACT) GPM Stulz  
69Jordan Stannus (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS  
70Fraser Gough (NZL) Data#3 Symantec Racing Team  
71Michael Cupitt (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts  
72Darcy Woolley (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
73Joel Walsh (NSW) Racing Kangaroos0:00:38 
74Matthew Payne (QLD) Racing Kangaroos  
75Mitchell Mulhern (QLD) FKG Invitational Team0:00:46 
76Gerald Evans (TAS) Team Polygon Australia (PGN)0:00:49 
77Christopher Maycock (QLD) Team TLD  
78Samuel Volkers (QLD) Team Scody Downunder0:01:02 
79Todd Buschkuehl (VIC) Team Scody Downunder0:02:45 
80Chad Elliston (NZL) Team Scody Downunder0:03:16 
81Stuart Smith (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
82Liam Hill (VIC) Team Scody Downunder0:03:19 
83Samuel Witmitz (VIC) Team Budget Forklifts  
84Ryan MacAnally (QLD) FKG Invitational Team  
85Nathan Bradshaw (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
86Ben Marshall (ACT) Paradice Investment Cycling Team  
87Joshua Haggerty (NZL) Racing Kangaroos  
88Trent West (QLD) Team TLD0:03:54 
89Aden Reynolds (NSW) SUVelo Racing0:04:33 
90Jackson Mawby (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team0:05:28 
91Edward White (NSW) GPM Stulz0:05:30 
92Jason Rigg (WA) Team Polygon Australia (PGN)0:06:35 
93Ben Grenda (TAS) Team Polygon Australia (PGN)  
94Karl Michelin-Beard (ACT) FKG Invitational Team  
95Tyler Spurrell (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:08:03 
96Jonathan Bolton (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
97Sean Grimes (QLD) FKG Invitational Team  
98Samuel Layzell (NSW) Paradice Investment Cycling Team  
99Kris Johnston (NSW) Cellarbrations Racing Team  
100Sebastian Scott (QLD) Team TLD0:09:09 
101Isaac Probert (TAS) Team Polygon Australia (PGN)  
102Julian Hamill (NSW) GPM Stulz  
103Fraser Northey (SA) Data#3 Symantec Racing Team  
104Harrison Munday (NSW) Paradice Investment Cycling Team  
105Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT) Avanti Racing Team0:11:43 
106Jay Dutton (NSW) St. George Merida0:17:23 
Sprint Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Neil Van Der Ploeg (VIC) Avanti Racing Team6 pts
2Declan Baker (NSW) Cellarbrations Racing Team3 
3Chad Elliston (NZL) Team Scody Downunder3 
4Stuart Smith (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team3 
5Daniel Fitter (QLD) CharterMason Giant Racing2 
6Ronald Visser (NSW) SUVelo Racing2 
7James Hepburn (QLD) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team2 
8Michael Gallagher (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS2 
9Jackson Mawby (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team2 
10Alistair Donohoe (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team1 
11Timothy Roe (SA) Avanti Racing Team1 
12James Mowatt (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team1 
13Tim Rush (NZL) Racing Kangaroos1 
14Morgan Smith (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing1 
Hill Climb Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Neil Van Der Ploeg (VIC) Avanti Racing Team7 pts
2Timothy Roe (SA) Avanti Racing Team5 
3Josh Berry (NSW) Cellarbrations Racing Team5 
4Daniel Fitter (QLD) CharterMason Giant Racing3 
5Mark O’Brien (VIC) Avanti Racing Team3 
6Brodie Talbot (NSW) Team Budget Forklifts3 
7Joshua Prete (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts2 
8Brendan Canty (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team2 
Most Aggressive Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brendan Canty (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team3 pts
2Stuart Smith (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team2 
3Michael Gallagher (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS1 
Young Rider Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Fitter (QLD) CharterMason Giant Racing2:44:01 
2Alistair Donohoe (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team0:00:04 
3Declan Baker (NSW) Cellarbrations Racing Team0:00:05 
4Brendan Canty (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team0:00:07 
5Keagan Girdlestone (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing0:00:08 
6Theodore Yates (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
7Harrison Carter (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
8Ryan Thomas (NSW) GPM Stulz  
9Patrick Sharpe (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
10Jeremy Cameron (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
Teams General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1CharterMason Giant Racing8:12:27 
2Avanti Racing Team  
3African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
4GPM Stulz  
5SUVelo Racing  
6Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
7Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
8Data#3 Symantec Racing Team  
9Team Budget Forklifts  
10health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
11Jayco/John West/VIS  
12Cellarbrations Racing Team  
13St. George Merida  
14Racing Kangaroos  
15Team TLD  
16Team Polygon Australia0:00:32 
17Team Scody Downunder0:00:45 
18Paradice Investment Cycling Team0:03:02 
19FKG Invitational Team0:03:31 

 

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