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November 26, Criterium: Launceston, Australia

Ockerby gets confidence booster in Launceston ahead of 2012 NRS assault

Chris Graetz
November 28, 2011, 1:57 GMT,
November 29, 2011, 0:50 GMT

Grenda and Mather complete podium

Luke Ockerby (TIS/PureTas) takes the win in Launceston

Luke Ockerby (TIS/PureTas) takes the win in Launceston

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Tasmanian Luke Ockerby (TIS/PureTas) sprinted to victory in the Stan Siejka Men's Cycling Classic this evening. The 19-year-old was too fast for National criterium champion Ben Grenda (Genesys Wealth Advisers) and mountain bike rider Ben Mather (Lawson Homes).

"This is the biggest win of my road career," Ockerby said at the end of the race. "I have ridden the National Road Series with Pure-Tas this year and haven't had the luck, but to get the win over some strong riders is a very good feeling," he added.

Much like the women's race, the men raced in rain and strong winds which made the 1km course slippery. Early on in the race, Ockerby was a main instigator and was joined by Ben Mather, Luke Fetch (Search2Retain), Aaron Jones (TIS/PureTas), Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia) and Genesys Wealth Advisers trio Nathan Haas, Pat Shaw and Ben Grenda.

The group enjoyed a maximum advantage of 45 seconds advantage over the rest of the field and battled for the win with Ockerby proving too fast.

Ockerby has been riding for seven years and is more known for his track prowess holding the current Madison title with Peter Loft.

"In the next few weeks I am targeting the Omnium and Madison titles," Ockerby explained.

Ockerby is joining Budget Forklifts next year in what he hopes will be the start of a successful road career.

“The Jayco Bay cycling criteriums and nationals will be my first race with Budget Forklifts and I hope to do well in them," he concluded.

Ben Grenda nearly caught Ockerby on the line but he was happy with second place. Grenda has been back on the bike for a few weeks following shoulder surgery.

"It was great to be up the front and ride in front of the home crowd again. I have only been back on the bike for a few weeks and things can only get better from here," Grenda said.

Grenda praised Ockerby for his victory.

"Luke had plenty of speed at the finish there and did a great job. He is in good form at the moment and I hope he goes on with it."

Mather was pleased with third place.

"It was always the plan for to get in the break today. With these conditions, no one knows who will have the legs at the end and not everyone likes to race hard and some guys have big seasons coming up and want to race cautiously," Mather said.

Earlier in the day, Gerald Evans won the under 17’s race ahead of James Robinson and Andrew Hinkley.

Full Results
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luke Okerby (TIS/PureTas) 0:49:11  
2 Ben Grenda (Genesys Wealth Advisers) 0:00:00  
3 Ben Mather (Lawson Homes) 0:00:01  
4 Luke Fetch (Search2retain) 0:00:01  
5 Brernard Sulzberger (V Australia) 0:00:01  
6 Pat Shaw (Genesys Wealth Advisers) 0:00:04  
7 Nathan Haas (Genesys Wealth Advisers) 0:00:07  
8 Aaron Jones (TIS/PureTas) 0:00:08  
9 Steele Von Hoff (Genesys Wealth Advisers) 0:00:42  
10 Will Clarke (Genesys Wealth Advisers) 0:00:43  
11 Michael Smith (Lawson Homes) 0:00:43  
12 Cameron Wurf (Liquigas-Cannondale) 0:00:44  
13 Jake McMahon (TIS/PureTas) 0:00:45  
14 Calvin Watson (Jayco-AIS) 0:00:45  
15 Campbell Flakemore (Genesys Wealth Advisers) 0:00:45  
16 Wes Sulzberger (Francaise des Jeux)    
17 James Mowatt (Search2retain) 0:00:42  
18 Adam Murchie (Bikebug Forza Cap) 0:00:47  
19 Nathan Earle (Genesys Wealth Advisers) 0:00:44  
20 Callum Fagg 0:00:46  
DNF Matthew Nicholson (Lawson Homes)    
DNF Aaron Salisbury (Bikebug Forza Cap)    
DNF Jason Rigg (Genesys Wealth Advisers)    
DNF Alex Clements (TIS/PureTas)    
DNF Rhys Pollock (Drapac Professional Cycling)    
DNF Matt Goss (HTC-Highroad)    
DNF Tom Paton (Geelong)    
DNF Pat Lane (Jayco-AIS)    
DNF Peter Thompson (Drapac Professional Cycling)    
DNF David Cripps (Lawson Homes)    
DNF Tom Donald (Search2retain)    
DNF Robbie Hucker (Fenton Green Team)    
DNF Ryan Macanally (Budget Forklifts)    
DNF Joel Stearnes (TIS/PureTas)    
DNF Sam Crome (Fenton Green Team)    
DNF Jack Matthews (TIS/PureTas)    
DNF Kel Chaffey-Jones (Fenton Green Team)    
DNF Travers Nuttall (Bikebug Forza Cap)    
DNF Floris Goesinnen (Drapac Professional Cycling)    
DNF Nick Aitken (Jayco-AIS)    
DNF Ben Johnson (Bikebug/Forza Capital)    
DNF Blair Windsor (Budget Forklifts)    
DNF Richie Porte (Saxo Bank-SunGard)    
DNF Oliver Kent-Spark    
DNF David Tanner (Saxo Bank-SunGard)    
DNF Clay Murfet    
DNF Cameron Peterson (V Australia)    
DNF Johnnie Walker (V Australia)    
DNF Charles Howlett (Search2retain)    
DNF Luke Padgett (Lawson Homes)    
DNF Malcolm Rudolph (Jayco-AIS)    
DNF Peter Loft (TIS/PureTas)    
DNF Sam McCallum (TIS/PureTas)