Clarke gives Genesys a stage victory

Durbridge holds on for race win despite being dropped

 Will Clarke (Genesys Wealth Advisers) won the battle against fellow breakaway rider Ben Dyball (Virgin Blue-RBS Morgans) to claim victory on the Mersey Valley Tour’s final stage. Despite the peloton shattering on the final stage, Jayco-Skins’ Luke Drubridge retained enough of a margin to hold on to the general classification lead, by just six seconds ahead of Dyball.

His overall victory at the Mersey Valley Tour gives Durbridge the lead in Cycling Australia’s National Road Series. Durbridge showed gratitude to the Plan B team, which helped the lone Jayco-Skins rider defend his lead against Genesys and Virgin Blue on today’s stage.

“Today was a really tough day,” said Durbridge. “The Plan B team rode super strong for me all day, I couldn't have won it without them.”

Durbridge tried his luck with a solo attack from the breakaway group on the stage’s final climb. It proved futile however as he was caught by Clarke, Dyball and a second Genesys rider near the climb’s summit.

“They attacked me all the way to the finish,” he said. “Dyball and Clarke managed to get away, so I rode tempo to try and limit my loss and keep the lead.

“I'm really happy about the win its early season so the form is only going to get better,” he added.

The NRS continues in April with the Canberra Tour, a round of both the men’s and women’s series.

Rowney wins bunch sprint

Loren Rowney claimed victory in a sprint from a reduced selection of 13 riders on the women’s final stage. While the stage glory went to Rowney, all of the main overall contenders made it into the lead group meaning the general classification saw little change.

Having taken the race lead on the previous afternoon’s stage Alexandra Carle managed to stay with the leaders on the final stage to claim the Mersey Valley Tour victory. Carle’s victory sees her lead the Nartional Road Series standings heading into the next round, the Canberra Tour.

Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Will Clarke3:04:02 
2Ben Dyball  
3Nathan Earle0:00:13 
4Cameron Peterson0:00:14 
5Luke Durbridge  
6Anthony Giacoppo0:01:05 
7Ben Grieve-Johnson0:01:27 
8Brodie Talbot0:01:28 
9Ben Mather0:01:30 
10Jason Spencer  
11Sam Davis  
12Elliott Wells  
13Dylan Newell0:03:32 
14Adam Phelan0:03:43 
15Sam Rutherford0:10:56 
16John Freiberg  
17Rhys Gillett0:14:11 
18Michael Fitzgerald0:18:58 
19Daniel Furmston  
20Doug Hagger0:27:47 
21Michael Freiberg  
22Nathan Haas  
23Ben Grenda  
24Joshua Chugg  
25Brett Trivers  
26Nathan Elliott  
27Jason Rigg  
28Joel Stearnes  
29Patrick Shaw  
30Peter Aquilina  
31Matthew Bishop  
32James Hepburn  
33Matthew Mcdonagh  
34Tim Elmer  
35Joshua Taylor  
36Andrew Roe  
37Daniel Alcock  
38Tim Walker  
39Andrew Margison  
40Jeremy Hills  
41Reece Edwards  
42Aaron O'Grady  
43Brett Schnitzerling  
44Nathan Chiswell  
45Chris Jahnz  
46Rob Doyle  
47Ryan Hughes  
48Thomas Robinson  
49Eric Sheppard  
50Andrew Smith  
51Andrew Christie  
52Jonathon White  
53Danny Pullbrook  
54Peter Loft  
55Maarten Wouters  
56Michael Mcgee  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Loren Rowney2:28:54 
2Rebecca Werner  
3Joanne Hogan  
4Rowena Fry  
5Alexandra Carle  
6Simone Grounds  
7Myra Moller  
8Rebecca Domange  
9Shara Gillow  
10Laura Luxford  
11Carlee Taylor  
12Zoe Watters  
13Samantha Hemsley  
14Tahlia Paskin0:00:59 
15Jenny Macpherson0:01:31 
16Naomi Williams0:03:48 
17Miranda Laidlaw0:06:18 
18Sally Robbins  
19Laura Meadley  
20Sarah Cure  
21Nikolina Orlic0:09:14 
22Kendelle Hodges0:10:56 
23Brielle Carlton  
24Emma Smith  
25Heather Logie  
26Irene Digenis  
27Amy Bradley  
Final classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Durbridge6:14:37 
2Ben Dyball0:00:08 
3Cameron Peterson0:00:26 
4Will Clarke0:00:56 
5Nathan Earle0:02:06 
6Ben Grieve-Johnson0:03:49 
7Brodie Talbot0:04:02 
8Anthony Giacoppo0:04:08 
9Ben Mather0:04:19 
10Jason Spencer0:05:08 
11Sam Davis0:05:20 
12Adam Phelan0:07:51 
13Elliott Wells0:08:01 
14Dylan Newell0:15:48 
15Sam Rutherford0:17:09 
16John Freiberg0:17:10 
17Rhys Gillett0:22:15 
18Michael Fitzgerald0:24:05 
19Daniel Furmston0:34:38 
20Doug Hagger0:48:27 
21Michael Freiberg  
22Nathan Haas  
23Ben Grenda  
24Joshua Chugg  
25Brett Trivers  
26Nathan Elliott  
27Jason Rigg  
28Joel Stearnes  
29Patrick Shaw  
30Peter Aquilina  
31Matthew Bishop  
32James Hepburn  
33Matthew Mcdonagh  
34Tim Elmer  
35Joshua Taylor  
36Andrew Roe  
37Daniel Alcock  
38Tim Walker  
39Andrew Margison  
40Jeremy Hills  
41Reece Edwards  
42Aaron O”Grady  
43Brett Schnitzerling  
44Nathan Chiswell  
45Chris Jahnz  
46Rob Doyle  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexandra Carle4:54:13 
2Joanne Hogan0:00:14 
3Rowena Fry0:00:50 
4Simone Grounds0:01:18 
5Myra Moller0:01:24 
6Rebecca Domange0:01:42 
7Shara Gillow0:02:14 
8Laura Luxford0:02:33 
9Carlee Taylor0:02:53 
10Zoe Watters0:03:07 
11Loren Rowney0:03:22 
12Rebecca Werner0:03:24 
13Tahlia Paskin0:03:53 
14Jenny Macpherson0:05:21 
15Naomi Williams0:09:23 
16Miranda Laidlaw0:12:59 
17Samantha Hemsley0:13:20 
18Sally Robbins0:13:48 
19Nikolina Orlic0:14:35 
20Laura Meadley0:15:21 
21Kendelle Hodges0:17:09 
22Sarah Cure0:24:11 
23Brielle Carlton0:32:01 

 

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