Rolfe rampages into overall lead

Fly V flying high on general classification

Fly V Australia continues to dominate in the GMHBA Tour of Geelong with 28-year-old Queenslander Darren Rolfe securing a hard-earned stage win ahead of Malcolm Rudolph (Budget Forklifts) and young Tasmanian Ben Grenda (Praties).

Riders were challenged on the three circuits of 47.7km course, maintaining a 40km/h average over the first lap. A break containing nine riders formed 39km into the race and dropped to six, as the leaders established a 2:20 advantage at the 85km mark.

Unfortunately, a light shower passed over the peloton causing havoc; a large group went down on a descent and three riders - Fly V Australia's Scott Davis, ACT's Sam Genge (Susuki-Canberra) and Tasmania's Jeremy Hills (GMHBA) - were forced to take a trip to hospital. Jeremy Hills has a suspected broken collarbone.

Out of harm's way the leading sextet, consisting of New Caledonian Gael Bonnace, Rolfe, South Australian Andrew Roe (Savings & Loans), Queenslander Malcolm Rudolph (Budget Forklifts), Grenda and New Zealander Andy McNab (City of Greater Geelong), opened the gap of 4:15.

With a score of riders out of the race, the lead group continued to push the pace and maintained a comfortable lead over the final lap. Rolfe's attack late in the stage saw him finish 2:04 seconds ahead of the peloton and 50 seconds ahead of Rudolph.

"It was unbelievable, a highlight, we knew we had cards up our sleeves with four riders in the top 10, it's just unfortunate we lost one in the fall," said Rolfe.

Yesterday's winner Jonathon Cantwell (Fly V Australia) received the sprint leader's jersey, while Rolfe holds the tour leader and King of the Mountains jersey, with Tasmania’s Ben Grenda the most aggressive rider.

Results

   
1Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia3:45:01 
2Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:00:50 
3Ben Grenda (Aus) Praties  
4Gael Bonnace (Fra) New Caledonia0:01:12 
5Andrew Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans  
6Andy McNab (NZl) City Of Greater Geelong0:01:57 
7Dale Scarfe (Aus) Mace - Mcdonagh Blake0:02:04 
8Richard Lang (Aus) Titans - Race  
9Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia  
10David Kemp (Aus) Fly V Australia  
11Cameron Jennings (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
12Cody Stevenson (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
13David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans  
14Michael England (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
15Thomas Robinson (Aus) City Of Greater Geelong  
16Dylan Newell (Aus) Praties  
17William Clarke (Aus) Praties  
18Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties  
19Donatas Bludzis (Aus) Prime Estate Buyers Agent  
20Hayden Brooks (Aus) Fly V Australia  
21Jason Spencer (Aus) GMHBA0:02:09 
22Eliot Crowther (Aus) OEX - Team Enterprise  
23Thierry Fondere (Aus) New Caledonia  
24Nick Aitken (Aus) Team 2 XU - ARC0:02:11 
25Alastair Loutit (Aus) Suzuki - Canberra0:02:15 
26Ben Dyball (Aus) Di Giorgio Wines  
27Steven Robb (Aus) Savings & Loans  
28Peter Smith (Aus) Team 2 XU - ARC  
29Deon Locke (Aus) Prime Estate Buyers Agent  
30Jacob Sutherland (Aus) Total Rush0:03:17 
31Sam Rutherford (Aus) Di Giorgio Wines0:03:21 
32Edward Bissaker (Aus) Suzuki - Canberra  
33Andrew Ward (Aus) OEX - Team Enterprise0:03:33 
34Thomas Palmer (Aus) City Of Greater Geelong  
35Kane Walker (Aus) Team 2 XU - ARC  
36Jason Rigg (Aus) Praties  
37Miles Watson (Aus) Titans - Race  
38Alexander Ray (Aus) City Of Greater Geelong  
39Rowan Dever (Aus) Total Rush  
40Kevin Maitere (Fra) New Caledonia  
41Thomas Hanover (Aus) OEX - Team Enterprise0:00:50 
42Chris Stack (Aus) Di Giorgio Wines  
43Steven Martin (Aus) GMHBA0:01:12 
44Shaun Mccarthy (Aus) Savings & Loans  
45Glenn Stojanow (Aus) Mace - Mcdonagh Blake0:01:57 
46Guillaume Pattriti (Fra) New Caledonia0:02:04 
47Peter Ladd (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
48Scott Cronly-Dillon (Aus) Mace - Mcdonagh Blake  
49Daniel Braunsteins (Aus) City Of Greater Geelong  
50James Herd (Aus) Apollo Bicycles  
51James Hepburn (Aus) Merida Elite Race Team  
52Blair Windsor (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
53David Tozer (Aus) Titans - Race  
54Jason Costin (Aus) Nemisis - Sea Shepherd  
55Chris Steffanoni (Aus) GMHBA  
56Merlin Spranz (Aus) Di Giorgio Wines  
57Stuart Morgan (Aus) Nemisis - Sea Shepherd  
58Al Dempsey (Aus) OEX - Team Enterprise  
59Stuart Payne (Aus) GMHBA  
60Rhys Gillett (Aus) Cycle City0:02:09 
61Mark Hewat (Aus) Nemisis - Sea Shepherd  
62Geoff Straub (Aus) Mace - Mcdonagh Blake  
63Chris Pryor (Aus) Fly V Australia0:02:11 
64Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Aus) Suzuki - Canberra0:02:15 
65Charles Howlett (Aus) Cycle City  
66Kyle Marwood (Aus) Praties  
67Curtis Gunn (Aus) Fly V Australia  
68Rob Doyle (Aus) Prime Estate Buyers Agent  
69Brodie Talbot (Aus) Di Giorgio Wines0:03:17 
70Oliver Bodak (Aus) Merida Elite Race Team0:03:21 
71Marcus Wettenhall (Aus) Berettas Bike Hub  
72Gary Wearmouth (Aus) GMHBA0:03:33 
73Mark Jamesion (Aus) Berettas Bike Hub  
74Daniel Seagar (Aus) City Of Greater Geelong  
75Jules Galli (Aus) Di Giorgio Wines  
76Greg Matheson (Aus) Berettas Bike Hub  
77William Raisin-Shaw (Aus) Berettas Bike Hub  
78Oliver Kent-Spark (Aus) Titans - Race  
79Justin Morris (Aus) Mace - Mcdonagh Blake  
80Timothy Dalgliesh (Aus) Merida Elite Race Team  
81James Fitzgerald (Aus) Berettas Bike Hub  
82David Hampton (Aus) Di Giorgio Wines  
83John Forrest (Aus) Suzuki - Canberra  
DNFCraig Mccartney (Aus) Budget Forklifts  
DNFSilas Fisher (Aus) Team 2 XU - ARC  
DNFNicholas Mitchell (Aus) Berettas Bike Hub  
DNFDamien Turner (Aus) Total Rush  
DNFGlen Peterson (Aus) Total Rush  
DNFJames Stokie (Aus) Geelong Cycling Club  
DNFDaniel Wilson (Aus) Geelong Cycling Club  
DNFDarren Mccallum (Aus) Geelong Cycling Club  
DNFMarcus Falconer (Aus) Geelong Cycling Club  
DNFPaul Blackborrow (Aus) Geelong Cycling Club  
DNFSamuel Beveridge (Aus) Apollo Bicycles  
DNFWilliam Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans  
DNFJames Mowatt (Aus) Cycle City  
DNFMark Isaacs (Aus) Cycle City  
DNFJay Bourke (Aus) Cycle City  
DNFGregory Lemaitre (Fra) New Caledonia  
DNFTomm Van Oudendick (Fra) New Caledonia  
DNFSebastien Le Divenech (Fra) New Caledonia  
DNFGregory Stewart (Aus) Geelong Cycling Club  
DNFCameron Stewart (Aus) Nemisis - Sea Shepherd  
DNFChristopher Fry (Aus) Titans - Race  
DNFAlexander Smyth (Aus) Team 2 XU - ARC  
DNFJames Langedyk (Aus) Geelong Cycling Club  
DNFJeremy Hills (Aus) Praties  
DNFJames Henry (Aus) Apollo Bicycles  
DNFScott Davis (Aus) Fly V Australia  
DNFSam Genge (Aus) Suzuki - Canberra  
DNFJoel Pearson (Aus) Savings & Loans  
DNFGary Mueller (Aus) Total Rush  
DNFTrent Williams (Aus) Apollo Bicycles  
DNFChristoper Williams (Aus) Merida Elite Race Team  
DNFJono Thompson (Aus) Nemisis - Sea Shepherd  
General classification
   
1Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia6:39:29 
2Ben Grenda (Aus) Praties0:01:00 
3Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:01:04 
4David Kemp (Aus) Fly V Australia0:02:08 
5Gael Bonnace (Fra) New Caledonia0:02:12 
6Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia0:02:13 
7Richard Lang (Aus) Titans - Race0:02:28 
8Cameron Jennings (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:02:29 
9Michael England (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:02:30 
10Dale Scarfe (Aus) Mace - Mcdonagh Blake0:02:34 
11Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties0:02:37 
12David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans0:02:44 
13Hayden Brooks (Aus) Fly V Australia0:02:45 
14William Clarke (Aus) Praties0:02:47 
15Cody Stevenson (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:02:48 
16Peter Smith (Aus) Team 2 XU - ARC0:02:54 
17Alastair Loutit (Aus) Suzuki - Canberra0:02:58 
18Steven Robb (Aus) Savings & Loans0:03:00 
19Deon Locke (Aus) Prime Estate Buyers Agents  
20Andrew Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans  
21Eliot Crowther (Aus) OEX - Team Enterprise0:03:04 
22Thierry Fondere (Fra) New Caledonia0:03:05 
23Andy McNab (NZl) City Of Greater Geelong0:03:07 
24Ben Dyball (Aus) Di Giorgio Wines0:03:27 
25Dylan Newell (Aus) Praties0:03:28 
26Jason Spencer (Aus) GMHBA0:03:30 
27Jacob Sutherland (Aus) Total Rush0:04:02 
28Edward Bissaker (Aus) Suzuki - Canberra0:04:28 
29Thomas Hanover (Aus) OEX - Team Enterprise0:04:30 
30Thomas Palmer (Aus) City Of Greater Geelong0:04:35 
31Alexander Ray (Aus) City Of Greater Geelong  
32Jason Rigg (Aus) Praties0:04:42 
33Glenn Stojanow (Aus) Mace - Mcdonagh Blake0:04:50 
34Shaun Mccarthy (Aus) Savings & Loans0:04:54 
35Chris Stack (Aus) Di Giorgio Wines0:04:59 
36Thomas Robinson (Aus) City Of Greater Geelong0:05:07 
37Andrew Ward (Aus) OEX - Team Enterprise  
38Kevin Maitere (Fra) New Caledonia0:05:10 
39Peter Ladd (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:05:14 
40Guillaume Pattriti (Aus) New Caledonia0:05:17 
41James Herd (Aus) Apollo Bicycles0:05:23 
42David Tozer (Aus) Titans - Race0:05:51 
43Blair Windsor (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:06:20 
44Miles Watson (Aus) Titans - Race0:06:39 
45Chris Steffanoni (Aus) GMHBA0:06:41 
46Stuart Morgan (Aus) Nemisis - Sea Shepherd0:06:55 
47Al Dempsey (Aus) OEX - Team Enterprise0:08:07 
48James Hepburn (Aus) Merida Elite Race Team0:08:09 
49Sam Rutherford (Aus) Di Giorgio Wines0:08:41 
50Jason Costin (Aus) Nemisis - Sea Shepherd0:10:23 
51Nick Aitken (Aus) Team 2 XU - ARC0:11:24 
52Daniel Braunsteins (Aus) City Of Greater Geelong0:11:33 
53Kane Walker (Aus) Team 2 XU - ARC0:15:27 
54Rowan Dever (Aus) Total Rush0:15:53 
55Scott Cronly-Dillon (Aus) Mace - Mcdonagh Blake0:16:11 
56Stuart Payne (Aus) GMHBA0:16:54 
57Merlin Spranz (Aus) Di Giorgio Wines0:18:48 
58Donatas Bludzis (Aus) Prime Estate Buyers Agents0:18:55 
59Steven Martin (Aus) GMHBA0:19:35 
60Rhys Gillett (Aus) Cycle City0:26:03 
61Chris Pryor (Aus) Fly V Australia0:27:07 
62Charles Howlett (Aus) Cycle City0:28:44 
63Geoff Straub (Aus) Mace - Mcdonagh Blake0:30:35 
64Kyle Marwood (Aus) Praties0:31:40 
65Curtis Gunn (Aus) Fly V Australia0:35:03 
66Rob Doyle (Aus) Prime Estate Buyers Agents0:36:50 
67Brodie Talbot (Aus) Di Giorgio Wines0:41:53 
68Mark Hewat (Aus) Nemisis - Sea Shepherd0:42:55 
69Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Aus) Suzuki - Canberra0:45:53 
70Justin Morris (Aus) Mace - Mcdonagh Blake0:51:05 
71Oliver Bodak (Aus) Merida Elite Race Team0:51:24 
72Timothy Dalgliesh (Aus) Merida Elite Race Team0:52:02 
73John Forrest (Aus) Suzuki - Canberra0:53:45 
74Marcus Wettenhall (Aus) Berettas Bike Hub0:57:07 
75James Fitzgerald (Aus) Berettas Bike Hub1:06:23 
76Daniel Seagar (Aus) City Of Greater Geelong1:06:48 
77Gary Wearmouth (Aus) GMHBA1:10:03 
78William Raisin-Shaw (Aus) Berettas Bike Hub1:10:07 
79Mark Jamesion (Aus) Berettas Bike Hub1:13:53 
80Greg Matheson (Aus) Berettas Bike Hub1:14:15 
81Jules Galli (Aus) Di Giorgio Wines1:20:22 
82Oliver Kent-Spark (Aus) Titans - Race1:22:31 
83David Hampton (Aus) Di Giorgio Wines1:22:58 
Points classification

  
1Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia22 pts
2Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts19 
3Charles Howlett (Aus) Cycle City18 
4Ben Grenda (Aus) Praties16 
5David Kemp (Aus) Fly V Australia14 
6Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia11 
7Kyle Marwood (Aus) Praties8 
8Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties6 
9Thomas Hanover (Aus) OEX - Team Enterprise5 
10Michael England (Aus) Budget Forklifts5 
11Hayden Brooks (Aus) Fly V Australia4 
12James Langedyk (Aus) Geelong Cycling Club3 
13Jeremy Hills (Aus) Praties3 
14David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans3 
15Craig Mccartney (Aus) Budget Forklifts3 
16Gary Mueller (Aus) Total Rush3 
17Jason Rigg (Aus) Praties3 
18Geoff Straub (Aus) Mace - Mcdonagh Blake2 
19William Clarke (Aus) Praties2 
20Scott Davis (Aus) Fly V Australia2 
21Damien Turner (Aus) Total Rush1 
22Thierry Fondere (Fra) New Caledonia1 
23Alexander Smyth (Aus) Team 2 XU - ARC1 
24Cameron Jennings (Aus) Budget Forklifts1 
25Peter Smith (Aus) Team 2 XU - ARC1 
26Richard Lang (Aus) Titans - Race1 
27Daniel Braunsteins (Aus) City Of Greater Geelong1 
28Gael Bonnace (Fra) New Caledonia1 
29Chris Pryor (Aus) Fly V Australia1 
30Cody Stevenson (Aus) Budget Forklifts1 
Mountains classification

  
1Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia23 pts
2Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts21 
3Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties18 
4David Kemp (Aus) Fly V Australia16 
5Ben Grenda (Aus) Praties13 
6Michael England (Aus) Budget Forklifts10 
7Cameron Jennings (Aus) Budget Forklifts6 
8Peter Smith (Aus) Team 2 XU - ARC5 
9Richard Lang (Aus) Titans - Race5 
10Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia3 
11Kane Walker (Aus) Team 2 XU - ARC2 
12Alastair Loutit (Aus) Suzuki - Canberra2 
13Gael Bonnace (Fra) New Caledonia2 
14Scott Davis (Aus) Fly V Australia2 
15Kyle Marwood (Aus) Praties1 
16Andy McNab (NZl) City Of Greater Geelong1 

 

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