Walker sprints to lead

Howard in sprint jersey as crash claims two victims

Local rider Kane Walker (Team 2XU) claimed the opening Tour of Gippsland stage after winning a bunch sprint in Boolarra. Thomas Robinson (Lawson Homes Cycling Team) took second place from Cody Stevenson (Team Budget Forklifts).

The 143-strong field, the biggest in the Scody Cup to date, starting in Traralgon included Australian cyclist of the Year, Leigh Howard along with Beijing Olympian Jack Bobridge, Commonwealth gold medallist Sean Finning and riders from over seas and interstate.

Riders traveled in a controlled group through the undulating Gippsland countryside, remaining tightly packed until the 20-kilometre mark when a local schoolboy officially started the race.

While the members of the peloton took the opportunity to set the pace at around 60 kilometres an hour, further back a group of riders fell in a spectacular incident resulting in Search2Retain rider Huge Singleton and Dixon Homes’ Peter Aquilina taking a trip to hospital with serious head and collarbone injuries. Singleton was later airlifted to Melbourne for further treatment.

As the main peloton splintered a lead group containing favourites Howard and Bobridge formed. Howard held fast in the sprint leg to take the overall sprint leader jersey, leaving Bobridge battling with a puncture three kilometres out from the finish.

Howard was presented with the Most Aggressive Rider title while Marc Williams (Suzuki-Canberra) from the ACT claimed the King of the Mountain Jersey.

Results
1Kane Walker (Team 2XU - ARC)1:18:10 
2Thomas Robinson (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)  
3Cody Stevenson (Team Budget Forklifts)  
4Leigh Howard (Team Jayco AIS)  
5Malcolm Rudolph (Team Budget Forklifts)  
6James Langedyk (Jayco/VIS)  
7Daniel Braunsteins (Drapac Porsche Team)  
8Scott Davis (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling)  
9Adam Phelan (Suzuki-Canberra)  
10Robbie Williams (Drapac Porsche Team)  
11Russell Gill (Team Skins)  
12James Herd (Apollo Bicycles)  
13Daniel Barry (Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti)  
14Luke Ockerby (Champion Systems/Cannodale)  
15Jeremy Hills (Praties Cycling Team)  
16James Mowatt (Cycle City)  
17David Kemp (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling)  
18Joel Pearson (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)  
19Ben Mather (Praties Cycling Team)  
20Samuel Witmitz (Titans - Race)  
21Gary Mueller (Total Rush)  
22Rohan Dennis (Team Jayco AIS)  
23Charles Howlett (Cycle City)  
24Deon Locke (Prime Estate Buyers Agent)  
25Michael Stallard (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)  
26Tobias Boylan (Dixon Homes Cycling Team)  
27Stephen Rossendell (Champion Systems/Cannodale)  
28Hamish Presbury (Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti)  
29Matthew Mcdonagh (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)  
30Nathan Earle (Praties Cycling Team)  
31Brett Tivers (OEX - Team Enterprise)  
32Rob Doyle (Prime Estate Buyers Agent)  
33Michael Smith (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)  
34Alastair Loutit (Suzuki-Canberra)  
35Stuart Grimsey (Loy Yang Power Team)  
36Richard Lang (Titans - Race)  
37Stuart Payne (Loy Yang Power Team)  
38John Cornish (Prime Estate Buyers Agent)  
39Mitchell Pearson (Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti)  
40Matthew Benson (Team Skins)  
41Chris Stack (Team Skins)  
42Kyle Marwood (Praties Cycling Team)  
43Jonathan Lovelock (Jayco/VIS)  
44Silas Fisher (Team 2XU - ARC)  
45Jacob Sutherland (Total Rush)  
46Jeremy Yates (OEX - Team Enterprise)  
47Adam Semple (Team Jayco AIS)  
48Steven Rankine (DM Drafting Cycling)  
49Hayden Brooks (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling)  
50Sam Genge (Suzuki-Canberra)  
51David Pell (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)  
52Neil Van Der Ploeg (Loy Yang Power Team)  
53Brendan Brooks (Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti)  
54Damien Turner (Total Rush)  
55Michael England (Team Budget Forklifts)  
56David Cripps (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)  
57Cameron Hughes (Team Budget Forklifts)  
58Angus Morton (Drapac Porsche Team)  
59Timothy Roe (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)  
60Rhys Gillett (Cycle City)  
61Darren Rolfe (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling)  
62Jason Rigg (Praties Cycling Team)  
63Jai Crawford (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)  
64Thomas Hanover (OEX - Team Enterprise)  
65Cameron Jennings (Team Budget Forklifts)  
66Thomas Palmer (Drapac Porsche Team)  
67Craig Mccartney (Team Budget Forklifts)  
68Marc Williams (Suzuki-Canberra)  
69Steven Robb (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)  
70William Robinson (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)  
71Luke Fetch (Loy Yang Power Team)  
72Alexander Smyth (Jayco/VIS)  
73Ben Dyball (Lakes Oil Team)  
74Mathew Marshall (Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti)  
75Evan Corry (Dixon Homes Cycling Team)  
76Eliot Crowther (OEX - Team Enterprise)  
77Michael Gallagher (Jayco/VIS)  
78Peter Smith (Team 2XU - ARC)  
79Joel Lewis (DM Drafting Cycling)  
80James Henry (Apollo Bicycles)0:00:13 
81Nick Aitken (Team 2XU - ARC)  
82Jack Bobridge (Team Jayco AIS)  
83Chris Pryor (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling)0:00:27 
84William Clarke (Praties Cycling Team)0:00:44 
85Peter Ladd (Team Budget Forklifts)  
86James Ibrahim (Titans - Race)0:01:41 
87Miles Watson (Titans - Race)0:02:36 
88Joshua Hislop (DM Drafting Cycling)0:03:24 
89Brodie Talbot (Work Ways Team)0:03:49 
90Matthew Wood (DM Drafting Cycling)  
91Edward Bissaker (Suzuki-Canberra)  
92Andrew Ward (OEX - Team Enterprise)  
93Nick Morgan (Champion Systems/Cannodale)  
94Hugh Forrest (Search2Retain)  
95Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Suzuki-Canberra)  
96David Melville (Lakes Oil Team)  
97Joel Stearnes (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)  
98Sean Turner (DM Drafting Cycling)  
99Sean Finning (Jayco/VIS)  
100Tristan Jones (Team Skins)  
101Eric Sheppard (Jayco/VIS)  
102Al Dempsey (OEX - Team Enterprise)  
103Benjamin Fleming (Lakes Oil Team)  
104Christopher Klem (DM Drafting Cycling)  
105Kris Johnston (Lakes Oil Team)  
106Bradley Norton (Champion Systems/Cannodale)  
107Thomas Donald (Search2Retain)  
108Andy Mcnab (Work Ways Team)  
109Harry Rassie (Dixon Homes Cycling Team)  
110William Dickeson (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)  
111Brendan Schultz (Titans - Race)  
112Samuel Beveridge (Apollo Bicycles)  
113Michael Knoff (Total Rush)  
114Luke Davison (Team Jayco AIS)0:03:57 
115Timothy Walker (Champion Systems/Cannodale)  
116Timothy White (Total Rush)  
117Joshua Chugg (Praties Cycling Team)0:07:22 
118Reece Stephens (Prime Estate Buyers Agent)  
119Peter Johnstone (Total Rush)0:09:39 
120Angus Harding (Work Ways Team)0:09:48 
121Danny Pulbrook (Champion Systems/Cannodale)0:09:50 
122Matthew Clark (Cycle City)  
123Glen Peterson (Total Rush)  
124Trevor Griffiths (Jayco/VIS)  
125Peter Braunsteins (Apollo Bicycles)  
126Jay Bourke (Cycle City)  
127Lucien Keene (Team Skins)  
128Tom Benham (Work Ways Team)0:15:13 
129Scott Liston (Loy Yang Power Team)  
130Daniel Seagar (Lakes Oil Team)0:17:28 
131Damian Harris (Dixon Homes Cycling Team)  
132Ian Johnston (Dixon Homes Cycling Team)  
133Nathan Elliott (Titans - Race)  
134Ben Grieve-Johnson (Champion Systems/Cannodale)  
135Andrew Roe (Team Skins)  
DNFPeter Aquilina (Dixon Homes Cycling Team)  
DNFTrent Williams (Apollo Bicycles)  
DNFHugh Singleton (Search2Retain)  
DNSMichael Matthews (Team Jayco AIS)  
DNSGlenn O'Shea (Team Jayco AIS)  
DNSPaul Richards (Loy Yang Power Team)  
DNSSamuel Rix (Work Ways Team)  
Sprint 1 - Hazelwood Estate
1Miles Watson (Titans - Race)3pts
2Nick Aitken (Team 2XU - ARC)2 
3Jason Rigg (Praties Cycling Team)1 
Sprint 2 - International Power
1Jack Bobridge (Team Jayco AIS)3pts
2Mitchell Pearson (Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti)2 
3David Pell (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)1 
Sprint 3 - Hazelwood Pondag
1Adam Semple (Team Jayco AIS)3pts
2Michael England (Team Budget Forklifts)2 
3Darren Rolfe (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling)1 
Sprint 4 - Yinnar Primary School
1Leigh Howard (Team Jayco AIS)3pts
2Hayden Brooks (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling)2 
3David Pell (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)1 
KOM 1 - Cat4 Gas Supply S
1Jack Bobridge (Team Jayco AIS)3pts
2Cameron Jennings (Team Budget Forklifts)2 
3Lucien Keene (Team Skins)1 
KOM 2 - Cat4 Schiebels Rd
1Marc Williams (Suzuki-Canberra)3pts
2Eliot Crowther (OEX - Team Enterprise)2 
3Rohan Dennis (Team Jayco AIS)1 
General classification after stage 1
1Kane Walker (Team 2XU - ARC)1:18:00 
2Thomas Robinson (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)0:00:02 
3Leigh Howard (Team Jayco AIS)0:00:03 
4Cody Stevenson (Team Budget Forklifts)0:00:04 
5Jack Bobridge (Team Jayco AIS)  
6Adam Semple (Team Jayco AIS)0:00:07 
7Marc Williams (Suzuki-Canberra)  
8Malcolm Rudolph (Team Budget Forklifts)0:00:08 
9Mitchell Pearson (Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti)  
10Hayden Brooks (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling)  
11David Pell (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)  
12Michael England (Team Budget Forklifts)  
13Cameron Jennings (Team Budget Forklifts)  
14Eliot Crowther (OEX - Team Enterprise)  
15James Langedyk (Jayco/VIS)0:00:09 
16Rohan Dennis (Team Jayco AIS)  
17Darren Rolfe (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling)  
18Jason Rigg (Praties Cycling Team)  
19Daniel Braunsteins (Drapac Porsche Team)0:00:10 
20Scott Davis (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling)  
21Adam Phelan (Suzuki-Canberra)  
22Robbie Williams (Drapac Porsche Team)  
23Russell Gill (Team Skins)  
24James Herd (Apollo Bicycles)  
25Daniel Barry (Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti)  
26Luke Ockerby (Champion Systems/Cannodale)  
27Jeremy Hills (Praties Cycling Team)  
28James Mowatt (Cycle City)  
29David Kemp (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling)  
30Joel Pearson (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)  
31Ben Mather (Praties Cycling Team)  
32Samuel Witmitz (Titans - Race)  
33Gary Mueller (Total Rush)  
34Charles Howlett (Cycle City)  
35Deon Locke (Prime Estate Buyers Agent)  
36Michael Stallard (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)  
37Tobias Boylan (Dixon Homes Cycling Team)  
38Stephen Rossendell (Champion Systems/Cannodale)  
39Hamish Presbury (Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti)  
40Matthew Mcdonagh (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)  
41Nathan Earle (Praties Cycling Team)  
42Brett Tivers (OEX - Team Enterprise)  
43Rob Doyle (Prime Estate Buyers Agent)  
44Michael Smith (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)  
45Alastair Loutit (Suzuki-Canberra)  
46Stuart Grimsey (Loy Yang Power Team)  
47Richard Lang (Titans - Race)  
48Stuart Payne (Loy Yang Power Team)  
49John Cornish (Prime Estate Buyers Agent)  
50Matthew Benson (Team Skins)  
51Chris Stack (Team Skins)  
52Kyle Marwood (Praties Cycling Team)  
53Jonathan Lovelock (Jayco/VIS)  
54Silas Fisher (Team 2XU - ARC)  
55Jacob Sutherland (Total Rush)  
56Jeremy Yates (OEX - Team Enterprise)  
57Steven Rankine (DM Drafting Cycling)  
58Sam Genge (Suzuki-Canberra)  
59Neil Van Der Ploeg (Loy Yang Power Team)  
60Brendan Brooks (Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti)  
61Damien Turner (Total Rush)  
62David Cripps (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)  
63Cameron Hughes (Team Budget Forklifts)  
64Angus Morton (Drapac Porsche Team)  
65Timothy Roe (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)  
66Rhys Gillett (Cycle City)  
67Jai Crawford (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)  
68Thomas Hanover (OEX - Team Enterprise)  
69Thomas Palmer (Drapac Porsche Team)  
70Craig Mccartney (Team Budget Forklifts)  
71Steven Robb (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)  
72William Robinson (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)  
73Luke Fetch (Loy Yang Power Team)  
74Alexander Smyth (Jayco/VIS)  
75Ben Dyball (Lakes Oil Team)  
76Mathew Marshall (Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti)  
77Evan Corry (Dixon Homes Cycling Team)  
78Michael Gallagher (Jayco/VIS)  
79Peter Smith (Team 2XU - ARC)  
80Joel Lewis (DM Drafting Cycling)  
81Peter Ladd (Team Budget Forklifts)  
82Nick Aitken (Team 2XU - ARC)0:00:21 
83James Henry (Apollo Bicycles)0:00:23 
84Chris Pryor (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling)0:00:37 
85William Clarke (Praties Cycling Team)0:00:54 
86James Ibrahim (Titans - Race)0:01:51 
87Miles Watson (Titans - Race)0:02:43 
88Joshua Hislop (DM Drafting Cycling)0:03:34 
89Brodie Talbot (Work Ways Team)0:03:59 
90Matthew Wood (DM Drafting Cycling)  
91Edward Bissaker (Suzuki-Canberra)  
92Andrew Ward (OEX - Team Enterprise)  
93Nick Morgan (Champion Systems/Cannodale)  
94Hugh Forrest (Search2Retain)  
95Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Suzuki-Canberra)  
96David Melville (Lakes Oil Team)  
97Joel Stearnes (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)  
98Sean Turner (DM Drafting Cycling)  
99Sean Finning (Jayco/VIS)  
100Tristan Jones (Team Skins)  
101Eric Sheppard (Jayco/VIS)  
102Al Dempsey (OEX - Team Enterprise)  
103Benjamin Fleming (Lakes Oil Team)  
104Christopher Klem (DM Drafting Cycling)  
105Kris Johnston (Lakes Oil Team)  
106Bradley Norton (Champion Systems/Cannodale)  
107Thomas Donald (Search2Retain)  
108Andy Mcnab (Work Ways Team)  
109Harry Rassie (Dixon Homes Cycling Team)  
110William Dickeson (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)  
111Brendan Schultz (Titans - Race)  
112Samuel Beveridge (Apollo Bicycles)  
113Michael Knoff (Total Rush)  
114Luke Davison (Team Jayco AIS)0:04:07 
115Timothy Walker (Champion Systems/Cannodale)  
116Timothy White (Total Rush)  
117Joshua Chugg (Praties Cycling Team)0:07:32 
118Reece Stephens (Prime Estate Buyers Agent)  
119Peter Johnstone (Total Rush)0:09:49 
120Angus Harding (Work Ways Team)0:09:58 
121Lucien Keene (Team Skins)0:09:59 
122Danny Pulbrook (Champion Systems/Cannodale)0:10:00 
123Matthew Clark (Cycle City)  
124Glen Peterson (Total Rush)  
125Trevor Griffiths (Jayco/VIS)  
126Peter Braunsteins (Apollo Bicycles)  
127Jay Bourke (Cycle City)  
128Tom Benham (Work Ways Team)0:15:23 
129Scott Liston (Loy Yang Power Team)  
130Daniel Seagar (Lakes Oil Team)0:17:38 
131Damian Harris (Dixon Homes Cycling Team)  
132Ian Johnston (Dixon Homes Cycling Team)  
133Nathan Elliott (Titans - Race)  
134Ben Grieve-Johnson (Champion Systems/Cannodale)  
135Andrew Roe (Team Skins)  
Sprint classification
1Miles Watson (Titans - Race)3pts
2Jack Bobridge (Team Jayco AIS)3 
3Leigh Howard (Team Jayco AIS)3 
4Nick Aitken (Team 2XU - ARC)2 
5Michael England (Team Budget Forklifts)2 
6Mitchell Pearson (Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti)2 
7Hayden Brooks (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling)2 
8David Pell (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)2 
9Jason Rigg (Praties Cycling Team)1 
10Darren Rolfe (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling)1 
Mountains classification
1Marc Williams (Suzuki-Canberra)3pts
2Jack Bobridge (Team Jayco AIS)3 
3Cameron Jennings (Team Budget Forklifts)2 
4Eliot Crowther (OEX - Team Enterprise)2 
5Lucien Keene (Team Skins)1 
6Rohan Dennis (Team Jayco AIS)1 
Most Aggressive rider classification
1Leigh Howard (Team Jayco AIS)2pts
Team Classification
1Team Budget Forklifts3:54:30 
2Praties Cycling Team  
3Lawson Homes Cycling Tea  
4Team Jayco Ais  
5Fly V Australia Pro Cyclin  
6Drapac Porsche Team  
7Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti  
8Team Skins  
9Suzuki-Canberra  
10Savings & Loans Cycling Te  
11Prime Estate Buyers Agent  
12Cycle City  
13Total Rush  
14Jayco/Vis  
15Team 2Xu - Arc  
16Loy Yang Power Team  
17Oex - Team Enterprise  
18Titans - Race0:01:41 
19Dm Drafting Cycling Team0:03:24 
20Champion Systems/Cannod0:03:49 
21Dixon Homes Cycling Team  
22Apollo Bicycles0:04:02 
23Lakes Oil Team0:07:38 
24Work Ways Team0:17:26 
Young rider classification
1Kane Walker (Team 2XU - ARC)1:18:00 
2Thomas Robinson (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)0:00:02 
3Leigh Howard (Team Jayco AIS)0:00:03 
4Jack Bobridge (Team Jayco AIS)0:00:04 
5Adam Semple (Team Jayco AIS)0:00:07 
6Malcolm Rudolph (Team Budget Forklifts)0:00:08 
7Mitchell Pearson (Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti)  
8Eliot Crowther (OEX - Team Enterprise)  
9James Langedyk (Jayco/VIS)0:00:09 
10Rohan Dennis (Team Jayco AIS)  
11Daniel Braunsteins (Drapac Porsche Team)0:00:10 
12Adam Phelan (Suzuki-Canberra)  
13Russell Gill (Team Skins)  
14James Herd (Apollo Bicycles)  
15Luke Ockerby (Champion Systems/Cannodale)  
16Jeremy Hills (Praties Cycling Team)  
17James Mowatt (Cycle City)  
18Deon Locke (Prime Estate Buyers Agent)  
19Matthew Mcdonagh (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)  
20Nathan Earle (Praties Cycling Team)  
21Alastair Loutit (Suzuki-Canberra)  
22Stuart Grimsey (Loy Yang Power Team)  
23Richard Lang (Titans - Race)  
24Matthew Benson (Team Skins)  
25Jonathan Lovelock (Jayco/VIS)  
26Silas Fisher (Team 2XU - ARC)  
27Sam Genge (Suzuki-Canberra)  
28Neil Van Der Ploeg (Loy Yang Power Team)  
29Angus Morton (Drapac Porsche Team)  
30Timothy Roe (Savings & Loans Cycling Team)  
31Rhys Gillett (Cycle City)  
32Thomas Hanover (OEX - Team Enterprise)  
33Thomas Palmer (Drapac Porsche Team)  
34William Robinson (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)  
35Luke Fetch (Loy Yang Power Team)  
36Alexander Smyth (Jayco/VIS)  
37Ben Dyball (Lakes Oil Team)  
38Peter Smith (Team 2XU - ARC)  
39Joel Lewis (DM Drafting Cycling)  
40Nick Aitken (Team 2XU - ARC)0:00:21 
41James Henry (Apollo Bicycles)0:00:23 
42James Ibrahim (Titans - Race)0:01:51 
43Joshua Hislop (DM Drafting Cycling)0:03:34 
44Brodie Talbot (Work Ways Team)0:03:59 
45Edward Bissaker (Suzuki-Canberra)  
46Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Suzuki-Canberra)  
47David Melville (Lakes Oil Team)  
48Joel Stearnes (Lawson Homes Cycling Team)  
49Sean Turner (DM Drafting Cycling)  
50Eric Sheppard (Jayco/VIS)  
51Benjamin Fleming (Lakes Oil Team)  
52Andy Mcnab (Work Ways Team)  
53Harry Rassie (Dixon Homes Cycling Team)  
54Samuel Beveridge (Apollo Bicycles)  
55Luke Davison (Team Jayco AIS)0:04:07 
56Timothy White (Total Rush)  
57Peter Johnstone (Total Rush)0:09:49 
58Angus Harding (Work Ways Team)0:09:58 
59Danny Pulbrook (Champion Systems/Cannodale)0:10:00 
60Matthew Clark (Cycle City)  
61Trevor Griffiths (Jayco/VIS)  
62Peter Braunsteins (Apollo Bicycles)  
63Tom Benham (Work Ways Team)0:15:23 
64Scott Liston (Loy Yang Power Team)  
65Daniel Seagar (Lakes Oil Team)0:17:38 
66Nathan Elliott (Titans - Race)  
67Ben Grieve-Johnson (Champion Systems/Cannodale)  
68Andrew Roe (Team Skins)  

 

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