Tour of Murray River: Copp wins shortened stage 4

Fire and smoke cause havoc bringing stage to an early end

A grass fire in Cohuna forced the early finish of stage four of the Tour of the Murray River throwing the stage into chaos as riders were unaware of the changes. Jayden Copp (Arbitrage Racing) was the beneficiary of a chaotic finish as he was awarded the stage win courtesy of being the leader on the road when he passed what became the new finishing line.

No general classification time bonus' were awarded for the victory.

The fire broke out just three kilometres from the planned stage finish which forced event staff to move the finish line forward five kilometres at the last minute with little time to relay the message to riders and their teams.

"Last year I got a second and that felt amazing but to get a win on a day like today was awesome," said Copp who most recently returned tasted victory in Belgium.

"[When I attacked] I was 100% committed to go the whole distance to the finish, but just after the 10km to go sign the motorbike came up beside me and said they were shortening the stage by 5km, so I thought 'oh sweet' because at that point I had a 35 second gap. I thought 'I am actually going to hold onto this' and it ended up being pretty close at the finish."

Sam Witmitz (Budget Forklifts) was second while Eric Sheppard (Search2Retain) rounded out the podium as he finished third without knowing it.

Brenton Jones (Avanti Racing) won an intermediate sprint at Boort Secondary College to extend his overall lead to 12 seconds ahead of Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts).

"It was an interesting stage with the wind today," said Jones. "The race split again and it was the race winning move but unfortunately, a small bush fire caused the race to be shortened.

"Out of all the confusion today, the main positive is that we retained the yellow jersey and even increased the lead by winning the intermediate time bonus sprint during the race."

Keeping with the theme of the race, strong winds wreaked havoc with the peloton, causing splits as riders lost contact with the front riders. The main bunch arrived at the finish line of the 140km race behind Copp with just 30 riders.

The Tour continues tomorrow at 2pm with a road race beginning and finishing in Echuca.
 

Results

Stage 4 Result
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brenton Jones (VIC) Avanti Racing Team2:54:46 
1Scott Law (NSW) Avanti Racing Team  
1Neil Van Der Ploeg (VIC) Avanti Racing Team  
1Jesse Kerrison (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts  
1Alex Wohler (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts  
1Tommy Nankervis (VIC) Team Budget Forklifts  
1Samuel Witmitz (VIC) Team Budget Forklifts  
1Westley Gough (NZL) Team Budget Forklifts  
1Oliver Kent-Spark (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
1Stuart Shaw (ACT) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
1Eric Sheppard (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
1Joshua Taylor (NSW) CharterMason Giant Racing  
1Raphael Freinstein (GER) CharterMason Giant Racing  
1Nicholas Katsonis (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing  
1James Mowatt (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
1Tyler Spurrell (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
1Patrick Shaw (VIC) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
1Ryan Cavanagh (QLD) Jayco/John West/VIS  
1Ayden Toovey (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
1Ryan MacAnally (QLD) Wormall Civil CCS  
1Jayden Copp (QLD) Wormall Civil CCS  
1Dylan Pierre-Humbert (WA) Wormall Civil CCS  
1Michael Freiberg (WA) Wormall Civil CCS  
1Jason Lowndes (VIC) Team Seight  
25Tom Robinson (TAS) Avanti Racing Team0:02:03 
26Jack Beckinsale (NSW) Avanti Racing Team0:03:10 
26Daniel Barry (NZL) Team Budget Forklifts  
28Aaron Donnelly (NSW) Avanti Racing Team0:06:41 
28Michael Vink (NZL) Team Budget Forklifts  
28Conor Murtagh (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing  
28Jake Magee (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing  
28Shaun O'Callaghan (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
28Daniel Nelson (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
28Andrew Williams (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
28Ryan Thomas (NSW) GPM Stulz  
28Nick Miller (NZL) Team Scody Downunder  
28Jason Rigg (WA) Team Polygon Australia  
28Darcy-Ellerm Norton (NZL) Subaru Albion NRS Development Team  
28Nathan Bradshaw (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
28Jordan Payne (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
41Anthony Collins (QLD) Team Polygon Australia0:10:14 
42Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT) Avanti Racing Team0:11:49 
42Stuart Smith (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
42Angus Tobin (NSW) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
42James Hepburn (QLD) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
42Jacob Restall (QLD) CharterMason Giant Racing  
42Patrick Lane (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
42Jarryd Jones (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
42Kyle Thompson (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
42Jonathan Bolton (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
42Kane Walker (VIC) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
42Theodore Yates (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
42Joel Strachan (VIC) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
42Alex Smyth (VIC) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
42Ben O'Connor (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
42Daniel Bonello (NSW) GPM Stulz  
42Tamas Allenby (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
42Robert Quinn (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
42Chad Elliston (NZL) Team Scody Downunder  
42Jordan Stannus (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS  
42Lachlan Holliday (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS  
42Jordan Davies (NSW) St. George Merida  
42Russell Gill (SA) St. George Merida  
42Aaron Jones (TAS) Team Polygon Australia  
42John Peppard (NSW) Subaru Albion NRS Development Team  
42Harrison Carter (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
42Craig Evers (NSW) Phoenix Cycling Collective  
42Simon Dwyer (ACT) Phoenix Cycling Collective  
42David Parker (ACT) Phoenix Cycling Collective  
42Liam White (VIC) Pat's Veg-Thereabouts Racing Team  
42Matthew Lane (VIC) Pat's Veg-Thereabouts Racing Team  
42Damion Drapac (VIC) Pat's Veg-Thereabouts Racing Team  
42Mitchell Dedman (VIC) Pat's Veg-Thereabouts Racing Team  
42Matthew Leonard (VIC) Team Seight  
42Mark Fagg (VIC) Team Seight  
42Wade Edwards (VIC) Team Seight  
42Zane Hunter (VIC) Team Seight  
42Marc Wilson (VIC) Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part  
42Mitchell Barry (VIC) Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part  
80Myron Simpson (NZL) Team Budget Forklifts0:18:45 
80Michael Rice (ACT) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
80Shannon Johnson (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing  
80Darcy Woolley (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
80Reece Robinson (NSW) GPM Stulz  
80Chris Jory (NSW) GPM Stulz  
80Alex Nazarewicz (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
80Alline Dodds (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
80Samuel Volkers (QLD) Team Scody Downunder  
80Ben Comfort (ACT) Team Scody Downunder  
80Leslie Masters (QLD) Team Scody Downunder  
80Benjamin Harvey (NSW) St. George Merida  
80Jay Dutton (NSW) St. George Merida  
80William Andersson (NSW) St. George Merida  
80Alex Hersey (NSW) St. George Merida  
80Oliver Martin (TAS) Team Polygon Australia  
80Gerald Evans (TAS) Team Polygon Australia  
80William Holmes (TAS) Team Polygon Australia  
80Samuel Jenner (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
80Craig Hutton (NSW) Wormall Civil CCS  
80Guy Kalma (WA) Wormall Civil CCS  
80Rohan Wight (SA) SASI Cycling Team  
80Joshua Harrison (SA) SASI Cycling Team  
80Jay Phillpotts (VIC) Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part  
80Matthew Borg (NSW) Individual Riders  
105Patrick Sharpe (NSW) SUVelo Racing0:31:13 
105Samuel Burston (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
105Harrison Wiles (NSW) St. George Merida  
105Nathan Booth (ACT) Phoenix Cycling Collective  
105Fergus Sully (VIC) Pat's Veg-Thereabouts Racing Team  
105Tom Kaesler (SA) SASI Cycling Team  
105David Mclean (VIC) Team Seight  
112Michael Troy (NSW) GPM Stulz0:33:00 
112Sean Whitfield (ACT) Team Scody Downunder  
112Aden De Jager (QLD) Team Scody Downunder  
112Kierin Lewis (NSW) Subaru Albion NRS Development Team  
112Anthony Murray (NSW) Subaru Albion NRS Development Team  
117Jackson Law (NSW) GPM Stulz0:35:11 
117Tom Petty (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
117Dane Frey (WA) Wormall Civil CCS  
117Matt Boys (VIC) Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part  
DNFMorgan Smith (NZL) CharterMason Giant Racing  
DNFDylan Hately (VIC) Team Seight  
DNSThomas Patton (NSW) GPM Stulz  
DNSChris Filiatrault (ACT) Phoenix Cycling Collective  
Intermediate Sprints - Boort Secondary College
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brenton Jones (VIC) Avanti Racing Team3 pts
2Scott Law (NSW) Avanti Racing Team2 
3Raphael Freinstein (GER) CharterMason Giant Racing1 
Pyramid Hill
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Raphael Freinstein (GER) CharterMason Giant Racing3 pts
2Michael Freiberg (WA) Wormall Civil CCS2 
3Neil Van Der Ploeg (VIC) Avanti Racing Team1 
Stage Aggressor
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
 Nicholas Katsonis (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing  
Teams Stage Result
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Avanti Racing Team8:44:18 
2health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
3Wormall Civil CCS  
4CharterMason Giant Racing  
5Team Budget Forklifts  
6African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:06:41 
7Subaru NSWIS Development Team0:13:22 
8Satalyst Giant Racing Team0:18:30 
9Team Seight0:23:38 
9Jayco/John West/VIS  
11Team Polygon Australia0:28:44 
12Pat's Veg-Thereabouts Racing Team0:35:27 
12Phoenix Cycling Collective  
14GPM Stulz0:37:15 
14Team Scody Downunder  
16St. George Merida0:42:23 
16Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part  
16SUVelo Racing  
19Subaru Albion NRS Development Team0:51:30 
20SASI Cycling Team1:08:43 
General Classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brenton Jones (VIC) Avanti Racing Team9:22:05 
2Jesse Kerrison (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:12 
3Raphael Freinstein (GER) CharterMason Giant Racing0:00:20 
4Alex Wohler (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:22 
5Dylan Pierre-Humbert (WA) Wormall Civil CCS0:00:26 
6Scott Law (NSW) Avanti Racing Team0:00:27 
7Tommy Nankervis (VIC) Team Budget Forklifts  
8Neil Van Der Ploeg (VIC) Avanti Racing Team0:00:29 
9Jason Lowndes (VIC) Team Seight0:00:30 
10Jayden Copp (QLD) Wormall Civil CCS  
11Patrick Shaw (VIC) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
12Samuel Witmitz (VIC) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:35 
13Ryan Cavanagh (QLD) Jayco/John West/VIS  
14Michael Freiberg (WA) Wormall Civil CCS0:00:38 
15Eric Sheppard (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team0:00:44 
16Westley Gough (NZL) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:45 
17Ryan MacAnally (QLD) Wormall Civil CCS0:10:46 
18James Mowatt (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:10:47 
19Tyler Spurrell (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
20Stuart Shaw (ACT) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
21Oliver Kent-Spark (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
22Ayden Toovey (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
23Joshua Taylor (NSW) CharterMason Giant Racing  
24Daniel Barry (NZL) Team Budget Forklifts0:13:57 
25Nicholas Katsonis (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing0:14:47 
26Jack Beckinsale (NSW) Avanti Racing Team0:16:20 
27Theodore Yates (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team0:17:16 
28Shaun O'Callaghan (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:17:28 
29Ryan Thomas (NSW) GPM Stulz  
30Jake Magee (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing  
31Andrew Williams (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
32Jason Rigg (WA) Team Polygon Australia  
33Nick Miller (NZL) Team Scody Downunder  
34Nathan Bradshaw (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
35Jordan Payne (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
36Michael Vink (NZL) Team Budget Forklifts  
37Conor Murtagh (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing  
38Anthony Collins (QLD) Team Polygon Australia0:18:11 
39Darcy-Ellerm Norton (NZL) Subaru Albion NRS Development Team0:19:03 
40Daniel Nelson (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:19:09 
41Tom Robinson (TAS) Avanti Racing Team0:20:09 
42Aaron Donnelly (NSW) Avanti Racing Team0:20:51 
43Kane Walker (VIC) Satalyst Giant Racing Team0:22:36 
44Joel Strachan (VIC) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
45Russell Gill (SA) St. George Merida  
46Jonathan Bolton (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
47Angus Tobin (NSW) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
48Wade Edwards (VIC) Team Seight  
49Jordan Stannus (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS  
50Craig Evers (NSW) Phoenix Cycling Collective  
51Liam White (VIC) Pat's Veg-Thereabouts Racing Team  
52James Hepburn (QLD) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
53Matthew Leonard (VIC) Team Seight  
54Lachlan Holliday (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS  
55Tamas Allenby (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
56Damion Drapac (VIC) Pat's Veg-Thereabouts Racing Team  
57Kyle Thompson (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
58Matthew Lane (VIC) Pat's Veg-Thereabouts Racing Team  
59Daniel Bonello (NSW) GPM Stulz  
60Jordan Davies (NSW) St. George Merida  
61Stuart Smith (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
62Alex Smyth (VIC) Satalyst Giant Racing Team0:24:22 
63Patrick Lane (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
64Chad Elliston (NZL) Team Scody Downunder0:25:59 
65Harrison Carter (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
66Ben O'Connor (WA) Satalyst Giant Racing Team  
67Jacob Restall (QLD) CharterMason Giant Racing  
68John Peppard (NSW) Subaru Albion NRS Development Team  
69Marc Wilson (VIC) Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part0:26:36 
70Mitchell Barry (VIC) Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part  
71Zane Hunter (VIC) Team Seight  
72Mitchell Dedman (VIC) Pat's Veg-Thereabouts Racing Team  
73Simon Dwyer (ACT) Phoenix Cycling Collective  
74Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT) Avanti Racing Team0:28:29 
75Robert Quinn (NSW) SUVelo Racing0:28:49 
76Jarryd Jones (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:29:12 
77Shannon Johnson (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing0:29:32 
78Michael Rice (ACT) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
79Alex Nazarewicz (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
80Craig Hutton (NSW) Wormall Civil CCS  
81Chris Jory (NSW) GPM Stulz  
82Alex Hersey (NSW) St. George Merida  
83Myron Simpson (NZL) Team Budget Forklifts  
84Reece Robinson (NSW) GPM Stulz  
85Samuel Volkers (QLD) Team Scody Downunder  
86Darcy Woolley (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
87Mark Fagg (VIC) Team Seight0:30:19 
88William Holmes (TAS) Team Polygon Australia0:32:55 
89Guy Kalma (WA) Wormall Civil CCS  
90Leslie Masters (QLD) Team Scody Downunder  
91Jay Dutton (NSW) St. George Merida  
92Ben Comfort (ACT) Team Scody Downunder  
93Samuel Jenner (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
94Gerald Evans (TAS) Team Polygon Australia  
95Joshua Harrison (SA) SASI Cycling Team0:33:32 
96William Andersson (NSW) St. George Merida  
97David Parker (ACT) Phoenix Cycling Collective0:33:56 
98Jay Phillpotts (VIC) Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part0:38:11 
99Aaron Jones (TAS) Team Polygon Australia0:38:28 
100Rohan Wight (SA) SASI Cycling Team0:40:47 
101Alline Dodds (NSW) SUVelo Racing0:40:52 
102Oliver Martin (TAS) Team Polygon Australia0:40:54 
103Benjamin Harvey (NSW) St. George Merida0:41:59 
104Patrick Sharpe (NSW) SUVelo Racing0:42:00 
105Aden De Jager (QLD) Team Scody Downunder0:43:47 
106Tom Kaesler (SA) SASI Cycling Team0:45:23 
107Harrison Wiles (NSW) St. George Merida0:46:00 
108Samuel Burston (NSW) SUVelo Racing  
109Fergus Sully (VIC) Pat's Veg-Thereabouts Racing Team  
110David Mclean (VIC) Team Seight  
111Sean Whitfield (ACT) Team Scody Downunder0:47:10 
112Anthony Murray (NSW) Subaru Albion NRS Development Team0:47:47 
113Matthew Borg (NSW) Individual Riders  
114Nathan Booth (ACT) Phoenix Cycling Collective0:49:02 
115Matt Boys (VIC) Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part0:49:58 
116Tom Petty (NSW) SUVelo Racing0:53:54 
117Michael Troy (NSW) GPM Stulz0:54:35 
118Kierin Lewis (NSW) Subaru Albion NRS Development Team0:55:37 
119Jackson Law (NSW) GPM Stulz0:58:25 
120Dane Frey (WA) Wormall Civil CCS1:19:58 
Sprint Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brenton Jones (VIC) Avanti Racing Team17 pts
2Raphael Freinstein (GER) CharterMason Giant Racing14 
3Jesse Kerrison (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts13 
4Neil Van Der Ploeg (VIC) Avanti Racing Team7 
5Scott Law (NSW) Avanti Racing Team6 
6Ryan Cavanagh (QLD) Jayco/John West/VIS4 
7Jayden Copp (QLD) Wormall Civil CCS3 
8Angus Tobin (NSW) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team3 
9Alex Wohler (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts3 
10Dylan Pierre-Humbert (WA) Wormall Civil CCS3 
11Michael Freiberg (WA) Wormall Civil CCS2 
12Jason Lowndes (VIC) Team Seight1 
13Eric Sheppard (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team1 
14Ryan MacAnally (QLD) Wormall Civil CCS1 
15James Mowatt (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team1 
16Joshua Taylor (NSW) CharterMason Giant Racing1 
17Jordan Stannus (VIC) Jayco/John West/VIS1 
Young Rider Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jesse Kerrison (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts9:22:17 
2Alex Wohler (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:10 
3Jason Lowndes (VIC) Team Seight0:00:18 
4Ryan Cavanagh (QLD) Jayco/John West/VIS0:00:23 
5Ryan MacAnally (QLD) Wormall Civil CCS0:10:34 
6Tyler Spurrell (VIC) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:10:35 
7Oliver Kent-Spark (VIC) health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team  
8Ayden Toovey (NSW) Subaru NSWIS Development Team  
9Nicholas Katsonis (VIC) CharterMason Giant Racing0:14:35 
10Jack Beckinsale (NSW) Avanti Racing Team0:16:08 
Teams General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Budget Forklifts28:07:00 
2Avanti Racing Team0:00:11 
3Wormall Civil CCS0:00:14 
4CharterMason Giant Racing0:20:43 
5health.com.au-search2retain Cycling Team0:20:58 
6Satalyst Giant Racing Team0:33:53 
7African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:37:41 
8Team Seight0:44:21 
9Subaru NSWIS Development Team0:44:22 
10Jayco/John West/VIS0:44:26 
11Team Polygon Australia1:00:17 
12Pat's Veg-Thereabouts Racing Team1:06:27 
13Team Scody Downunder1:08:15 
14GPM Stulz  
15SUVelo Racing1:12:34 
16St. George Merida1:13:23 
17Phoenix Cycling Collective1:13:50 
18Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part1:25:23 
19Subaru Albion NRS Development Team1:30:51 
20SASI Cycling Team1:58:21 

 

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