Shaw thing on opening stage

Drapac gets the first bunch kick

Canberra’s Stuart Shaw (Drapac) was a surprise leader of the Tour of the Murray River, after winning the bunch sprint over some favoured sprinters. Shaw triumph in a blistering sprint finish from the consistent Joel Pearson (Genesys Wealth Advisers), while speedy Malaysian Harrif Saleh finished in third place.

The opening 155km stage produced one of the biggest crashes witnessed in Australian road cycling, which fortunately left no riders with serious injury. More than 70 riders from the 131-man field tumbled to the bitumen only six kilometres after the start of the Echuca-Rochester stage.

Former Tour De France star Henk Vogels, back home from the United States as manager of the Virgin Blue-RBS Morgans line-up, had an up-front view of the carnage from his team vehicle and said it was the biggest pile-up he had seen in world cycling. “In terms of numbers, yes, but not with injuries,” Vogels said. “It was pretty mind-blowing, though.”

Ballarat’s Patrick Shaw, leader of the current Scody Cup series and a member of the Virgin Blue RBS Morgans team, was one of the fallen riders. Chief commissaire Peter Tomlinson, of NSW, was forced to neutralise the race for 25 minutes as team managers and crews scrambled to repair broken bikes and get their riders back into the event.

Shaw managed to miss most of the impact from the fall and rode a brilliant team race to triumph in front of a large crowd in Rochester, home of one of Australia’s original cycling greats, the late Sir Hubert Opperman.

The victory secured him tour leadership from Sydney’s Richard Lang, who accumulated 11 bonus seconds in intermediate sprints throughout the journey, with Pearson in third spot.

Shaw works about 30 hours a week as a part-time draftsman for a Canberra gas company and paid tribute to the Drapac philosophy of ensuring that all team members must undertake some form of tertiary education or employment.

“It was an aggressive stage with no wind but I managed to get my old legs going at the finish,” Shaw said.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling3:32:32 
2Joel Pearson (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
3Harrif Saleh (Mas) Malaysian National Team  
4Zamri Saleh (Mas) Malaysian National Team  
5Michael Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
6Richard Lang (Aus) Jayco Skins  
7Patrick Shaw (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans  
8Scott Law (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans  
9Thomas Robinson (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
10Rico Rogers (NZl) Swan Hill Rural City Council  
11James Mowatt (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans  
12Kyle Marwood (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
13Alexander Ray (Aus) Hyster - Total Rush  
14Jason Rigg (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
15Jackson Wardrop (Aus) GE Plumbing  
16Adam Phelan (Aus) McDonagh Blake - Witness  
17Jack Beckinsale (Aus) New South Wales Instutite of Sport0:00:03 
18Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Plan B Racing Team  
19Sean Joyce (Aus) Blackpeloton  
20Christopher D'Amelio (Aus) Apollo Bicycles  
21Amir Rusli (Mas) Malaysian National Team  
22Matthew Benson (Aus) Team SASI Cycling  
23Dale Scarfe (Aus) McDonagh Blake - Witness  
24Jason Allen (Aus) Hyster - Total Rush  
25Benjamin Hill (Aus) New South Wales Instutite of Sport  
26James Williamson (Aus) Hyster - Total Rush  
27Timothy Walker (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
28John Cornish (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
29James Hepburn (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans  
30Kane Walker (Aus) Apollo Bicycles  
31David Pell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
32Ben Grenda (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
33Sam Davis (Aus) Plan B Racing Team  
34Sam Rutherford (Aus) Bike Bug North Sydney/Carrol  
35Alexander Malone (Aus) Bike Bug North Sydney/Carrol  
36Rene Kolbach (Aus) Bike Bug North Sydney/Carrol  
37Clayton Fettell (Aus) GE Plumbing  
38Shahrul Amin (Mas) Malaysian National Team  
39Jeremey Stephens (Aus) Blackpeloton  
40Cameron Peterson (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans  
41Rick Sanders (Aus) Jayco/VIS/QAS  
42Jackson Law (Aus) New South Wales Instutite of Sport  
43Eric Sheppard (Aus) Jayco/VIS/QAS  
44Gordon McCauley (NZl) Hyster - Total Rush  
45James Herd (Aus) Apollo Bicycles  
46Mitchell Pearson (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans  
47Matthew Wheatcroft (Aus) Blackpeloton  
48Russell Gill (Aus) Swan Hill Rural City Council  
49Christoper Williams (Aus) Merida Australia Road Team  
50Edward Bissaker (Aus) New South Wales Instutite of Sport  
51Aaron Donnelly (Aus) Jayco Skins  
52Akmal Amrum (Aus) Mildura Rural City Council  
53Charles Howlett (Aus) search2retain-myteam2  
54James Mcdulling (Aus) RACE - Fenton Green  
55Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Jayco/VIS/QAS  
56Will Tehan (Aus) Hyster - Total Rush  
57Daniel Furmston (Aus) Plan B Racing Team  
58Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Mildura Rural City Council  
59Luis Trueba (Aus) Mildura Rural City Council  
60Stuart Smith (Aus) Jayco/VIS/QAS  
61Matthew Marshall (Aus) Shortis.com.au Cycling Team  
62Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) search2retain-myteam2  
63Damien Howson (Aus) Team SASI Cycling  
64Andrew Roe (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans  
65Alex Carver (Aus) Jayco Skins  
66Scot Cronly-Dillon (Aus) McDonagh Blake - Witness  
67Brad Tilby (Aus) Blackpeloton  
68Patrick Lane (Aus) Jayco Skins  
69Patrick Drapac (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
70Geoff Straub (Aus) McDonagh Blake - Witness  
71Daniel Hopper (Aus) Swan Hill Rural City Council  
72Nicholas Walker (Aus) Jayco/VIS/QAS  
73Gilbert Gutowski (Aus) Merida Australia Road Team  
74Mark Isaacs (Aus) search2retain-myteam2  
75Alexander Smyth (Aus) search2retain-myteam2  
76Peter Spencer (Aus) GE Plumbing  
77Yusrizal Usoff (Mas) Malaysian National Team  
78Timothy Dalgliesh (Aus) Merida Australia Road Team  
79Andy Mcnab (Aus) search2retain-myteam2  
80George Tansley (Aus) Team SASI Cycling  
81Timothy Decker (Aus) Team SASI Cycling  
82Jacob Sutherland (Aus) Hyster - Total Rush  
83Mitchell Mulhern (Aus) Merida Australia Road Team  
84Alexand Edmondson (Aus) Team SASI Cycling  
85Fraser Northey (Aus) Team SASI Cycling  
86Brendan Brooks (Aus) Shortis.com.au Cycling Team  
87Harry Rassie (Aus) RACE - Fenton Green  
88Oliver Kent-Spark (Aus) RACE - Fenton Green  
89Chris Beeck (Aus) Plan B Racing Team  
90Ben Cutajar (Aus) Shortis.com.au Cycling Team  
91Elliott Wells (Aus) Plan B Racing Team  
92Andrew Barlow (Aus) Blackpeloton  
93Ghazali Hamid (Aus) Mildura Rural City Council  
94David Edwards (Aus) Jayco/VIS/QAS  
95Scott Mcphee (Aus) Team SASI Cycling  
96Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco Skins  
97Liam Dove (Aus) Mildura Rural City Council  
98Fallanie Ali (Mas) Malaysian National Team  
99Sean Evangelista (Aus) GE Plumbing  
100Jared Rowney (Aus) GE Plumbing  
101James Henry (Aus) Apollo Bicycles  
102David Melville (Aus) Merida Australia Road Team  
103David Tozer (Aus) RACE - Fenton Green  
104Angus Gale (Aus) Bike Bug North Sydney/Carrol  
105Courtney Black (Aus) Bike Bug North Sydney/Carrol  
106Fakhrullah Alias (Mas) Malaysian National Team  
107Michael Cupitt (Aus) Merida Australia Road Team  
108Trevor Griffiths (Aus) Apollo Bicycles  
109David Treacy (Aus) Bike Bug North Sydney/Carrol  
110Ethan Kimmince (Aus) New South Wales Instutite of Sport  
111Brett Tivers (Aus) Plan B Racing Team  
112Chris Steffanoni (Aus) search2retain-myteam2  
113Jared Triggs (Aus) New South Wales Instutite of Sport0:00:24 
114Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
115Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:27 
116Tristan Jones (Aus) Swan Hill Rural City Council0:00:31 
117Logan Mort (Aus) Blackpeloton0:02:36 
118Fergus Maclachlan (Aus) Swan Hill Rural City Council0:03:34 
119Matthew Werrell (Aus) Shortis.com.au Cycling Team0:03:38 
120Stephen Bomball (Aus) New South Wales Instutite of Sport0:03:41 
121Trent Williams (Aus) Apollo Bicycles0:04:36 
122Louis Evangelista (Aus) GE Plumbing0:04:40 
123Clive Silcock (Aus) Mildura Rural City Council0:13:04 
124Damian Harris (Aus) RACE - Fenton Green  
DNFJames Northey (Aus) Blackpeloton  
DNFBrendan Schultz (Aus) RACE - Fenton Green  
DNFAlastair Loutit (Aus) McDonagh Blake - Witness  
General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling3:32:15 
2Joel Pearson (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:05 
3Harrif Saleh (Mas) Malaysian National Team0:00:09 
4Zamri Saleh (Mas) Malaysian National Team0:00:10 
5Michael Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:11 
6Richard Lang (Aus) Jayco Skins0:00:12 
7Patrick Shaw (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans0:00:13 
8Scott Law (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans  
9Thomas Robinson (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:14 
10Rico Rogers (NZl) Swan Hill Rural City Council  
11James Mowatt (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans  
12Kyle Marwood (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:15 
13Alexander Ray (Aus) Hyster - Total Rush  
14Jason Rigg (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:17 
15Jackson Wardrop (Aus) GE Plumbing  
16Adam Phelan (Aus) McDonagh Blake - Witness  
17Jack Beckinsale (Aus) New South Wales Instutite of Sport  
18Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Plan B Racing Team  
19Sean Joyce (Aus) Blackpeloton0:00:18 
20Christopher D'amelio (Aus) Apollo Bicycles  
21Amir Rusli (Mas) Malaysian National Team  
22Matthew Benson (Aus) Team SASI Cycling  
23Dale Scarfe (Aus) McDonagh Blake - Witness  
24Jason Allen (Aus) Hyster - Total Rush  
25Benjamin Hill (Aus) New South Wales Instutite of Sport0:00:19 
26James Williamson (Aus) Hyster - Total Rush  
27Timothy Walker (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
28John Cornish (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
29James Hepburn (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans  
30Kane Walker (Aus) Apollo Bicycles  
31David Pell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:20 
32Ben Grenda (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
33Sam Davis (Aus) Plan B Racing Team  
34Sam Rutherford (Aus) Bike Bug North Sydney/Carrol  
35Alexander Malone (Aus) Bike Bug North Sydney/Carrol  
36Rene Kolbach (Aus) Bike Bug North Sydney/Carrol  
37Clayton Fettell (Aus) GE Plumbing  
38Shahrul Amin (Mas) Malaysian National Team  
39Jeremey Stephens (Aus) Blackpeloton  
40Cameron Peterson (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans  
41Rick Sanders (Aus) Jayco/VIS/QAS  
42Jackson Law (Aus) New South Wales Instutite of Sport  
43Eric Sheppard (Aus) Jayco/VIS/QAS  
44Gordon McCauley (NZl) Hyster - Total Rush  
45James Herd (Aus) Apollo Bicycles  
46Mitchell Pearson (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans  
47Matthew Wheatcroft (Aus) Blackpeloton  
48Russell Gill (Aus) Swan Hill Rural City Council  
49Christoper Williams (Aus) Merida Australia Road Team  
50Edward Bissaker (Aus) New South Wales Instutite of Sport  
51Aaron Donnelly (Aus) Jayco Skins  
52Akmal Amrum (Aus) Mildura Rural City Council  
53Charles Howlett (Aus) search2retain-myteam2  
54James McDulling (Aus) RACE - Fenton Green  
55Jay McCarthy (Aus) Jayco/VIS/QAS  
56Will Tehan (Aus) Hyster - Total Rush  
57Daniel Furmston (Aus) Plan B Racing Team  
58Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Mildura Rural City Council  
59Luis Trueba (Aus) Mildura Rural City Council  
60Stuart Smith (Aus) Jayco/VIS/QAS  
61Matthew Marshall (Aus) Shortis.com.au Cycling Team  
62Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) search2retain-myteam2  
63Damien Howson (Aus) Team SASI Cycling  
64Andrew Roe (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans  
65Alex Carver (Aus) Jayco Skins  
66Scot Cronly-Dillon (Aus) McDonagh Blake - Witness  
67Brad Tilby (Aus) Blackpeloton  
68Patrick Lane (Aus) Jayco Skins  
69Patrick Drapac (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
70Geoff Straub (Aus) McDonagh Blake - Witness  
71Daniel Hopper (Aus) Swan Hill Rural City Council  
72Nicholas Walker (Aus) Jayco/VIS/QAS  
73Gilbert Gutowski (Aus) Merida Australia Road Team  
74Mark Isaacs (Aus) search2retain-myteam2  
75Alexander Smyth (Aus) search2retain-myteam2  
76Peter Spencer (Aus) GE Plumbing  
77Yusrizal Usoff (Mas) Malaysian National Team  
78Timothy Dalgliesh (Aus) Merida Australia Road Team  
79Andy McNab (Aus) search2retain-myteam2  
80George Tansley (Aus) Team SASI Cycling  
81Timothy Decker (Aus) Team SASI Cycling  
82Jacob Sutherland (Aus) Hyster - Total Rush  
83Mitchell Mulhern (Aus) Merida Australia Road Team  
84Alexand Edmondson (Aus) Team SASI Cycling  
85Fraser Northey (Aus) Team SASI Cycling  
86Brendan Brooks (Aus) Shortis.com.au Cycling Team  
87Harry Rassie (Aus) RACE - Fenton Green  
88Oliver Kent-Spark (Aus) RACE - Fenton Green  
89Chris Beeck (Aus) Plan B Racing Team  
90Ben Cutajar (Aus) Shortis.com.au Cycling Team  
91Elliott Wells (Aus) Plan B Racing Team  
92Andrew Barlow (Aus) Blackpeloton  
93Ghazali Hamid (Aus) Mildura Rural City Council  
94David Edwards (Aus) Jayco/VIS/QAS  
95Scott Mcphee (Aus) Team SASI Cycling  
96Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco Skins  
97Liam Dove (Aus) Mildura Rural City Council  
98Fallanie Ali (Mas) Malaysian National Team  
99Sean Evangelista (Aus) GE Plumbing  
100Jared Rowney (Aus) GE Plumbing  
101James Henry (Aus) Apollo Bicycles  
102David Melville (Aus) Merida Australia Road Team  
103David Tozer (Aus) RACE - Fenton Green  
104Angus Gale (Aus) Bike Bug North Sydney/Carrol  
105Courtney Black (Aus) Bike Bug North Sydney/Carrol  
106Fakhrullah Alias (Mas) Malaysian National Team  
107Michael Cupitt (Aus) Merida Australia Road Team  
108Trevor Griffiths (Aus) Apollo Bicycles  
109David Treacy (Aus) Bike Bug North Sydney/Carrol  
110Ethan Kimmince (Aus) New South Wales Instutite of Sport  
111Brett Tivers (Aus) Plan B Racing Team  
112Chris Steffanoni (Aus) search2retain-myteam2  
113Jared Triggs (Aus) New South Wales Instutite of Sport0:00:38 
114Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:41 
115Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:44 
116Tristan Jones (Aus) Swan Hill Rural City Council0:00:48 
117Logan Mort (Aus) Blackpeloton0:02:53 
118Fergus Maclachlan (Aus) Swan Hill Rural City Council0:03:51 
119Matthew Werrell (Aus) Shortis.com.au Cycling Team0:03:55 
120Stephen Bomball (Aus) New South Wales Instutite of Sport0:03:58 
121Trent Williams (Aus) Apollo Bicycles0:04:53 
122Louis Evangelista (Aus) GE Plumbing0:04:57 
123Clive Silcock (Aus) Mildura Rural City Council0:13:21 
124Damian Harris (Aus) RACE - Fenton Green  
DNFJames Northey (Aus) Blackpeloton  
DNFBrendan Schultz (Aus) RACE - Fenton Green  
DNFAlastair Loutit (Aus) McDonagh Blake - Witness  
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Lang (Aus) Jayco Skins11 pts
2Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling7 
3Ben Grenda (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers4 
4Adam Phelan (Aus) McDonagh Blake - Witness4 
5Thomas Robinson (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers4 
6Patrick Shaw (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans3 
7Michael Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling3 
8Alexander Ray (Aus) Hyster - Total Rush3 
9Fakhrullah Alias (Mas) Malaysian National Team2 
10Timothy Walker (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers2 
11Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Plan B Racing Team2 
12Kyle Marwood (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers2 
13Mark Isaacs (Aus) search2retain-myteam22 
14Alexander Malone (Aus) Bike Bug North Sydney/Carroll & O'Dea2 
15Daniel Furmston (Aus) Plan B Racing Team1 
16James Hepburn (Aus) Virgin Blue RBS Morgans1 
17David Pell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gordon McCauley (NZl) Hyster - Total Rush3 pts
2Adam Phelan (Aus) McDonagh Blake - Witness3 
3Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling3 
4Eric Sheppard (Aus) Jayco/VIS/QAS2 
5Jason Rigg (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers2 
6Ben Grenda (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers2 
7Charles Howlett (Aus) search2retain-myteam21 
8Nicholas Walker (Aus) Jayco/VIS/QAS1 
9Sam Davis (Aus) Plan B Racing Team1 

 

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