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O'Grady takes first Dream Team stage win

Darren OGrady going solo

Darren OGrady going solo (Image credit: John Flynn)

FELT - Shimano Dream Team Diaries, October 25, 2006

Stage Nine: Chillagoe - Mt. Mulgrave, 136 km

O'Grady saved the day, won the stage, and re-energized the FELT Shimano Dream Team!

Darren O'Grady attacked the main field in the first kilometer. The South Australian then rode 60km solo until he was finally joined by two Belgian riders. The trio worked well together with O'Grady driving it along, consistently readjusting the tempo. The Dream Team's first stage win into Mount Mulgrave Station along the Mitchell River could not have been sweeter. As O'Grady sat in the tepid river drinking his second ice cold Cooper's, he nearly cried! I also had tears of happiness as this was just the relief we needed for our frustration.

Wood and Zeller finished together in the chasing group three minutes back from O'Grady.

There is going to be a big celebration in camp tonight, and we'll invite local boys Leon and Luke Kingsley to join in our festivities!

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