Gippsland gets 70 percent bigger

Leigh Howard is the Victorian Cyclist of the Year

Leigh Howard is the Victorian Cyclist of the Year (Image credit: Shane Goss)

The fifth Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland has attracted a record field of 143 cyclists from all Australian states and New Zealand. Tour director John Craven said he was thrilled by the field size, up 70 percent on last year.

“It’s not only the numbers, it’s the quality which will make this tour a great spectacle,” Craven said.

World omnium champion Leigh Howard, Beijing Olympian Jack Bobridge, Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sean Finning, Victorian road champion David Pell and top New Zealanders Jeremy Yates and Brett Tivers head the entries.

Geelong’s Leigh Howard, 19, last year went on to triumph in the Scody Cup after winning the Paynesville criterium in the Gippsland tour. He is among the favourites to win the 2009 event.

“I think people sometimes underestimate how hard these events are,” Howard said. “They come back from overseas expecting to dominate and get a lesson. The intensity of the racing is quite incredible and it will be a very tough challenge to win the Tour of Gippsland.”

The five-day tour will start on Wednesday, July 29, with a testing 51km stage from Traralgon to Boolarra.

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Start list
1Leigh Howard (VIC) Team Jacyo Ais
2Jack Bobridge (SA) Team Jacyo Ais
3Rohan Dennis (SA) Team Jacyo Ais
4Luke Davison (NSW) Team Jacyo Ais
5Glenn O’Shea (VIC) Team Jacyo Ais
6Michael Matthews (ACT) Team Jacyo Ais
7Adam Semple (WA) Team Jacyo Ais
8Sean Finning (VIC) Jayco/Vis
9James Langedyk (VIC) Jayco/Vis
10Johnathan Lovelock (VIC) Jayco/Vis
11Michael Gallagher (VIC) Jayco/Vis
12Eric Sheppard (VIC) Jayco/Vis
13Alexander Smyth (VIC) Jayco/Vis
14Trevor Griffiths (VIC) Jayco/Vis
15Jeremy Yates (NZ) Oex - Team Enterprise
16Eliot Crowther (NZ) Oex - Team Enterprise
17Al Dempsey (NZ) Oex - Team Enterprise
18Thomas Hanover (NZ) Oex - Team Enterprise
19Brett Tivers (NZ) Oex - Team Enterprise
20Andrew Ward (NZ) Oex - Team Enterprise
21David Pell (VIC) Savings And Loans
22Joel Pearson (NSW) Savings And Loans
23Timothy Roe (SA) Savings And Loans
24Steven Robb (VIC) Savings And Loans
25Michael Stallard (SA) Savings And Loans
26Jai Crawford (TAS) Savings And Loans
27William Dickeson (SA) Savings And Loans
28Hayden Brooks (QLD) Fly V Australia
29Scott Davis (QLD) Fly V Australia
30David Kemp (QLD) Fly V Australia
31Chris Pryor (QLD) Fly V Australia
32Darren Rolfe (QLD) Fly V Australia
33Chris Stack (SA) Team Skins
34Russell Gill (SA) Team Skins
35Tristan Jones (SA) Team Skins
36Lucien Keene (SA) Team Skins
37Matthew Benson (SA) Team Skins
38Andrew Roe (SA) Team Skins
39Nathan Earle (TAS) Praties
40Joshua Chugg (TAS) Praties
41Jeremy Hills (TAS) Praties
42Kyle Marwood (VIC) Praties
43Jason Rigg (WA) Praties
44William Clarke (TAS) Praties
45Ben Mather (TAS) Praties
46Brendan Brooks (NSW) Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti Plus
47Mitchell Pearson (NSW) Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti Plus
48Daniel Barry (NZ) Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti Plus
49Mathew Marshall (NZ) Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti Plus
50Hamish Presbury (NZ) Shortis Cycle & Tri-Avanti Plus
51Brendan Schultz (VIC) Titans - Race
52Miles Watson (NZ) Titans - Race
53James Ibrahim (VIC) Titans - Race
54Samuel Witmitz (VIC) Titans - Race
55Richard Lang (VIC) Titans - Race
56Nathan Elliott (VIC) Titans - Race
57Charles Howlett (VIC) Cycle City
58Rhys Gillett (VIC) Cycle City
59James Mowatt (VIC) Cycle City
60Jay Bourke (VIC) Cycle City
61Matthew Clarke (VIC) Cycle City
62Michael England (NSW) Team Budget Forklifts
63Cameron Hughes (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts
64Cameron Jennings (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts
65Craig McCartney (VIC) Team Budget Forklifts
66Peter Ladd (VIC) Team Budget Forklifts
67Cody Stevenson (NSW) Team Budget Forklifts
68Malcolm Rudolph (QLD) Team Budget Forklifts
69Stephen Rossendell (TAS) Champion Systems/Cannondale
70Bradley Norton (VIC) Champion Systems/Cannondale
71Ben Grieve-Johnson (TAS) Champion Systems/Cannondale
72Timothy Walker (TAS) Champion Systems/Cannondale
73Luke Ockerby (TAS) Champion Systems/Cannondale
74Nick Morgan (TAS) Champion Systems/Cannondale
75Danny Pulbrook (TAS) Champion Systems/Cannondale
76Nick Aitken (VIC) Team 2Xu - Arc
77Silas Fisher (VIC) Team 2Xu - Arc
78Kane Walker (VIC) Team 2Xu - Arc
79Peter Smith (VIC) Team 2Xu - Arc
80Jacob Sutherland (VIC) Total Rush
81(TBA) () Total Rush
82Damien Turner (VIC) Total Rush
83Gary Mueller (VIC) Total Rush
84Glen Peterson (VIC) Total Rush
85Michael Knoff (VIC) Total Rush
86Timothy White (VIC) Total Rush
87Christopher Klem (QLD) Dm Drafting
88Joel Lewis (QLD) Dm Drafting
89Joshua Hislop (QLD) Dm Drafting
90Sean Turner (QLD) Dm Drafting
91Steven Rankine (QLD) Dm Drafting
92Matthew Wood (QLD) Dm Drafting
93Evan Corry (QLD) Dixon Homes
94Tobias Boylan (QLD) Dixon Homes
95Peter Aquilina (QLD) Dixon Homes
96Ian Johnston (QLD) Dixon Homes
97Harry Rassie (QLD) Dixon Homes
98Damian Harris (VIC) Dixon Homes
99John Cornish (VIC) Prime Estate Buyers Agents
100Reece Stephens (VIC) Prime Estate Buyers Agents
101Rob Doyle (VIC) Prime Estate Buyers Agents
102Deon Locke (QLD) Prime Estate Buyers Agents
103Peter Braunsteins (VIC) Apollo Bicycles
104Samuel Beveridge (VIC) Apollo Bicycles
105James Henry (VIC) Apollo Bicycles
106James Herd (VIC) Apollo Bicycles
107Trent Williams (VIC) Apollo Bicycles
108Thomas Donald (VIC) Search2Retain
109Hugh Forrest (VIC) Search2Retain
110Hugh Singleton (VIC) Search2Retain
111Edward Bissaker (ACT) Suzuki-Canberra
112Sam Genge (ACT) Suzuki-Canberra
113Alastair Loutit (ACT) Suzuki-Canberra
114Mitchell Fay-Lovelock (ACT) Suzuki-Canberra
115Adam Phelan (ACT) Suzuki-Canberra
116Marc Williams (ACT) Suzuki-Canberra
117David Cripps (TAS) Lawson Homes
118Matt McDonagh (TAS) Lawson Homes
119Tom Robinson (TAS) Lawson Homes
120Will Robinson (TAS) Lawson Homes
121Joel Stearnes (TAS) Lawson Homes
122Michael Smith (TAS) Lawson Homes
123Stuart Payne (VIC) Loy Yang Power
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125Paul Richards (VIC) Loy Yang Power
126Neil Van Der Ploeg (VIC) Loy Yang Power
127Scott Liston (VIC) Loy Yang Power
128Luke Fetch (VIC) Loy Yang Power
129Ben Dyball (VIC) Lakes Oil
130Daniel Seagar (NZ) Lakes Oil
131Kris Johnston (ACT) Lakes Oil
132David Melville (QLD) Lakes Oil
133Ben Fleming (QLD) Lakes Oil
134Andy McNab (NZ) Work Ways
135Samuel Rix (VIC) Work Ways
136Peter Johnstone (VIC) Work Ways
137Tom Benham (TAS) Work Ways
138Brodie Talbot (NSW) Work Ways
139Angus Harding (TAS) Work Ways
140Daniel Braunsteins (VIC) Drapac Porsche
141Angus Morton (NSW) Drapac Porsche
142Tom Palmer (ACT) Drapac Porsche
143Robbie Williams (NSW) Drapac Porsche


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