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Taberlay makes up for punctures at Wildside MTB

Sid Taberlay

Sid Taberlay (Image credit: Nic Deka)

Two punctures may have slowed down Olympian Sid Taberlay for a few stages in the Wildside MTB, but they didn't keep him from win Stage 4. The Australian finished stage four over one minute ahead of compatriots Adrian Jackson and Ben Mather. Sunday afternoon's leg took riders on wild tracks over some of the area's notorious, steep, mountain country between Rosebery and Zeehan, in Tasmania's remote west.

Not long after dismounting to cross the suspension bridge at the base of the 100 metre high Montezuma Falls, Taberlay broke away from the pack following the old tramway by himself to Confidence Saddle.

Jackson's second place in the stage earned him the status of overall leader for the event. Taberlay's flats have likely taken him out of contention for the overall win. Mather sits in second by just nine seconds and Daniel McConnell is about three minutes behind in third place overall.

Launceston's Rowena Fry leads the women by more than eight minutes ahead of her nearest competitor. Racing at the Wildside continues through Tuesday.

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