No surprises as Wiggins wins stage, takes race lead

 Much was expected of Garmin-Slipstream at the beginning of this year's Herald Sun Tour and the American outfit has delivered the blows, the latest Bradley Wiggins' time trial victory in stage five, held in Geelong today.

 It leaves Garmin Slipstream directeur sportif, Matt White, with some decisions to make; Wiggins won ahead of teammate Svein Tuft to put three of the squad's riders in the top four overall.

Chris Sutton, winner of three stages thus far in the event, sits in second, five seconds adrift of the British star, meaning that either could be the protected rider in tomorrow's final stage through Melbourne's Italian precinct on Lygon St.

"Maybe we're going to flip for tomorrow. I haven't really thought about it yet and we will probably talk about it tonight at our meeting," said White. "We're a team. We came here to win the Tour and we are going to do that. It's just a question of with whom."

While Wiggins is the senior rider in the team, with Olympic gold medals to his name and a fourth place at this year's Tour de France, he joked about the means of deciding who would be the team's number one tomorrow.

"We might just have a big punch-up in the carpark and see who comes off best," Wiggins quipped during the presentation as he received the race leader's yellow jersey.

"I haven't been in this position before, so I don't know how we will work it out," he added, a touch more seriously. "If he [Sutton] wants to win, he can win. We always ride together, we get on really well and we are close both on and off the bike. I might let him have it," said Wiggins.

Sutton, who has the possibility to become the first son of a previous winner to take overall victory in Australia's oldest stage cycling race, was of a similar view,

"We're just going to have a team meeting tonight. The main aim is to win tomorrow and to go for five stages straight," Sutton said.

"We bleed for each other. We're brothers in arms. We are not racing against each other, it's a team effort. I just didn't win three stages here, it was the boys who put me there - the riders and the staff," he added.

Having won three stages in the event, Sutton has certainly earned the overall crown after demonstrating his excellent late-season form. "To win this race has always been a dream of mine. If I win I am going to be super happy," he said. "I will win the Jayco Herald Sun Tour one day - if it's not this year, I'll be back for the next one."

He was quick to add that if riding for Wiggins was part of the plan, he'd be more than happy to do so. "I'll ride for Wiggo. We've known each other since 2006 when we were at Cofidis. Bradley's a great time trial specialist and this morning talking at breakfast he really calmed me down. He is always helping me," said Sutton.

Which all probably makes White's call more difficult to determine. The only hint as to how it might pan out came when he acknowledged that Sutton might be more motivated on this occasion. Clearly the boss wasn't worrying about anyone outside the team.

"The good thing is that Cantwell is far enough away. We can get first and second anyway," White said.

From his side, Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia), who now sits in third overall at 32 seconds behind Wiggins, was still upbeat.

"I am a little bit disappointed - when you get so close, yet so far. But I am renowned for my sprinting and criterium riding, so I am still hopeful of the podium," said Cantwell

Tomorrow's sixth and final stage is a circuit race over 15 laps of 4.1km circuit taking in Lygon, Grattan and Rathdowne Streets in Carlton. With intermediate sprints after laps five and 10 delivering three, two and one bonus seconds respectively to the top three placegetters in each and stage honours worth 10, six and four seconds, it will be a helter skelter affair from start to finish.



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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream0:13:08
2Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:14
3Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly0:00:32
4Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS0:00:43
5Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia0:00:44
6Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:48
7Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS0:00:48
8Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:00:57
9Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Porsche0:01:01
10Philip Zajicek (Aus) Fly V Australia0:01:06
11Aaron Kemps (Aus) Rock Racing0:01:06
12Dylan Newell (Aus) Praties0:01:07
13David Mccann (Irl) Prime Estate0:01:09
14Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia0:01:10
15Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National0:01:13
16Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan0:01:14
17Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia0:01:16
18William Clarke (Aus) Praties0:01:16
19Cameron Jennings (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:01:17
20Tim Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans0:01:18
21John Anderson (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:01:19
22Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly0:01:22
23Jai Crawford (Aus) Savings & Loans0:01:25
24Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:01:26
25Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:01:27
26Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling0:01:28
27William Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans0:01:30
28Richie Porte (Aus) Jayco Australia National0:01:31
29David Tanner (Aus) Rock Racing0:01:31
30John Cornish (Aus) Prime Estate0:01:33
31Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS0:01:35
32Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties0:01:37
33Andrew Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans0:01:37
34Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australia National0:01:38
35David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans0:01:39
36Lachlan Norris (Aus) Prime Estate0:01:40
37Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porsche0:01:41
38Takumi Beppu (Jpn) Aisan0:01:43
39Mitchell Pearson (Aus) Prime Estate0:01:44
40Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) LeTua0:01:44
41Benjamin King (Aus) Fly V Australia0:01:45
42Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:01:46
43Jeremy Yates (NZl) LeTuaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Kyle Marwood (Aus) Praties0:01:46
45Herz Serge (Ger) LeTua0:01:49
46Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly0:01:50
47Jonny Clarke (Aus) Jelly Belly0:01:51
48Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor0:01:53
49Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream0:01:54
50Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan0:01:55
51Luke Fetch (Aus) Prime Estate0:01:57
52Mitsuhiro Matsumura (Jpn) Aisan0:02:01
53Michael England (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:02:01
54Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac PorscheRow 53 - Cell 2
55Wil Routley (Can) Jelly Belly0:02:03
56Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:02:04
57Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor0:02:06
58Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:02:07
59Nic Sanderson (Aus) Rock Racing0:02:08
60Mitchell Docker (Aus) Jayco Australia National0:02:10
61Brett Tivers (NZl) Prime Estate0:02:11
62Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor0:02:13
63Thomas Nankervis (Aus) Jayco Australia National0:02:15
64Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan0:02:17
65Joshua Chugg (Aus) Praties0:02:19
66Jason Rigg (Aus) Praties0:02:25
67Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor0:02:25
68Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling0:02:27
69Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor0:02:27
70Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream0:02:28
71Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:02:28
72Peter Ladd (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:02:38
73David Kemp (Aus) Fly V Australia0:02:47
74Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:02:52
75Lars Pria (Rom) LeTua0:02:58
76Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan0:02:59
77Stephen Cunningham (Aus) Savings & Loans0:03:07
78Joel Pearson (Aus) Savings & Loans0:03:08
79Peter Smith (Aus) Prime Estate0:04:43
DNFLeigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AISRow 79 - Cell 2
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General Classification after Stage 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream14:24:32
2Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:05
3Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia0:00:32
4Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:39
5Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly0:01:41
6Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australia National0:01:53
7Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:02:02
8Philip Zajicek (Aus) Fly V Australia0:02:06
9Aaron Kemps (Aus) Rock Racing0:02:12
10Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National0:02:25
11David Tanner (Aus) Rock Racing0:02:26
12David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans0:02:49
13David Mccann (Irl) Prime Estate0:05:22
14Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:05:32
15Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia0:05:34
16Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling0:05:41
17Mitchell Pearson (Aus) Prime Estate0:05:55
18Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:05:59
19Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor0:06:06
20Cameron Jennings (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:06:36
21Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly0:06:41
22Jai Crawford (Aus) Savings & Loans0:06:44
23Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor0:07:04
24Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream0:07:36
25Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS0:13:29
26Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Porsche0:13:52
27Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia0:14:52
28Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:18:27
29Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS0:24:13
30Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor0:25:49
31Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:26:17
32Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor0:26:35
33Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) LeTua0:26:36
34Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream0:27:03
35Jeremy Yates (NZl) LeTua0:27:44
36Takumi Beppu (Jpn) Aisan0:28:40
37Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan0:28:53
38Tim Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans0:35:06
39Wil Routley (Can) Jelly Belly0:37:04
40Dylan Newell (Aus) Praties0:39:27
41Mitchell Docker (Aus) Jayco Australia National0:41:20
42Jonny Clarke (Aus) Jelly Belly0:43:17
43Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling0:43:22
44Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:45:05
45Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan0:47:17
46Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS0:48:25
47Michael England (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:49:16
48Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan0:49:33
49Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor0:49:41
50Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties0:50:27
51Lachlan Norris (Aus) Prime Estate0:50:47
52John Cornish (Aus) Prime Estate0:51:00
53Benjamin King (Aus) Fly V Australia0:51:16
54Joshua Chugg (Aus) Praties0:52:06
55Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porsche0:55:20
56Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche0:56:35
57David Kemp (Aus) Fly V Australia0:58:48
58John Anderson (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:59:11
59Richie Porte (Aus) Jayco Australia National1:03:32
60Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling1:03:50
61Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly1:07:23
62Joel Pearson (Aus) Savings & Loans1:09:00
63Kyle Marwood (Aus) Praties1:11:52
64Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts1:12:34
65Brett Tivers (NZl) Prime Estate1:12:46
66Andrew Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans1:14:24
67Mitsuhiro Matsumura (Jpn) Aisan1:18:59
68Nic Sanderson (Aus) Rock Racing1:19:26
69Jason Rigg (Aus) Praties1:19:43
70Luke Fetch (Aus) Prime Estate1:20:06
71William Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans1:20:13
72Herz Serge (Ger) LeTua1:23:01
73William Clarke (Aus) Praties1:30:26
74Peter Ladd (Aus) Budget Forklifts1:31:50
75Thomas Nankervis (Aus) Jayco Australia National1:35:42
76Lars Pria (Rom) LeTua1:36:24
77Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan1:36:25
78Stephen Cunningham (Aus) Savings & Loans1:36:33
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Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream54pts
2Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream38Row 1 - Cell 3
3David Mccann (Irl) Prime Estate24Row 2 - Cell 3
4Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly20Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jai Crawford (Aus) Savings & Loans20Row 4 - Cell 3
6Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS20Row 5 - Cell 3
7Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche12Row 6 - Cell 3
8Richie Porte (Aus) Jayco Australia National8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling6Row 8 - Cell 3
10Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream4Row 10 - Cell 3
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Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia58pts
2Chris Sutton (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream48Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream16Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) LeTua12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australia National10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor6Row 6 - Cell 3
8David Tanner (Aus) Rock Racing6Row 7 - Cell 3
9David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans6Row 8 - Cell 3
10Aaron Kemps (Aus) Rock Racing4Row 9 - Cell 3
11Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS4Row 10 - Cell 3
12Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Porsche4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor4Row 12 - Cell 3
14William Clarke (Aus) Praties4Row 13 - Cell 3
15Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National2Row 14 - Cell 3
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Under 23 classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National14:26:57
2Mitchell Pearson (Aus) Prime Estate0:03:30
3Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream0:05:11
4Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS0:11:04
5Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:16:02
6Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS0:21:48
7Tim Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans0:32:41
8Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS0:46:00
9Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties0:48:02
10Lachlan Norris (Aus) Prime Estate0:48:22
11Benjamin King (Aus) Fly V Australia0:48:51
12John Anderson (Aus) Budget Forklifts0:56:46
13Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling1:01:25
14Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts1:10:09
15Andrew Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans1:11:59
16Luke Fetch (Aus) Prime Estate1:17:41
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Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Garmin Slipstream (USA)43:14:53
2Fly V Australia (Australia)0:07:32
3Bissell Pro Cycling (USA)0:12:07
4Rapha Condor (Great Britain)0:18:01
5Jelly Belly (USA)0:32:32
6Prime Estate (Australia)0:37:17
7Savings & Loans (Australia)0:40:33
8Jayco Australian National (Australia)0:43:51
9Jayco AIS (Australia)0:48:36
10Aisan (Japan)1:20:41
11Rock Racing (USA)1:22:52
12Drapac Porsche (Australia)1:22:56
13Budget Forklifts (Australia)1:35:30
14Praties (Australia)1:56:22
15LeTua Cycling Team (Malaysia)2:15:55


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