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Crocodile Trophy: Second stage win for Bouchard

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Leandre Bouchard with Andrew L'Esperance on his wheel

Leandre Bouchard with Andrew L'Esperance on his wheel (Image credit: Igor Schifris / Crocodile Trophy)
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Anton Sintsov (JBG-2 Team)

Anton Sintsov (JBG-2 Team) (Image credit: Igor Schifris / Crocodile Trophy)
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Daniel Beresford was the fastest Australian at the 2016 Croc Trophy

Daniel Beresford was the fastest Australian at the 2016 Croc Trophy (Image credit: Igor Schifris / Crocodile Trophy)
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Erik Dekker riding hard

Erik Dekker riding hard (Image credit: Igor Schifris / Crocodile Trophy)
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Michal Kafka during the stage

Michal Kafka during the stage (Image credit: Igor Schifris / Crocodile Trophy)

On stage 3 of the Crocodile Trophy, it was Canadian Leandre Bouchard (BH SR Suntour KMC) getting the better of compatriot Andrew L'Esperance (Forward Racing-Norco) at the Tepon Equestrian Park. The duo finished almost an hour ahead of Hiroyuki Okamoto (Inpulse).

In the battle for the general classification, Bouchard holds a 1:29 minute lead over L'Esperance with Russian Anton Sintsov (JBG-2 Team) third at 1:11:41.

"Today was a very challenging course – anyone who finishes today without any injury and still pedalling... power to them, it's awesome!" L'Esperance said of the stage. "I just rode steady and I figured Leandre would make it back up to me and he did together with Erik Dekker. It's a beautiful place! Even though we're racing, we definitely took some time to look around today. Once we got on top of those mountain tops we were like, wow, this is beautiful! Yesterday, actually, we saw some kangaroos, or maybe big wallabies, they were following us in the woods, that was cool."

Haley Smith (Norco Factory Team) finished the stage and continued to be the only elite woman in the race. Smith has never previously ridden a marathon stage race and explained her motivation for racing the Crocodile Trophy.

"Well, I love Disneyworld. It's somewhere I've gone since I was a little girl. And we made a deal that if we win enough prize money we would go to Disneyworld in Florida. It's totally illogical, but it's been a fun motivation for us," said Smith, who is a training parter with L'Esperance.

Full Results

Elite Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leandre Bouchard (Can) BH SR Suntour KMC4:50:58
2Andrew L'Esperance (Can) Forward Racing-Norco
3Hiroyuki Okamoto (Jpn) Inpulse0:55:39
4Ben May (Aus) Bicycle Riders/Specialized/Infinit Nutrition1:01:39
5Anton Sintsov (Rus) JBG-2 Team1:07:03
6Mike Blewitt (Aus) Subaru-Marathonmtb.com1:15:28

Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Haley Smith (Can) Norco Factory Team6:05:57

Elite men general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leandre Bouchard (Can) BH SR Suntour KMC10:38:43
2Andrew L'Esperance (Can) Forward Racing-Norco0:01:29
3Anton Sintsov (Rus) JBG-2 Team1:11:41
4Hiroyuki Okamoto (Jpn) Inpulse1:21:02
5Ben May (Aus) Bicycle Riders/Specialized/Infinit Nutrition1:31:40
6Mike Blewitt (Aus) Subaru-Marathonmtb.com1:54:52

Elite women general classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Haley Smith (Can) Norco Factory Team12:32:06

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