Davison wins 2012 Goulburn to Sydney Classic

Luke Davison (Budget Forklifts) has added to his rapidly expanded palmares with his victory at the 2012 Goulburn to Sydney. The Australian National Road Series leader took out the 170km classic from Scott Law (Illawarra CC) and national Criterium Champion Anthony Giacoppo (Genesys Wealth Advisers).

The race has seen several breakaways but with some of the scene's top sprinters in exceptional form, the race which in 2012 is celebrating its 110-year-anniversary seemed destined to come down to a bunch finish. Drapac's Lachlan Norris who had been ultra-aggressive all day had been away with Search2Retain's Luke Fetch in the dying kilometres however with four left to race, the field was back together.

Through the final roundabout and up the slight incline for the final 200 metres to the finish, Giacoppo got the jump on Davison before the Budget rider edged just ahead. Meantime, Law was going toe-to-toe with Glenn O'Shea (SASI) for Davison's wheel as he got the better of Giacoppo for a clear run to the finish line. Davison celebrated and savoured the moment in front of family in friends in Camden.

"I just looked for the finish line; I don't worry about who's doing what," Davison explained of the run into the finish. "With 200 metres to go, you've just got to go.

"It's great to re-pay the boys for all the hard work they did today."

Davison said that the emphasis placed on the race can make it difficult knowing what to expect.

"I didn't get my hopes up I just did my best," he said. "I think after the finish today it's the first time I really savoured the win and had a really good thought about it."

Today's win was his 11th win in the NRS for the season.

Law, Australian under 23 Criterium Champion is only recently home following his stint in Europe racing for the An Post – Sean Kelly team so the 21-year-old was very happy with is runner-up placing.

"It was a great result today considering I was probably one of the only ones who was by myself," he told Cyclingnews. "Hopefully there's better things to come."

Heading into 2012, Giacoppo loomed as the man to beat when it came to the sprint finishes, thanks mostly to his win at the Australian Criterium Championship and others in Taiwan, Borneo and Kumano. Davison may have the better of him at the moment, but Giacoppo remains pleased with the way the year is panning out.

"I wouldn't say [I'm] marked but it does make it a little bit harder because it put a bit of pressure on," he told Cyclingnews. "People are watching you. I'm still happy with the way things are going and I couldn't ask for much more."

Giacoppo also has no doubt that head-to-head, Davison has slightly more speed.

"Once he gets going and he gets a clear road in front of him he's pretty hard to beat," the West Australian explained. "Starting behind him makes it even harder. I got a bit of a jump on him today but had to come around the outside and doing so probably made myself go slightly further. He put himself in the right spot."

How it unfolded -

The morning fog had just about lifted when racing got underway shortly before 8am in Goulburn and it wasn’t long out of the neutral zone when numerous riders attacked.

The first real threat came via Nicholas D’Ambrosio (Parramatta Race Team), Brock Roberts (John West Cycling) and Alex Malone (Plan B Racing) with the trio gaining 21 seconds on the peloton before being brought back to the bunch.

Suzuki-Trek’s Mitchell Pearson was next to try his luck moving ahead of the peloton on his own before being joined by Rhys Pollock (Drapac Professional Cycling) and three other riders. The bunch got strung out but the group was caught at the 20 kilometre mark.

Pollock was obviously feeling good and once again attacked, this time being joined by Michael Cupitt (Budget Forklifts), Aaron Donnelly (Jayco-HoneyShotz) and Ed White (GPM - Wilson Racing) and with 32kms of racing complete, their gap was out to 38 seconds.

Genesys Wealth Advisers attempted to bridge the gap but the Orange Army was soon shut down at the leaders’ advantage continued to grow. A small crash in the bunch took down Drapac’s Darren Lapthorne and Genesys’ Jai Crawford however both recovered quickly.

Meantime the leading quartet hit the first KOM of the day near Berrima with Pollock crossing the line first, followed by White and Cupitt.

With 80kms of racing done, the gap was out to a maximum of 2:55 and the advantage was maintained as the escape group went through Mittagong at the 88km mark.

The gap started to come down and with Genesys driving the peloton, the bunch was 2:15 in arrears after 100km of racing. The advantage hanging at around 2:00 after briefly sitting at 1:53, the Bargo sprint was taken out by Donnelly, with Cupitt and Pollock next best. The gap continued to come down at 1:39 as the breakaway reached the Tahmoor sprint with Donnelly again first across the line in a repeat of the first result. The next challenge was the first ascent of Razorback and that continued to bring the gap down as riders began to drop off the main bunch. The gap stood at around 1:00 as Pollock took maximum points at the KOM with Cupitt and White claiming the minor points. It was a matter of bad luck for Cupitt as he suffered a rear wheel puncture which forced him to drop back leaving the breakaway with three men,

Moving on to Old Razorback Road for the north ascent of Razorback, the bunch had the leaders in sight with the gap down to 40 seconds and the game was up. After 148 kilometres of racing, the day’s main break was caught.

Drapac continued to put pressure on the race, this time Lachlan Norris attacked as the peloton was on the climb. Norris, who won Saturday’s criterium in Goulburn, was quickly joined by Brodie Talbot (Racing Kangaroos) and Chris Jory (GPM - Wilson Racing) but they too could not gain any decent gap on the field. With their slight advantage over, Drapac’s Darren Lapthorne led the peloton over the top of Old Razorback. Sensing the danger, Search2Retain and Genesys were active at the front of the bunch, sending Nathan Earle (Genesys) and Luke Fetch (Search2Retain) to go with Lapthorne, Norris and Jory as the group of five moved ahead.

A maximum gap of around 300 metres was reached before being caught by a swarming peloton with around 10km to go. But this was not a race that was ready to settle down as it came along the Camden By-Pass.

Fetch and Norris stayed clear until four kilometres to go leaving the race to be decided by a bunch finish.

Pollock, speaking to Cyclingnews following the race reiterated how important it was for the Drapac team to put in a great showing following the untimely death of former teammate and winner of the Goulburn to Sydney, Robbie Williams several weeks ago.

"I was thinking that it would be nice [to win]," the Tour de Taiwan winner said. "I think it’s the way I race and the way the team races and the way Robbie rode as well. I wasn’t holding back to get the easy win, I put it on the line... I left nothing out there.

"His Dad said on the start that it’s more about the camaraderie and giving it everything on the day. If you win it’s a bonus. I think we did that today so that’s all we can do." 


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Davison (Budget Forklifts)3:59:31
2Scott Law (Illawarra CC)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Anthony Giacoppo (Genesys Wealth Advisers)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Glen O'Shea (SASI)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Jared Triggs (Southern Cross CC)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Chris Jory (GPM - Wilson Racing)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Caleb Jones (GPM - Wilson Racing)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Neil Van Der Ploeg (Search2Retain)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Brendan Johnston (Suzuki Trek)Row 8 - Cell 2
10James Hepburn (Ipswich CC)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Brodie Talbot (Racing Kangaroos)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Sam Stow (Pensar-Hawk Racing)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Jacob Kauffmann (Charter Mason / Drapac)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Cal Britten (Search2Retain)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Sam Rutherford (GPM - Wilson Racing)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Ryan Thomas (Inverell C&T)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Florice Goesinnen (Drapac Professional Cycling)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Eamonn Bell (Illawarra CC)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Blair Windsor (Budget Forklifts)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Jai Crawford (Genesys Wealth Advisers)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Nathan Earle (Genesys Wealth Advisers)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Aiden Toovey (Racing Kangaroos)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Marc Williams (Budget Forklifts)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Duncan Houston (Eastern Suburbs CC)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Jordan Davies (Penrith CC)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Ben Dyball (Genesys Wealth Advisers)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Luke Fetch (Search2Retain)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Harry Carpenter (SASI)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Jason Spencer (Budget Forklifts)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Aaron Donnelly (Illawarra CC)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Nathan Elliott (Charter Mason / Drapac)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Callum O'Sullivan (Data#3 Cisco Racing)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Cameron Bayly (Search2Retain)Row 32 - Cell 2
34David Mainwaring (Illawarra CC)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Benjamin Harvey (Parramatta Race Team)Row 34 - Cell 2
36David Melville (Data#3 Cisco Racing)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Lachlan Norris (Drapac Professional Cycling)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Matthew Marshall (International - New Zealand)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Karl Evans (SASI)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Rowan Dever (John West Cycling)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Darren Lapthorn (Drapac Professional Cycling)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Josh Berry (Suzuki Trek)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Jonathon Cridland (Southern Cross CC)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Jay Bourke (Ballarat/Sebastopol CC)0:00:17
45Mark O'Brien (Budget Forklifts)0:00:25
46Alex Wong (GPM - Wilson Racing)0:00:31
47Darcy Woolley (Port Fairy CC)0:02:03
48Tom Patton (Parramatta Race Team)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Ryan Quade (Pensar-Hawk Racing)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Craig Hutton (Racing Kangaroos)0:02:05
51Vaughan Bowman (Carnegie Caulfield CC)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Harrison Morgan (Northern Sydney CC)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Ronald Visser (Sydney Uni Velo Club)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Samuel Nelson (St George CC)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Daniel Bonello (Manly Warringah CC)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Tom Paton (Geelong CC)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Peter Smith (Carnegie Caulfield CC)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Kris Johnston (Canberra CC)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Keegan Aitchison (Southern Cross CC)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Mitchell Flynn (Suzuki Trek)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Matthew Rizzuto (Canberra CC)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Daniel Hennessy (Illawarra CC)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Samuel Hill (Hunter District CC)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Laurent Groom (Suzuki Trek)0:02:09
65Samuel Wood (Data#3 Cisco Racing)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Aidan McKenzie (Uni CC)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Thomas Palmer (Drapac Professional Cycling)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Phillip Mundy (SASI)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Christopher Aitken (NKC-Lexus Cycling)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Conor Murtagh (Charter Mason / Drapac)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Mitchell Cooper (Charter Mason / Drapac)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Nicholas Woods (Balmoral CC)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Luke Williams (St George CC)Row 72 - Cell 2
74Rhys Pollock (Drapac Professional Cycling)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Malcolm Rudolph (Drapac Professional Cycling)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Michael Cupitt (Budget Forklifts)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Hadleigh Milligan (Pensar-Hawk Racing)0:02:17
78Peter Loft (Budget Forklifts)0:02:29
79Antony Dimitrovski (Parramatta Race Team)0:03:14
80Guy Brown (NKC-Lexus Cycling)Row 79 - Cell 2
81Shane Barrie (Illawarra CC)Row 80 - Cell 2
82Jason Chalker (Canberra CC)0:03:20
83Mitchell Pearson (Suzuki Trek)Row 82 - Cell 2
84Stuart Shaw (Drapac Professional Cycling)Row 83 - Cell 2
85Brendan Jones (Northern Sydney CC)Row 84 - Cell 2
86Nicholas D'Ambrosio (Parramatta Race Team)Row 85 - Cell 2
87Maxime Ruphy (Pensar-Hawk Racing)Row 86 - Cell 2
88Edward White (GPM - Wilson Racing)Row 87 - Cell 2
89Josh Taylor (GPM - Wilson Racing)Row 88 - Cell 2
90Correy Edmed (Pensar-Hawk Racing)0:05:22
91Luke Meers (Illawarra CC)Row 90 - Cell 2
92Andrew Schotte (Randwick Botany CC)Row 91 - Cell 2
93Jules Galli (Randwick Botany CC)Row 92 - Cell 2
94Robby Dalitz (Penrith CC)Row 93 - Cell 2
95David Gillies (Canberra CC)0:05:24
96Sam Sautelle (Suzuki Trek)0:05:26
97James Miller (BCRI)Row 96 - Cell 2
98Ashley Fawker (Horsham CC)Row 97 - Cell 2
99Tom Christie (Melbourne University)0:05:28
100Brock Roberts (John West Cycling)Row 99 - Cell 2
101Wesley Hurrell (Parramatta Race Team)Row 100 - Cell 2
102Hayden Kegg (Parramatta Race Team)Row 101 - Cell 2
103James Bernard (Sydney Uni Velo Club)Row 102 - Cell 2
104Nathan Bradshaw (St George CC)0:05:33
105Clive Silcock (Melbourne University)0:05:39
106Jesse Ewart (Kooragang Open CC)0:06:10
107Saxon Irvine (Northern Sydney CC)Row 106 - Cell 2
108Samuel Volker (Data#3 Cisco Racing)0:06:14
109Zach Baker (Bathurst CC)0:06:47
110Campbell Flakemore (Genesys Wealth Advisers)0:06:54
111Shane Edmonds (Inverell C&T)0:07:31
112Jeremy Ross (ADF Cycling)0:08:01
113Jarrod Coveny (Goulburn CC)0:08:18
114Richard Allen (Data#3 Cisco Racing)0:08:49
115Samuel Davis (Genesys Wealth Advisers)Row 114 - Cell 2
116Barry Kenyon (Northern Sydney CC)Row 115 - Cell 2
117Tamas Allenby (Sydney Uni Velo Club)Row 116 - Cell 2
118Matt Bush (Penrith CC)Row 117 - Cell 2
119Todd Greenland (Parramatta Race Team)Row 118 - Cell 2
120Paul Hearne (Peel Districts CC)Row 119 - Cell 2
121Joel Finucane (Canberra CC)Row 120 - Cell 2
122Chris Edden (Hunter District CC)Row 121 - Cell 2
123Thomas Donald (Search2Retain)Row 122 - Cell 2
124Jonathon Lovelock (Genesys Wealth Advisers)Row 123 - Cell 2
125Alastair Loutit (GPM - Wilson Racing)Row 124 - Cell 2
126Nathan Ruks (Hunter District CC)Row 125 - Cell 2
127Adrian Trevor (Hunter District CC)Row 126 - Cell 2
128Trent Derecourt (John West Cycling)0:08:57
129Christian Tune (Sydney Uni Velo Club)Row 128 - Cell 2
130Matthew Lane (Port Fairy CC)Row 129 - Cell 2
131Joshua Apolony (Pensar-Hawk Racing)0:09:40
132Kevin Hawes (Racing Kangaroos)0:16:12
133Billy Hutton (Racing Kangaroos)0:16:14
134James Ibrahim (Bendigo & District CC)0:16:33
135Karl Michelin-Beard (Canberra CC)0:16:45
136Andrew Crawley (GPM - Wilson Racing)0:20:02
137Simon Hammond (Parramatta Race Team)Row 136 - Cell 2
138Blair Arnold (Illawarra CC)Row 137 - Cell 2
139Paul Verkuylen (Hunter District CC)Row 138 - Cell 2
140Dane Macky (Pensar-Hawk Racing)Row 139 - Cell 2
141Matthew Murray (Victor Broncos CC)Row 140 - Cell 2
142Damian Mason (Nowra Velo Club)0:20:56
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Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Aaron Donnelly (Illawarra CC)
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KOM classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Rhys Pollock (Drapac Professional Cycling)
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Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Budget Forklifts

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As a sports journalist and producer since 1997, Jane has covered Olympic and Commonwealth Games, rugby league, motorsport, cricket, surfing, triathlon, rugby union, and golf for print, radio, television and online. However her enduring passion has been cycling.


Jane is a former Australian Editor of Cyclingnews from 2011 to 2013 and continues to freelance within the cycling industry.