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Shaw takes classic in two man sprint

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Some of the New Zealand contingent on the podium in New Norfolk after accepting medals for top-ten finishes.

Some of the New Zealand contingent on the podium in New Norfolk after accepting medals for top-ten finishes. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Darren Rolfe and Andrew Roe at the front of the peloton around six minutes behind the leading quartet approaching the town of Gretna.

Darren Rolfe and Andrew Roe at the front of the peloton around six minutes behind the leading quartet approaching the town of Gretna. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Eliot Crowther, Chris Jory, Shem Rodger and Patrick Shaw (partially obscured) maintained their gap of more than five mintues over any challenger in the concluding stages of the race.

Eliot Crowther, Chris Jory, Shem Rodger and Patrick Shaw (partially obscured) maintained their gap of more than five mintues over any challenger in the concluding stages of the race. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Shaw thing: Patrick Shaw (Virgin Blue/RBS Morgans) takes out the 2010 Launceston to New Norfolk race in Tasmania.

Shaw thing: Patrick Shaw (Virgin Blue/RBS Morgans) takes out the 2010 Launceston to New Norfolk race in Tasmania. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Number one: Virgin Blue/RBS Morgans Patrick Shaw from Victoria was always the one to beat once he had placed himself in the leading group early into the race.

Number one: Virgin Blue/RBS Morgans Patrick Shaw from Victoria was always the one to beat once he had placed himself in the leading group early into the race. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Race winner Patrick Shaw (left) is congratulated by runner-up Chris Jory as Tasmanian Tim Elmer looks on in New Norfolk.

Race winner Patrick Shaw (left) is congratulated by runner-up Chris Jory as Tasmanian Tim Elmer looks on in New Norfolk. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Podium celebrations (l-r): Chris Jory, Patrick Shaw and Eliot Crowther struggle with the champers on the podium in New Norfolk.

Podium celebrations (l-r): Chris Jory, Patrick Shaw and Eliot Crowther struggle with the champers on the podium in New Norfolk. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Mind if I use your top: Race winner Patrick Shaw wipes the champagne from his eyes on Chris Jory's jersey after the podium celebrations in New Norfolk.

Mind if I use your top: Race winner Patrick Shaw wipes the champagne from his eyes on Chris Jory's jersey after the podium celebrations in New Norfolk. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Race podium (l-r): Chris Jory (2nd), Patrick Shaw (1st), and Eliot Crowther (3rd)

Race podium (l-r): Chris Jory (2nd), Patrick Shaw (1st), and Eliot Crowther (3rd) (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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The race had split up well before the climb at Poatina and by the time it hit Bothwell riders were content just to go the distance.

The race had split up well before the climb at Poatina and by the time it hit Bothwell riders were content just to go the distance. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Patrick Shaw, Shem Rodger, Chris Jory and Eliot Crowther had the race to themselves as the entered the final fifty kilometres.

Patrick Shaw, Shem Rodger, Chris Jory and Eliot Crowther had the race to themselves as the entered the final fifty kilometres. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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The peloton make their way towards the climb up Poatina around fifty kilometres into the 2010 Launceston to New Norfolk One-Day Classic.

The peloton make their way towards the climb up Poatina around fifty kilometres into the 2010 Launceston to New Norfolk One-Day Classic. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Virgin Blue/RBS Morgans riders were on the front of the peloton whilst their teammate Patrick Shaw was up the road in the leading group of five.

Virgin Blue/RBS Morgans riders were on the front of the peloton whilst their teammate Patrick Shaw was up the road in the leading group of five. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Riders head up the climb at Poatina during the 208-kilometre Launceston to New Norfolk One-Day Classic.

Riders head up the climb at Poatina during the 208-kilometre Launceston to New Norfolk One-Day Classic. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Race podium (l-r): Chris Jory (2nd), Patrick Shaw (1st), and Eliot Crowther (3rd) on the podium in New Norfolk.

Race podium (l-r): Chris Jory (2nd), Patrick Shaw (1st), and Eliot Crowther (3rd) on the podium in New Norfolk. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Truck stop: Local traffic waited patiently for the race on the climb near Poatina.

Truck stop: Local traffic waited patiently for the race on the climb near Poatina. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Shem Rodger leads Chris Jory, Patrick Shaw and Eliot Crowther to the top of the climb at Poatina with a healthy gap back to chasing riders.

Shem Rodger leads Chris Jory, Patrick Shaw and Eliot Crowther to the top of the climb at Poatina with a healthy gap back to chasing riders. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Cameron Peterson has Virgin Blue/RBS Morgans teammate Ben Dyball on his wheel as the second group on the road head towards the top of the climb near Poatina.

Cameron Peterson has Virgin Blue/RBS Morgans teammate Ben Dyball on his wheel as the second group on the road head towards the top of the climb near Poatina. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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A leading quartet on the outskirts of Bothwell in Tasmania's central highlands.

A leading quartet on the outskirts of Bothwell in Tasmania's central highlands. (Image credit: Shane Goss)
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Chris Jory from New South Wales took out the sprint points competition on the race.

Chris Jory from New South Wales took out the sprint points competition on the race. (Image credit: Shane Goss)

 Ballarat cyclist Patrick Shaw overcame the most testing challenge of his burgeoning career with an outstanding victory in the gruelling Launceston to New Norfolk Classic today. Shaw won the 208km last-man-standing affair narrowly from breakaway partners Chris Jory, of NSW, and the gutsy New Zealander Eliot Crowther.

Sixty one riders started the classic at Country Club Tasmania in Prospect Vale and only 27 pedalled into New Norfolk in brown’s cows fashion to complete the race, founded only last year as a replacement event for the 82-year-old Launceston to Hobart Classic.

“I never knew much about this event until today but, boy, it’s one of the best bike races in Australia,” Shaw exclaimed after crossing the line. “The course is so tough.”

Shaw, who competed in Europe for the last two years and contemplated retirement upon his return to Australia in January, is enjoying a remarkable domestic season, winning the Tour of Gippsland then finishing second in the Tour of Geelong.

The Virgin Blue-RBS Morgans rider enjoys an unassailable lead in the 2010 Scody Cup series which concludes with the Caterpillar Underground Mining Tour of Tasmania which starts in Strahan on Thursday.

Shaw’s father Dennis won the 1978 Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic – a fact not lost on Patrick as he celebrated his victory today.

“This is the closest thing to emulating my dad’s win in the ‘Warrnambool’,” Patrick said. “This is so exciting for me. To win a race like this really is special.”

The stumbling block to most riders in the classic was the 10km climb up the 1052- metre Poatina mountain which came only 59kms into the race.

Shaw and a small breakaway group of Jory, and New Zealanders Crowther, Shem Rogers and Jason Christie were more than seven minutes clear of their rivals at the top of the mountain and, with the exception of Christie who finished ninth, that’s where they stayed.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pat Shaw (Aus) Ballarat/Sebastopol C C5:30:25
2Chris Jory (Aus) Southern Cross CC
3Eliot Crowther (NZl) New Zealand0:00:05
4Shem Rodger (NZl) New Zealand0:00:21
5Cam Peterson (Aus) Peloton Sports Inc.0:06:17
6Brendan Brooks (Aus) Murwillumbah Cycle Club
7James Williamson (NZl) New Zealand0:06:28
8Darren Rolfe (Aus) Toowoomba Cycling Club Inc.
9Jason Christie (NZl) New Zealand0:06:29
10George Bennett (NZl) New Zealand
11Matthew Marshall (NZl) New Zealand
12Andrew Roe (Aus) Norwood C.C.0:06:33
13Ben Dyball (Aus) Caravello CC0:06:41
14Elmer Tim (Aus) Launceston City CC0:07:36
15Matthew Opperman (Aus) Mt Gambier Cycling &Triathlon0:27:46
16Scott Nolan (Aus) Southern Tasmanian Veterans0:29:07
17Johnathon White (Aus) Mersey Valley Devonport CC0:32:31
18Jim Moore (Aus) Sutherland Shire CC0:38:58
19Russell Leary (Aus) Gold Coast Goldstars C C0:48:03
20Dean Wilson (Aus) Mersey Valley Devonport CC0:48:12
21Tom Sallai (Aus) Launceston City CC0:48:15
22Glenn Myler (Aus) Northern Districts CC0:48:27
23Tom Mcdonough (Aus) Coburg Cycling Club Inc0:52:08
24Nathan White (Aus) Hobart Wheelers
25Michael Stevens (Aus) Sydney CC0:53:17
26David Fulton (Aus) Echuca/Moama Cycling Club0:53:32
DNFGillett Rhys (Aus) Ballarat/Sebastopol C C
DNFTaylor Gunman (NZl) New Zealand
DNFMatthew Rice (Aus) Launceston City CC
DNFMatthew Bishop (Aus) Carnegie Caulfield CC
DNFRowan Dever (Aus) Blackburn Cycling Club Inc
DNFLuke Padgett (Aus) Launceston City CC
DNFMichael Smith (Aus) Launceston City CC
DNFJason Chisholm (Aus) Tasmania
DNFJonathon Smith (Aus) Tasmania
DNFCridland Luke (Aus) Southern Cross CC
DNSMitch Pearson (Aus) Eurobodalla Cyclists Club Inc.
DNSHarrif Saleh (Mal) Malaysia
DNSAdiq Othman (Mal) Malaysia
DNSAmir Rusli (Mal) Malaysia
DNSFallanie Ali (Mal) Malaysia
DNSFakhrullah Alias (Mal) Malaysia
DNSShahrul Amin (Mal) Malaysia
DNSGhazali Hamid (Mal) Malaysia
DNSZamri Saleh (Mal) Malaysia
DNSYusrizal Usoff (Mal) Malaysia
DNSAkmal Amrun (Mal) Malaysia
DNSYong Li (Mal) Malaysia
DNSBen Cutajar (Aus) Gold Coast CATS Cycling Clu
DNSMatthew Benson (Aus) Riverland C.C.

 

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