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James Whelan goes solo to win stage 1 of men's race at Santos Festival of Cycling

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LOBETHAL AUSTRALIA JANUARY 27 James Whelan of Australia and Team Bridgelane celebrates at finish line as stage winner during the 2nd Santos Festival Of Cycling 2022 Mens Elite Stage 1 a 1142km stage from Stirling to Lobethal TourDownUnder on January 27 2022 in Lobethal Australia Photo by Daniel KaliszGetty Images

James Whelan takes the win on stage 1 of the Santos Festival of Cycling 2022 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LOBETHAL, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Richie Porte of Australia and Team Garmin Australia crosses the finishing line during the 2nd Santos Festival Of Cycling 2022 - Men's Elite Stage 1 a 114,2km stage from Stirling to Lobethal / #TourDownUnder / on January 27, 2022 in Lobethal, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Richie Porte of Team Garmin Australia crosses the finish more than five minutes behind the stage 1 winner at Santos Festival Of Cycling (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LOBETHAL AUSTRALIA JANUARY 27 Rohan Dennis of Australia and Team Vaw Villawood crosses the finishing line during the 2nd Santos Festival Of Cycling 2022 Mens Elite Stage 1 a 1142km stage from Stirling to Lobethal TourDownUnder on January 27 2022 in Lobethal Australia Photo by Daniel KaliszGetty Images

Rohan Dennis of Team Vaw Villawood finishes 4:54 of stage 1 winning pace (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LOBETHAL AUSTRALIA JANUARY 27 Luke Durbridge of Australia and Team BikeexchangeJaycosprint at finish line during the 2nd Santos Festival Of Cycling 2022 Mens Elite Stage 1 a 1142km stage from Stirling to Lobethal TourDownUnder on January 27 2022 in Lobethal Australia Photo by Daniel KaliszGetty Images

Luke Durbridge of Team BikeExchange-Jayco finishes fifth in sprint at finish in Lobethal (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LOBETHAL AUSTRALIA JANUARY 27 LR Jason Thomason of Australia and Team Butterfields PB Van Dam Racing Edwin Britts of Australia and Team Olivers Racing Jesse Norton of Australia and Giant Racing Team Steven Robb of Australia and Team Cycle House Racing and Oli Stenning of Australia and Team Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast compete in the breakaway during the 2nd Santos Festival Of Cycling 2022 Mens Elite Stage 1 a 1142km stage from Stirling to Lobethal TourDownUnder on January 27 2022 in Lobethal Australia Photo by Daniel KaliszGetty Images

Riders on stage one from Stirling to Lobethal (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LOBETHAL AUSTRALIA JANUARY 27 James Whelan of Australia and Team Bridgelane celebrates at podium winning the blue leader jersey during the 2nd Santos Festival Of Cycling 2022 Mens Elite Stage 1 a 1142km stage from Stirling to Lobethal TourDownUnder on January 27 2022 in Lobethal Australia Photo by Daniel KaliszGetty Images

Stage winner James Whelan (Team BridgeLane) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LOBETHAL AUSTRALIA JANUARY 27 Ben Hill of Australia and Team CCS Cycling celebrates at podium winning the polka dot mountain jersey during the 2nd Santos Festival Of Cycling 2022 Mens Elite Stage 1 a 1142km stage from Stirling to Lobethal TourDownUnder on January 27 2022 in Lobethal Australia Photo by Daniel KaliszGetty Images

Ben Hill of Team CCS Cycling celebrates at podium winning the polka dot mountain jersey (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LOBETHAL AUSTRALIA JANUARY 27 Matt Dinham of Australia and Team Bridgelane celebrates at podium winning the white best young rider jersey during the 2nd Santos Festival Of Cycling 2022 Mens Elite Stage 1 a 1142km stage from Stirling to Lobethal TourDownUnder on January 27 2022 in Lobethal Australia Photo by Daniel KaliszGetty Images

Matt Dinham of Team BridgeLane celebrates at podium winning the white best young rider jersey (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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LOBETHAL AUSTRALIA JANUARY 27 Brendan Johnston of Australia and Giant Racing Team celebrates at podium winning the sprint jersey during the 2nd Santos Festival Of Cycling 2022 Mens Elite Stage 1 a 1142km stage from Stirling to Lobethal TourDownUnder on January 27 2022 in Lobethal Australia Photo by Daniel KaliszGetty Images

Brendan Johnston of Giant Racing Team celebrates at podium winning the sprint jersey (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

James Whelan (Team BridgeLane) won stage 1 of the men's racing at the Santos Festival of Cycling, pulling off the solo victory that he had been chasing at the Australian Road National Championships earlier this month. 

The rider, who has reluctantly stepped out of the WorldTour this season, held off the fierce chase by a group of 15 that included newly-crowned Australian Champion Luke Plapp (Team Garmin Australia), Chris Harper (Villawood) and defending champion Luke Durbridge (BikeExchange-Jayco).

Winning the sprint from that chase group was Under 23 rider Matt Dinham, taking the top two steps for Team BridgeLane, while Ben Hill (CCS Cycling) came third, after also sweeping up the King of the Mountain points on the road. 

“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet," Whelan said in the 7 livestream interview straight after his win. 

"Maybe when I’m on the podium it’ll make sense but far out what a race. I had the intention to try and do that but when you actually pull it off it’s a pretty special feeling.”

With Whelan finishing 1 minute and 23 seconds ahead of his rivals on the stage, and time bonuses still to be factored in, he looked to have pulled out an unassailable GC lead on the very first stage, but then the GC results were put out with gaps that were a minute tighter than expected. There was also a note in the decisions of the commissaires panel that rider number 23, Whelan, had received a one minute motor pacing penalty along with a $200 fine. Whelan ahad to chase the peloton early in the stage after bike problems.

The updated overall classification left Whelan with a still solid, but not bullet-proof, lead of 27 seconds from teammate Dinham while Brendan Johnston (Giant Racing), Ben Hill and Luke Durbridge are all lined up at 28, 29 and 32 seconds back. Then there is another group of 11 riders, including Plapp and Harper, at 33 seconds.

How it unfolded

The first stage on the road took in 114km and 1,800 metres of climbing as it wound its ways from Stirling to Lobethal. The breakaway attempts started early after the field left Stirling in the sunshine and building heat. Whelan was soon out the back of the peloton with  bike problems and a bike change, forcing him to chase.

16 riders eventually managed to make it off and out to the front. Helping their cause was the mix of teams in the group, including all the major squads, from BikeExchange-Jayco, Team BridgeLane, Team Garmin Australia, Villawood, Inform TMX MAKE, Olivers and ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast. Most, though, had their most likely GC contenders still in the pack behind, with Giant Racing, who had Brendan Johnston in the mix, an exception. 

Working together they built a lead that stretched out to two minutes. At 65 kilometres to go the King of the Mountain points at Cuddle Creek were always going to go to someone from that break, and Hill clipped off the front with a concerted effort, signalling that if anyone wanted to take them from him they faced a challenge. 

When Team Garmin Australia’s Zac Marriage dropped out of the move at around 55 kilometres to go, teammates Richie Porte and Plapp looked intent on getting the peloton moving behind. They poured on the pace and so the splits and attacks just seemed to keep coming. 

Plapp and Rohan Dennis (Villawood) were in a group off the front and then it was Durbridge who shifted into gear, pulling away with company that included Chris Harper (Villawood) and Whelan. Once they went there was no looking back.

The Durbridge group joined the lead riders at 40 kilometres to go and as more riders were trying to scramble to the front of the race, the lead group was approaching the sprint point. Three riders clipped off the front and Johnston, eyeing the bonus seconds for GC, took the prize with Jean-Pierre van der Merwe (Team BridgeLane) second and Durbridge third. 

Having opened a gap with the intermediate sprint, Durbridge looked like he wanted to continue on for a moment but as his companions didn’t keep rolling, he thought better of it. 

By 25km to go there were groups scattered all over the road, with at least four slotted in between the lead bunch and the group that most resembled a peloton. 

Plapp was off and riding in a group of five, so determined in his pursuit that he overshot a sharp left hand bend. Fortunately he found a handy bit of run off space in the gravel.

At 20km to go, Whelan decided it was his time and went with force, just before Plapp started breathing down the neck of the group he’d just left.

“When I heard that Luke Plapp was coming across again I was getting deja vu a little bit,” said Whelan, who was chased down by the 21 year old while solo in the final lap at Road Nationals. 

"Tactically he had to do a lot of work to get to the position he was in and I had my teammates defending all the moves so I was pretty fortunate.”

As the kilometres ticked down, despite the chase force assembled behind, Whelan’s gap remained firm and it was clear he was going to take the stage victory in Lobethal. It was just down to his rivals to try and reduce the gap so overall victory didn’t become out of reach too. 

The group of 15 came over the line 1 minute and 23 seconds back, with Dinham’s second place not only putting him on the podium and in the young riders white jersey but also helping keep the bonus seconds that came with the position away from Whelan’s rivals. 

There were only two more riders finishing within two minutes on the stage, with the bulk of the field coming in around five minutes back, effectively ruling riders like former winners Porte and Dennis out of contention for the overall.

Results - stage 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1James Whelan (Aus) Team Bridgelane 2:41:30
2Matt Dinham (Aus) Team Bridgelane 0:01:23
3Ben Hill (Aus) CCS Cycling
4Alastair Mackellar (Aus) Team Westpac
5Luke Durbridge (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
6Brendon Davids (RSA) Oliver's Racing
7Brendan Johnston (Aus) Giant Racing Team
8Drew Morey (Aus) Team Bridgelane
9Rudy Porter (Aus) Inform TMX Make
10Kane Richards (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
11Luke Plapp (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
12Tim Roe (Aus) Villawood
13Conor Leahy (Aus) Inform TMX Make
14Chris Harper (Aus) Villawood
15Ben Carman (Aus) Nero Continental
16Carter Turnbull (Aus) Inform TMX Make
17Angus Lyons (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:01:47
18Jean-Pierre van der Merwe (Aus) Team Bridgelane
19Connor Reardon (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team 0:04:36
20Cooper Sayers (Aus) Nero Continental 0:04:52
21Dalton Stretton (Aus) VA Pro Racing
22Alistair Christie-Johnson (Aus) Team Bridgelane
23Tasman Nankervis (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team
24Rohan Dennis (Aus) Villawood 0:04:54
25Mackenzie Edwardson (Aus) CCS Cycling 0:04:55
26Oscar Chamberlain (Aus) CCS Cycling 0:05:19
27Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Team Westpac
28Jensen Plowright (Aus) Team Westpac
29Brenton Jones (Aus) Inform TMX Make
30Connor Sens (Aus) Team Westpac
31Daniel Luke (Aus) Oliver's Racing
32Scott Reynolds (Aus) Ncmg Criterion Racing
33Chris Luxton (Aus) Villawood
34Hamish mac Kenzie (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
35Liam Walsh (Aus) Giant Racing Team
36Iven Bennett (Aus) Nero Continental
37Jacob Langham (Aus) VA Pro Racing
38Joseph Inglis (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
39Nick White (Aus) Team Bridgelane
40Stinus Kaempe (Aus) Team Westpac
41Matson McAdam (Aus) Ncmg Criterion Racing
42Dylan Hopkins (Aus) Aus II
43Jason Thomason (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
44Declan Trezise (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
45Will Moloney-Morton (Aus) Cycle House Racing
46Olivar Anderson (Aus) Villawood
47Joshua Wilson (Aus) VA Pro Racing
48Robert Parker (Aus) Onyva Racing
49Tristan Saunders (Aus) Inform TMX Make
50Edwin Britts (Aus) Oliver's Racing
51Richie Porte (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
52Nathan Earle (Aus) Aus II
53Zack Gilmore (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
54Luke Britten (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
55Samuel Hill (Aus) Nero Continental
56Steven Robb (Aus) Cycle House Racing
57Jordan Villani (Aus) Team Westpac
58Curtis Dowdell (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
59Jesse Norton (Aus) Giant Racing Team
60Benjamin Dyball (Aus) Aus II
61Carter Bettles (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
62Jesse Ewart (Aus) Aus II
63Josh Duffy (Aus) Inform TMX Make
64Joe Cooper (NZl) Giant Racing Team
65Cameron Scott (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
66Cameron Meyer (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
67Oli Stenning (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
68Blake Quick (Aus) Inform TMX Make
69Thomas Bolton (Aus) Oliver's Racing
70Timothy Cameron (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
71Callum Scotson (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:08:46
72Tynan Shannon (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:10:32
73Tyler Tomkinson (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
74Riley Fleming (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team 0:10:35
75Zac Marriage (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
76Sam Jenner (Aus) Team Bridgelane 0:10:58
77Cameron Rogers (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:11:28
78Benjamin Spenceley (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
79Jack Marshall (Aus) Cycle House Racing
80Blake Agnolletto (Aus) Aus II
81William Thomas (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
82Matthew Connan (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
83Jack Schouten (Aus) Onyva Racing
84Aiden Buttgieg (Aus) Nero Continental
85Leo Yip (HKg) Nero Continental
86Patrick Saccani_williams (Aus) VA Pro Racing
87Dylan Lindsey (Aus) Ncmg Criterion Racing
88Spencer Evans (Aus) Giant Racing Team
89Torben Partridge-Madsen (Aus) CCS Cycling
90Justin Gassner (Aus) Villawood
91Cameron Bayly (Aus) Villawood
92Tom Chester (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team 0:13:09
93Sam Greenwood (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team 0:18:49
94Dylan George (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:20:32
95Lachlan Miller (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
96Adam Maccan (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:21:09
97Griffin Knight (Aus) Cycle House Racing
98Daniel Potter (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
99Terance Hore (Aus) Cycle House Racing
100Callum Pearce (Aus) Onyva Racing
101Matthew Bird (Aus) Cycle House Racing
102Lachlan Harrigan (Aus) Onyva Racing
103Willis Lienert (Aus) Onyva Racing
104Sam Golding (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
105Nick Pedlar (Aus) Ncmg Criterion Racing
106Campbell Palmer (Aus) Team Westpac
107Hugo Thompson (Aus) Ncmg Criterion Racing
108Cameron Roberts (Aus) CCS Cycling
109Luke Roper (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
110Kurt Eather (Aus) Oliver's Racing
111Cameron Fraser (Aus) Onyva Racing 0:23:53
112Fintan Conway (Aus) Oliver's Racing
113Kael Thomas (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
114Brendon Green (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
115Tom Lynch (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
116Graeme Frislie (Aus) Aus II
117Kai Chapman (Aus) Oliver's Racing
118Thomas Clark (Aus) Cycle House Racing
119William Golding (Aus) Onyva Racing
120Angus Calder (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team
121Oliver Bledyn (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
122Glenn Mathieske (Aus) Ncmg Criterion Racing
123Dylan McKenna (Aus) Nero Continental
124Angus Miller (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
DNFAiden Sinclair (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
DNFCameron Ivory (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team
DNFNic Darling (Aus) CCS Cycling
DNFLouis Perriman (Aus) Ncmg Criterion Racing
DNFTony Doherty (Aus) VA Pro Racing
DNFAdam Blazevic (Aus) Giant Racing Team
DNFJai Fielke (Aus) Giant Racing Team
DNFJames Moriarty (Aus) Aus II
DNFJoshua Harrison (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
DNFBrady Gilmore (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
DNFJaxon King (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
DNSLionel Mawditt (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team
DNSBailey Walters (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team
DNSMarc Williams (Aus) CCS Cycling

Sprint 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jean-Pierre van der Merwe (Aus) Team Bridgelane 3
2Brendan Johnston (Aus) Giant Racing Team 2
3Brady Gilmore (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation 1

Sprint 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brendan Johnston (Aus) Giant Racing Team 3
2Jean-Pierre van der Merwe (Aus) Team Bridgelane 2
3Luke Durbridge (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco 1

Sprint 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1James Whelan (Aus) Team Bridgelane 3
2Matt Dinham (Aus) Team Bridgelane 2
3Ben Hill (Aus) CCS Cycling 1

Mountain 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Hill (Aus) CCS Cycling 5
2Brendan Johnston (Aus) Giant Racing Team 3
3Tim Roe (Aus) Villawood 1

Young rider
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matt Dinham (Aus) Team Bridgelane 2:42:53
2Alastair Mackellar (Aus) Team Westpac
3Rudy Porter (Aus) Inform TMX Make
4Luke Plapp (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
5Carter Turnbull (Aus) Inform TMX Make
6Alistair Christie-Johnson (Aus) Team Bridgelane 0:03:29
7Mackenzie Edwardson (Aus) CCS Cycling 0:03:32
8Oscar Chamberlain (Aus) CCS Cycling 0:03:56
9Jensen Plowright (Aus) Team Westpac
10Hamish mac Kenzie (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
11Liam Walsh (Aus) Giant Racing Team
12Joseph Inglis (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
13Stinus Kaempe (Aus) Team Westpac
14Matson McAdam (Aus) Ncmg Criterion Racing
15Dylan Hopkins (Aus) Aus II
16Declan Trezise (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
17Will Moloney-Morton (Aus) Cycle House Racing
18Tristan Saunders (Aus) Inform TMX Make
19Edwin Britts (Aus) Oliver's Racing
20Luke Britten (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
21Jesse Norton (Aus) Giant Racing Team
22Josh Duffy (Aus) Inform TMX Make
23Blake Quick (Aus) Inform TMX Make
24Tynan Shannon (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:09:09
25Tyler Tomkinson (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
26Zac Marriage (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:09:12
27Cameron Rogers (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:10:05
28Jack Marshall (Aus) Cycle House Racing
29Blake Agnolletto (Aus) Aus II
30William Thomas (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
31Matthew Connan (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
32Jack Schouten (Aus) Onyva Racing
33Spencer Evans (Aus) Giant Racing Team
34Dylan George (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:19:09
35Lachlan Miller (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
36Adam Maccan (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:19:46
37Daniel Potter (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
38Willis Lienert (Aus) Onyva Racing
39Sam Golding (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
40Campbell Palmer (Aus) Team Westpac
41Luke Roper (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
42Kurt Eather (Aus) Oliver's Racing
43Kael Thomas (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing 0:22:30
44Tom Lynch (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
45Graeme Frislie (Aus) Aus II
46William Golding (Aus) Onyva Racing
47Oliver Bledyn (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
48Angus Miller (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing

Team
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team BridgeLane 8:07:16
2Inform TMX Make 0:01:23
3Villawood 0:04:54
4Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:05:43
5Nero Continental 0:08:48
6CCS Cycling 0:08:51
7Team Westpac 0:09:15
8Oliver's Racing
9Giant Racing Team
10Team BikeExchange-Jayco
11Va Pro Racing 0:12:44
12Aus Ii 0:13:11
13Team Garmin Australia 0:14:28
14St George Continental Cycling Team 0:17:17
15Ncmg Criterion Racing 0:19:20
16Cycle House Racing
17Rauland Development Cycling Team
18Cycling Development Foundation 0:25:29
19Butterfields p/b Van D'am Racing 0:29:01
20Onyva Racing 0:35:10

General classification after stage 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1James Whelan (Aus) Team Bridgelane 2:42:20
2Matt Dinham (Aus) Team Bridgelane 0:00:27
3Brendan Johnston (Aus) Giant Racing Team 0:00:28
4Ben Hill (Aus) CCS Cycling 0:00:29
5Luke Durbridge (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:00:32
6Alastair Mackellar (Aus) Team Westpac 0:00:33
7Brendon Davids (RSA) Oliver's Racing
8Drew Morey (Aus) Team Bridgelane
9Rudy Porter (Aus) Inform TMX Make
10Kane Richards (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
11Luke Plapp (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
12Tim Roe (Aus) Villawood
13Conor Leahy (Aus) Inform TMX Make
14Chris Harper (Aus) Villawood
15Ben Carman (Aus) Nero Continental
16Carter Turnbull (Aus) Inform TMX Make
17Jean-Pierre van der Merwe (Aus) Team Bridgelane 0:00:52
18Angus Lyons (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:00:57
19Connor Reardon (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team 0:03:46
20Cooper Sayers (Aus) Nero Continental 0:04:02
21Dalton Stretton (Aus) VA Pro Racing
22Alistair Christie-Johnson (Aus) Team Bridgelane
23Tasman Nankervis (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team
24Rohan Dennis (Aus) Villawood 0:04:04
25Mackenzie Edwardson (Aus) CCS Cycling 0:04:05
26Oscar Chamberlain (Aus) CCS Cycling 0:04:29
27Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Team Westpac
28Jensen Plowright (Aus) Team Westpac
29Brenton Jones (Aus) Inform TMX Make
30Connor Sens (Aus) Team Westpac
31Daniel Luke (Aus) Oliver's Racing
32Scott Reynolds (Aus) Ncmg Criterion Racing
33Chris Luxton (Aus) Villawood
34Hamish mac Kenzie (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
35Liam Walsh (Aus) Giant Racing Team
36Iven Bennett (Aus) Nero Continental
37Jacob Langham (Aus) VA Pro Racing
38Joseph Inglis (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
39Nick White (Aus) Team Bridgelane
40Stinus Kaempe (Aus) Team Westpac
41Matson McAdam (Aus) Ncmg Criterion Racing
42Dylan Hopkins (Aus) Aus II
43Jason Thomason (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
44Declan Trezise (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
45Will Moloney-Morton (Aus) Cycle House Racing
46Olivar Anderson (Aus) Villawood
47Joshua Wilson (Aus) VA Pro Racing
48Robert Parker (Aus) Onyva Racing
49Tristan Saunders (Aus) Inform TMX Make
50Edwin Britts (Aus) Oliver's Racing
51Richie Porte (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
52Nathan Earle (Aus) Aus II
53Zack Gilmore (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
54Luke Britten (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
55Samuel Hill (Aus) Nero Continental
56Jordan Villani (Aus) Team Westpac
57Curtis Dowdell (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
58Jesse Norton (Aus) Giant Racing Team
59Benjamin Dyball (Aus) Aus II
60Carter Bettles (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
61Jesse Ewart (Aus) Aus II
62Josh Duffy (Aus) Inform TMX Make
63Joe Cooper (NZl) Giant Racing Team
64Cameron Scott (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
65Cameron Meyer (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
66Oli Stenning (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
67Blake Quick (Aus) Inform TMX Make
68Thomas Bolton (Aus) Oliver's Racing
69Timothy Cameron (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
70Steven Robb (Aus) Cycle House Racing 0:05:39
71Callum Scotson (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:07:56
72Tynan Shannon (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:09:42
73Tyler Tomkinson (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
74Riley Fleming (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team 0:09:45
75Zac Marriage (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
76Sam Jenner (Aus) Team Bridgelane 0:10:08
77Cameron Rogers (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:10:38
78Benjamin Spenceley (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
79Jack Marshall (Aus) Cycle House Racing
80Blake Agnolletto (Aus) Aus II
81William Thomas (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
82Matthew Connan (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
83Jack Schouten (Aus) Onyva Racing
84Aiden Buttgieg (Aus) Nero Continental
85Leo Yip (HKg) Nero Continental
86Patrick Saccani_williams (Aus) VA Pro Racing
87Dylan Lindsey (Aus) Ncmg Criterion Racing
88Spencer Evans (Aus) Giant Racing Team
89Torben Partridge-Madsen (Aus) CCS Cycling
90Justin Gassner (Aus) Villawood
91Cameron Bayly (Aus) Villawood
92Tom Chester (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team 0:12:19
93Sam Greenwood (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team 0:17:59
94Dylan George (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:19:42
95Lachlan Miller (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
96Adam Maccan (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:20:19
97Griffin Knight (Aus) Cycle House Racing
98Daniel Potter (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
99Terance Hore (Aus) Cycle House Racing
100Callum Pearce (Aus) Onyva Racing
101Matthew Bird (Aus) Cycle House Racing
102Lachlan Harrigan (Aus) Onyva Racing
103Willis Lienert (Aus) Onyva Racing
104Sam Golding (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
105Nick Pedlar (Aus) Ncmg Criterion Racing
106Campbell Palmer (Aus) Team Westpac
107Hugo Thompson (Aus) Ncmg Criterion Racing
108Cameron Roberts (Aus) CCS Cycling
109Luke Roper (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
110Kurt Eather (Aus) Oliver's Racing
111Cameron Fraser (Aus) Onyva Racing 0:23:03
112Fintan Conway (Aus) Oliver's Racing
113Kael Thomas (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
114Brendon Green (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
115Tom Lynch (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
116Graeme Frislie (Aus) Aus II
117Kai Chapman (Aus) Oliver's Racing
118Thomas Clark (Aus) Cycle House Racing
119William Golding (Aus) Onyva Racing
120Angus Calder (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team
121Oliver Bledyn (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
122Glenn Mathieske (Aus) Ncmg Criterion Racing
123Dylan McKenna (Aus) Nero Continental
124Angus Miller (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing

Points classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brendan Johnston (Aus) Giant Racing Team 5
2Jean-Pierre van der Merwe (Aus) Team Bridgelane 5
3James Whelan (Aus) Team Bridgelane 3
4Matt Dinham (Aus) Team Bridgelane 2
5Ben Hill (Aus) CCS Cycling 1
6Luke Durbridge (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco 1

Mounntain classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Hill (Aus) CCS Cycling 5
2Brendan Johnston (Aus) Giant Racing Team 3
3Tim Roe (Aus) Villawood 1

Young rider classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matt Dinham (Aus) Team Bridgelane 2:42:47
2Alastair Mackellar (Aus) Team Westpac 0:00:06
3Rudy Porter (Aus) Inform TMX Make
4Luke Plapp (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
5Carter Turnbull (Aus) Inform TMX Make
6Alistair Christie-Johnson (Aus) Team Bridgelane 0:03:35
7Mackenzie Edwardson (Aus) CCS Cycling 0:03:38
8Oscar Chamberlain (Aus) CCS Cycling 0:04:02
9Jensen Plowright (Aus) Team Westpac
10Hamish mac Kenzie (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
11Liam Walsh (Aus) Giant Racing Team
12Joseph Inglis (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
13Stinus Kaempe (Aus) Team Westpac
14Matson McAdam (Aus) Ncmg Criterion Racing
15Dylan Hopkins (Aus) Aus II
16Declan Trezise (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
17Will Moloney-Morton (Aus) Cycle House Racing
18Tristan Saunders (Aus) Inform TMX Make
19Edwin Britts (Aus) Oliver's Racing
20Luke Britten (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
21Jesse Norton (Aus) Giant Racing Team
22Josh Duffy (Aus) Inform TMX Make
23Blake Quick (Aus) Inform TMX Make
24Tynan Shannon (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:09:15
25Tyler Tomkinson (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
26Zac Marriage (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:09:18
27Cameron Rogers (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:10:11
28Jack Marshall (Aus) Cycle House Racing
29Blake Agnolletto (Aus) Aus II
30William Thomas (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
31Matthew Connan (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
32Jack Schouten (Aus) Onyva Racing
33Spencer Evans (Aus) Giant Racing Team
34Dylan George (Aus) Team Garmin Australia 0:19:15
35Lachlan Miller (Aus) Team Garmin Australia
36Adam Maccan (Aus) VA Pro Racing 0:19:52
37Daniel Potter (Aus) Cycling Development Foundation
38Willis Lienert (Aus) Onyva Racing
39Sam Golding (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
40Campbell Palmer (Aus) Team Westpac
41Luke Roper (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
42Kurt Eather (Aus) Oliver's Racing
43Kael Thomas (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing 0:22:36
44Tom Lynch (Aus) Rauland Development Cycling Team
45Graeme Frislie (Aus) Aus II
46William Golding (Aus) Onyva Racing
47Oliver Bledyn (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing
48Angus Miller (Aus) Butterfields p/b Van d'Am Racing

Team classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team BridgeLane 8:07:16
2Inform TMX Make 0:01:23
3Villawood 0:04:54
4Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:05:43
5Nero Continental 0:08:48
6CCS Cycling 0:08:51
7Team Westpac 0:09:15
8Oliver's Racing
9Giant Racing Team
10Team BikeExchange-Jayco
11Va Pro Racing 0:12:44
12Aus Ii 0:13:11
13Team Garmin Australia 0:14:28
14St George Continental Cycling Team 0:17:17
15Ncmg Criterion Racing 0:19:20
16Cycle House Racing
17Rauland Development Cycling Team
18Cycling Development Foundation 0:25:29
19Butterfields p/b Van D'am Racing 0:29:01
20Onyva Racing 0:35:10

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Simone joined the team as Production Editor based in Australia at the start of the 2021 season, having previously worked as Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg.

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