Kerrison wins Stage 4 bunch sprint

Local man Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts) was chuffed to retain the lead in the sprinter's classification

Local man Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts) was chuffed to retain the lead in the sprinter's classification (Image credit: Alex Malone)

Jesse Kerrison has provided a revenge victory for his Budget Forklifts team on Thursday during the fourth stage of the Tour of the Murray River. Kerrison proved the fastest of the fast-men by claiming the bunch sprint with defending champion Luke Davison (Drapac) in second and Anthony Giacoppo (Huon-Genesys) rounding out the podium.

The 140km stage from Kerang to Cohuna saw the Budget team begin the day one rider short following the overnight disqualification of Sam Horgan for holding onto a team car.

"This is my second stage win for the year, it’s incredible to get my first road stage win too," Kerrison exclaimed. "With about three kilometres to go Huon-Genesys, Euride and Drapac were all fighting for the front. I was swapping from wheel to wheel because I knew we probably didn’t have the strength today.

"I saw Shannon Johnson (Charter Mason) kick with 500 metres to go and I jumped on his wheel and he gave me the perfect lead out," continued Kerrison. "At the start of the day it was huge motivation having Sam not able to ride, I wanted to win it for him."

In the team briefing that preceded Wednesday's stage three road race, teams were given stern warning from the race jury that any riders seen holding onto cars would be disqualified. Not wanting to see bad luck decide the outcome of a race, Australian commissaries –in a similar fashion to their European counterparts- have tended on the whole to allow riders to be motorpaced back to the peloton following punctures or crashes.

Following what commissaries said to be an abuse of the rules with riders spotted holding cars without pedalling, it was made clear that this would no longer be tolerated. After being taken down in a large crash during stage 3, Horgan was disqualified for holding onto a team car whilst returning to the front of the race. The New Zealander -who just won the recent Tour of the Great South Coast- did have to change bikes following the crash, and claimed to be having his seat post adjusted.

Race commissaires, on the other hand, decided otherwise and Horgan was made an example of. The merits of the contentious decision can be debated, but there was no doubt that his disqualification provided much motivation for his remaining Budget teammates.

How it Happened

Stage 4 was another fast affair with the race highlighted by a two man breakaway of Darcy Ellerm-Norton (Pro Team Downunder) and Nick Aitken (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics). The duo broke away after the 60km mark and remained in front of the peloton for another 60km, extending their lead to a maximum of just over three minutes after 90km of racing.

In defence of their race leader, Tom Palmer, it was Drapac Cycling who defended strongly all stage and brought the duo back in the last 10km to set things up for the bunch kick.

With the Huon-Genesys, Euride, Budget and Drapac sprint trains all duelling for position it was Kerrison who came out on top.

Palmer won the first intermediate sprint of the day ahead of Giacoppo and Kerrison, but it was Giacoppo's third place in the stage that saw him etch close to Palmer's overall lead. Six seconds now separate Palmer and Giacoppo, with Budget's only remaining Kiwi, Michael Vink, sitting in third overall just 7 seconds down.

Kerrison leads Palmer by 5 points in the sprint jersey classification sitting on 16 points, with Palmer's teammate Davison a further 3 points behind in third.

The men's Tour of the Murray River continues on Friday with a 91km road race starting and finishing in Echuca.


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts)3:05:33
2Luke Davison (Drapac Cycling)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Anthony Giacoppo (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Shannon Johnson (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Keegan Aitchison (Subaru/Albion Cycles NRS Development Team)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Stuart Shaw (Suzuki Bontrager)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Luke Parker (Jayco/Apollo VIS)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Thomas Palmer (Drapac Cycling)Row 7 - Cell 2
9William Livesay (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Scott Law (GPM Data#3)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Tyler Spurrell (African Wildlife Safaris)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Joshua Taylor (GPM Data#3)Row 11 - Cell 2
13James Szollosi (Pro Team Downunder)Row 12 - Cell 2
14James Stretch (Pro Team Downunder)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Patrick Shaw (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Jayden Copp (Pro Team Downunder)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Sean Whitfield (Pro Team Downunder)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Jake Magee (GPM Data#3)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Darcy Woolley (African Wildlife Safaris)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Cameron Harrison (Subaru/Albion Cycles NRS Development Team)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Jack Anderson (Budget Forklifts)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Michael Vink (Budget Forklifts)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Zane Hunter (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Ivan Michelin-Beard (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Alistair Crameri (Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Kyle Thompson (African Wildlife Safaris)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Caleb Jones (GPM Data#3)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Matthew Rizzuto (Suzuki Bontrager)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Cycling)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Elliot Kippen (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Chris Filiatrault (Subaru/Albion Cycles NRS Development Team)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Russell Gill (Euride Racing)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Jack Haig (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Karl Michelin-Beard (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Jacob Kauffmann (Budget Forklifts)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Joseph Cooper (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Luke Ockerby (Budget Forklifts)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Alex Edmondson (Euride Racing)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Harry Carpenter (Euride Racing)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Steven Waite (African Wildlife Safaris)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Brenton Jones (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Scott McPheeRow 41 - Cell 2
43Tom Robinson (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Kane Walker (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Reece Robinson (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Andrew Clarkson (Veneziano Blefari)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Robert McCarthy (Euride Racing)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Samuel Hill (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Floris Goesinnen (Drapac Cycling)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Kyle Bridgwood (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Sam Crome (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Josh Berry (Suzuki Bontrager)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Nicholas Katsonis (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Aaron Piper (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Malcolm Rudolph (Drapac Cycling)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Jarryd Jones (African Wildlife Safaris)Row 55 - Cell 2
57James Rendall (African Wildlife Safaris)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Ben De Groot (Subaru/Albion Cycles NRS Development Team)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Julian Hamill (GPM Data#3)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Xavier CoppockRow 59 - Cell 2
61James Henry (African Wildlife Safaris)Row 60 - Cell 2
62David Melville (GPM Data#3)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Adam Allen (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Darcy Ellerm-Norton (Pro Team Downunder)Row 63 - Cell 2
65William Walker (Drapac Cycling)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Leslie Masters (Pro Team Downunder)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Shaun O'Callaghan (Veneziano Blefari)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Alexander Morgan (Jayco/Apollo VIS)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Daniel O'Keefe (GPM Data#3)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Lachlan Ambrose (Veneziano Blefari)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Conor Murtagh (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Daniel Nelson (African Wildlife Safaris)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Matt Boys (Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part)0:00:16
74Jacob Restall (Pro Team Downunder)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Ben MarshallRow 74 - Cell 2
76Marc Wilson (Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Jack Beckinsale (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)Row 76 - Cell 2
78Sam Fuhrmeister (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)0:00:23
79Kris Johnston (Suzuki Bontrager)0:00:25
80Christopher Aitken (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)0:00:26
81Jason Spencer (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)0:00:32
82Nick Aitken (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)Row 81 - Cell 2
83Ryan Macanally (Euride Racing)0:00:34
84Ben Johnstone (Drapac Cycling)Row 83 - Cell 2
85Michael Hale (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)0:00:38
86Morgan Smith (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)0:00:47
87George Tansley (Euride Racing)0:01:02
88Joshua Harrison (Euride Racing)0:01:18
89Samuel Layzell (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)0:01:53
90Fraser Northey (Euride Racing)Row 89 - Cell 2
91David McLean (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)0:02:58
92Gordon McCauley (Drapac Cycling)0:03:13
93Zac Shaw (Jayco/Apollo VIS)0:04:47
DNFShaun Mccarthy (Budget Forklifts)Row 93 - Cell 2
DNFGuy Brown (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)Row 94 - Cell 2
DNFSam Sautelle (Suzuki Bontrager)Row 95 - Cell 2
DNSEdward White (GPM Data#3)Row 96 - Cell 2
DNSAlex Grunke (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)Row 97 - Cell 2
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Intermediate Sprints - sprint 1 - Boort Secondary College
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas Palmer (Drapac Cycling)3pts
2Anthony Giacoppo (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts)1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Pyramid Hill
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Darcy Ellerm-Norton (Pro Team Downunder)3pts
2Nick Aitken (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Floris Goesinnen (Drapac Cycling)1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Cohuna (stage finish)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts)5pts
2Luke Davison (Drapac Cycling)3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Anthony Giacoppo (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Shannon Johnson (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)1Row 3 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Drapac Cycling9:16:39
2GPM Data#3Row 1 - Cell 2
3Pro Team DownunderRow 2 - Cell 2
4Budget ForkliftsRow 3 - Cell 2
5Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Subaru/Albion Cycles NRS Development TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Seight Test Team p/b The BiomechanicsRow 6 - Cell 2
8African Wildlife Safaris Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Suzuki BontragerRow 8 - Cell 2
10CharterMason Drapac Development TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Euride RacingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Data#3 Cisco Racing TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Veneziano Blefari Cycling TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Paradice Investment Cycling Team0:00:26
15Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part0:00:32
16Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team0:04:47
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General classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Palmer (Drapac Cycling)9:28:47
2Anthony Giacoppo (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)0:00:07
3Michael Vink (Budget Forklifts)0:00:10
4Joseph Cooper (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)0:00:12
5Luke Davison (Drapac Cycling)0:00:13
6Alex Edmondson (Euride Racing)0:00:18
7Jack Haig (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)0:00:21
8Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Cycling)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Harry Carpenter (Euride Racing)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Caleb Jones (GPM Data#3)0:00:31
11Robert McCarthy (Euride Racing)0:00:34
12Darcy Ellerm-Norton (Pro Team Downunder)0:01:11
13Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts)0:01:27
14Scott Law (GPM Data#3)0:01:45
15Keegan Aitchison (Subaru/Albion Cycles NRS Development Team)0:01:49
16Tyler Spurrell (African Wildlife Safaris)Row 15 - Cell 2
17James Szollosi (Pro Team Downunder)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Jack Anderson (Budget Forklifts)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Luke Parker (Jayco/Apollo VIS)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Jayden Copp (Pro Team Downunder)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Stuart Shaw (Suzuki Bontrager)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Floris Goesinnen (Drapac Cycling)Row 21 - Cell 2
23William Walker (Drapac Cycling)0:01:57
24Scott McPhee0:01:59
25Conor Murtagh (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Brenton Jones (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)0:02:00
27Jack Beckinsale (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)0:02:03
28Patrick Shaw (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)0:02:09
29Darcy Woolley (African Wildlife Safaris)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Jacob Kauffmann (Budget Forklifts)0:02:12
31Malcolm Rudolph (Drapac Cycling)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Ryan Macanally (Euride Racing)0:02:22
33Michael Hale (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)0:02:37
34Luke Ockerby (Budget Forklifts)0:02:41
35Shannon Johnson (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)0:03:12
36Sean Whitfield (Pro Team Downunder)0:03:31
37William Livesay (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)0:03:52
38Kane Walker (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)0:04:02
39Reece Robinson (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)0:04:06
40Daniel Nelson (African Wildlife Safaris)0:04:42
41Shaun O'Callaghan (Veneziano Blefari)0:04:49
42Alistair Crameri (Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part)0:04:50
43Steven Waite (African Wildlife Safaris)0:04:56
44James Rendall (African Wildlife Safaris)0:05:00
45Cameron Harrison (Subaru/Albion Cycles NRS Development Team)0:05:09
46Nick Aitken (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)0:05:25
47Morgan Smith (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)0:05:47
48Sam Crome (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)0:06:17
49Kyle Thompson (African Wildlife Safaris)0:06:25
50Zane Hunter (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Nicholas Katsonis (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)0:06:32
52Alexander Morgan (Jayco/Apollo VIS)0:06:35
53Tom Robinson (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)0:06:55
54Joshua Taylor (GPM Data#3)0:06:57
55Ben Johnstone (Drapac Cycling)0:07:31
56Chris Filiatrault (Subaru/Albion Cycles NRS Development Team)0:08:00
57Sam Fuhrmeister (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)0:08:15
58Ben De Groot (Subaru/Albion Cycles NRS Development Team)0:08:17
59Christopher Aitken (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)0:08:20
60Andrew Clarkson (Veneziano Blefari)0:09:04
61Samuel Layzell (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)0:09:05
62Jason Spencer (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)0:09:38
63Samuel Hill (Paradice Investment Cycling Team)0:09:57
64Gordon McCauley (Drapac Cycling)0:10:10
65Julian Hamill (GPM Data#3)0:11:13
66Fraser Northey (Euride Racing)0:12:08
67Russell Gill (Euride Racing)0:12:21
68Matthew Rizzuto (Suzuki Bontrager)0:13:44
69George Tansley (Euride Racing)0:13:50
70Xavier Coppock0:13:58
71Lachlan Ambrose (Veneziano Blefari)0:14:23
72Jarryd Jones (African Wildlife Safaris)0:14:51
73Jake Magee (GPM Data#3)0:15:13
74Joshua Harrison (Euride Racing)0:16:49
75Jacob Restall (Pro Team Downunder)0:17:30
76Kyle Bridgwood (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)0:18:42
77Adam Allen (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)0:20:17
78Marc Wilson (Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part)0:21:47
79Elliot Kippen (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)0:21:52
80Josh Berry (Suzuki Bontrager)0:22:52
81Ivan Michelin-Beard (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)0:22:58
82Daniel O'Keefe (GPM Data#3)Row 81 - Cell 2
83James Henry (African Wildlife Safaris)0:24:27
84Leslie Masters (Pro Team Downunder)0:24:43
85Karl Michelin-Beard (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)0:26:06
86James Stretch (Pro Team Downunder)0:26:08
87Matt Boys (Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part)0:26:24
88David McLean (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)0:26:34
89David Melville (GPM Data#3)0:26:58
90Aaron Piper (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team)0:36:24
91Ben Marshall0:37:25
92Zac Shaw (Jayco/Apollo VIS)0:39:43
93Kris Johnston (Suzuki Bontrager)0:43:19
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Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts)17pts
2Thomas Palmer (Drapac Cycling)14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Anthony Giacoppo (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)9Row 2 - Cell 3
4Luke Davison (Drapac Cycling)8Row 3 - Cell 3
5Shannon Johnson (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)7Row 4 - Cell 3
6Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Cycling)6Row 5 - Cell 3
7Scott Law (GPM Data#3)6Row 6 - Cell 3
8Darcy Ellerm-Norton (Pro Team Downunder)3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Tyler Spurrell (African Wildlife Safaris)3Row 8 - Cell 3
10Michael Vink (Budget Forklifts)3Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jack Haig (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)3Row 10 - Cell 3
12Joseph Cooper (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)2Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jack Beckinsale (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)2Row 12 - Cell 3
14Darcy Woolley (African Wildlife Safaris)2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Shaun O'Callaghan (Veneziano Blefari)2Row 14 - Cell 3
16Nick Aitken (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)2Row 15 - Cell 3
17Floris Goesinnen (Drapac Cycling)1Row 16 - Cell 3
18Ryan Macanally (Euride Racing)1Row 17 - Cell 3
19Andrew Clarkson (Veneziano Blefari)1Row 18 - Cell 3
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Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alex Edmondson (Euride Racing)9:29:05
2Jack Haig (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)0:00:03
3Harry Carpenter (Euride Racing)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Robert McCarthy (Euride Racing)0:00:16
5Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts)0:01:09
6Luke Parker (Jayco/Apollo VIS)0:01:31
7Conor Murtagh (CharterMason Drapac Development Team)0:01:41
8Jack Beckinsale (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers)0:01:45
9Darcy Woolley (African Wildlife Safaris)0:01:51
10Michael Hale (Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics)0:02:19
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Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Drapac Cycling28:27:14
2Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Euride Racing0:00:10
4Budget Forklifts0:01:31
5Pro Team Downunder0:01:46
6CharterMason Drapac Development Team0:05:20
7African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:07:37
8Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics0:08:06
9GPM Data#30:08:24
10Suzuki Bontrager0:09:08
11Subaru/Albion Cycles NRS Development Team0:14:05
12Paradice Investment Cycling Team0:14:06
13Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team0:27:24
14Jayco/Apollo VIS Men's Road Team0:47:14
15Croydon Cycleworks/Pick-a-Part0:52:08
16Data#3 Cisco Racing Team0:58:23


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