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Central Australia Bike Challenge - NE

Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, March 14-20, 2003

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Stage 2 - March 16: Undoolya Road - Ross River, 90 km

Start at dawn
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The punishment continued today for the field of 65 as they rode out at a feverish pace heading to Ross River in the longest stage of the tour.

Familiar faces formed the leading pack as Chris Jongewaard, Marcus Amtutz and leader Jaap Viergever averaged 40km on the corrugated roads. But this would be a stage for the dutch pair of Tommy Velthuyzen and Jaap Viergever to forget as Velthuyzen flatted early and lost over 10 minutes. Further up Viergever had double flatted and was losing time rapidly to Chris Jongewaard.

Viergever's luck didn't change as he amassed five punctures and rolled the final 5m through N'Dhala Gorge on a flat tyre. Jongewaard made it through the savage conditions to claim another victory 3 minutes ahead of Amstutz and crucially 23 minutes ahead of Viergever. Jongewarrd now wears the leaders jersey, 10 minutes clear of Amstutz.

Viergever claims his race is finished but with four more equally brutal stages to go this race is far from over. Jill Burston has a commanding lead of the women and is showing most of the male field how it's done coming 18th overall. Tomorrow the riders cover 48km starting at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph station.

Results

Open Men
 
1 Chris Jongewaard               3.15.13
2 Marcus Amstutz                    3.08
3 Jaap Viergever                   23.20
4 Adrian Laing                     32.01
5 Chris Ravenhall                  36.24
6 Damian Wells                     39.23
7 Ben Hodgson                      46.31
8 Ken Wilyman                      55.23
9 Gwyn Tavener-Smith               57.36
10 Mark Harris                   1.03.59
11 Andre Voegeli                 1.04.56
13 Aaron Caden                   1.06.18
15 Chris Waring                  1.08.33
14 Tommy Velthuyzen              1.07.39
16 Damian McGrath                1.12.30
17 Michael Tobler                1.18.18
24 Graham Rankin                 1.25.28
20 Julian Fox                    1.20.48
19 Mark Mannering                1.20.29
18 Sean Keeney                   1.19.41
21 Joe Schifano                  1.23.14
25 Michael Greig                 1.27.51
22 Huw Kingston                  1.24.35
12 Kyle Bawden                   1.05.32
28 Corey Gerdsen                 1.40.38
30 Jack Dermody                  1.47.13
23 Miguel Blanco Embun           1.25.15
26 Daniel Davis                  1.33.12
36 Benjamin Gooley               2.03.34
33 Paul Guerin                   1.55.41
34 Jason Hewerdine               1.59.40
31 Steve Bryan                   1.52.00
29 Brian Sandercock              1.45.52
39 Gordon McConnachie            2.31.18
35 Tony Roberts                  2.02.57
37 Alex McNee                    2.19.34
32 Calem Glover                  1.52.14
38 Cameron Gray                  2.30.57
40 Bruce McEllister              2.49.25
43 Tim Vidler                    3.37.07
41 Marc Carney                   3.13.16
41 Michael Kerr                  3.13.16
27 Adrian Hart                   1.36.41
DNS Scott Kenneally
DNS James Bateman
 
Open Women
 
1 Jill Burston                   4.25.52
2 Melissa Curry                    31.31
3 Alison Culpin                    36.17
5 Nadine Kelly                   1.23.38
4 Sue McConnachie                1.20.39
6 Jennifer Caldwell              1.33.15
DNF Stacey Connor
DNF Kate Norstrom
DNF Kelli Hersey
 
Veteran Men
 
1 John Dermody                   4.21.04
2 Robert Watson                     2.00
3 Peter O'Callaghan                15.56
4 Garry Lyon                       48.56
5 Peter Haarsma                  1.26.19
6 Jon Presswell                  1.35.33
6 Graham Butt                    1.35.33
8 Lawrie Nicholas                2.31.16
8 Gary Laver                     2.31.16
 
General classification after stage 2
 
Open Men
 
1 Chris Jongewaard               5.17.26
2 Marcus Amstutz                   10.26
3 Jaap Viergever                   20.46
4 Ben Hodgson                      54.43
5 Adrian Laing                     57.14
6 Chris Ravenhall                1.06.12
7 Ken Wilyman                    1.14.27
8 Damian Wells                   1.15.40
9 Gwyn Tavener-Smith             1.16.29
10 Mark Harris                   1.24.04
11 Andre Voegeli                 1.42.56
12 Aaron Caden                   1.43.02
13 Chris Waring                  1.43.46
14 Tommy Velthuyzen              1.49.35
15 Damian McGrath                1.50.01
16 Michael Tobler                1.53.13
17 Graham Rankin                 1.54.40
18 Julian Fox                    1.56.01
19 Mark Mannering                1.57.13
20 Sean Keeney                   1.59.45
21 Joe Schifano                  2.01.11
22 Michael Greig                 2.08.15
23 Huw Kingston                  2.09.22
24 Kyle Bawden                   2.13.59
25 Corey Gerdsen                 2.22.16
26 Jack Dermody                  2.34.16
27 Miguel Blanco Embun           2.35.12
28 Daniel Davis                  2.41.58
29 Benjamin Gooley               2.49.00
30 Paul Guerin                   2.52.11
31 Jason Hewerdine               2.53.05
32 Steve Bryan                   2.55.54
33 Brian Sandercock              2.59.35
34 Gordon McConnachie            3.15.26
35 Tony Roberts                  3.19.58
36 Alex McNee                    3.36.27
37 Calem Glover                  3.50.00
38 Cameron Gray                  3.58.05
39 Bruce McEllister              4.24.42
40 Tim Vidler                    5.31.03
41 Marc Carney                   5.57.01
41 Michael Kerr                  5.57.01
 
Open Women
 
1 Jill Burston                   7.07.48
2 Melissa Curry                    33.46
3 Alison Culpin                  1.12.35
4 Nadine Kelly                   2.01.55
5 Sue McConnachie                2.12.28
6 Jennifer Caldwell              2.41.16
 
Veteran Men
 
1 John Dermody                   6.53.18
2 Robert Watson                    10.01
3 Peter O'Callaghan                29.02
4 Garry Lyon                     1.31.24
5 Peter Haarsma                  2.28.39
6 Jon Presswell                  2.42.25
6 Graham Butt                    2.42.25
8 Lawrie Nicholas                3.39.05
9 Gary Laver                     3.53.34