1. Daniel Schnider (Swi) 6.17.54 2. Dennis Rasmussen (Den) 3. Allan Iacuone (Aus) 0.15 4. Brent McCaig (Aus) 0.48 5. Ralf Grabsch (Ger) 0.48 6. David McKenzie (Aus) 1.15
Both riders came into the Classic from the Sun Tour which finished in Melbourne last Sunday. Schnider, finished 13th on GC in the Sun Tour and Rasmussen 20th. Today they worked together with 6 other riders in an early attacking move that had the peloton confused. At the end of the 265 kms, they were the only two left and sprinted for a fast time of 6.17.54.
The breakaway was to last for 220 kms. After 100 kms it had a gap on the peloton of over 7 minutes. Only the Swiss and the Dane survived the hot conditions typical of Victoria at this time of year.
While Schnider took the overall classification, Rasmussen took the sprints prize which was based on 16 sprint premes during the race.
Australian Allan Iacuone was third, Brent McCaig fourth, and Germany's Ralf Grabsch fifth.
The main peloton was brought in by Victorian rider, David McKenzie at 1.15.
While 200 started, notable scratchings were American Trent Klasna (2nd on GC in the Sun Tour) and Australia's GAN rider, Stuart O'Grady.