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Vic Roads Herald Sun Tour 2003 - 2.3

Australia, October 16-26, 2003

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Stage 4 - October 19: Lorne To Torquay, 110.4 kms

Dream win puts Drew in yellow for homecoming stage

By Rod Morris in Torquay

Jamie Drew gets the double
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Wishes can come true, just ask Victorian cyclist Jamie Drew (Jayco). Drew (30) today won the fourth stage of the $120,000 VicRoads Herald Sun Tour and moved back into the prized leader's jersey, which he will carry into his home town of Warrnambool tomorrow.

"I started the tour with the ambition of being the leader when the race went through Warrnambool, so I'm really happy and proud that that is now going to happen," Drew said.

Riding for the strong Jayco team, Drew was in lightning form yesterday when the tour entourage travelled from Lorne to Torquay - via Anglesea - fighting strong winds. Drew missed the early breakaway group of six riders, but was in the chase-down pack which caught them at around the 70 km mark of the 110 km stage.

From there it was a game of cat and mouse with riders watching every move made by their challengers. Drew made his winning move at the final 5 km mark, forcing riders to either go with him or be left behind. New Zealander Greg Henderson (Carlton Midstrength) and Victorian pre-tour favourite Matt Wilson (Malaysia Airlines) took up the challenge, but couldn't mow down the powerful Drew.

"Our team put in a great performance today," Drew explained. "We had the yellow jersey in our sights all day and out the front we had Macca [David McKenzie], Allan Iacuone and myself, so all in all, we should be pretty pleased with our efforts."

For Drew, it was his third stage win in the Herald Sun Tour, following a Bendigo victory in 1997 and a Geelong success in 2000. More importantly it moved Drew back into yellow for only the second time, the first being on day two of this current HST. "I desperately wanted to have the leader's jersey on the day we went into Warrnambool, my home town," he said. "I had the leader on the second day but then lost it at Geelong in the third stage, so to have it back is good and I am really looking forward to the Warrnambool stage."

Celebration time
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The tour will start in Camperdown tomorrow morning (Monday, October 20) at 10.30 a.m. and will travel 151.6 km en route to Warrnambool.

Drew started yesterday's stage in second place, 10 seconds in arrears of Italian Ivan Fanelli (Europcar Pelaco). He now leads by 36 seconds to Kjell Carlstrom (Europcar - Pelaco), while Fanelli dropped to 12th and 2.20 minutes behind, which would seemingly end his chances of winning the tour.

How it unfolded

Stage 4 had a little bit of everything, early rain, wind, sunshine, wind, grey clouds, more wind and even some more wind just for good measure. The early breakaway group, which included the opening stage tour leader, Simon Gerrans (Malaysia), Tasmanian Sean Sullivan (Barloworld), Iacuone, American Michael Sayers (Ballarat*eureka!), Queenslander Cameron Jennings (Caravello) and English rider Kristian House (Emu Spirit-Apsco), deserve all the accolades passed their way. They made the stage a memorable one, riding hard for every kilometre they had on the road.

At one point, they enjoyed an advantage of more than a minute before the peloton sensed danger and issued orders for a chase-down pack, which then had to work overtime to reel in the leaders. The gap was closed down at around the 70 km mark, shortly before the leaders hit Anglesea.

Jayco working
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The Jayco team was one of the hardest working units on the road, but mention too should be made of Malaysia Airlines, Carlton Midstrength and Europcar - Pelaco teams. All had riders enjoying a day on the front of the field and were able to dictate how the race panned out, instead of being answerable to others. As the tempo lifted heading into Torquay, Drew stepped on the gas and had seven seconds to spare as he crossed the finish line ahead of Henderson and Wilson.

"I knew the course around here pretty well, so I knew when to attack and what was ahead," Drew said. "I gave it everything I had and I'm feeling pretty good about the rest of the week."

The Italian, Ivan Fanelli lost his grip on the yellow tour top, but he still has the prestigious polka dot design, which signifies leader of the King of the Mountain Championship, while Finland's Kjell Carlstrom (Europcar - Pelaco) maintained his hold on the Sprint Championship.

The 2003 HST has only traveled 337 km of its planned 1195 km and the race is still wide open. Predicting a winner is fraught with danger, highlighted by the fact there have already changes in yellow on every stage. The tour moves to Port Fairy on Tuesday with the first of the dual stage days. A 30 km criterium will be held around the Port Fairy sports complex in the morning before a 99 km road race from Port Fairy to Hamilton in the afternoon.

Photography

Images by Shane Goss/Cyclingnews.com/www.licoricegallery.com

Results

1 Jamie Drew (Aus) Jayco                            2.26.01
2 Greg Henderson (NZl) Carlton Midstrength             0.07
3 Matt Wilson (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                  0.08
4 Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Pelaco                             
5 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) City Of Melbourne              0.14
6 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                    
7 Scott Guyton (NZl) Jayco                                 
8 Kristian House (GBr) Emu Spirit-Apsco                    
9 Michael Sayers (USA) Ballarat*Eureka!                    
10 David McKenzie (Aus) Jayco                              
11 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Barloworld                          
12 Joel Pearson (Aus) Subaru                           2.05
13 Russell Van Hout (Aus) Emu Spirit-Apsco                 
14 Jaco de Witt (RSA) Barloworld                           
15 Phillip Thuaux (Aus) Ballarat*Eureka!                   
16 Ivan Fanelli (Ita) Pelaco                           2.08
17 Robert McLachlan (Aus) Caravello                    2.10
18 Brett Aitken (Aus) Rio Coffee                           
19 Jorge Libonatti (Uru) Active For Life                   
20 Mateusz Mroz (Pol) Pelaco                               
21 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Barloworld                       
22 Scott Moninger (USA) Ballarat*Eureka!                   
23 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Barloworld                          
24 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Caravello                        
25 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Bendigo Building Industry        
26 Tim Johnson (USA) Active For Life                       
27 Domenic Gatto (Aus) Subaru                              
28 Milton Wynants (Uru) Echuca-Moama                       
29 Luke Roberts (Aus) Emu Spirit-Apsco                     
30 Alex Candelario (USA) Ballarat*Eureka!                  
31 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Malaysia Airlines                     
32 Adrian Laidler (Aus) Rio Coffee                         
33 Hector Morales (Uru) Active For Life                    
34 Tony Mann (Aus) Caravello                               
35 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Active For Life                     
36 Chris Wherry (USA) Ballarat*Eureka!                     
37 Colin Thornton (Aus) Emu Spirit-Apsco               5.59
38 Garry Parsons (Aus) Malaysia Airlines               6.03
39 Matthew Goold (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                   
40 Trent Wilson (Aus) Jayco                                
41 James Hannam (Aus) Rio Coffee                           
42 Marek Wesoly (Pol) Pelaco                               
43 Jamie Burrow (GBr) Pelaco                               
44 Chris Newton (GBr) Bendigo Building Industry            
45 Brian Steel (GBr) Bendigo Building Industry             
46 Kieran Page (GBr) Bendigo Building Industry             
47 Lubor Tesar (Cze) Team Warrnambool                      
48 Jindrich Vana (Cze) Team Warrnambool                    
49 Alvaro Tardaguila (Uru) Echuca-Moama                    
50 Alejandro Acton (Arg) Echuca-Moama                      
51 Bart Heirewegh (Bel) Carlton Midstrength                
52 Danny In't Ven (Bel) Carlton Midstrength                
53 Dominique Perras (Can) Active For Life                  
54 Luis Fernando Sepulveda (Chi) City Of Melbourne         
55 Paul Redenbach (Aus) City Of Melbourne                  
56 Luke Weir (Aus) City Of Melbourne                       
57 Glen Stojanow (Aus) Caravello                           
58 Nigel Dunstone (Aus) Caravello                          
59 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Vicroads                        
60 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Vicroads                             
61 Peter Milostic (Aus) FRF Couriers                       
62 Shaun Higgerson (Aus) FRF Couriers                      
63 Troy Glennan (Aus) FRF Couriers                         
64 Andrew Graham (Aus) FRF Couriers                        
65 Chris Bradford (Aus) Subaru                             
66 Ashley Baines (Aus) Subaru                              
67 Tomas Buchacek (Cze) Emu Spirit-Apsco               7.07
68 Michal Precechtel (Cze) Team Warrnambool                
69 David Kupka (Cze) Team Warrnambool                 11.15
70 Trent Stevenson (Aus) Vicroads                          
71 Gerado Castro (Uru) Echuca-Moama                        
72 George Vallins (Aus) Vicroads                           
73 Ashley Hutchinson (Aus) Carlton Midstrength             
74 Stephen Wooldridge (Aus) Carlton Midstrength            
75 Anthony Challinor (Aus) FRF Couriers                    
76 Jose Medina (Chi) City Of Melbourne                     
77 Graham Rootes (Aus) Rio Coffee                          
78 Pavel Zerzan (Cze) Team Warrnambool                     
79 Paul Manning (GBr) Bendigo Building Industry            
80 Steve Cunningham (Aus) Rio Coffee                  18.34
81 James Perry (RSA) Barloworld                       18.37
82 Allan Iacuone (Aus) Jayco                          22.14
83 Kane Oakley (Aus) Vicroads                         32.33
84 Tim Decker (Aus) Subaru                            32.37
 
Sprints
 
Deans Marsh General Store
 
1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                   3 pts
2 Kristian House (GBr) Emu Spirit-Apsco                   2
3 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Barloworld                          1
 
Winchelsea Hotel
 
1 Michael Sayers (USA) Ballarat*Eureka!                   3 pts
2 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                   2
3 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Barloworld                          1
 
Wurdiboluc Reservoir Gates
 
1 Kristian House (GBr) Emu Spirit-Apsco                   3 pts
2 Michael Sayers (USA) Ballarat*Eureka!                   2
3 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                   1
 
Angelsea CFA
 
1 Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Pelaco                            3 pts
2 Jamie Drew (Aus) Jayco                                  2
3 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) City Of Melbourne                 1
 
Bell's Beach Car Park Entrance
 
1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                   3 pts
2 Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Pelaco                            2
3 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) City Of Melbourne                 1
 
Hill Climbs
 
2 Mocka No. 7
 
1 Scott Guyton (NZl) Jayco                                7 pts
2 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) City Of Melbourne                 5
3 Brett Aitken (Aus) Rio Coffee                           3
 
4 Mocka No. 28
 
1 Kristian House (GBr) Emu Spirit-Apsco                   3 pts
2 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Barloworld                          2
3 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                   1
                                                           
4 Mocka No. 71                                             
 
1 Matt Wilson (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                     3 pts
2 Scott Guyton (NZl) Jayco                                2
3 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                   1
 
Genneral classification after stage 4
 
1 Jamie Drew (Aus) Jayco                            7.41.24
2 Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Pelaco                         0.36
3 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                0.42
4 David McKenzie (Aus) Jayco                           0.45
5 Michael Sayers (USA) Ballarat*Eureka!                0.54
6 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) City Of Melbourne              0.56
7 Matt Wilson (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                  1.03
8 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Barloworld                       1.04
9 Greg Henderson (NZl) Carlton Midstrength             1.07
10 Scott Guyton (NZl) Jayco                            1.19
11 Kristian House (GBr) Emu Spirit-Apsco               1.22
12 Ivan Fanelli (Ita) Pelaco                           2.20
13 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Barloworld                      2.39
14 Hector Morales (Uru) Active For Life                2.59
15 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Active For Life                     
16 Tony Mann (Aus) Caravello                           3.06
17 Brett Aitken (Aus) Rio Coffee                       3.13
18 Robert McLachlan (Aus) Caravello                    3.18
19 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Malaysia Airlines                 3.21
20 Scott Moninger (USA) Ballarat*Eureka!               3.26
21 Phillip Thuaux (Aus) Ballarat*Eureka!               3.28
22 Joel Pearson (Aus) Subaru                           3.29
23 Jaco de Witt (RSA) Barloworld                           
24 Mateusz Mroz (Pol) Pelaco                           3.31
25 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Caravello                    3.32
26 Alex Candelario (USA) Ballarat*Eureka!              3.33
27 Luke Roberts (Aus) Emu Spirit-Apsco                 3.34
28 Domenic Gatto (Aus) Subaru                              
29 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Barloworld                       
30 Tim Johnson (USA) Active For Life                       
31 Milton Wynants (Uru) Echuca-Moama                       
32 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Bendigo Building Industry        
33 Adrian Laidler (Aus) Rio Coffee                         
34 Chris Wherry (USA) Ballarat*Eureka!                     
35 Russell Van Hout (Aus) Emu Spirit-Apsco             3.53
36 Jorge Libonatti (Uru) Active For Life               5.38
37 Matthew Goold (Aus) Malaysia Airlines               6.45
38 Bart Heirewegh (Bel) Carlton Midstrength            6.52
39 Lubor Tesar (Cze) Team Warrnambool                  7.02
40 Marek Wesoly (Pol) Pelaco                           7.12
41 Chris Bradford (Aus) Subaru                         7.21
42 Chris Newton (GBr) Bendigo Building Industry        7.24
43 Andrew Graham (Aus) FRF Couriers                    7.25
44 Troy Glennan (Aus) FRF Couriers                         
45 Kieran Page (GBr) Bendigo Building Industry         7.26
46 Shaun Higgerson (Aus) FRF Couriers                  7.27
47 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Vicroads                             
48 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Vicroads                        
49 Glen Stojanow (Aus) Caravello                           
50 Paul Redenbach (Aus) City Of Melbourne                  
51 Dominique Perras (Can) Active For Life                  
52 Danny In't Ven (Bel) Carlton Midstrength                
53 Jindrich Vana (Cze) Team Warrnambool                    
54 Brian Steel (GBr) Bendigo Building Industry             
55 Jamie Burrow (GBr) Pelaco                               
56 Garry Parsons (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                   
57 James Hannam (Aus) Rio Coffee                       8.02
58 Michal Precechtel (Cze) Team Warrnambool            8.26
59 Tomas Buchacek (Cze) Emu Spirit-Apsco               8.31
60 Nigel Dunstone (Aus) Caravello                      9.13
61 Peter Milostic (Aus) FRF Couriers                   9.17
62 Trent Wilson (Aus) Jayco                            9.39
63 Luis Fernando Sepulveda (Chi) City Of Melbourne    10.52
64 Luke Weir (Aus) City Of Melbourne                  11.01
65 Ashley Baines (Aus) Subaru                         11.04
66 David Kupka (Cze) Team Warrnambool                 12.29
67 Anthony Challinor (Aus) FRF Couriers               12.39
68 Jose Medina (Chi) City Of Melbourne                     
69 Stephen Wooldridge (Aus) Carlton Midstrength            
70 Ashley Hutchinson (Aus) Carlton Midstrength             
71 Paul Manning (GBr) Bendigo Building Industry            
72 George Vallins (Aus) Vicroads                      14.26
73 Trent Stevenson (Aus) Vicroads                     15.14
74 Gerado Castro (Uru) Echuca-Moama                   15.29
75 Steve Cunningham (Aus) Rio Coffee                  19.32
76 Pavel Zerzan (Cze) Team Warrnambool                19.47
77 Allan Iacuone (Aus) Jayco                          23.36
78 Colin Thornton (Aus) Emu Spirit-Apsco              24.42
79 Alvaro Tardaguila (Uru) Echuca-Moama               29.01
80 Graham Rootes (Aus) Rio Coffee                     30.10
81 Tim Decker (Aus) Subaru                            34.01
82 Alejandro Acton (Arg) Echuca-Moama                 35.43
83 James Perry (RSA) Barloworld                       37.20
84 Kane Oakley (Aus) Vicroads                         37.47
 
Aggressive Rider Awards
 
Simon Gerrans (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                  $300 
Steve Cunningham (Aus) Rio Coffee                      $200
Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Pelaco                           $200
Hilton Clarke (Aus) Barloworld                         $200
 
Team Classification
 
1 Jayco                                            23.06.18
2 Malaysia Airlines                                    2.28
3 Europcar / Pelaco                                    4.37
4 Barloworld                                           5.06
5 Ballarat Eureka                                      5.50
6 Emu Spirit / Apsco                                   6.13
7 Active For Life                                      7.29
8 Caravello                                            7.50
9 Rio Coffee                                          11.42
10 Subaru                                             12.24
11 Carlton Midstrength                                13.20
12 City Of Melbourne                                  13.44
13 Bendigo Building Industry                          16.21
14 FRF Couriers                                       20.12
15 Team Warrnambool                                   20.56
16 Vic Roads                                          25.27
17 Echuca - Moama                                     36.31
                                                           
Sprint Classification                                      
 
1 Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Pelaco                           42 pts
2 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                  20
3 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) City Of Melbourne                17
4 David McKenzie (Aus) Jayco                             15
5 Robert McLachlan (Aus) Caravello                       14
6 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Malaysia Airlines                    13
7 Lubor Tesar (Cze) Team Warrnambool                     10
8 Matthew Goold (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                   9
9 Michael Sayers (USA) Ballarat*Eureka!                   9
10 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Barloworld                         9
11 Luis Fernando Sepulveda (Chi) City Of Melbourne        9
12 Jamie Drew (Aus) Jayco                                 9
13 Scott Moninger (USA) Ballarat*Eureka!                  8
14 Hector Morales (Uru) Active For Life                   7
15 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Active For Life                    6
16 Russell Van Hout (Aus) Emu Spirit-Apsco                6
17 Kristian House (GBr) Emu Spirit-Apsco                  5
18 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Barloworld                         5
19 Ivan Fanelli (Ita) Pelaco                              4
20 Bart Heirewegh (Bel) Carlton Midstrength               4
21 Matt Wilson (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                    4
22 Mateusz Mroz (Pol) Pelaco                              3
23 Chris Newton (GBr) Bendigo Building Industry           3
24 Allan Iacuone (Aus) Jayco                              2
25 Troy Glennan (Aus) FRF Couriers                        2
26 Andrew Graham (Aus) FRF Couriers                       2
27 Chris Bradford (Aus) Subaru                            2
28 Alejandro Acton (Arg) Echuca-Moama                     2
29 Alex Candelario (USA) Ballarat*Eureka!                 1
30 Marek Wesoly (Pol) Pelaco                              1
31 Michal Precechtel (Cze) Team Warrnambool               1
32 Nigel Dunstone (Aus) Caravello                         1
33 Kieran Page (GBr) Bendigo Building Industry            1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Ivan Fanelli (Ita) Pelaco                              23 pts
2 Scott Guyton (NZl) Jayco                               11
3 Lubor Tesar (Cze) Team Warrnambool                      7
4 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) City Of Melbourne                 7
5 Jamie Drew (Aus) Jayco                                  6
6 Jorge Libonatti (Uru) Active For Life                   5
7 Kristian House (GBr) Emu Spirit-Apsco                   5
8 Chris Bradford (Aus) Subaru                             4
9 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Barloworld                          3
10 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Barloworld                         3
11 Matt Wilson (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                    3
12 Brett Aitken (Aus) Rio Coffee                          3
13 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Caravello                       2
14 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                  2
15 Phillip Thuaux (Aus) Ballarat*Eureka!                  1
16 Michael Sayers (USA) Ballarat*Eureka!                  1
17 Steve Cunningham (Aus) Rio Coffee                      1
                                                           
Criterium Championship                                     
 
1 David McKenzie (Aus) Jayco                             10 pts
2 Michael Sayers (USA) Ballarat*Eureka!                  10
3 Ivan Fanelli (Ita) Pelaco                               9
4 Matthew Goold (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                   9
5 Hector Morales (Uru) Active For Life                    9
6 Jamie Drew (Aus) Jayco                                  8
7 Tony Mann (Aus) Caravello                               8
8 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                   7
9 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Barloworld                          7
10 Marek Wesoly (Pol) Pelaco                              6
11 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Barloworld                         6
12 Brett Aitken (Aus) Rio Coffee                          5
13 David Kupka (Cze) Team Warrnambool                     5
14 Lubor Tesar (Cze) Team Warrnambool                     4
15 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) City Of Melbourne                3
16 Michal Precechtel (Cze) Team Warrnambool               2
17 Matt Wilson (Aus) Malaysia Airlines                    1
18 Robert McLachlan (Aus) Caravello                       1