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6th Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under - 2.3

Australia, January 20-25, 2004

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Stage 2: Wednesday Jan 22, Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre - Kapunda, 157 km

"Hungry dog" McPartland takes yellow

David McPartland (Team Australia)
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

By Gabriella Ekström in Adelaide

The first real road stage of Tour Down under was won by Team Australia's Dave McPartland, as he outsprinted Bankgiroloterij's Alain van Katwijk and UniSA's Pat Jonker after having been away with them for most of the day. McPartland, described by one of the spectators as 'one hungry dog', earned himself the lead in the sprint classification, and more importantly, the yellow leader's jersey.

UniSA rider Pat Jonker told Cyclingnews before the stage that the team's main ambition was to win a stage, but he didn't mention then that his plan was to attack from the gun. Shortly after having done that, he was joined by Alain van Katwijk and Dave McPartland, the not expecting the break to last all the way.

A helpful tailwind followed the riders as the left the city via George street on their way to the Adelaide hills, and Pat Jonker explained after the race that the wind was one of the reason the break lasted all the way. "My first main concern was to get ahead to the climb, but then the wind proved so favourable, and we worked so well together, so my initiative became successful."

Patrick Jonker leads
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

Over the beautiful rolling hills, the three riders built up an advantage of around five minutes before they came to face the wall-like Checker Hill at 27 kilometres. Behind them, the peloton, which had been rather reluctant up until this point, hit the short but steep climb at a speed that would soon ruin some riders' days. At the top, Alain van Katwijk took out the day's only KOM ahead of fellow breakaways McPartland and Jonker. Back in the peloton, Russell van Hout charged ahead of the rest to pick up some points in order to defend the jersey he had been awarded as the highest placed rider from last year's king of the mountain competition.

After 28 kilometres of racing, the gap between the leaders and the peloton had grew to six minutes, despite the fact that the peloton was now riding people off the back. Back on the flat, the main bunch split up thanks to some aggressive riding, and as the breakaway reached a maximum gap of 9.17 at 70 km, two chase groups formed.

The first chase group saw two possible stage winners in Baden Cooke and Robbie McEwen, strengthened by their teammates Thomas Lövkvist, Philippe Gilbert, Matt Wilson (FDJ) and Gert Steegmans and Hans de Clercq (Lotto-Domo). UniSa were also well represented by Luke Roberts, Gene Bates and Russell van Hout, and apart from them, another handful of riders joined forces.

They were primary chased by a second group of a dozen riders, and after a regrouping thanks to new attacks from the peloton, one large chase group with 38 riders formed. Some of the new additions were Jaan Kirsipuu, Alexandre Botcharov, Laszlo Bodrogi, Kevin Hulsmans, David McKenzie, Guiliano Figueras, Ben Day and Hilton Clarke, with the big names like Cooke and McEwen still firmly placed in the chase.

The chase
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

With fifty kilometres to the finish in Kapunda, the hard chasing peloton had brought the gap to the breakaways back to 4'40. In Greenock, the peloton headed back on a lap towards Nuriootpa that would take them through the beautiful and well known scenery of palmtree alleys, before heading back to the road towards the Barossa Valley town of Kapunda.

The gap crept down to 2'30 as a determined Pat Jonker led his little break past the ten kilometre to go mark. Coming into the slightly uphill finish in Kapunda, Jonker was eager to finish off his career in great style, and started out the sprint with McPartland on his wheel. McPartland who admitted afterwards that he has been in great form for some weeks now, and out powered van Katwijk and Jonker close to the line. He was clearly excited with both his win and the jersey he will get to wear during tomorrow's stage.

The stage
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

"I jumped straight into it when Pat attacked, even if I wasn't sure that the break would last, but we worked as a good team, the three of us," McPartland told Cyclingnews after the finish line. "I came into this race as an opportunist and I'd be really happy if I can hang on to this jersey for a couple of more days."

Pat Jonker held his spirits high after the race, and was clearly happy for a young rider like McPartland to take the jersey. "Personally, I wasted a lot of energy today and I'll have to see how well I recover. I'm getting a bit old as you know. I might have hurt myself for the last time, but I can tell you that it hurt a lot!

"I will keep focusing at a stage win, and also see how the other guys in the team goes and work from that." Jonker said after the stage where he was rewarded with the jersey of the most aggressive rider."

The jersey for the best climber was awarded to a rider who didn't dare to describe himself as a climber. "No, I'm more of a sprinter really," Alain van Katwijk said being presented with the blue and orange jersey. "I will most likely not hold on to this jersey. Maybe if I can get up the road over a few more climbs I can keep it for a while, but it really just came with the attack. You take what you can!"

The U23 competition saw a new leader in FDJeux.com's Philippe Gilbert who also had modest ambitions. "My job here is to work for Baden Cooke, and set him up for a stage win. This jersey is nice to wear of course, but it is really just an ‘extra' thing for me, and nothing that we can ride to defend."


Images by Mark Gunter/Cyclingnews/www.pbase.com/gunterphotograph


1 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                   3.43.12 (42.2 km/h)
2 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                    0.01
3 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                     
4 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                               1.41
5 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                 
6 Antonio Fisher Murillo (Bra) Domina Vacanze                    
7 Allan Davis (Aus) Team Australia                               
8 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                      
9 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                            
10 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA                                      
11 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                        
12 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Panaria-Margres                       
13 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                                  
14 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Panaria-Margres                         
15 Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole                            
16 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
17 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Credit Agricole                          
18 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                             
19 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                     
20 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                          
21 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                             
22 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           
23 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Australia                            
24 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Domo                              
25 Ben Day (Aus) Team Australia                                  
26 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2r Prevoyance                            
27 Frederic Amorison (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                  
28 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                             
29 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Team Australia                            
30 David McKenzie (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team        
31 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                            
32 Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com                           1.48
33 Nicholas Vogondy (Fra) FDJeux.com                             
34 Philip Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team        
35 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Domo                               
36 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                         
37 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) FDJeux.com                               
38 Sergey Matveyev (Ukr) Panaria-Margres                         
39 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
40 Nick Gates (Aus) Lotto-Domo                               2.21
41 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Lotto-Domo                           2.44
42 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                    28.31
43 James Hannam (Aus) UniSA                                      
44 Matthew Rex (Aus) UniSA                                  28.51
45 Frank Van Dulmen (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                   28.55
46 Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team       28.56
47 Steve Cunningham (Aus) UniSA                                  
48 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Credit Agricole                       
49 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Domina Vacanze                      
50 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                          
51 Adrian Laidler (Aus) UniSA                                    
52 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                     
53 Richard Moffat (Aus) United Water                             
54 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Lotto-Domo                                
55 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
56 Lorenzo Cardellini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       
57 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                         
58 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                               
59 Jose Pecharroman Fabian (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon            
60 Jose Garrido Lima (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                  
61 Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team           
62 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
63 Julian Dean (Nzl) Credit Agricole                             
64 Addy Engels (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                             
65 Allan Iacuone (Aus) Team Australia                            
66 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                          
67 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                       
68 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                                 
69 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto-Domo                              
70 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Domo                            
71 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                              
72 Julien Smink (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                            
73 Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team      
74 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team    
75 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Domina Vacanze                        
76 Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team          
77 Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       
78 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                          
79 Fabio Gilioli (Ita) Panaria-Margres                           
80 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                         
81 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) United Water                         
82 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Panaria-Margres                         
83 Ashley Humbert (Aus) United Water                             
84 Mark Jamieson (Aus) United Water                              
85 Aaron Kemps (Aus) United Water                                
86 Scott Davis (Aus) Panaria-Margres                             
87 Guillermo Bongiorno (Arg) Panaria-Margres                     
88 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria-Margres                            
89 Ryan Sullivan (Aus) United Water                              
90 Nic Sanderson (Aus) United Water                              
91 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com                               
DNF Ashley Hutchinson (Aus) Team Australia                       
DNF Stephen Wooldridge (Aus) Team Australia                      
Melrose Street, Mount Pleasant - 50.8 km
1 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                    6 pts
2 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                         4
3 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                       2
Murray St, Eden Valley - 67.5 km
1 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                    6 pts
2 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                         4
3 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                       2
Main Street near Hill Street, Kapunda - 157 km (finish)
1 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                         8 pts
2 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                       6
3 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                    4
Checker Hill near Kersbrook - 27.5 km
1 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                      16 pts
2 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                   12
3 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                         8
4 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                                  6
5 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                        4
General classification after stage 2
1 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                   4.45.21
2 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                 0.03
3 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                    0.05
4 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                             1.51
5 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Panaria-Margres                        
6 Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole                             
7 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                           
8 David McKenzie (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team         
9 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                      
10 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                             
11 Antonio Fisher Murillo (Bra) Domina Vacanze                   
12 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                     
13 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                        
14 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                            
15 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Credit Agricole                          
16 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                                  
17 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Australia                            
18 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Panaria-Margres                         
19 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                             
20 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2r Prevoyance                            
21 Ben Day (Aus) Team Australia                                  
22 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA                                      
23 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                             
24 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                           
25 Allan Davis (Aus) Team Australia                              
26 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                                  
27 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Domo                              
28 Frederic Amorison (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                  
29 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
30 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           
31 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Team Australia                            
32 Nicholas Vogondy (Fra) FDJeux.com                         1.58
33 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
34 Sergey Matveyev (Ukr) Panaria-Margres                         
35 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                         
36 Philip Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team        
37 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Domo                               
38 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) FDJeux.com                               
39 Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com                               
40 Nick Gates (Aus) Lotto-Domo                               2.31
41 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Lotto-Domo                           2.54
42 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                    28.41
43 James Hannam (Aus) UniSA                                      
44 Matthew Rex (Aus) UniSA                                  29.01
45 Frank Van Dulmen (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                   29.05
46 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                     29.06
47 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Credit Agricole                       
48 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                               
49 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                                 
50 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                              
51 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                         
52 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                       
53 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria-Margres                            
54 Allan Iacuone (Aus) Team Australia                            
55 Julien Smink (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                            
56 Lorenzo Cardellini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       
57 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
58 Aaron Kemps (Aus) United Water                                
59 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Domo                            
60 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                          
61 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                         
62 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Lotto-Domo                                
63 Jose Garrido Lima (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                  
64 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
65 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                     
66 Nic Sanderson (Aus) United Water                              
67 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Domina Vacanze                      
68 Richard Moffat (Aus) United Water                             
69 Steve Cunningham (Aus) UniSA                                  
70 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) United Water                         
71 Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team      
72 Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team          
73 Guillermo Bongiorno (Arg) Panaria-Margres                     
74 Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team            
75 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                          
76 Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team           
77 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Domina Vacanze                        
78 Adrian Laidler (Aus) UniSA                                    
79 Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       
80 Mark Jamieson (Aus) United Water                              
81 Addy Engels (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                             
82 Julian Dean (Nzl) Credit Agricole                             
83 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com                               
84 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team    
85 Jose Pecharroman Fabian (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon            
86 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Panaria-Margres                         
87 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto-Domo                              
88 Scott Davis (Aus) Panaria-Margres                             
89 Fabio Gilioli (Ita) Panaria-Margres                           
90 Ryan Sullivan (Aus) United Water                              
91 Ashley Humbert (Aus) United Water                             
Points classification
1 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                        16 pts
2 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                   16
3 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                                10
4 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                      10
5 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                8
6 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     6
7 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                              6
8 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                          4
9 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com                               4
10 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria-Margres                           2
11 Guillermo Bongiorno (Arg) Panaria-Margres                    2
Mountains classification
1 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                      16 pts
2 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                   12
3 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                         8
4 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                                  6
5 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                        4
U23 classification
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                       4.47.12
2 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) FDJeux.com                           0.07
3 James Hannam (Aus) UniSA                                  26.50
4 Matthew Rex (Aus) UniSA                                   27.10
5 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                           27.15
6 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                                  
7 Aaron Kemps (Aus) United Water                                 
8 Nic Sanderson (Aus) United Water                               
9 Richard Moffat (Aus) United Water                              
10 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) United Water                         
11 Mark Jamieson (Aus) United Water                              
12 Ryan Sullivan (Aus) United Water                              
13 Ashley Humbert (Aus) United Water                             
Most Aggressive rider
1 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                              

Teams classification
1 Team Australia                                         14.19.55
2 UniSA                                                      0.01
3 Bankgiroloterij                                            0.08
4 Crédit Agricole                                            1.41
5 Domina Vacanze                                                 
6 Ag2R Prevoyance                                                
7 Panaria-Margres                                            1.48
8 FDJeux.com                                                     
9 Lotto-Domo                                                     
10 Quick Step-Davitamon                                          
11 Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                        29.03
12 United Water                                           1.23.26