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6th Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under - 2.3

Australia, January 20-25, 2004

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Stage 3: Thursday Jan 22, Goolwa - Victor Harbor, 150 km

A new leader emerges: Jonker in yellow

Phillipe Gilbert a surprise winner

By Gabriella Ekström in Adelaide.

Patrick Jonker (UniSA)
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

After finishing in the top three yesterday, UniSA's Patrick Jonker used today's stage on the Fleurieu Peninsula to move up to the highest position in the general classification, being part of a successful 16 man breakaway that stayed away to the finish. The stage was won by young Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert (FDJeux.com), who used his relative anonymity to join an attack initiated by Gene Bates (UniSA) with four kilometres remaining, outsprinting the former U23 Australian champion to claim his first win of 2004.

How it unfolded

After an aggressive start with many attempts to break away, an initial attack was launched by Aurélien Clerc (Quickstep), Murillo Fischer (Domina Vacanze) and Luke Roberts (UniSA). They were brought back before the peloton hit the scenic climb of Newland Hill at 35 kilometres, and first over the climb were Paolo Tiralongo (Panaria) and Massimiliano Gentili (Domina Vacanze). Behind them chased UniSA's Russell Van Hout, who was keen for the KOM points.

On the descent, a break was formed as the riders regrouped after the climb, and when they left the turquoise ocean behind them, the nineteen riders ahead of the bunch were Jose Pecharroman, Kevin Hulsmans and Frederic Amorison (Quickstep), Antonio Fisher Murillo and Massimo Giunti (Domina Vacanze), David McKenzie and Ciaran Power (Navigators), Patrick Jonker (UniSA), Glenn D'Hollander (Lotto-Domo), Mark Jamieson (United Water), Alexandre Botcharov (Credit Agricole), Ben Day (Team Australia), Mikel Astarloza (Ag2r), Gene Bates and Luke Roberts (UniSA), Wim Vansevenant (Lotto-Domo), Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo), Philippe Gilbert and Bernhard Eisel (FDJeux.com).

No time to stop and enjoy the view
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

Over the following kilometres the group built up a lead of half a minute, but at the 55 kilometre mark, they could no longer fight the peloton off and the race came back together briefly. However some of the riders in the break were able to go along once again as a new break was formed. A group of sixteen took control over the race, and built up a lead of 1'27 as they passed over the second sprint of the day in Myponga, cheered by hundreds of participants from the Be Active Tour, who proudly coloured the roadsides with their orange jerseys in a Tour de France-esque style.

Just like yesterday, both Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) and Baden Cooke (FDJeux.com) paid attention to the movements at the front of the peloton and got in that break, and so did Pat Jonker. The other riders in the group were Alexandre Botcharov (Credit Agricole), Antonio Fisher Murillo, Massimo Giunti (Domina Vacanze), Kevin Hulsmans (Quickstep), Philippe Gilbert and Bernard Eisel (FDJeux.com), David McKenzie, Ciaran Power (Navigators), Ben Day (Team Australia), Giuliano Figueras (Panaria), Mark Jamieson (United Water), Gene Bates and Luke Roberts (UniSA).

Race leader Dave McPartland of Team Australia found himself sitting in the second group at this point, and Quick.Step was driving that bus. However, they were safe with three riders in the break and didn't grit their teeth to catch the first group.

The Australian equivalent of Paris-Roubaix?
Photo ©: CN

When the front riders hit the 10 km section of dirt road at Myponga reservoir, they had a two minute advantage over the followers. The dusty piece of road soon took its toll on the riders, and one of the more remarkable punctures was experienced by Baden Cooke who was instantly given a new wheel by teammate Bernhard Eisel, and thereby was able to stay with the group.

Coming round the Newland Hill in the opposite direction, the front group seemed certain that it would stay clear, and the tactics were taking over as the riders headed closer towards Victor Harbor. With four kilometres left to race, UniSA's Gene Bates got the order to attack and did so, bringing FDJeux.com rider and current U23 leader Philippe Gilbert with him.

Gilbert explained after the stage that his main intention was to protect Baden Cooke's chances in the sprint, and that he therefor went after Bates. "After I had decided to follow Bates, I saw that Alexandre Botcharov was coming after us, so I changed my mind, and decided to have a go at the stage win myself instead." Gilbert said.

Philippe Gilbert (FDJeux.com)
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

Despite the effort put in by the riders behind them, Bates and Gilbert just stayed clear over the line, with the other riders from the breakaway close enough to finish within the same second as the winners. Young Gilbert took out the sprint, and was clearly thrilled after the finish. "I had two goals for this early season. To win a stage here and to ride well at Tour Méditerranéen, and now I've fulfilled one of my wishes!"

Pat Jonker probably fulfilled one of his wishes too, when he stepped onto the podium to receive the yellow jersey and the cheers from the big crowds. "I knew that I would be in a good position if I could get into a break within the first hour. At one point, our group was almost caught, but Robbie (McEwen) and Baden (Cooke) really kept it going."

"Tomorrow's going to be a hard stage, and you really have to use your head while tackling it. I can't just put my boys at the front and have them ride there all day. I'm pretty tired now, but if I find myself in the same position I'm in now after tomorrow's stage, I'd feel pretty confident."

Robbie McEwen who finished third at the stage was rewarded with the sprint jersey, but it was of little consolation to a rider who had been hoping to get the stage victory. "It is a bit annoying to sit out there all day, riding for the win, just to see Gene Bates attack like that and handing over the win to Gilbert," said a disgruntled McEwen.


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

Images by Karen Forman/Cyclingnews

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1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                        3.28.50
2 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                          
3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                  
4 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                                    
5 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Panaria-Margres                         
6 David McKenzie (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team          
7 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                             
8 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA                                        
9 Antonio Fisher Murillo (Bra) Domina Vacanze                     
10 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                      
11 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                      
12 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                     
13 Mark Jamieson (Aus) United Water                           0.05
14 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com                                
15 Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team       0.18
16 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Domo                           2.20
17 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Credit Agricole                           
18 Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole                             
19 Frederic Amorison (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                   
20 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                             
21 Philip Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team         
22 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                           
23 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                          
24 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                      
25 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                      
26 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Quick.Step-Davitamon                      
27 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                              
28 Ben Day (Aus) Team Australia                                   
29 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Panaria-Margres                          
30 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Domina Vacanze                         
31 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                              
32 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                           
33 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto-Domo                               
34 Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team             
35 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                          
36 Jose Pecharroman Fabian (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon             
37 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Domo                             
38 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                
39 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Australia                             
40 Jose Garrido Lima (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                   
41 Richard Moffat (Aus) United Water                         33.46
42 Steve Cunningham (Aus) UniSA                                   
43 Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com                                
44 Nick Gates (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                    
45 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria-Margres                             
46 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Credit Agricole                        
47 Scott Davis (Aus) Panaria-Margres                              
48 Allan Iacuone (Aus) Team Australia                             
49 Aaron Kemps (Aus) United Water                                 
50 Sergey Matveyev (Ukr) Panaria-Margres                          
51 Guillermo Bongiorno (Arg) Panaria-Margres                      
52 Frank Van Dulmen (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                         
53 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                           
54 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                          
55 Fabio Gilioli (Ita) Panaria-Margres                            
56 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                               
57 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                          
58 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                                  
59 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                
60 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                      
61 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                                
62 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Team Australia                             
63 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2r Prevoyance                             
64 Lorenzo Cardellini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                        
65 Ashley Humbert (Aus) United Water                              
66 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       
67 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) United Water                          
68 Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                        
69 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Panaria-Margres                          
70 Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team       
71 Adrian Laidler (Aus) UniSA                                     
72 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                        
73 Matthew Rex (Aus) UniSA                                        
74 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                            
75 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                          
76 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Lotto-Domo                                 
77 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                      
78 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) FDJeux.com                                
79 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team     
80 Nicholas Vogondy (Fra) FDJeux.com                              
81 Julian Dean (Nzl) Credit Agricole                              
82 Allan Davis (Aus) Team Australia                               
83 Ryan Sullivan (Aus) United Water                               
84 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                                   
85 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                        
86 Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team            
87 James Hannam (Aus) UniSA                                       
88 Addy Engels (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                              
89 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                           
90 Julien Smink (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                             
DNF Nic Sanderson (Aus) United Water                              
North Terace, Port Elliot - 23.6 km
1 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                      6 pts
2 Antonio Fisher Murillo (Bra) Domina Vacanze                    4
3 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA                                       2
Main South Road at General Store, Myponga - 91.9 km
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                              6 pts
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                 4
3 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Panaria-Margres                        2
Esplanade at Warland Reserve, Victor Harbor - 150 km (Finish)
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                              8 pts
2 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                         6
3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                 4
Newland Hill, Encounter Bay - 35.9 km
1 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Panaria-Margres                         16 pts
2 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                     12
3 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                                   8
4 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                           6
5 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                      4
General classification after stage 3
1 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                              8.14.14
2 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                          1.39
3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                             1.44
4 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                         
5 Antonio Fisher Murillo (Bra) Domina Vacanze                1.46
6 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Panaria-Margres                    1.47
7 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA                                       
8 David McKenzie (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team     1.48
9 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                      
10 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                                  
11 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           
12 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
13 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                     2.17
14 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                 4.05
15 Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole                        4.08
16 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                          
17 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                     
18 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Credit Agricole                          
19 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                             
20 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                            
21 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Panaria-Margres                         
22 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                             
23 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Australia                            
24 Ben Day (Aus) Team Australia                                  
25 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Domo                              
26 Frederic Amorison (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                  
27 Philip Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team    4.15
28 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Lotto-Domo                           5.11
29 Mark Jamieson (Aus) United Water                         29.08
30 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com                               
31 Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team     29.21
32 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                     31.23
33 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                         
34 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
35 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Domo                            
36 Jose Garrido Lima (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                  
37 Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team            
38 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Domina Vacanze                        
39 Jose Pecharroman Fabian (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon            
40 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto-Domo                              
41 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                  33.48
42 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2r Prevoyance                       35.34
43 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                           
44 Allan Davis (Aus) Team Australia                              
45 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                                  
46 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Team Australia                            
47 Sergey Matveyev (Ukr) Panaria-Margres                    35.41
48 Nicholas Vogondy (Fra) FDJeux.com                             
49 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                         
50 Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com                               
51 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Domo                               
52 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) FDJeux.com                               
53 Nick Gates (Aus) Lotto-Domo                              36.14
54 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                  1.02.24
55 James Hannam (Aus) UniSA                                      
56 Matthew Rex (Aus) UniSA                                1.02.44
57 Frank Van Dulmen (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                 1.02.48
58 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Credit Agricole                1.02.49
59 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                               
60 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                              
61 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                                 
62 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria-Margres                            
63 Allan Iacuone (Aus) Team Australia                            
64 Aaron Kemps (Aus) United Water                                
65 Richard Moffat (Aus) United Water                             
66 Steve Cunningham (Aus) UniSA                                  
67 Lorenzo Cardellini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       
68 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                       
69 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                     
70 Guillermo Bongiorno (Arg) Panaria-Margres                     
71 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                         
72 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
73 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Domina Vacanze                      
74 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                          
75 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) United Water                         
76 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Lotto-Domo                                
77 Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team      
78 Julien Smink (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                            
79 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                          
80 Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       
81 Adrian Laidler (Aus) UniSA                                    
82 Scott Davis (Aus) Panaria-Margres                             
83 Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team           
84 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Panaria-Margres                         
85 Fabio Gilioli (Ita) Panaria-Margres                           
86 Julian Dean (Nzl) Credit Agricole                             
87 Addy Engels (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                             
88 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team    
89 Ashley Humbert (Aus) United Water                             
90 Ryan Sullivan (Aus) United Water                               
Points classification
1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                16 pts
2 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                         16
3 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                    16
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                             14
5 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     12
6 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                                 10
7 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                       10
8 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                         6
9 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                               6
10 Antonio Fisher Murillo (Bra) Domina Vacanze                   4
11 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com                               4
12 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                          4
13 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Panaria-Margres                       2
14 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA                                      2
15 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria-Margres                            2
16 Guillermo Bongiorno (Arg) Panaria-Margres                     2
Mountains classification
1 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Panaria-Margres                         16 pts
2 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                       16
3 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                                  14
4 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                    12
5 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                     12
6 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                          8
7 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                           6
8 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                         4
9 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                      4
U23 classification
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                        8.15.53
2 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) FDJeux.com                           34.02
3 Mark Jamieson (Aus) United Water                           27.29
4 James Hannam (Aus) UniSA                                 1.00.45
5 Matthew Rex (Aus) UniSA                                  1.01.05
6 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                          1.01.10
7 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                                   
8 Aaron Kemps (Aus) United Water                                  
9 Richard Moffat (Aus) United Water                               
10 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) United Water                          
11 Ashley Humbert (Aus) United Water                              
12 Ryan Sullivan (Aus) United Water                               
Teams classification
1 UniSA                                                   24.46.26
2 FDJeux.com                                                  1.52
3 Domina Vacanze                                              4.00
4 Crédit Agricole                                             6.20
5 Lotto-Domo                                                  6.27
6 Quick Step-Davitamon                                            
7 Team Australia                                              6.59
8 Ag2R Prevoyance                                             8.40
9 Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                          31.40
10 Panaria-Margres                                           37.53
11 Bankgiroloterij                                         1.09.59
12 United Water                                            2.31.02