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6th Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under - 2.3

Australia, January 20-25, 2004

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Stage 5: Saturday Jan 25, Willunga - Willunga , 147 km

A good Day for Ben; Jonker set for dream finish

By Jeff Jones in Willunga

Patrick Jonker (UniSA)
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

Patrick Jonker (UniSA) survived a determined attack from Panaria's Giuliano Figueras and Paolo Tiralongo on Old Willunga Hill to hold onto his lead after the decisive fifth stage of the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under. Jonker finished at the back of the lead group as Australian Ben Day took an opportunistic stage win after attacking with 3 kilometres to go.

Jonker controlled his UniSA team perfectly today, using them to chase down a 10 man breakaway with less than 10 km to go before the final climb. Only one UniSA rider remained with Jonker on the climb: Luke Roberts, who paced his captain to the top just 15 seconds behind the dangerous Panaria pair.

"I don't think I would have made it without Luke today," said a happy and relieved Jonker post-race. "The whole team was fantastic. Luke did a tremendous job on Willunga Hill and the others did a tremendous job before it. I was hurting a bit because of all the attacks in the last few days. My legs weren't real fresh and I couldn't go with Figueras. I knew he was a candidate for the overall having ridden a good Giro d'Italia in the past, so I was glad to catch Figueras."

The experience of Jonker certainly counted in marshalling his UniSA team, which is composed of a mixture of professionals and amateurs. "I'm the only Tour de France rider in the team," Jonker pointed out. "I'm the captain on the road and have the experience. The others listen exactly to what I say. It's not about pedaling hard, it's about pedaling hard at the right moment."

The Dutch born, South Australian raised Jonker is riding his final race as a professional, and a win in his home town race would be something special. "I've won Route du Sud, which is the last stage race before the Tour de France, but obviously a home town win is far more important. I've raced in the Pyrenees in France and even though the competition there was heavy, for me this is the greatest thing could have happened."

Luke Roberts (UniSA)
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

Although it may look like a fairytale finish, Jonker's claim to the yellow jersey has been anything but a gift from his fellow competitors. No-one was afraid to attack the yellow jersey today...if they had it in them, but Jonker was able to answer everything. The lanky South Australian credited his positive approach to the race as to why he is currently in the lead.

"I think aggressiveness has had a lot to do with it," said Jonker who first took the yellow jersey in stage 3. "In the past I've been within 10 seconds of the win each year, so basically my sprinting ability - as you know - isn't fantastic, so I've always been 7th or 3rd. My aggressiveness on the second day was crucial. It was a gamble I know, but it was my last race and you lay it on the line. It's all or nothing, a blaze of glory or a blaze of disappointment."

Going into tomorrow's 90 kilometre circuit race in the centre of Adelaide, Jonker is confident that the race will be his. "Tomorrow isn't easy but we should be able to control it," he said. It's going to be very fast, 45 km/h average, two hours flat out racing. It'll be good for UniSA. This is a local team competing against teams with million dollar budgets. It's just really unusual for something like this to happen. I'm pretty confident now that I've seen how the team has really come up for the occasion and showed that they're able to defend the yellow jersey against world class opposition."

Day shines at the right moment

Ben Day on the attack
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

The stage honours belonged to 2003 Australian time trial champion Ben Day (Team Australia, who will ride for Division I Palmans-Collstrop this season), who attacked the leading group of 15 with three kilometres to go to hold off Robbie McEwen and Baden Cooke on the long, slightly uphill finishing straight. Thus, Day found that his luck turned around after an untimely puncture on Stage 3 cost him a place at the top of the GC.

"Some days it rains and it continues on pouring," said the philosophical but happy Day after the stage. "Today it went my way and here I am. It was a pretty long drag up to the finish into the headwind but I just kept my head down and I had my director in my ear cheering me on. I could hear my mechanic in the background as well. I thought if I stopped they'd probably kill me.

"I think [I knew I would win] when I hit the crowd with about 100 metres to go, I looked around and through the sweat in my glasses I could see the guys were a little bit of a way off and with the crowd behind me...they just pick you up and push you to that level. The adrenaline was awesome."

Like Jonker, Ben Day also profited from his aggressive riding. "You just have to take the opportunities in this sport. It's not always the strongest guy or the quickest guy who wins in cycling, that's the great thing about it. One chance in every hundred might pay off, you just have to be there."

How it unfolded

The 10 man break
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

87 riders set out from the small own of Willunga in sunny but mild conditions to fight out the fifth stage. On the menu were three laps of a 41 km circuit, taking them via the colourfully decorated Aldinga Beach and the wine making town of McLaren Vale before heading back to the start/finish. After the third lap, the race headed up Old Willunga Hill, a 3.5 kilometre climb that got steeper as it went up. After the summit it was 20 km of downhill/flat before the finish in Willunga.

After an fast, tailwind start, the day's main break was established at the 11 km mark with 10 riders establishing a steady gap over the peloton. Erki Putsep (Ag2r Prevoyance), Hans De Clercq (Lotto-Domo), Aurelien Clerc (Quick.Step-Davitamon), Nicholas Vogondy (FDJeux.com), Sergio Marinangeli (Domina Vacanze), Remco Van Der Ven and Laurens Ten Dam (Bankgiroloterij), David McPartland (Team Australia), Ryan Sullivan and Peter Dawson (United Water) swapped off turns at 60 km/h to build their lead to a maximum of 1'23 after 60 km, while UniSA, Credit Agricole and Navigators controlled the chase behind. The peloton's speed was too much for Brett Lancaster (Panaria), who suffered an asthma attack and abandoned after 23 km.

The break was potentially dangerous for Jonker, as David McPartland had started the day only 2'17 off the lead, but the South Australian kept his cool and opted leave the break in front for most of the race - not an easy task when the first lap was ridden at around 50 km/h. After the peloton passed through the feed zone in Willunga with 65 km to go, the screws started to turn and the break was gobbled up with 32 km of the stage remaining.

Tiralongo and Figueras
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

As predicted, the race blew apart on the climb when mountains leader Paolo Tiralongo (Panaria) and Philippe Gilbert (FDJeux.com) attacked hard at the bottom. Tiralongo's teammate Giuliano Figueras bridged up as Gilbert fell back and the two Panaria boys opened up a 10 second hap over Jonker and co. Tiralongo took the points on the climb, cementing his place as mountains leader, and he and Figueras pushed home their advantage. But Jonker was not far behind, sitting determinedly on the wheel of teammate Luke Roberts as a group of 11 more riders - including Baden Cooke and Robbie McEwen - collected around them.

Figueras and Tiralongo gave it everything to stay clear on the run into the finish, but despite gaining 24 seconds lead over the 13 chasers, they were captured with eight kilometres to go. Then as the two sprinters McEwen and Cooke were eyeing each other off for the finale, Ben Day (Team Australia) took the opportunity to attack and jumped clear with three kilometres to go, powering away into the headwind to hold them off by four seconds.

Tomorrow will see the final stage of the 2004 Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under, a 90 kilometre circuit race around Adelaide's scenic Torrens River. It should be a day for the sprinters, with Robbie McEwen, Baden Cooke, Graeme Brown and Jaan Kirsipuu fighting it out for the stage honours, while Jonker celebrates his final victory.


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

Images by Jeff Jones/Cyclingnews

Images by Karen Forman/Cyclingnews


1 Ben Day (Aus) Team Australia                            3.15.34 (45.1 km/h)
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                             0.04
3 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                                   
4 Allan Davis (Aus) Team Australia                               
5 Antonio Fisher Murillo (Bra) Domina Vacanze                    
6 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Panaria-Margres                        
7 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA                                       
8 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                            
9 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                              
10 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                          
11 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Australia                            
12 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                    
13 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                     
14 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                     
15 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Panaria-Margres                     0.19
16 David McKenzie (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team    1.16
17 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
18 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                        
19 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                            
20 Jose Pecharroman Fabian (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon        1.57
21 Jose Garrido Lima (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                  
22 Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com                               
23 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto-Domo                              
24 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
25 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                             
26 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Credit Agricole                      2.16
27 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Domo                              
28 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                         
29 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                       
30 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                                 
31 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                                  
32 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Domo                            
33 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                          
34 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                         
35 Lorenzo Cardellini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       
36 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
37 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                         
38 Frederic Amorison (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                  
39 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2r Prevoyance                            
40 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                         
41 Nick Gates (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                   
42 Philip Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team        
43 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) FDJeux.com                              
44 Ashley Humbert (Aus) United Water                             
45 Addy Engels (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                             
46 Allan Iacuone (Aus) Team Australia                        2.55
47 Mark Jamieson (Aus) United Water                          9.04
48 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                          
49 Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       
50 Julian Dean (Nzl) Credit Agricole                             
51 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Team Australia                            
52 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Lotto-Domo                                
53 Frank Van Dulmen (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                        
54 Richard Moffat (Aus) United Water                             
55 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) United Water                         
56 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
57 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Domo                               
58 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                              
59 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                       
60 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                         
61 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Lotto-Domo                               
62 Julien Smink (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                            
63 Sergey Matveyev (Ukr) Panaria-Margres                         
64 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Domina Vacanze                        
65 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Domina Vacanze                      
66 Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team     13.28
67 Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team            
68 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team    
69 James Hannam (Aus) UniSA                                      
70 Adrian Laidler (Aus) UniSA                                    
71 Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team           
72 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria-Margres                            
73 Scott Davis (Aus) Panaria-Margres                             
74 Nicholas Vogondy (Fra) FDJeux.com                             
75 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                             
76 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                           
77 Steve Cunningham (Aus) UniSA                                  
78 Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team      
79 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                          
80 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Credit Agricole                       
81 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                     
82 Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole                            
83 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com                               
84 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                          14.18
85 Fabio Gilioli (Ita) Panaria-Margres                      16.14
86 Ryan Sullivan (Aus) United Water                         19.17
DNF Brett Lancaster (Aus) Panaria-Margres                        
The Esplanade near Butterworth Rd, Aldinga Beach - 58.8 km
1 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     6 pts
2 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                             4
3 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                       2
The Esplanade near Butterworth Rd, Aldinga Beach - 100.7 km
1 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     6 pts
2 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                       4
3 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                             2
Main Road at Kell Street, Willunga - 147.0 km - Finish
1 Ben Day (Aus) Team Australia                                  8 pts
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                6
3 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                                  4
Old Willunga Hill Road - Willunga - 127.4 km
1 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Panaria-Margres                        16 pts
2 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Panaria-Margres                      12
3 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                     8
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                             6
5 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA                                      4
General classification after stage 5
1 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                             14.48.43
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                             1.34
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                          1.39
4 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                               1.44
5 Antonio Fisher Murillo (Bra) Domina Vacanze                1.46
6 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Panaria-Margres                    1.47
7 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA                                       
8 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                  1.48
9 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                            
10 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                    2.56
11 David McKenzie (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team    3.00
12 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
13 Ben Day (Aus) Team Australia                              3.58
14 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Australia                        4.06
15 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                 4.08
16 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                          
17 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Panaria-Margres                     4.23
18 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                     4.29
19 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                        5.40
20 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                         6.01
21 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Credit Agricole                      6.17
22 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Domo                          6.20
23 Philip Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team    6.27
24 Frederic Amorison (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon              7.05
25 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                12.55
26 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Lotto-Domo                          16.47
27 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                        17.29
28 Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole                       27.24
29 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Quick.Step-Davitamon                33.16
30 Jose Pecharroman Fabian (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon            
31 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto-Domo                              
32 Jose Garrido Lima (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon             33.25
33 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Domo                       33.35
34 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                    33.44
35 Allan Davis (Aus) Team Australia                         35.34
36 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                  36.00
37 Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com                          37.43
38 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2r Prevoyance                       37.46
39 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                                  
40 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) FDJeux.com                         37.53
41 Mark Jamieson (Aus) United Water                         38.08
42 Nick Gates (Aus) Lotto-Domo                              39.51
43 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                     40.23
44 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Domina Vacanze                        
45 Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team     42.54
46 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com                          42.55
47 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Domo                          44.41
48 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                    44.50
49 Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team       44.56
50 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Team Australia                       45.12
51 Nicholas Vogondy (Fra) FDJeux.com                        49.05
52 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                      50.14
53 Sergey Matveyev (Ukr) Panaria-Margres                    54.33
54 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                  1.04.36
55 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                   1.04.58
56 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                          1.05.01
57 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                         
58 Lorenzo Cardellini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       
59 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
60 Ashley Humbert (Aus) United Water                             
61 Allan Iacuone (Aus) Team Australia                     1.05.49
62 Addy Engels (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                      1.05.52
63 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                1.11.46
64 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                       1.11.49
65 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) United Water                         
66 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Lotto-Domo                                
67 Julian Dean (Nzl) Credit Agricole                             
68 Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                1.11.58
69 Frank Van Dulmen (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                 1.12.40
70 Julien Smink (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                     1.12.59
71 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Domina Vacanze               1.13.29
72 James Hannam (Aus) UniSA                               1.15.57
73 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria-Margres                     1.16.13
74 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                     
75 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                          
76 Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team      
77 Steve Cunningham (Aus) UniSA                           1.16.22
78 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team    
79 Adrian Laidler (Aus) UniSA                             1.16.38
80 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Credit Agricole                1.16.40
81 Scott Davis (Aus) Panaria-Margres                      1.17.25
82 Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team    1.17.38
83 Fabio Gilioli (Ita) Panaria-Margres                    1.19.37
84 Richard Moffat (Aus) United Water                      1.21.41
85 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                        1.26.55
86 Ryan Sullivan (Aus) United Water                       1.31.54
Points classification
1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                               30 pts
2 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                    30
3 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                        16
4 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                   16
5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                            14
6 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                                10
7 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                      10
8 Ben Day (Aus) Team Australia                                  8
9 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                                  8
10 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Credit Agricole                         6
11 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                         6
12 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                       6
13 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                            6
14 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                      6
15 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                             6
16 Antonio Fisher Murillo (Bra) Domina Vacanze                  4
17 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Australia                           4
18 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                         4
19 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com                              4
20 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Credit Agricole                      4
21 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Panaria-Margres                      2
22 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA                                     2
23 Frederic Amorison (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                 2
24 Addy Engels (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                            2
25 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria-Margres                           2
26 Guillermo Bongiorno (Arg) Panaria-Margres                    2
Mountains classification
1 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Panaria-Margres                        32 pts
2 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                    20
3 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                      16
4 Lorenzo Cardellini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                      16
5 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                                 14
6 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                   12
7 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Panaria-Margres                      12
8 Nick Gates (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                  12
9 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                         8
10 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Team Australia                           8
11 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                            6
12 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                        6
13 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                         6
14 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA                                     4
15 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                    4
16 Addy Engels (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                            4
17 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                       4
U23 classification
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                      14.50.22
2 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) FDJeux.com                          36.14
3 Mark Jamieson (Aus) United Water                          36.29
4 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                           1.03.22
5 Ashley Humbert (Aus) United Water                              
6 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) United Water                   1.10.10
7 James Hannam (Aus) UniSA                                1.14.18
8 Richard Moffat (Aus) United Water                       1.20.02
9 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                         1.25.16
10 Ryan Sullivan (Aus) United Water                       1.30.15

Most aggressive rider

1 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                         
Teams classification
1 UniSA                                                  44.31.05
2 FDJeux.com                                                 2.33
3 Domina Vacanze                                             2.48
4 Team Australia                                             5.43
5 Lotto-Domo                                                 9.20
6 Crédit Agricole                                            9.32
7 Quick Step-Davitamon                                      10.13
8 Ag2R Prevoyance                                           11.52
9 Panaria-Margres                                           45.56
10 Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                        47.16
11 Bankgiroloterij                                        1.14.23
12 United Water                                           2.50.02