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6th Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under - 2.3

Australia, January 20-25, 2004

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Stage 6: Sunday Jan 25, Adelaide City Council circuit, 81km

Cooke gets his revenge; Jonker goes out on top

Baden Cooke (FDJeux.com)
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

By Gabriella Ekström in Adelaide

Baden Cooke finally got his stage win after being perfectly set up for the sprint by his FDJeux.com teammates. "This is a stage I really like. I have been second here before, but I've never won it," Baden told Cyclingnews after the finish line, also confessing to be 'absolutely stoked' with his victory.

UniSA's Patrick Jonker finished just behind the leading group after actively defending his yellow jersey during the stage. When he crossed the line, Jonker declared that he was now an ex-professional, and also expressed his admiration for his team: "UniSA is a composite team of young Australians, and although they are not very experienced, they have still been up there every day to battle it out with the European pros. They have done an awesome job for me."

How it unfolded

Pat gets the adulation of the crowd
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

Most riders expected that the UniSA team and the sprinters teams would control the race from the start, but they had to prove their worth before the stage was over. The riders took off from the gun, with the initial attack coming from Domina Vacanze's Francesco Secchiari.

The race saw several attacks during the first four laps, but no-one managed to get more than a maximum of a ten seconds lead on the peloton before Erki Putsep (Ag2r), Eric Leblacher (Credit Agricole), Massimo Giunti and Massimiliano Mori (Domina Vacanze), Bernhard Eisel (FDJeux.com) and Jeff Louder (Navigators) attacked with 13 laps to go, and built up an advantage of 20 seconds.

The Quick.Step team went to the front after seven laps, keen to bring the two groups together again since their sprinter Aurelien Clerc was targeting the two intermediate sprints in an attempt to steal the sprinters jersey off Robbie McEwen's shoulders. The blue and white Belgian train made a welcome addition to the UniSA team, which had been working hard all week and was now losing some of its riders out the back of the peloton.

Unable to bring the escaped riders back in time for the first sprint, Clerc saw valuable points go to waste after Massimo Giunti won the first sprint ahead of Eric Leblacher and Erki Putsep. With just one more chance left to take over the sprinters' jersey, Quick.Step finally brought the break back, only to find other fresh guys jumping up the road. Leading U23 rider Philippe Gilbert attacked with 10 laps to go, and was chased by Kirk O'Bee (Navigators) and Graeme Brown (Panaria).

The crowds
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

With an average speed of 46.3 kilometres during the first hour, the riders tagged along the crowded streets of Adelaide, determined not to ease up before the race was completely over. The high temperatures and the festive feeling surrounding the race called for some water fighting, and water was soon squirted from bidons in the team cars as well as from the side of the street. An occasional bucket of water also found its way through the open windows of a certain American team's car.

Soon after the King of the Mountains prize, won by Allan Davis (Team Australia), a new attack was on its way. Erki Putsep (Ag2r), Christophe Le Mevel (Credit Agricole), once again Massimo Giunti and Francesco Secchiari (Domina Vacanze), Glenn D'Hollander (Lotto-Domo), Kevin Hulsmans (Quickstep), Matthew Wilson and Bernhard Eisel (FDJeux.com), Frank Van Dulmen (Bankgiroloterij), Graeme Brown (Panaria-Margres), David McPartland (Team Australia), Ashley Humbert and Peter Dawson (United Water) worked together to build up a lead of twenty seconds. When they reached that point, Team Australia's Dave McPartland made a final attempt to gain some time on the GC, and attacked the group. He was joined by Kevin Hulsmans and the Australian champion Matt Wilson, but because of the aggressive riding behind, the groups were soon back together again.

The last KOM prize of the race was taken out by McPartland ahead of Wilson and Hulsmans, shortly before the peloton regrouped once again, mainly thanks to the work of the Navigators team. Their rider Ciaran Power then attacked twice without success.

Pat Jonker in action
Photo ©: Mark Gunter

The clover leafed train of FDJeux.com decided that enough was enough and sent the whole team to the front with three laps to go. A nasty crash with seven kilometres to go effectively took Aurelien Clerc and the whole Quick.Step team out of action, and top sprinters McEwen, Brown and Cooke had one less sprinter to worry about at the end of the race. During the final laps of the race, no attacks were allowed to go by the FDJeux.com boys, and as they lined up for the sprint, Baden Cooke was right where he was supposed to be. His nearest rival McEwen was closed in and had to follow Cooke's wheel for too long before he finally got out, by then unable to challenge Cooke for the win.

"Until now I have been climbing really well, but I haven't exactly been awesome in the sprints," Cooke said. "I need to do a bit more of sprint training, but needless to say, I'm delighted over this win."

Perhaps second placed Robbie McEwen found some consolation in the sprinters jersey he finally claimed, because he didn't look very sad when he spoke to Cyclingnews after the stage. "I'm really happy with my performance in this race. I've made all the important breaks, and I've finished in the top three on five out of six stages. My worst result in this race has been a fifth placing. I had to watch my GC placement today, as well as the Quick.Step rider (Clerc) who was equal on points with me in the points classification."

In the other classifications Paolo Tiralongo (Panaria) won the mountains jersey , Philippe Gilbert (FDJeux.com) the U23, Matt Wilson (FDJeux.com) the Most Aggressive rider, and UniSA took out the Teams prize.


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


1 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                                    1.43.19 (47 km/h)
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                         
3 Allan Davis (Aus) Team Australia                                       
4 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                                          
5 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                                    
6 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                                       
7 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria-Margres                                     
8 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                              
9 Antonio Fisher Murillo (Bra) Domina Vacanze                            
10 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Panaria-Margres                               
11 Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                               
12 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                
13 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Domo                                      
14 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Credit Agricole                               
15 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                             
16 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                   
17 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                                 
18 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                             
19 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Team Australia                                    
20 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                                 0.06
21 Julian Dean (Nzl) Credit Agricole                                     
22 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                                    
23 Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com                                   0.09
24 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                        0.17
25 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                               
26 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                                
27 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                             
28 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA                                              
29 David McKenzie (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                
30 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                               
31 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  
32 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                                  
33 Nick Gates (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                           
34 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                                 
35 Ben Day (Aus) Team Australia                                          
36 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) United Water                                 
37 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                       
38 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                      
39 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                     
40 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                                     
41 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  
42 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                                 
43 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2r Prevoyance                                    
44 Philip Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                
45 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Australia                                    
46 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                                  
47 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                                 
48 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                                  
49 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                                          
50 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                                 
51 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Panaria-Margres                                 
52 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com                                   0.26
53 Nicholas Vogondy (Fra) FDJeux.com                                     
54 Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team              
55 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                                   0.31
56 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) FDJeux.com                                  0.33
57 Lorenzo Cardellini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           0.37
58 Ashley Humbert (Aus) United Water                                 0.39
59 Adrian Laidler (Aus) UniSA                                            
60 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                    
61 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                       
62 Allan Iacuone (Aus) Team Australia                                    
63 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Domina Vacanze                              
64 Scott Davis (Aus) Panaria-Margres                                 0.43
65 Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team              0.46
66 Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                0.51
67 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Lotto-Domo                                    0.53
68 Addy Engels (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                                 0.54
69 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                         1.03
70 Frank Van Dulmen (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                            1.54
71 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Quick.Step-Davitamon                         2.09
72 Jose Pecharroman Fabian (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                    
73 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                             
74 Steve Cunningham (Aus) UniSA                                      4.39
75 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team            
76 Jose Garrido Lima (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                          
77 Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole                                    
78 Frederic Amorison (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                          
79 Julien Smink (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                                5.44
80 James Hannam (Aus) UniSA                                              
DNF Sergey Matveyev (Ukr) Panaria-Margres                                
DNF Richard Moffat (Aus) United Water                                    
DNF Jeff Louder (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                  
DNF Fabio Gilioli (Ita) Panaria-Margres                                  
DNF Ryan Sullivan (Aus) United Water                                     
DNF Mark Jamieson (Aus) United Water                                     
Finish Arch, King William Rd - Lap 8 - 36 km
1 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                   6 pts
2 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  4
3 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                                     2
Finish Arch, King William Rd - Lap 12 - 54 km
1 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                                       6 pts
2 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                    4
3 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                                 2
Finish Arch, King William Rd - Lap 18 - 81 km - FINISH
1 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                                          8 pts
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                        6
3 Allan Davis (Aus) Team Australia                                      4
Montefiore Hill - Lap 10 - 42.5 Km
1 Allan Davis (Aus) Team Australia                                     16 pts
2 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria-Margres                                   12
3 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                             8
4 Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                    6
5 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                4
Montefiore Hill - Lap 15 - 64.0 Km
1 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                                16 pts
2 Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com                                      12
3 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                             8
4 Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                    6
5 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                                       4
Final general classification
1 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                     16.32.19
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                     1.13
3 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                                       1.21
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                                  1.28
5 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                    
6 Antonio Fisher Murillo (Bra) Domina Vacanze                        1.29
7 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Panaria-Margres                            1.30
8 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                          1.31
9 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA                                           1.47
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 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                         3.51
14 Ben Day (Aus) Team Australia                                      3.58
15 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Australia                                4.06
16 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                              4.08
17 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Panaria-Margres                             4.23
18 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                             4.28
19 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                                5.29
20 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                 6.01
21 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Domo                                  6.03
22 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Credit Agricole                              6.15
23 Philip Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team            6.27
24 Frederic Amorison (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     11.27
25 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                        12.38
26 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                  17.09
27 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                                17.28
28 Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole                               31.46
29 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                 33.16
30 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                            33.44
31 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Domo                               33.55
32 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Quick.Step-Davitamon                        35.08
33 Jose Pecharroman Fabian (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                    
34 Allan Davis (Aus) Team Australia                                 35.15
35 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                          36.00
36 Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com                                  37.35
37 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2r Prevoyance                               37.46
38 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                                          
39 Jose Garrido Lima (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     37.47
40 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) FDJeux.com                                 38.09
41 Nick Gates (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                      39.51
42 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           40.06
43 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                             40.23
44 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com                                  43.04
45 Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team             43.23
46 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                  44.41
47 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                            44.50
48 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Team Australia                               44.55
49 Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team               45.30
50 Nicholas Vogondy (Fra) FDJeux.com                                49.14
51 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                              49.57
52 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                          1.04.36
53 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                                  1.04.44
54 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                                 
55 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                           1.04.58
56 Lorenzo Cardellini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                        1.05.21
57 Ashley Humbert (Aus) United Water                              1.05.23
58 Allan Iacuone (Aus) Team Australia                             1.06.11
59 Addy Engels (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                              1.06.29
60 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                      1.06.53
61 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                               1.11.32
62 Julian Dean (Nzl) Credit Agricole                              1.11.38
63 Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                        1.11.41
64 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                        1.11.46
65 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) United Water                          1.11.49
66 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Lotto-Domo                                 1.12.25
67 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       1.13.51
68 Frank Van Dulmen (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                         1.14.17
69 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria-Margres                             1.15.56
70 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                           1.16.13
71 Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team       1.16.22
72 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Credit Agricole                        1.16.23
73 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                      1.16.59
74 Adrian Laidler (Aus) UniSA                                     1.17.00
75 Scott Davis (Aus) Panaria-Margres                              1.17.51
76 Julien Smink (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                             1.18.26
77 Steve Cunningham (Aus) UniSA                                   1.20.44
78 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team            
79 James Hannam (Aus) UniSA                                       1.21.24
80 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                                1.27.06
Sprints classification
1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                       36 pts
2 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                            30
3 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                                18
4 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                                         16
5 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                           16
6 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                                    14
7 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Credit Agricole                                 10
8 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                                        10
9 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                              10
10 Ben Day (Aus) Team Australia                                         8
11 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                                    8
12 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                  6
13 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                 6
14 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                                      6
15 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                               6
16 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                                     6
17 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                              6
18 Antonio Fisher Murillo (Bra) Domina Vacanze                          4
19 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Australia                                   4
20 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                   4
21 Allan Davis (Aus) Team Australia                                     4
22 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                                 4
23 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com                                      4
24 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Credit Agricole                              4
25 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Panaria-Margres                              2
26 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA                                             2
27 Frederic Amorison (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                         2
28 Addy Engels (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                                    2
29 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria-Margres                                   2
Mountains classification
1 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Panaria-Margres                                32 pts
2 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                            28
3 David McPartland (Aus) Team Australia                                24
4 Allan Davis (Aus) Team Australia                                     16
5 Alain Van Katwijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                              16
6 Lorenzo Cardellini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                              16
7 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                                         14
8 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA                                           12
9 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Panaria-Margres                              12
10 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                           12
11 Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com                                     12
12 Nick Gates (Aus) Lotto-Domo                                         12
13 Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                  12
14 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria-Margres                                  12
15 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Team Australia                                   8
16 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                                    6
17 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2r Prevoyance                                6
18 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                                 6
19 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA                                             4
20 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                                               4
21 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Domina Vacanze                               4
22 Addy Engels (Ned) Bankgiroloterij                                    4
23 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                                      4
U23 classification
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                              16.33.47
2 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) FDJeux.com                                  36.41
3 Mark Renshaw (Aus) FDJeux.com                                   1.03.16
4 Ashley Humbert (Aus) United Water                               1.03.55
5 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) United Water                           1.10.21
6 James Hannam (Aus) UniSA                                        1.19.56
7 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                                 1.25.38

Most aggressive rider 
1 Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com
Teams classification
1 UniSA                                                          49.41.53
2 FDJeux.com                                                         1.48
3 Domina Vacanze                                                     1.57
4 Team Australia                                                     5.09
5 Lotto-Domo                                                         8.46
6 Crédit Agricole                                                    8.47
7 Ag2R Prevoyance                                                   11.18
8 Quick Step-Davitamon                                              11.48
9 Panaria-Margres                                                   45.22
10 Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                                47.25
11 Bankgiroloterij                                                1.13.55
12 United Water                                                   2.50.38