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Herald Sun Tour - 2.1

Australia, October 9-15, 2005

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Stage 1 - October 9: Team time trial Williamstown, 4 km

South Australians nail first TTT

FDJ brought down by media moto

By John Trevorrow in Williamstown

Peter Mueller (Savings and Loans)
Photo ©: Mark Gunter
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The opening team trial stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour started with a bang - well crash actually. The first team out of the blocks, the highly fancied Francaise des Jeux team of favourite Baden Cooke, was brought unstuck when a media motorcycle caused a crash coming out of the halfway turn, and Tom Nankervis crashed.

"I don't know what the idiot was doing stopped in the middle of the road, but when he saw us he tried to accelerate away but we were coming too quick," an irate Baden Cooke said. "Mark Renshaw and I were on the front suddenly Mark yelled look out we dived either side of him but the motorbike moved the same way as Tom and he crashed into the back of it. I reckon it cost us at least twenty seconds. It is not a great way to start the tour," an unhappy Cooke added.

Baden Cooke (Francaise des Jeux)
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Nankervis was lucky to escape with only abrasions and he, and a couple of his team-mates who lost time, were accredited with the same time as the rest of the FdJ squad. "We sprinted out of the corner and the next thing I know there's a motorbike in front of me. I just ran in to the back of it. It's not a good way to start your first Herald Sun Tour, but I'm lucky it's only a bit of skin off," a dejected Nankervis said.

But the surprise packet of the stage was the South Australian Savings And Loans squad, which rode brilliantly to win the stage and put Peter Mueller into the first Yellow jersey. " I'm so over the moon, the guys really rode well and I can't believe I'm in yellow," an elated Mueller said.

Teammate Russell Van Hout, himself a well respected time trialist, was full of praise for the team. "We had a good warm up this morning and got all our orders right and worked out our starting orders. Then we just took off and were really smooth all the way out and everyone backed it off about three percent and kept the turns smooth, and then we picked it up on the way back and we finished fast but smooth. I still think we had a lot left," Van Hout said.

Russel VanHout (Savings and Loans)
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A beaming team manager Michele Primero was even more excited. "This is just fantastic for the boys. They really have put in and it's just unbelievable to get Peter into the yellow jersey," Primero said.

The highly fancied AG2R team of Simon Gerrans was only three seconds back. "The team rode really well, we went out steady and then brought it home fast," a contented Gerrans said. " But you can't help but look back at the spots you could have gained those three seconds."

Gerrans, who complained of fatigue a couple of days ago was much happier at the finish. "I feel much more refreshed after nearly a week off the bike but tomorrow will be a truer test," he said.

HLP/Superstore were third at 4.86 seconds keeping last year's runner up Dave McKenzie within striking distance. "The team rode strong and I think we will be a chance tomorrow," McKenzie said.

Team Cyclingnews.com
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Cyclingnews.com finished strongly to take fifth place at 6.86 seconds behind the South Australians. But the young Aussies were not happy as they crossed the line. "I heard one of the commentators say that although we rode well, we won't be a top 10 chance overall," a determined Kane Oakley said. "We might just see about that. We have got a couple of guys who can definitely finish top ten and even get on the podium," he said with a grin.

The Japanese teams didn't fare too well with all three finishing towards the rear of the field with Shimano finished last of the eighteen teams at 21.83 seconds.


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

Images by Shane Goss/www.licoricegallery.com


1 Savings And Loans                                    5.31.91
2 Ag2R Prevoyance                                      0.03.03
3 Australia                                            0.04.86
4 Cyclingnews.Com                                      0.05.66
5 HLP/Superstore                                       0.06.86
6 Jelly Belly-Pool Gel                                 0.08.26
7 Amore And Vita                                       0.09.38
8 Vis Jayco                                            0.11.26
9 Davitamon-Lotto                                      0.11.57
10 Ireland                                             0.13.00
11 Francaise des Jeux                                  0.13.10
12 Recycling.Co.Uk                                     0.13.35
13 MG Xpower                                           0.14.37
14 Bridgestone Anchor                                  0.15.38
15 Colnago - Caravello                                 0.16.85
16 Netherlands                                         0.18.26
17 Japan                                               0.18.63
18 Shimano                                             0.21.83
General classification after stage 1
1 Peter Mueller (Aus) Savings and Loans                   5.31
2 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Savings and Loans                    
3 Russell Van Hout (Aus) Savings and Loans                    
4 Adrian Laidler (Aus) Savings and Loans                      
5 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Savings and Loans                       
6 Steven Cunningham (Aus) Savings and Loans                   
7 Anthony Challinor (Aus) Savings and Loans                   
8 Joshua Collingwood (Aus) Savings and Loans                  
9 Christophe Oriol (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                  0.03
10 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2r Prévoyance                        
11 Mitchell Docker (Aus) AG2r Prévoyance                      
12 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) AG2r Prévoyance                    
13 Nicolas Portal (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                       
14 Erki Putsep (Est) AG2r Prévoyance                          
15 Joshua Wilson (Aus) AG2r Prévoyance                        
16 Andy Flickinger (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                      
17 Matthew Goss (Aus) Australia                           0.05
18 Peter Hatton (Aus) Australia                               
19 Sean Finning (Aus) Australia                               
20 Mark Jamieson (Aus) Australia                              
21 Peter Dawson (Aus) Australia                               
22 Mathew Rex (Aus) Australia                                 
23 Ashley Hutchinson (Aus) Australia                          
24 Stephen Wooldridge (Aus) Australia                         
25 Glen Chadwick (Aus) Cyclingnews.com-Fondriest          0.07
26 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Cyclingnews.com-Fondriest           
27 Bernard Sulzeberger (Aus) Cyclingnews.com-Fondriest        
28 Jeremy Venell (NZl) Cyclingnews.com-Fondriest              
29 Daniel Newham (Aus) Cyclingnews.com-Fondriest              
30 Cody Stevenson (Aus) Cyclingnews.com-Fondriest             
31 Kane Oakley (Aus) Cyclingnews.com-Fondriest                
32 Leigh Palmer (Aus) Cyclingnews.com-Fondriest               
33 Dominique Perras (Can) HLP/Superstore                      
34 David McKenzie (Aus) HLP/Superstore                        
35 Phil Thuaux (Aus) HLP/Superstore                           
36 Andy Naylor (Aus) HLP/Superstore                           
37 Karl Menzies (Aus) HLP/Superstore                          
38 Jai Crawford (Aus) HLP/Superstore                          
39 Richard England (Aus) HLP/Superstore                       
40 Glen Mitchell (NZl) HLP/Superstore                         
41 Danny Pate (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel                0.09
42 Dave McCook (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel                   
43 Matty Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel                    
44 Ben Brooks (Aus) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel                    
45 Caleb Manion (Aus) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel                  
46 Brice Jones (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel                   
47 Alex Candelario  (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel              
48 Kirk Albers (USA) Jelly Belly - Pool Gel                   
49 Domenico Passuello (Ita) Amore & Vita                  0.10
50 Aliaksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Amore & Vita                   
51 Dainius Kairelis (Ltu) Amore & Vita                        
52 Mateusz Mroz (Pol) Amore & Vita                         
53 Kimmo Kananen (Fin) Amore & Vita                           
54 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Amore & Vita                         
55 Kacper Sowinski (Pol) Amore & Vita                            
56 Artur Krsezowiec (Pol) Amore & Vita                        
57 Hilton Clarke Jnr. (Aus) VIS Jayco                     0.12
58 Simon Clarke (Aus) VIS Jayco                               
59 Johnny Clarke (Aus) VIS Jayco                              
60 Brett Lancaster (Aus) VIS Jayco                            
61 Brad Norton (Aus) VIS Jayco                                
62 Matt Lloyd (Aus) VIS Jayco                                 
63 Patrick Shaw (Aus) VIS Jayco                               
64 David Kemp (Aus) VIS Jayco                                 
65 Henk Vogels (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                          
66 Jason Phillips (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                       
67 Nick Gates (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                           
68 Peter Milostic (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                       
69 Bradley Mills (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                        
70 Michael Sims (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                         
71 Ryan Sullivan (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                        
72 Nick Sanderson (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                       
73 Paul Healion (Irl) Ireland                             0.13
74 David Mc Cann (Irl) Ireland                                
75 Andrew Roche (Irl) Ireland                                 
76 Padraig Marrey (Irl) Ireland                               
77 Conor Murphy (Irl) Ireland                                 
78 Tommy Evans (Irl) Ireland                                  
79 Andrew Mc Quaid (Irl) Ireland                              
80 Eugene Moriarty (Irl) Ireland                              
81 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Française des Jeux                  0.14
82 Matt Wilson (Aus) Française des Jeux                       
83 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Française des Jeux                
84 Baden Cooke (Aus) Française des Jeux                       
85 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Française des Jeux                     
86 Richard Moffatt (Aus) Française des Jeux                   
87 Ashley Humbert (Aus) Française des Jeux                    
88 Kieren Cameron (Aus) Française des Jeux                    
89 Kristian House (GBr) Recycling.co.uk/Litespeed             
90 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Recycling.co.uk/Litespeed              
91 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Recycling.co.uk/Litespeed               
92 Dean Downing (GBr) Recycling.co.uk/Litespeed               
93 Jason McIntyre (GBr) Recycling.co.uk/Litespeed             
94 Ben Greenwood (GBr) Recycling.co.uk/Litespeed              
95 Shaun Snodden (GBr) Recycling.co.uk/Litespeed              
96 Russell Downing (GBr) Recycling.co.uk/Litespeed            
97 Shaun Higgerson (Aus) MG Xpower p/b Bigpond            0.15
98 Stuart Shaw (Aus) MG Xpower p/b Bigpond                    
99 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) MG Xpower p/b Bigpond               
100 Jarron Poad (Aus) MG Xpower p/b Bigpond                   
101 Aaron Strong (Aus) MG Xpower p/b Bigpond                  
102 Tony Mann (Aus) MG Xpower p/b Bigpond                     
103 Troy Glennan (Aus) MG Xpower p/b Bigpond                  
104 Robert McLachlan (Aus) MG Xpower p/b Bigpond              
105 Shinichi Fukishima (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor           0.16
106 Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                 
107 Yusuke Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                   
108 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                 
109 Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                    
110 Yasutaka Tashiro (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                 
111 Koji Fukishima (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                   
112 Kazuo Indue (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                      
113 James Meadley (Aus) Colnago - Caravello               0.17
114 Peter McDonald (Aus) Colnago - Caravello                  
115 George Bunt (Aus) Colnago - Caravello                     
116 Robert Tighello (Aus) Colnago - Caravello                 
117 David Harrigan (Aus) Colnago - Caravello                  
118 Gordon McCauley (NZl) Colnago - Caravello                 
119 Trent Wilson (Aus) Colnago - Caravello                    
120 Josh Marden (Aus) Colnago - Caravello                     
121 Marcel Lamberts (Ned) Netherlands                     0.19
122 Bertil Klootwijk (Ned) Netherlands                        
123 Wouter Mol (Ned) Netherlands                              
124 Huub Duyn (Ned) Netherlands                               
125 Frank Kwanten (Ned) Netherlands                           
126 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Netherlands                       
127 Thijs Poelstra (Ned) Netherlands                          
128 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Netherlands                        
129 Makoto Iilima (Jpn) Japan presented by Latrobe City       
130 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan presented by Latrobe City     
131 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan presented by Latrobe City       
132 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Japan presented by Latrobe City     
133 Takumi Beppu (Jpn) Japan presented by Latrobe City        
134 Makoto Nakamura (Jpn) Japan presented by Latrobe City     
135 Mitsunari Mitaki (Jpn) Japan presented by Latrobe City    
136 Kazuya Okazaki (Jpn) Japan presented by Latrobe City      
137 Tomoya Kano (Jpn) Shimano                             0.22
138 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Shimano                                
139 Yoshimasa Hirose (Jpn) Shimano                            
140 Masamichi Yamamoto (Jpn) Shimano                          
141 Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Shimano                          
142 Hidenori Nodera (Jpn) Shimano                             
143 Kaoru Ouchi (Jpn) Shimano                                 
144 Yoshiyuki Abe (Jpn) Shimano                               

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