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Herald Sun Tour - 2.1
Australia, October 9-15, 2005
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
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.
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.
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.
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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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