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Tattersall's Cup Series Tour of Gippsland - NE

Australia, August 2-6, 2006

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Stage 9 - August 6: Warragul - Warragul, 134.8kms

Stomping Sulzberger snatches eleventh-hour victory

By Rod Morris in Warragul

Daniel McConnell (SA.com) takes out the final stage
Photo ©: Shane Goss
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Tasmanian rider Wes Sulzberger turned an overnight 54 second deficit into championship victory in the opening event of this year's Tattersall's Cup cycling series, the five day Tour of Gippsland. Finishing in Warragul after a tough 134 km out and back road stage, Sulzberger and his South Australia.com teammates, fought tooth and nail to reel in tour leader Dean Windsor and his Drapac Porsche team, and succeeded in impressive style.

Sulzberger finished second in the stage behind local rider Daniel McConnell, but more importantly, claimed overall honours, 1'28 ahead of Queenslander Miles Olman, while McConnell elevated his status from 15th to third. All three are part of the South Australia.com-AIS team.

Windsor's horror final day, saw him finish in the main bunch, 5'32 behind and for the first time for the whole tour, he missed his time on the podium. Windsor fell from first to sixth and finished 4'51 behind Sulzberger in the tour. Windsor admitted on Saturday that he was worried about Sulzberger. 24 hours later his stance was justified.

Sulzberger forged his way ahead of the main bunch about 60 km into the stage with a group of eight others including teammates Miles Olman, Michael Ford and Daniel McConnell. The group worked hard, quickly gaining time on the chasing peloton and punishing Windsor's Drapac Porsche team for missing the break.

Sulzberger wasn't too concerned about not winning the stage, but he was clearly THE rider of the tour. Outside of general classification honours, Sulzberger also won the sprint, criterium and most aggressive rider championships. A rare feat indeed for the one rider to win so many individual awards in the same tour.

Wes Sulzberger (SA.com) was just 54 seconds from the tour lead
Photo ©: Shane Goss
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"It was all on the line in the final stage," Sulzberger said. "My team was fantastic and I really wouldn't have got to this podium position without them."

In a great result for the South Australia.com-AIS team, Miles Olman and Daniel McConnell completed the trifecta in GC placings. To add further success to the team, Michael Ford finished third to McConnell and Sulzberger in the final stage, giving the team the top four there as well.

Windsor was shattered post race, but realistic. "It was always going to be a tough stage and I knew we had to watch Sulzberger and his team so closely," he said.

"But full credit to Wes, I'm happy to have worn yellow for as long as I did and if I had to turn it over to anyone, then it couldn't have gone to a better rider."

Sulzberger has also jumped to the lead in the prestigious Tattersall's Cup, a series of races which includes the Australian Grand Prix in Ballarat, Tour of the Murray River and the Tour of Tasmania. "It has been an awesome week and I am really proud to have started the series so well," he said.

A lead group opened up a gap on the peloton
Photo ©: Shane Goss
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"There is still a lot of racing to go yet, but I'll be trying just as hard in all the others as this one. I was bit rusty early in the week, but got better as the tour went along."

The final stage took its toll on the bunch, but only because the lead group had the hammer down for so long. Outside of the South Australia.com-AIS team, others in the group included Victorian Mark O'Brien and NSW trio, Cameron Peterson, Chris Jory and veteran Peter Milostic.

In the sprint to the final line, McConnell opened up a gap of 15 seconds to the chasers, while the bunch was more than five minutes down the road, led home by David Pell and the despondent overnight leader Dean Windsor.

Photography

For a thumbnail gallery of these images, click here

Images by Shane Goss/www.licoricegallery.com

Results

1 Daniel McConnell                               3.20.23
2 Wesley Sulzberger                                 0.15
3 Michael Ford                                          
4 Miles Olman                                           
5 Mark O'Brien                                          
6 Cameron Peterson                                      
7 Chris Jory                                            
8 Peter Milostic                                        
9 David Pell                                        5.32
10 Dean Windsor                                         
11 Patrick Shaw                                         
12 Robert McLachlan                                     
13 Christopher Fry                                      
14 Jacob Sutherland                                     
15 Chris Jongewaard                                     
16 Tony Mann                                            
17 Bradley Clarke                                       
18 Richie Porte                                         
19 Jason Hegert                                         
20 Peter Ladd                                           
21 Lachlan Norris                                       
22 Edwin Crossling                                      
23 Darren Lapthorne                                     
24 Brendan Brooks                                       
25 Aaron Wheeler                                        
26 Jack Alexander                                   7.14
27 Nick Both                                            
28 Scott Peoples                                   13.06
29 Michael Tolhurst                                13.20
30 Robert Cater                                         
31 Mitchell Docker                                      
32 Damien Turner                                        
33 Tom Middleton                                        
34 Stephen Isbel                                        
35 Stuart Shaw                                          
36 Daniel Furmston                                      
37 Fabio Calabria                                       
38 Casey Munro                                          
39 Cody Stevenson                                       
40 Will Dickeson                                        
41 Alistair Crossling                              13.33
42 Andrew Hanigan                                  22.59
43 Benjamin Juzwin                                      
44 Vaughan Bowman                                       
45 Michael Gallagher                                    
46 Andrew Ward                                          
47 Tim Hucker                                           
48 Tim Buchanan                                         
49 Timothy Walker                                       
50 Brett Franklin                                  23.23
51 Chris Steffanoni                                     
52 Kym Howard                                           
53 Matthew Delahunty                                    
54 Peter Smith                                          
55 Steven Robb                                          
56 Stephen Cunningham                              30.15
57 Simon Pearson                                        
58 David Hiley                                          
59 Allan Sieper                                         
60 William Zammit                                       
61 Will Wettenhall                                      
62 Steven Pilson                                        
63 Grant Webster                                        
64 Glen Peterson                                        
65 James Henry                                          
66 William Murray                                       
67 Samuel Rix                                           
68 Phillip Stokes                                       
69 Trent Stevenson                                      
70 Jack Hudson                                          
71 Damon De Angelis                                     
 
Sprints
 
Sprint 1 - Rokeby Town Hall
1 Nick Both                                            3 pts
2 Peter Ladd                                           2
3 Jack Alexander                                       1
 
Sprint 2 - Police Station
1 Peter Ladd                                           3 pts
2 Peter Milostic                                       2
3 Jack Alexander                                       1
 
Sprint 3 - Soldiers Memorial
1 Mark O'Brien                                         3 pts
2 Peter Ladd                                           2
3 Jack Alexander                                       1
 
Sprint 4 - Noojee Hotel
1 Peter Milostic                                       3 pts
2 Peter Ladd                                           2
3 Jason Hegert                                         1
 
Sprint 5 - St James Anglican Church
1 Nick Both                                            3 pts
2 Michael Ford                                         2
3 Peter Milostic                                       1
 
Sprint 6 - Willow Grove Farm
1 Wesley Sulzberger                                    3 pts
2 Daniel McConnell                                     2
3 Miles Olman                                          1
 
Sprint 7 - Trafalgar Recreation Reserve
1 Miles Olman                                          3 pts
2 Wesley Sulzberger                                    2
3 Michael Ford                                         1
 
Sprint 8 - Burn Bank House
1 Miles Olman                                          3 pts
2 Wesley Sulzberger                                    2
3 Cameron Peterson                                     1
 
Sprint 9 - Shady Creek Primary School
1 Wesley Sulzberger                                    3 pts
2 Cameron Peterson                                     2
3 Daniel McConnell                                     1
 
Mountains
 
Climb 1 - Cat.4 Mocka 13 - White House
1 Brendan Brooks                                       3 pts
2 Chris Jory                                           2
3 Miles Olman                                          1
 
Climb 2 - Cat.4 Mocka 21 - Traffic Island
1 Chris Jory                                           3 pts
2 Michael Ford                                         2
3 Peter Ladd                                           1
 
Climb 3 - Cat.3 Mocka 36 - Thorngrove Hometead
1 Mark O'Brien                                         5 pts
2 Peter Ladd                                           3
3 Peter Milostic                                       2
 
Climb 4 - Cat.2 Mocka 51 - Toorongo River
1 Mark O'Brien                                         7 pts
2 Jack Alexander                                       5
3 Peter Milostic                                       3
 
Climb 5 - Cat.2 Mocka 58 - Pass Crossings Rd
1 Wesley Sulzberger                                    7 pts
2 Daniel McConnell                                     5
3 Miles Olman                                          3
 
Climb 6 - Cat.4 Mocka 90 - White Letterbox on Right
1 Wesley Sulzberger                                    3 pts
2 Peter Milostic                                       2
3 Mark O'Brien                                         1
 
Final general classification
 
1 Wesley Sulzberger                             15.26.49
2 Miles Olman                                       1.28
3 Daniel McConnell                                  3.50
4 Peter Milostic                                    3.59
5 Mark O'Brien                                      4.33
6 Dean Windsor                                      4.51
7 Chris Jongewaard                                  6.23
8 Michael Ford                                      6.51
9 Tony Mann                                         6.52
10 Darren Lapthorne                                 7.37
11 Patrick Shaw                                     9.16
12 David Pell                                       9.19
13 Robert McLachlan                                 9.20
14 Brendan Brooks                                   9.58
15 Jacob Sutherland                                10.09
16 Lachlan Norris                                  10.11
17 Edwin Crossling                                 10.21
18 Jason Hegert                                    12.12
19 Cody Stevenson                                  13.46
20 Nick Both                                       14.11
21 Fabio Calabria                                  15.08
22 Mitchell Docker                                 16.27
23 Robert Cater                                    17.39
24 Stuart Shaw                                     18.07
25 Scott Peoples                                   18.11
26 Michael Tolhurst                                18.12
27 Casey Munro                                     18.39
28 Cameron Peterson                                20.19
29 Bradley Clarke                                  21.30
30 Chris Jory                                      23.14
31 Stephen Isbel                                   25.27
32 Richie Porte                                    25.36
33 Tim Buchanan                                    26.05
34 Tim Hucker                                      28.04
35 Jack Alexander                                       
36 Aaron Wheeler                                   28.36
37 Chris Steffanoni                                31.28
38 Peter Ladd                                      31.54
39 Will Dickeson                                   34.05
40 Tom Middleton                                   34.44
41 Vaughan Bowman                                  37.00
42 Benjamin Juzwin                                 37.53
43 Christopher Fry                                 38.28
44 Daniel Furmston                                 39.08
45 Alistair Crossling                              40.53
46 Matthew Delahunty                               44.50
47 Andrew Ward                                     46.03
48 Peter Smith                                     47.26
49 Damien Turner                                   47.30
50 Timothy Walker                                  48.10
51 Brett Franklin                                  52.49
52 Allan Sieper                                    52.56
53 Kym Howard                                      55.04
54 Trent Stevenson                                 57.59
55 Steven Robb                                     58.32
56 Stephen Cunningham                              58.47
57 Simon Pearson                                 1.03.28
58 Andrew Hanigan                                1.04.26
59 Grant Webster                                 1.04.38
60 David Hiley                                   1.05.01
61 Jack Hudson                                   1.09.44
62 Phillip Stokes                                1.17.12
63 Glen Peterson                                 1.17.55
64 William Zammit                                1.18.04
65 Michael Gallagher                             1.24.11
66 Steven Pilson                                 1.25.09
67 Samuel Rix                                    1.31.25
68 Will Wettenhall                               1.34.59
69 Damon De Angelis                              1.46.03
70 William Murray                                1.52.18
71 James Henry                                   2.02.39
 
Sprint classification
 
1 Wesley Sulzberger                                   94 pts
2 Dean Windsor                                        48
3 Patrick Shaw                                        27
4 Mitchell Docker                                     25
5 Chris Jongewaard                                    20
6 Scott Peoples                                       20
7 Will Dickeson                                       19
8 Peter Ladd                                          13
9 Mark O'Brien                                        11
10 Robert McLachlan                                   11
11 Miles Olman                                         8
12 Nick Both                                           8
13 Michael Tolhurst                                    8
14 Tony Mann                                           8
15 David Pell                                          8
16 Cody Stevenson                                      7
17 Peter Milostic                                      6
18 Darren Lapthorne                                    6
19 Robert Cater                                        6
20 Cameron Peterson                                    6
21 Tim Buchanan                                        6
22 Casey Munro                                         5
23 Vaughan Bowman                                      4
24 Michael Ford                                        4
25 Brendan Brooks                                      4
26 Daniel McConnell                                    3
27 Jack Alexander                                      3
28 Richie Porte                                        2
29 Steven Robb                                         2
30 Jason Hegert                                        2
31 Simon Pearson                                       1
32 Stuart Shaw                                         1
33 Trent Stevenson                                     1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Tony Mann                                           36 pts
2 Darren Lapthorne                                    33
3 Brendan Brooks                                      28
4 Wesley Sulzberger                                   22
5 Will Dickeson                                       20
6 David Pell                                          13
7 Mark O'Brien                                        13
8 Miles Olman                                          9
9 Scott Peoples                                        8
10 Daniel McConnell                                    7
11 Peter Milostic                                      7
12 Richie Porte                                        7
13 Peter Ladd                                          6
14 Simon Pearson                                       6
15 Jack Alexander                                      5
16 Chris Jory                                          5
17 Michael Tolhurst                                    5
18 Bradley Clarke                                      2
19 Jason Hegert                                        2
20 Casey Munro                                         2
21 Michael Ford                                        2
22 Chris Jongewaard                                    2
23 Tim Buchanan                                        2
24 Stuart Shaw                                         1
 
Most aggressive rider classification
 
1 Wesley Sulzberger                                    6 pts
2 Sean Finning                                         2
3 Tony Mann                                            2
4 Mitchell Docker                                      2
5 Scott Peoples                                        2
6 Will Dickeson                                        2
7 Mark O'Brien                                         2
8 Darren Lapthorne                                     2
 
Criterium championship classification
 
1 Wesley Sulzberger                                   35 pts
2 Dean Windsor                                        27
3 Cody Stevenson                                      20
4 Scott Peoples                                       13
5 Darren Lapthorne                                    13
6 Mitchell Docker                                     10
7 Robert McLachlan                                    10
8 Patrick Shaw                                        10
9 Miles Olman                                          9
10 Mark O'Brien                                        7
11 Chris Jongewaard                                    7
12 Tim Buchanan                                        7
13 Peter Milostic                                      6
14 Brendan Brooks                                      6
15 David Pell                                          5
16 Cameron Peterson                                    5
17 Richie Porte                                        5
18 Will Dickeson                                       4
19 Stuart Shaw                                         3
20 Tom Middleton                                       3
21 Robert Cater                                        2
22 Michael Ford                                        1
23 Jason Hegert                                        1

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