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56th Jayco Herald Sun Tour - 2.1

Australia, October 14-21, 2007

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Stage 5 - October 19: Mt Beauty - Wangaratta, 110.9km

Wilson returns to yellow in unusual circumstances

Jennings claims stage win

By John Trevorrow in Wangaratta

Jennings has been going well all week
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Stage five of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour was a red letter day for DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed, but a disaster for the Dutch leader Joost Van Leijen. A late breakaway succeeded in holding off the field, and it was Cameron Jennings (DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed) who rocketed past Peter Herzig (FRF Couriers /NSW IS) with help from his team-mate Kiwi Jeremy Vennell, who finished third.

"This was my first professional win," a beaming Jennings said. "Actually I did win a small Kermesse in Belgium but this is by far my biggest thrill. I am rapt. The team was awesome today and I helped set things up for Bernie in the hill-climb and then I had to fight to get back on. It is a great day for the team."

The day wasn't quite as satisfying for the morning's leader, Joost Van Leijen, who lost the race lead to Unibet.com's Matthew Wilson in sensational and controversial circumstances. The Dutchman was stripped of the yellow jersey when he was docked 20 seconds for motor pacing back on to the peloton by his team car after a puncture at the 65-kilometre mark of a frenetic action packed stage.

The obviously distraught Van Leijen remonstrated with the officials when he was informed of the decision but refused to speak to the media.

Now we have the amazing situation of five riders within 30 seconds of the race lead. Wilson leads by 14 seconds to Swiss Steve Morabito (Astana), Van Leijen at 18 seconds, Aussie Trent Lowe (Jayco National Team) at 24 seconds followed by Frenchman Julien Mazet (Astana) at 29.

Netherland National Team manager, Frank Kwanten (left),
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Netherlands team manager Frank Kwanten was also extremely unhappy with the decision but was also a bit more philosophical. "Joost had punctured and when he had the wheel replaced I just took my position back in the convoy which was car number one," Kwanten said. "I drove past all the cars in the convoy and paced him back to the front of the race," Kwanten added.

"I was given a warning by the police the other day for driving too fast, this time I took it easy, maybe I should have taken Van Leijen just to the back of the convoy and let him ride the rest of the way back up to the bunch."

Kwanten unsuccessfully appealed against the 20-second time penalty, which now sees Van Leijen drop from first to third behind Wilson and Astana's Steve Morabito. South Africa-born Canadian chief commissar Wayne Pomario said the race rules are quite clear. "We as officials appointed by the UCI are being consistent. We docked Steve Morabito 20 seconds on stage two," Pomario said. "The riders know they are not allowed to be paced. Van Leijen was seen by the judges coming through the field and also by Commissar Two," he said.

"This wasn't a matter of getting back to the convoy, he was in the convoy. He had three riders at the back of the peloton and they could have gone back and assisted through the vehicles. Dominque Rollin, the sprint jersey holder, had a problem with his derailleur earlier in the day just after the hill climb at Kancoona and the peloton was going quite hard, but he wasn't paced and came through the caravan as you should. One must be fair to everybody," Pomario continued.

Tour leader, Joost Van Leijen (Netherlands National Team),
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While Van Leijin refused to discuss the penalty, team-mate Maint Berkenbosch was more frank. "We work our balls off all day only to lose the yellow like this. It's an absolute joke. It wouldn't happen if this was a race in Europe. At worst the commissaries there would have issued Joost with a warning for a first offence," Berkenbosch said.

New leader Matty Wilson was genuinely sorry for the Dutchman. "It is a terrible way to get the yellow jersey. I feel for the guy, and I think that when you lose time because of a mechanical mishap then there should be more leniency," Wilson said. "But it was an awesome stage and my team was just great. I reckon just about everybody in the bike race had a bash up the road today.

"Everyone was putting pressure on the Dutchman and he didn't have much of a team left around him. It worked well for us for the sprints and then he had the bad luck with the puncture. I guess it's all played into our hands," Wilson said. "I'm not ordinarily confident going into a time trial but everything's going really well. So I believe I can do it."

Baden Cooke was stoked with his best mate's performance. "It just shows how good Matty is when he stops working for the team and has the chance to go for himself," Cooke said. "Matty has put it on the line so many times for me over the years and this is just great. I wanted to put pressure on the leader early. There were so many breaks going and I saw one time when Matty got up the road with Stuey, and the Dutch team was in trouble. Then in the sprints with Jezz [Jeremy Hunt] and Jimmy [Casper] and I leading him out, well we were doing 60 kilometres an hour so there was no way anyone was coming past," Cooke said.

"This race has been full gas every day and whoever wins will really deserve it -- I just hope it's Matty."

The pace was controlled from the start by DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed with Bernard Sulzberger needing to finish in the points and ahead of Swiss Steve Morabito (Astana) as the pair was locked together on 30 points. The KOM sprint at Kancoona after 37 kilometres was the final hill-climb in the race and it was an all out battle between the Swiss and the Tasmanian. Sulzberger had too much power in the end and took the climb and the title.

How it unfolded

Baden Cooke (Unibet.com)
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The Unibet.com team threw any caution to the wind and put the hammer down after the hill climb. They were brilliant. They attacked and attacked with first Baden Cooke getting in the break and then Wilson with the Netherlands team under extreme pressure to hold it together. To their credit they managed to do so but the Dutchmen could do nothing about the awesome power of the lead-outs from Cooke, Jimmy Casper and Jeremy Hunt. With three of the fastest riders in the world taking him to the line, Wilson won both the intermediate sprints and collected six valuable seconds to put him only two seconds behind the flying Dutchman.

Soon after the second sprint at Everton at kilometre 88, the trio broke clear. Another break of ten riders chased but could not catch the flying leaders. As soon as the riders crossed the line rumours surrounding Van Leijen's situation spread throughout the Tour, and most of the cyclists did not agree with the decision.

Stuart O'Grady just shook his head when told of the penalty. "This is the Sun Tour not the Tour de France," O'Grady said. "I know rules are rules but I just think a bit of common sense and a bit of latitude could be used. I hate to see a guy lose the yellow jersey through bad luck."

Nick Gates (Jayco Australian National Team) was quick to comment. "No one wants to see the leader of the tour lose his jersey because of a time penalty, Gates said. "The guy punctured and, fair dinkum, it's done around the world that your team car takes you to the back of the convoy," Gates added.

However, that is where the Dutch manager probably made his biggest mistake. Because he paced the young Van Leijen right past all the team cars and officials and back into the peloton.

The short 8.6-kilometre time trial around Melbourne's Botanic could bring the gaps even closer. Wilson leads, but both riders snapping at his heels have received 20-second penalties. It is an unbelievable situation and it's quite staggering, that last year's dramatic finale could very likely be repeated.

Photography

For a thumbnail gallery of these images, click here

Images by Shane Goss/www.licoricegallery.com

Results

1 Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed        2.30.40 (44.203 km/h)
2 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                          
3 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed             0.08
4 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe               0.26
5 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell-Priority Health      0.35
6 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team              
7 Gene Bates (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                     
8 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Unibet.com                                  
9 Christian Leben (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                       0.39
10 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                      
11 Tom Southam (GBr) Drapac Porsche                              
12 Tom Middleton (Aus) Savings & Loans                           
13 Marc Ryan (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand                
14 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Netherlands National Team          1.41
15 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com                               
16 Malaya Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Netherlands National Team         
17 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana                                     
18 John Ebeling (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                         
19 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                   
20 David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans                              
21 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana                                     
22 Trent Lowe (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team               
23 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed            
24 Camiel Denis (Ned) Netherlands National Team                  
25 Dominique Perras (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada             
26 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                         
27 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Bissell-Priority Health                    
28 Richard England (Aus) Bissell-Priority Health                 
29 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche                              
30 Aaron Tuckerman (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand          
31 Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Netherlands National Team             
32 Benoit Joachim (Lux) Astana                                   
33 Simon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                  
34 Jorg Ludewig (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                             
35 Brett Tivers (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand             
36 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porsche                             
36 Michal Golas (Pol) Unibet.com                                 
38 Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada             
39 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada                
40 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand          
41 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed                  
42 Zachary Bell (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada                 
43 Jason Allen (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand              
44 Brendan Brooks (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                       
45 Rhys Pollock (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed                  
46 Johnnie Walker (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                
47 Luke Cridland (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                        
48 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell-Priority Health                 
49 Jason Hegert (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                         
50 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                  
51 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team           
52 Mark O'Brien (Aus) Drapac Porsche                             
53 Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe                
54 Peter Dawson (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                  
55 Chris Jory (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                           
56 Peter Mueller (Aus) Savings & Loans                           
57 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Porsche                         
58 Prajak Mahawong (Tha) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe                  
59 Trent Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team             
60 Felix Odebrecht (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                          
61 Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell-Priority Health                      
62 Ryan Anderson (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada                
63 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team         
64 Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe                   
65 Casey Munro (Aus) Drapac Porsche                              
66 Craig Mccartney (Aus) Savings & Loans                         
67 Shaun Higgerson (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS           2.02
68 Omer Kem (USA) Bissell-Priority Health                    2.09
69 Will Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans                       2.19
70 Brett Aitken (Aus) Savings & Loans                            
71 Logan Hutchings (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand          
72 William Ford (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                  
73 Nick Gates (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team               
74 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                              2.48
75 Wim Botman (Ned) Netherlands National Team                2.57
76 Adriaan Helmantel (Ned) Netherlands National Team             
DNF Kane Oakley (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed                  
 
Sprint 1
 
1 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com                               6 pts
2 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                   4
3 Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada             2
 
Sprint 2
 
1 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com                               6 pts
2 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team           4
3 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                   2
 
Final sprint
 
1 Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed             10 pts
2 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                         8
3 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed                6
4 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe                  4
5 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell-Priority Health         2
 
Climb 1
 
1 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed            6 pts
2 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                   4
3 Malaya Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Netherlands National Team         2
 
General Classification after Stage 5
 
1 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com                        16.08.14
2 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                0.14
3 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Netherlands National Team           0.18
4 Trent Lowe (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team            0.24
5 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana                                  0.29
6 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                               1.51
7 Simon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS               2.02
8 Dominique Perras (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada          3.53
9 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Bissell-Priority Health                 4.05
10 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada            4.25
11 David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans                          5.44
12 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Porsche                    10.34
13 Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Netherlands National Team        10.59
14 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed       11.53
15 Jorg Ludewig (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                        12.15
16 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                 13.17
17 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe             15.02
18 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed             16.12
19 Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed         16.19
20 Mark O'Brien (Aus) Drapac Porsche                        16.24
21 Michal Golas (Pol) Unibet.com                            16.25
22 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana                                16.38
23 Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada        17.05
24 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand     17.48
25 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche                         22.41
26 Brendan Brooks (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                  23.26
27 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell-Priority Health    24.32
28 Christian Leben (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                     30.02
29 Benoit Joachim (Lux) Astana                              31.47
30 Omer Kem (USA) Bissell-Priority Health                   32.38
31 Johnnie Walker (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS           35.01
32 Camiel Denis (Ned) Netherlands National Team             36.34
33 Gene Bates (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS               36.50
34 Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell-Priority Health                 38.07
35 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Unibet.com                            38.22
36 Malaya Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Netherlands National Team    38.43
37 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed           39.19
38 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team      39.29
39 Tom Middleton (Aus) Savings & Loans                      40.34
40 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                    40.54
41 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                             42.35
42 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team        44.48
43 Will Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans                      45.50
44 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team    46.34
45 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porsche                        46.56
46 Aaron Tuckerman (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand     47.05
47 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell-Priority Health            47.16
48 Nick Gates (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team          49.19
49 Richard England (Aus) Bissell-Priority Health            52.03
50 Rhys Pollock (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed             52.12
51 Brett Tivers (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand        52.48
52 John Ebeling (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                    53.35
53 Tom Southam (GBr) Drapac Porsche                         53.48
54 Chris Jory (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                      54.23
55 Shaun Higgerson (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS          54.44
56 Zachary Bell (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada            54.55
57 Peter Mueller (Aus) Savings & Loans                      56.01
58 Trent Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team        56.28
59 Adriaan Helmantel (Ned) Netherlands National Team        57.48
60 Logan Hutchings (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand     58.17
61 Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe            1.01.46
62 Luke Cridland (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                 1.01.47
63 Brett Aitken (Aus) Savings & Loans                     1.01.49
64 Jason Hegert (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                  1.02.19
65 Casey Munro (Aus) Drapac Porsche                       1.02.32
66 Marc Ryan (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand         1.02.51
67 Jason Allen (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand       1.02.55
68 Wim Botman (Ned) Netherlands National Team             1.04.17
69 William Ford (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS           1.05.42
70 Felix Odebrecht (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                   1.05.51
71 Craig Mccartney (Aus) Savings & Loans                  1.06.06
72 Ryan Anderson (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada         1.07.16
73 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                  1.07.51
74 Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe         1.08.12
75 Prajak Mahawong (Tha) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe           1.09.17
76 Peter Dawson (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS           1.09.36
 
Mountains classification
 
Climb 1
 
1 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed           36 pts
2 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                  34
3 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Netherlands National Team             24
4 Trent Lowe (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team              18
5 Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada            16
6 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell-Priority Health                12
7 Tom Southam (GBr) Drapac Porsche                             10
8 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed                  8
9 Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Netherlands National Team             4
10 Michal Golas (Pol) Unibet.com                                4
11 Benoit Joachim (Lux) Astana                                  4
12 Malaya Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Netherlands National Team        2
 
Young rider classification
 
1 Simon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS           16.10.16
2 Mark O'Brien (Aus) Drapac Porsche                         14.22
3 Brendan Brooks (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                   21.24
4 Christian Leben (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                      28.00
5 Johnnie Walker (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS            32.59
6 Tom Middleton (Aus) Savings & Loans                       38.32
7 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team         42.46
8 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porsche                         44.54
9 Chris Jory (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                       52.21
10 Luke Cridland (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                   59.45
11 Jason Hegert (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                  1.00.17
12 Casey Munro (Aus) Drapac Porsche                       1.00.30
13 Wim Botman (Ned) Netherlands National Team             1.02.15
14 William Ford (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS           1.03.40
15 Ryan Anderson (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada         1.05.14
 
Teams classification
 
1  Astana                                                48.37.34
2  Unibet.com                                                4.35
3  Bicycle Superstore -Canada                               12.18
4  DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed                                30.14
5  South Australia.Com - AIS                                32.43
6  Netherlands National Team                                34.29
7  Drapac Porsche                                           35.35
8  Bissell-Priority Health                                  41.17
9  Jayco Australian National Team                           49.29
10  Savings & Loans                                       1.11.54
11  FRF Couriers-NSWIS                                    1.25.25
12  Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand                        1.33.05
13  Wiesenfof-Felt                                        1.35.28
14  Nippo - Meitan Latrobe                                2.04.13

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