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Tattersall's Cup #3: Tour of the Otway Ranges, (NE)
Australia, August 13, 2003
MacLachlan & Tighello in final escape
There were 88 entries for today's classic, less than expected but considering this would be the toughest assignment of the $25,500 five race series, it would be a day for the climbers or for those who dared to brave the elements amongst some of Australia's most beautiful terrain.
Nine sprints and eight hill climbs consisting of a category 1 climb of 10kms out of Apollo Bay was going to see only the tough survive and that's the way it turned out with a few surprises along the way.
The first surprise came when Uruguay's Hector Morales chased down the early break away instigated by Bendigo's Tim Decker and Troy Glennan NSW.
The international who has ridden the previous two Tattersall's Cup races in the series went on to show he was to mean business in the mountains with six sprint victories and two hill climbs to his credit for the day.
The biggest margin of the race was 7 minutes 35 seconds to the top ranked riders who were in the third group on the road, and even over the biggest climb of the day through the Otways out of Skenes Creek, the margin didn't alter greatly.
Morales (Uruguay), Luke Bettany (South Australia) and Christopher Bradford (Carnegie) defied logic and kept the chasing peloton at bay. They continued to share the Sprints and Hill climbs along the way and it wasn't until the Gerangamite School 34kms from the finish they looked suspect to hold on.
The gap narrowed to 54 seconds, Kieran Cameron instigated numerous attacks then disaster for duel Tatts Cup winner Robert Tighello, 20kms from the finish and Tighello with six of the top ten riders threw his hand in the air, a broken spoke caused his rear wheel to buckle and a quick change needed.
Valuable time lost as he gave them 35 seconds, desperate in his attempt to get on again it took just 4kms and speeds of 55kms on the flat before he regained them, but how much energy did he use.
Cameron again attacked, the AIS rider nullified each time, finally five riders some how got a break on a small hill outside Colac, Domenic Gatto (Brunswick), Gary Parsons (Camperdown), Robert McLachlan (ACT) with Luke Weir (Carnegie) and Tighello off the front.
Richard Moffat (NSW) tried to get across to them but they were highballing towards the finish with McLachlan and Tighello somehow catching them napping to break away with 6kms left in the bike race.
They would have the finish to themselves and as Tighello looked over his left shoulder to see how much break they had on the chasing three, the Canberra School teacher exploded around him with brilliant speed to get the break that would win him his second Tatts Cup race.
Images by Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com
Results, 186.8 km
1 Robert McLachlan (A.C.T) 2 Robert Tighello (Carnegie) 3 Luke Weir (Carnegie) 4 Domenic Gatto 5 Garry Parsons 6 Richard Moffatt 7 Luke Bettany 8 Christopher Bradford 9 Hector Morales 10 Ashley Baines 11 Kieren Cameron 12 Andrew Graham 13 Michael Tolhurst 14 Nick Kiraly 15 Robert Boag 16 Ashley Hayat 17 Shaun Higgerson 18 Tim Decker 19 Troy Glennan 20 Tim Buchanan 21 Robert Lyte 22 Trent Stevenson 23 Peter Milostic 24 George Vallins 25 Matthew Goold 26 Bradley Norton 27 Christopher Tymms 28 Stephen Cunningham 29 Peter Trigar 30 Shayne Kirby 31 Simon Price 32 Craig McCartney 33 Steven Lymburn 34 Bradley Simpson 35 Mitch Barbir 36 Paul Sumich 37 Damian Harbison 38 Samuel Rix 39 Anthony Challinor 40 Christopher Fry 41 Douglas Muller 42 Phillip Orr 43 Simon Walker 44 Daniel Newnham 45 Andrew Small 46 Graham Rootes 47 Ed Knowles 48 Ian Chandler 49 Mark Hooper 50 William Murray 51 Jason Ryan 52 Damien Ladd 53 Evan Corry 54 Dennis Markouris 55 Lincoln Brown 56 Craig Cahill 57 Chris Eichler 58 Warren Nelson 59 Adam Pyke 60 Robin Tullet 61 Rhys Smith 62 Andrew Lang 63 Michael Sparke Sprint Hector Morales (Uruguay) King of the Mountains Christopher Bradford (Carnegie) Overall standings after three races 1 Robert Tighello 56 pts 2 Dominic Gatto 55 3 Garry Parsons 55 4 Robert McLachlan 46 5 Luke Weir 45 6 Brett Aitken 38 7 Hector Morales 36 8 Trent Stevenson 32 9 Shayne Kirby 27 10 Peter Milostic 25 11 Tim Decker 23 12 Richard Moffatt 23 13 Luke Bettany 22 14 Shaun Higgerson 22 15 Michael Tolhurst 22