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Bathurst Women Tour - NE

NSW, Australia, June 3-4, 2006

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Stage 3 - June 4: Road race

Vicki Eustace of Canberra showed the form that has taken her to the top of the National Road Series in the final stage of the Bcc Women Tour in Bathurst today. Eustace attacked on the 5km Caloola Climb and soloed away for a great victory.

Over night leader Toireasa Gallagher rode a great stage, climbing with AIS Rider Amanda Spratt and the in-form Joanna Sumerville (Lidcombe/Aubin), then working smoothly to bring back Under 19 star Tiff Cromwell (SA) and NSW state rep Kate Charge (Lidcombe/Aubin), to form a 5 rider chase group behind Eustace. Gallagher organising the chase, only needing to keep Eustace in sight to win the tour.

But Eustace was simply was to strong and time trilled away for a 2minute victory, giving her a deserving win in the 5th round of the Nation Road Series.

The final stage of the B Grade event seen Top Class Victorian Sprinter Tabatha Cole show some real road form. Her stage win moving her up to second overall behind Randwick/Botany's Melanie McDonald who finish second in the final stage, with Bathurst's National medallist Rosemary Hastings third infront Anna Johnston (Eurobodalla) and Bathurst's Jill Harris. McDonald dominated B Grade with a win in the time trial and two impressive second placing in the other stages. Top masters riders filling the minor placing with Tabatha Cole (Vic) and Sandra Beaumont of Southern Highlands taking second and third overall.

The Bathurst tour marks the middle of the National Road Series for women, with Eustace looking forward to the 5 weeks break till the next round in Canberra. Eustace has established a comfortable lead over Queenslander Josie Loane and now has the luxury of marking the Lifecycle cc rider in her hometown Kowalski ACT tour on the 7th - 9th July.


A Grade - STAGE 3 – Road Race
1 Vicki Eustace (Canberra CC)                               
2 Tiffany Cromwell (Norwood CC)                         2.04
3 Amanda Spratt (Penrith CC)                                
4 Toireasa Gallagher (Bathurst CC)                          
5 Kate Charge (Lidcombe Auburn CC)                          
Final General Classification
1 Vicki Eustace (Canberra CC)                               
2 Toireasa Gallagher (Bathurst CC)                      1.28
3 Amanda Spratt (Penrith CC)                            2.16
4 Tiffany Cromwell (Norwood CC @ 2.20                       
5 Kate Charge (Lidcombe Auburn CC)                      3.25
6 Joanna Somerville (Lidcombe Auburn CC @ 3.44              
7 Monique Hanley (Warragual)                            9.00
8 Emma Lovelock (Sutherland Shire CC @ 9.10                 
9 Belinda Diprose (Lidcombe Auburn CC)                  9.30
10 Sorcha Flett (Wagga Wagga CC)                       13.57
B Grade
1 Tabatha Cole (Blackburn CC)                               
2 Melanie Mcdonald (Randwick/Botany CC)                     
3 Rosemary Hastings (Bathurst CC)                           
4 Anna Johnston (Eurobodalla CC)                            
5 Jill Harris (Bathurst CC)                                 
Final General Classification
1 Melanie Mcdonald (Randwick/Botany CC)                     
2 Tabatha Cole (Blackburn CC)                               
3 Sandra Beaumont (Southern Highlands CC)                   
4 Anna Johnston (Eurobodalla CC)                            
5 Glenda Preston (ADF CC)                                   
6 Jill Harris (Bathurst CC)                                 
7 Rosemary Hastings (Bathurst CC)                           
8 Bryony Mika (Wagga Wagga CC)                              
9 Christine Ervin (Coburg CC)                               
10 Raewyn Simons (Bathurst CC)