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56th Jayco Herald Sun Tour - 2.1

Australia, October 14-21, 2007

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Stage 2 - October 16: Mitchelton Winery - Mansfield, 145.6km

Brotherly love overpowers German motor

By John Trevorrow in Mansfield

Wes Sulzberger (SouthAustralia.com) takes out stage two
Photo ©: Shane Goss
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Before the race got under way there was a minute of silence for Scott Peoples. The young lad from just up the road in Shepparton, finished third into Nagambie in last years tour before he was tragically killed by a motor vehicle in December last year. It was a moving moment as the full field of riders bowed their heads as a mark of respect to a promising young life cut short.

This year's Jayco Herald Sun Tour just keeps getting better. Again the race exploded the moment the flag was dropped at Michelton Winery and it never let up until the finish in Mansfield.

Tasmanian brothers Wes and Bernie Sulzberger made it a family affair by finishing first and third after escaping from the eight-man breakaway with German Jörg Ludewig. None of the riders in the leading group of eight that escaped after 72 kilometres were any danger for overall honours, so there was no urgency from the main peloton. As the trio approached the final corner, only 200 metres from the line, the German paid dearly for not realising that his breakaway companions were brothers.

Wes powered into the corner and Bernie did not react and that moments hesitation cost Ludewig any chance. "It was good to have my brother up there with me," an excited Wes Sulzberger said. "A bit of brotherly help in the end, so it was good. We worked well together once we got away in the last 10 kilometres. When Ludewig attacked and my brother and I were on his wheel...that was it; we stayed away. We worked well together until the end." Wes Sulzberger clarified that "No deals went down. It was just brotherly help I think. We were just puffing and panting at each other."

Bernie Sulzberger (DFL-cyclingnews) dominated the climbs to take the blue King of the Mountains jersey from British rider Tom Southam.

But it was the frenetic pace right from the gun that had experienced tour followers searching for new superlatives to describe the fantastic racing. Fifteen riders opened a small gap that hovered between ten and forty seconds for nearly fifty kilometres. The Unibet team was in charge for most of the day and race leader Matt Wilson, Baden Cooke and Jeremy Hunt really put the hammer down.

Gee, as if I don't see enough of my brother when we're at home...
Photo ©: Shane Goss
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Unfortunately, pre-race favourite Trent Lowe and his Jayco National team all missed the move and they spent a lot of energy to pull back the leaders. By the time the two groups finally came back together, there were less than 40 riders at the front of the bike race. The other 50 were never to see the front again and were in for a long, hard day. Approaching Mansfield near the end of the stage, the race for the yellow jersey got very interesting. Cooke and Wilson knew they needed to gain as much time on Lowe before Thursday's climb to Falls Creek, and that's just what they did by applying serious pressure and getting clear of Lowe in the final five kilometres.

"We put 'em in the gutter all the way in," an elated Cooke said. "The last 30 kilometres we rode a solid tempo. Then with five kilometres to go we accelerated and it was bloody hard, but immediately the bunch split in half and there were a few GC guys out the back. I managed to hit them in the last corner and got a few more seconds.

Lowe was disappointed that Cooke and Wilson managed to gain 30 seconds in the final run in. "There were guys dropping off and Cookie was the last man of the leading group, sitting on the edge of the road so no one had a sit," Lowe said. I just missed the break, I guess I was just too far behind. My fault I guess, but I was going full tilt. Side winds are really not my thing. But it could have been much worse," Lowe added. "When we missed that split at the start today it could have been all over. Stuey (O'Grady) worked like a Trojan for me to close that early split, it was awesome," Lowe said

Stage two began with the memory of Scotty Peoples
Photo ©: Shane Goss
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"I knew it was going to be important to be up the front at the start," O'Grady said. "As soon as the flag dropped, the race was on. Unfortunately Trent wasn't in the front group and we had a real battle on our hands from the go. Then it was mano a mano. But that's what I'm here for," O'Grady added. That was my job, to close the gap. I just gave it everything I had and just managed to shut it down and get Trent back up there. Otherwise it would have been all over for him." O'Grady continued that "Once we hit the climb, my job was done. Then I punctured at a very bad moment, but that's life."

South Australia.com's Simon Clarke retained his clear lead for the white jersey, for the best under-23 rider. For most of the others leaders it was a day of retreat in terms of time, despite all of them managing to stay with the main chase group until the last few kilometres.

The biggest losers were pre-race favourite, Trent Lowe (Jayco Australia), overnight second placegetter, David Pell (Savings and Loans), former Olympic rower Cameron Wurf (Bissel SRAM), Julien Mazet (Astana) and Eric Wohlberg (Bicycle Superstore-Canada) who each conceded 26 seconds and another Astana man, Steve Morabito, who, despite finishing with Wilson, fell behind by 23 seconds, most of which (20 seconds) was due to a penalty for moto pacing during the stage.

Wilson, who retained both the yellow and red jerseys for the tour and sprint king leads, predicted that tomorrow's 139.5-kilometre stage from Mansfield to Beechworth would bring more of what was witnessed today.

"I hear the wind will be blowing again, so it will probably be more of the same. Originally we had others plans for the stage but we might have to let them go."

Photography

For a thumbnail gallery of these images, click here

Images by Shane Goss/www.licoricegallery.com

Results

1 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS       3.24.55 (42.631 km/h)
2 Jörg Ludewig (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                          0.02
3 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed         0.03
4 Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada          0.08
5 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Porsche                          
6 Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed               
7 Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Netherlands National Team              
8 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana                                  2.26
9 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                               3.03
10 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                      
11 Simon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                  
12 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                               3.06
13 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Netherlands National Team              
14 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com                               
15 Dominique Perras (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada             
16 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand      3.13
17 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                              3.21
18 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana                                 3.31
19 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Bissell-Priority Health                    
20 Trent Lowe (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team               
21 David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans                              
22 Michal Golas (Pol) Unibet.com                                 
23 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada                
24 Benoit Joachim (Lux) Astana                                   
25 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche                              
26 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Unibet.com                                 
27 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe              3.47
28 Mark O'brien (Aus) Drapac Porsche                             
29 Johnnie Walker (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                
30 Joel Pearson (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team         3.59
31 Brendan Brooks (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                   4.03
32 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed              4.52
33 Tom Middleton (Aus) Savings & Loans                       5.07
34 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell-Priority Health     5.08
35 Omer Kem (USA) Bissell-Priority Health                        
36 Will Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans                      17.13
37 Trent Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team        17.31
38 Rhys Pollock (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed                  
39 Camiel Denis (Ned) Netherlands National Team                  
40 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porsche                             
41 John Ebeling (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                         
42 Richard England (Aus) Bissell-Priority Health            17.33
43 Jason Allen (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand              
44 Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell-Priority Health                      
45 Gene Bates (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                    
46 Robbie Cater (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                         
47 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team             
48 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed                
49 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team           
50 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team         
51 Tom Southam (GBr) Drapac Porsche                              
52 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell-Priority Health                 
53 Jason Hegert (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                    19.46
54 Aaron Tuckerman (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand          
55 Malaya Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Netherlands National Team         
56 Marc Ryan (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand                
57 Christian Leben (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                          
58 Peter Mueller (Aus) Savings & Loans                           
59 Adriaan Helmantel (Ned) Netherlands National Team             
60 Hayden Godfrey (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand           
61 Chris Jory (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                           
62 Nick Gates (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team               
63 Casey Munro (Aus) Drapac Porsche                              
64 Brett Aitken (Aus) Savings & Loans                       23.05
65 Felix Odebrecht (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                     23.33
66 Zachary Bell (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada            24.43
67 Ryan Anderson (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada                
68 Andrew Randall (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada               
69 Wouter De Groot (Ned) Netherlands National Team               
70 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                         
71 Wim Botman (Ned) Netherlands National Team                    
72 Simon Pearson (Aus) Savings & Loans                           
73 Brett Tivers (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand             
74 Kane Oakley (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed                   
75 Logan Hutchings (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand          
76 Prajak Mahawong (Tha) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe                  
77 Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe                
78 Shaun Higgerson (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS               
79 William Ford (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                  
80 Luke Cridland (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                        
81 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                         
82 Jefferey Sherstobitoff (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada       
84 Craig Mccartney (Aus) Savings & Loans                         
85 Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe                   
86 Peter Dawson (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS             31.02
 
Finish
 
1 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS            10 pts
2 Jörg Ludewig (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                             8
3 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed            6
4 Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada             4
5 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Porsche                         2
 
Sprint 1
1 Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada             6 pts
2 Simon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                  4
3 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com                               2
 
Sprint 2
1 Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada             6 pts
2 Jörg Ludewig (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                             4
3 Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed              2
 
Climb 1
 
1 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS            12 pts
2 Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada             8
3 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed            4
 
Climb 2
1 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed            6 pts
2 Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Netherlands National Team             4
3 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS             2
 
Teams
 
1  Bicycle Superstore -Canada                            21.26.31
2  Astana                                                    1.50
3  Unibet.com                                                2.28
4  South Australia.com - AIS                                11.51
5  Bissell-Priority Health                                  18.48
6  DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed                                21.50
7  Drapac Porsche                                           24.13
8  Netherlands National Team                                25.46
9  Jayco Australian National Team                           30.02
10  Savings & Loans                                         35.28
11  FRF Couriers-NSWIS                                      55.52
12  Wiesenhof-Felt                                        1.08.00
13  Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand                        1.09.55
14  Nippo - Meitan Latrobe                                1.17.52
 
General classification after stage 2
 
1 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com                         7.05.15
2 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                               0.21
3 Simon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS               0.25
4 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Netherlands National Team           0.29
5 Dominique Perras (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada          0.31
6 David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans                           0.42
7 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                0.51
8 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana                                  0.54
9 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Bissell-Priority Health                 0.55
10 Trent Lowe (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team           0.56
11 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada                
12 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS         9.01
13 Jörg Ludewig (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                         9.05
14 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed        9.10
15 Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada         9.13
16 Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed          9.18
17 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Porsche                     9.19
18 Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Netherlands National Team             
19 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana                                11.37
20 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                 12.14
21 Michal Golas (Pol) Unibet.com                            12.42
22 Benoit Joachim (Lux) Astana                                   
23 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche                              
24 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Unibet.com                                 
25 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand     12.44
26 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe             12.58
27 Mark O'brien (Aus) Drapac Porsche                             
28 Johnnie Walker (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                
29 Brendan Brooks (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                  13.14
30 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed             14.03
31 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell-Priority Health    14.19
32 Omer Kem (USA) Bissell-Priority Health                        
33 Tom Middleton (Aus) Savings & Loans                      19.02
34 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                             20.24
35 Joel Pearson (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team        21.02
36 Rhys Pollock (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed             26.42
37 Camiel Denis (Ned) Netherlands National Team                  
38 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porsche                             
39 John Ebeling (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                         
40 Richard England (Aus) Bissell-Priority Health            26.44
41 Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell-Priority Health                      
42 Gene Bates (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                    
43 Robbie Cater (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                         
44 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed                
45 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team         
46 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team      26.54
47 Malaya Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Netherlands National Team    28.57
48 Christian Leben (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                          
49 Peter Mueller (Aus) Savings & Loans                           
50 Adriaan Helmantel (Ned) Netherlands National Team             
51 Chris Jory (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                           
52 Will Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans                      31.08
53 Kane Oakley (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed              33.54
54 Trent Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team        34.34
55 Jason Allen (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand         34.36
56 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team             
57 Tom Southam (GBr) Drapac Porsche                              
58 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell-Priority Health                 
59 Jason Hegert (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                    36.49
60 Aaron Tuckerman (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand          
61 Marc Ryan (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand                
62 Hayden Godfrey (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand           
63 Nick Gates (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team               
64 Casey Munro (Aus) Drapac Porsche                              
65 Zachary Bell (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada            38.38
66 Wouter De Groot (Ned) Netherlands National Team               
67 Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                         
68 Logan Hutchings (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand          
69 William Ford (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                  
70 Craig Mccartney (Aus) Savings & Loans                         
71 Brett Aitken (Aus) Savings & Loans                       40.08
72 Felix Odebrecht (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                     40.36
73 Ryan Anderson (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada           41.46
74 Andrew Randall (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada               
75 Wim Botman (Ned) Netherlands National Team                    
76 Simon Pearson (Aus) Savings & Loans                           
77 Brett Tivers (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand             
78 Prajak Mahawong (Tha) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe                  
79 Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe                
80 Shaun Higgerson (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS               
81 Luke Cridland (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                        
82 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                         
83 Jefferey Sherstobitoff (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada       
84 Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe              41.52
85 Peter Dawson (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS             48.05
 
Under 23
 
1 Simon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS            7.05.40
2 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS          8.36
3 Mark O'brien (Aus) Drapac Porsche                         12.33
4 Johnnie Walker (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                 
5 Brendan Brooks (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                   12.49
6 Tom Middleton (Aus) Savings & Loans                       18.37
7 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porsche                         26.17
8 Robbie Cater (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                     26.19
9 Christian Leben (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                      28.32
10 Chris Jory (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                           
11 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team        34.11
12 Jason Hegert (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                    36.24
13 Casey Munro (Aus) Drapac Porsche                              
14 Wouter De Groot (Ned) Netherlands National Team          38.13
15 William Ford (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                  
16 Ryan Anderson (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada           41.21
17 Wim Botman (Ned) Netherlands National Team                    
18 Luke Cridland (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS                        
 
Sprints
1 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com                              18 pts
2 Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada            16
3 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                 12
4 Jörg Ludewig (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt                            12
5 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS            10
6 David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans                              8
7 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed            6
8 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Netherlands National Team              6
9 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana                                     4
10 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                  4
11 Simon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                 4
12 Trent Lowe (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team              2
13 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Bissell-Priority Health                   2
14 Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed             2
15 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Porsche                        2
 
Mountains
 
1 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed           18 pts
2 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS            14
3 Tom Southam (GBr) Drapac Porsche                             10
4 Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada             8
5 Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Netherlands National Team             4

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