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51st Herald Sun Tour - 2.3

Australia, October 18-27, 2002

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Stage 1 - October 18: Melbourne CBD Criterium, 31.5 km

McKenzie opens with a win

By Rod Morris in Melbourne

David McKenzie
Photo: © Tom Balks
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With the tag of one of the most prolific stage winners of the Herald Sun Tour, Victorian David McKenzie started this year's race in tremendous fashion. McKenzie (28) won the opening 30-lap criterium, held in Melbourne's Central Business District, holding off fast finishing American Kevin Monahan, who is riding for the Ballarat*eureka team and German criterium specialist Christian Lademann, who this week is representing Latrobe City.

McKenzie is the captain of the iTeamnova.com unit, which this week is racing under the banner of Active For Life team and entered the tour's as the defending champion of the Melbourne criterium.

"Its always hard as the defender, because the other riders tend to watch you more closely," McKenzie said.

With a 20 second bonus for winning the stage and a further 5 seconds bonus coming from the intermediate sprints, McKenzie also claimed the much prized yellow jersey, which signifies the tour leader.

"This is a bit of a surprise, as I wasn't really chasing the yellow, but more importantly looking to win the stage," McKenzie said.

The iTeamnova.com outfit was developed last year and this week has a full team of five in-form riders. Allan Iacuone, a former winner of the Tour of Tasmania, recovered from a potentially nasty fall yesterday to claim fourth place, while teammates, Jamie Drew, Brett Lancaster and Trent Wilson made their presence felt at times.

Drew in particular is being watched closely by his rivals after winning last weekend's Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic. McKenzie said he was surprised that few riders chased him down in the early stages of the race.

"Our team's plan was to attack early and see what eventuated," he said. "I was surprised that very few chasers came with me, I think there was only about a dozen or so."

"This win is not just down to me, its a credit to everyone associated with the team," he added. "Nearly everyone in the team are volunteers and if we (the riders) don't succeed, the team may not survive and that would be a crying shame for the amount of work they have done."

"But a win like this is, brings so much joy to everyone involved and I would like to think may also attract the right type of sponsor that we need," McKenzie explained.

Baden Cooke
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On a tough 1050 m circuit, which included an extremely heady wind, the 80 riders were soon strung out over several hundred metres. Despite the wind, the field still managed to average a speed of almost 41 kph for the 30 lap race.

Chief Commissaire Russell Miller of Western Australia had no hesitation in withdrawing a bulk of the field when the race hit three laps to go after McKenzie and his breakaway group had lapped the peloton.

"If they can't win the race, they shouldn't be on the course," Miller said. All finishing riders admitted the course was tough because of the wind conditions.

"It wasn't easy out there, not easy at all," Tasmanian Sean Sullivan (Carlton Midstrength) - the defending Herald Sun Tour Criterium Champion said.

One of Australia's Tour de France stars, Baden Cooke (Jayco) claimed opening honours in this year's Criterium Championship. Cooke scored 14 points, including 2 wins, 3 seconds and 2 thirds from the 11 intermediate sprints on offer.

Canadian cyclist Eric Wohlberg (Ballarat*eureka) was judged most aggressive rider on the opening day, while 19-year-old Victorian Joel Pearson has taken the early lead in the Best Australian Based Rider award. Another of the associated awards on the opening day was Best Team Worker, won by Lademann (Latrobe City).

Photography

Images by Tom Balks/www.tombalks.com

Images by Andrew Haig

Results

1 David McKenzie (Aus) Active For Life                      46.48 (40.38 km/h)
2 Kevin Monahan (USA) Ballarat*Eureka                        0.03
3 Christian Lademann (Ger) Latrobe City
4 Alan Iacuone (Aus) Active For Life                         0.10
5 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Ballarat*Eureka
6 Henk Vogels (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans
7 Baden Cooke (Aus) Jayco
8 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Ballarat*Eureka
9 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Jayco                                   1.00
10 Russel Van Hout (Aus) Rio Coffee
11 Joel Pearson (Aus) City Of Melbourne                      1.30
12 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco
13 Rodney McGee (Aus) Jayco
14 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Jayco
15 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Malaysia Airlines
16 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Malaysia Airlines
17 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Ballarat*Eureka
18 Bruce McIntosh (Aus) Carlton Midstrength
19 Bart Heirewegh (Bel) Carlton Midstrength
20 Danny In't Ven (Bel) Carlton Midstrength
21 Nathan Clarke (Aus) Carlton Midstrength
22 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Carlton Midstrength
23 Petr Bencik (Cze) Latrobe City
24 Jamie Drew (Aus) Active For Life
25 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Active For Life
26 Trent Wilson (Aus) Active For Life
27 Caleb Manion (Aus) City Of Melbourne
28 Karl Menzies (Aus) City Of Melbourne
29 Simon Walker (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loan
30 Andrew Graham (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loa
31 Tim Decker (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans
32 Tom Leaper (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans
33 Francesco Cipolletta (Ita) Morey & Hurford
34 David Pell (Aus) Morey & Hurford
35 Garry Parsons (Aus) Morey & Hurford
36 Scott Guyton (NZl) Pelaco
37 Lee Vertongen (NZl) Pelaco
38 Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Pelaco
39 Ryan Russell (NZl) Pelaco
40 Robin Reid (NZl) Pelaco
41 Ashley Hutchinson (Aus) Vicroads
42 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Vicroads
43 Jonothan Cantwell (Aus) Vicroads
44 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Vicroads
45 Lee Godfrey (Aus) Vicroads
46 David Harrigan (Aus) Frf Couriers
47 Brad Mills (Aus) Frf Couriers
48 Phillip Thuaux (Aus) Frf Couriers
49 Jonathan Davis (Aus) Frf Couriers
50 Scott Dixon (Aus) Frf Couriers
51 David Betts (Aus) Fitzroy Cycles-Aust Abalone Exports
52 Ben Johnson (Aus) Fitzroy Cycles-Aust Abalone Exports
53 Christopher Carr (Aus) Fitzroy Cycles-Aust Abalone Exp
54 Andrew Torney (Aus) Fitzroy Cycles-Aust Abalone Export
55 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Fitzroy Cycles-Aust Abalone Exports
56 Tomas Buchacek (Cze) Coates Shorco Sykes
57 Klayten Smith (Aus) Coates Shorco Sykes
58 Nathan Russell (Aus) Coates Shorco Sykes
59 Glenn Stojanow (Aus) Coates Shorco Sykes
60 David McPartland (Aus) Coates Shorco Sykes
61 Jaarod Poad (NZl) Rio Coffee
62 Steve Cunningham (Aus) Rio Coffee
63 James Hannam (Aus) Rio Coffee
64 Peter Rogers (Aus) Rio Coffee
65 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Maffra Community Sports Club
66 Ryan Cox (RSA) Maffra Community Sports Club
67 Rodney Green (RSA) Maffra Community Sports Club
68 Jeremy Maartens (RSA) Maffra Community Sports Club
69 Ian McLeod (RSA) Maffra Community Sports Club
70 Luis Fernando Pinheiro (Por) Ballarat*Eureka
71 Jindlich Vana (Cze) Latrobe City
72 Juha Paajanen (Fin) Malaysia Airlines
73 Michal Precechtel (Cze) Latrobe City
74 Luca Belluomini (Ita) Morey & Hurford
75 Lubomir Kejval (Cze) Latrobe City
76 Heiko Szonn (Ger) City Of Melbourne
77 Simone Mori (Ita) Morey & Hurford
78 Thomas Grönqvist (Swe) Malaysia Airlines
79 James Perry (RSA) Malaysia Airlines
DNF James Taylor (Aus) City Of Melbourne

Sprints
 
Sprint 1 - Lap 6
 
1 Christian Lademann (Ger) Latrobe City                         3 pts
2 Baden Cooke (Aus) Jayco                                       2
3 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Ballarat*Eureka                           1
 
Sprint 2 - Lap 8
 
1 Baden Cooke (Aus) Jayco                                       3 pts
2 Christian Lademann (Ger) Latrobe City                         2
3 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Ballarat*Eureka                           1
 
Sprint 3 - Lap 10
 
1 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Ballarat*Eureka                           3 pts
2 Christian Lademann (Ger) Latrobe City                         2
3 Baden Cooke (Aus) Jayco                                       1
 
Sprint 4 - Lap 12
 
1 Kevin Monahan (USA) Ballarat*Eureka                           3 pts
2 Henk Vogels (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans        2
3 Baden Cooke (Aus) Jayco                                       1
 
Sprint 5 - Lap 14
 
1 Baden Cooke (Aus) Jayco                                       3 pts
2 Alan Iacuone (Aus) Active For Life                            2
3 Kevin Monahan (USA) Ballarat*Eureka                           1
 
Sprint 6 - Lap 16
 
1 David McKenzie (Aus) Active For Life                          3 pts
2 Alan Iacuone (Aus) Active For Life                            2
3 Henk Vogels (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans        1
 
Sprint 7 - Lap 18
 
1 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Ballarat*Eureka                           3 pts
2 Baden Cooke (Aus) Jayco                                       2
3 Henk Vogels (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans        1
 
Sprint 8 - Lap 20
 
1 Kevin Monahan (USA) Ballarat*Eureka                           3 pts
2 Baden Cooke (Aus) Jayco                                       2
3 Henk Vogels (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans        1
 
Sprint 9 - Lap 22
 
1 Christian Lademann (Ger) Latrobe City                         3 pts
2 Henk Vogels (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans        2
3 David McKenzie (Aus) Active For Life                          1
 
Sprint 10 - Lap 24
 
1 James Perry (RSA) Malaysia Airlines                           3 pts
2 Ryan Cox (RSA) Maffra Community Sports Club                   2
3 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco                                    1
 
Sprint 11 - Lap 26
 
1 James Perry (RSA) Malaysia Airlines                           3 pts
2 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Ballarat*Eureka                           2
3 David McKenzie (Aus) Active For Life                          1
 
General Classification after stage 1
 
1 David McKenzie (Aus) Active For Life                      46.23
2 Kevin Monahan (USA) Ballarat*Eureka                        0.06
3 Christian Lademann (Ger) Latrobe City                      0.08
4 Baden Cooke (Aus) Jayco                                    0.21
5 Alan Iacuone (Aus) Active For Life                         0.25
6 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Ballarat*Eureka
7 Henk Vogels (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans     0.26
8 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Ballarat*Eureka                        0.31
9 Russel Van Hout (Aus) Rio Coffee                           1.25
10 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Jayco
11 James Perry (RSA) Malaysia Airlines                       1.49
12 Ryan Cox (RSA) Maffra Community Sports Club               1.53
13 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco                                1.54
14 Ian McLeod (RSA) Maffra Community Sports Club             1.55
15 Jeremy Maartens (RSA) Maffra Community Sports Club
16 Rodney Green (RSA) Maffra Community Sports Club
17 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Maffra Community Sports Club
18 Peter Rogers (Aus) Rio Coffee
19 James Hannam (Aus) Rio Coffee
20 Steve Cunningham (Aus) Rio Coffee
21 Jaarod Poad (NZl) Rio Coffee
22 David McPartland (Aus) Coates Shorco Sykes
23 Glenn Stojanow (Aus) Coates Shorco Sykes
24 Nathan Russell (Aus) Coates Shorco Sykes
25 Klayten Smith (Aus) Coates Shorco Sykes
26 Tomas Buchacek (Cze) Coates Shorco Sykes
27 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Fitzroy Cycles-Aust Abalone Exports
28 Andrew Torney (Aus) Fitzroy Cycles-Aust Abalone Export
29 Christopher Carr (Aus) Fitzroy Cycles-Aust Abalone Exp
30 Ben Johnson (Aus) Fitzroy Cycles-Aust Abalone Exports
31 David Betts (Aus) Fitzroy Cycles-Aust Abalone Exports
32 Scott Dixon (Aus) Frf Couriers
33 Jonathan Davis (Aus) Frf Couriers
34 Phillip Thuaux (Aus) Frf Couriers
35 Brad Mills (Aus) Frf Couriers
36 David Harrigan (Aus) Frf Couriers
37 Lee Godfrey (Aus) Vicroads
38 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Vicroads
39 Jonothan Cantwell (Aus) Vicroads
40 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Vicroads
41 Ashley Hutchinson (Aus) Vicroads
42 Robin Reid (NZl) Pelaco
43 Ryan Russell (NZl) Pelaco
44 Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Pelaco
45 Lee Vertongen (NZl) Pelaco
46 Scott Guyton (NZl) Pelaco
47 Garry Parsons (Aus) Morey & Hurford
48 David Pell (Aus) Morey & Hurford
49 Francesco Cipolletta (Ita) Morey & Hurford
50 Luca Belluomini (Ita) Morey & Hurford
51 Simone Mori (Ita) Morey & Hurford
52 Tom Leaper (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans
53 Tim Decker (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans
54 Andrew Graham (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loa
55 Simon Walker (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loan
57 Karl Menzies (Aus) City Of Melbourne
58 Caleb Manion (Aus) City Of Melbourne
59 Heiko Szonn (Ger) City Of Melbourne
60 Trent Wilson (Aus) Active For Life
61 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Active For Life
62 Jamie Drew (Aus) Active For Life
63 Jindlich Vana (Cze) Latrobe City
64 Lubomir Kejval (Cze) Latrobe City
65 Petr Bencik (Cze) Latrobe City
66 Michal Precechtel (Cze) Latrobe City
67 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Carlton Midstrength
68 Nathan Clarke (Aus) Carlton Midstrength
69 Danny In't Ven (Bel) Carlton Midstrength
70 Bart Heirewegh (Bel) Carlton Midstrength
71 Bruce McIntosh (Aus) Carlton Midstrength
72 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Ballarat*Eureka
73 Luis Fernando Pinheiro (Por) Ballarat*Eureka
74 Thomas Grönqvist (Swe) Malaysia Airlines
75 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Malaysia Airlines
76 Juha Paajanen (Fin) Malaysia Airlines
77 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Malaysia Airlines
78 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Jayco
79 Rodney McGee (Aus) Jayco
 
Shimano - Sprint Championship
 
1 Baden Cooke (Aus) Jayco                                      14 pts
2 Christian Lademann (Ger) Latrobe City                        10
3 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Ballarat*Eureka                          10
4 Kevin Monahan (USA) Ballarat*Eureka                           7
5 Henk Vogels (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans        7
6 James Perry (RSA) Malaysia Airlines                           6
7 David McKenzie (Aus) Active For Life                          5
8 Alan Iacuone (Aus) Active For Life                            4
9 Ryan Cox (RSA) Maffra Community Sports Club                   2
10 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco                                   1
 
Active For Life - Criterium Championship
 
1 David McKenzie (Aus) Active For Life                         10 pts
2 Kevin Monahan (USA) Ballarat*Eureka                           9
3 Christian Lademann (Ger) Latrobe City                         8
4 Alan Iacuone (Aus) Active For Life                            7
5 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Ballarat*Eureka                           6
6 Henk Vogels (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans        5
7 Baden Cooke (Aus) Jayco                                       4
8 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Ballarat*Eureka                           3
9 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Jayco                                      2
10 Russel Van Hout (Aus) Rio Coffee                             1
 
Herald Sun - Australian Based Rider Award
 
1 Rodney McGee (Aus) Jayco                                   4.01
2 Bruce McIntosh (Aus) Carlton Midstrength
3 Karl Menzies (Aus) City Of Melbourne
4 James Taylor (Aus) City Of Melbourne
5 Joel Pearson (Aus) City Of Melbourne
6 Simon Walker (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans
7 Andrew Graham (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loan
8 Tim Decker (Aus) Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans
9 Garry Parsons (Aus) Morey & Hurford
10 Ashley Hutchinson (Aus) Vicroads
11 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Vicroads
12 Jonothan Cantwell (Aus) Vicroads
13 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Vicroads
14 Lee Godfrey (Aus) Vicroads
15 Brad Mills (Aus) Frf Couriers
16 Phillip Thuaux (Aus) Frf Couriers
17 Jonathan Davis (Aus) Frf Couriers
18 Scott Dixon (Aus) Frf Couriers
19 Christopher Carr (Aus) Fitzroy Cycles-Aust Abalone Exp
20 Andrew Torney (Aus) Fitzroy Cycles-Aust Abalone Export
21 Nathan Russell (Aus) Coates Shorco Sykes
22 Glenn Stojanow (Aus) Coates Shorco Sykes
23 James Hannam (Aus) Rio Coffee
 
Aggressive Rider Awards
 
1 Eric Wohlberg (Can) Ballarat*Eureka                           2 pts
 
Team Classification
 
1 Ballarat*Eureka                                         2.20.11
2 Active For Life                                            1.18
3 Jayco                                                      2.38
4 Latrobe City                                               2.56
5 Bicycle S/Store-Vic State Home Loans Home Loans            3.14
6 Rio Coffee                                                 4.13
7 Maffra Community Sports Club Club                          4.41
8 Malaysia Airlines                                          4.43
9 Carlton Midstrength
10 City Of Melbourne
11 Morey & Hurford
12 Pelaco
13 Vicroads
14 Frf Couriers
15 Fitzroy Cycles-Aust Abalone Exports Exports
16 Coates Shorco Sykes