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October 12/09 15:31 pm - Jayco Herald Sun Tour: Stage 1 results


Posted by Editoress on 10/12/09
 

Forty year old Estonian Jaan Kirsipuu could not understand all the fuss about his age when he out-powered his younger opponents to win today's 149km first stage of the 2009 Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

"I never retired. For the last two years I have been mostly at home in Estonia but I never stopped riding. Now I am riding around the world in places I did not ride so much before," the four time Tour de France stage winner said after his win.

"If I have a number on my back, I am a rider. I don't want to feel ridiculous."

But he did concede that on a day of crashes, attrition and testing weather conditions, experience was on his side, especially as he found himself the lone LeTua team rider within the 41 man break that halved the list of Tour contenders on day one.

"I am used to be alone, even when I was with the big teams, so I am quite used to it.

"I did not have my best legs today especially at the beginning because I have no racing for three weeks. But as the stage went on, it started to feel a bit better," he explained.

The stage was highlighted by a series of crashes, including one after just 20 kilometres of racing that sent last week's Tour of Tasmania winner Bernie Sulzberger (Fly V Australia) to hospital with deep abrasions and lacerations to his left side.

Kirsipuu narrowly missed the last one, just 200 metres from the finish when Zac Dempster, who was on his wheel collided with a road sign and fell heavily. Using every bit of that vast experience, the Estonian was undeterred, his eyes by then set firmly on the stage win and the yellow jersey.

"I saw the Garmin guys leading out and for me it was just a question to keep on Chris Sutton's wheel. With 200 metres to go I decided to kick and was a little bit afraid that the others might catch me, but it was okay, " Kirsipuu said.

Shortly after during the presentation ceremony, he acknowledged that the yellow jersey was even less expected than a stage win but conceded that with a bit of luck he might keep it on tomorrow's stage from Colac to Warrnambool, even though he is sure he is not on overall contender on general classification.

Most of those who were, remain in contention, with the exception of the Jayco Australian team's, Richie Porte and British road champion, Kristian House (Rapha Condor) who found themselves caught in the main bunch that eventually finished 18 minutes behind the leaders after today's racing.

Chris Sutton (Garmin) and Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia) were again prominent in the final dash for the line as they were in Sunday's Preface, taking the minor placings behind Kirsipuu. Sutton's team mate and Tour favourite, Bradley Wiggins always looked comfortable in the lead group, as did last year's third-place getter, Ben Day (Fly V).

Cantwell, who will wear the Budget Forklifts Green Jersey tomorrow after finishing in the points in all three sprints contested today, was happy with the outcome.

"The finish was really tight, Garmin led out and I pretty much just held on. I'm kind of glad we don't have the yellow jersey for tomorrow because it puts a little more pressure on you," the Queenslander said.

Garmin got their jersey in the Herald Sun King of the Mountains classification with US rider, Alex Howes, winning one and finishing second in the other of the day's two climbs.

The choice of the daily award for the most aggressive rider was an easy one after Canberra architect Stuart Shaw bravely hopped on a reserve bike after crashing early in the stage, before rejoining the front group and then making a lone break for nearly 30 kilometres between the two major hill climbs of the day.

Tomorrow's second stage will take the peloton, now reduced to 95 riders after today's hard grind, from Colac to Warrnambool, featuring two category three hills and intermediate sprints at Cobden and Allansford.

 

Note: Within 20km of the start of Stage 1 there was a big crash sending some riders to the hospital. Will Routley went down breaking his frame but with a new bike and good legs was able to make it back into the 41 man early breakaway that stuck to the end only to have a spoke brake on his wheel. With a new wheel he was able to get in the chase group and not get knocked out of the race. (Courtesy Tony Routley)

 

Report courtesy Jayco Sun Tour

 

Stage 1: Ballarat to Ballarat Road Race, 149km
1 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) LeTua 3:41:54
2 Chris Sutton (AUs) Garmin-Slipstream
3 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia both s.t.
4 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream 0:04
5 David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans
6 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor
7 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australia National
8 David Tanner (Aus) Rock Racing
9 Richard Lang (Aus) Budget Forklifts
10 Mitchell Pearson (Aus) Prime Estate
11 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Rock Racing
12 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly
13 Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AIS
14 Nick Aitken (Aus) Jayco Australia National
15 Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia
16 Jai Crawford (Aus) Savings & Loans
17 David Mccann (Irl) Prime Estate
18 Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor
19 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor
20 Joe Lewis (Aus) Drapac Porsche
21 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Porsche
22 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jayco AIS
23 Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling
24 Philip Zajicek (Aus) Fly V Australia
25 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling
26 Paul Mach (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
27 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
28 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
29 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche
30 Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor
31 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan
32 Tom Peterson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
33 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly
34 Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream
35 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Budget Forklifts
36 Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia
37 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Slipstream all s.t.
38 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream 0:16
39 Takumi Beppu (Jpn) Aisan 0:34
40 Omer Kem (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 1:12
41 Brett Tivers (NZl) Prime Estate 18:21
42 Michael England (Aus) Budget Forklifts
43 Peter Smith (Aus) Prime Estate
44 Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Slipstream
45 William Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans
45 John Cornish (Aus) Prime Estate
47 Luke Fetch (Aus) Prime Estate
48 Blair Windsor (Aus) Budget Forklifts
49 Nic Sanderson (Aus) Rock Racing
50 David Kemp (Aus) Fly V Australia
51 Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly
52 Lars Pria (Rou) LeTua
53 Jeremy Yates (NZl) LeTua
53 Peter Ladd (Aus) Budget Forklifts
55 Benjamin King (Aus) Fly V Australia
56 Herz Serge (Ger) LeTua
57 Ivan Dominguez (USA) Rock Racing
58 John Anderson (Aus) Budget Forklifts
59 Thomas Nankervis (Aus) Jayco Australia National
60 Joel Pearson (Aus) Savings & Loans
61 Cody O'reilly (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
62 Tim Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans
63 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan
64 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan
65 Benjamin Grenda (Aus) Praties
66 Andrew Roe (Aus) Savings & Loans
67 Jason Rigg (Aus) Praties
68 Stephen Cunningham (Aus) Savings & Loans
69 Joshua Chugg (Aus) Praties
70 Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly
71 Bradley Huff (USA) Jelly Belly
72 Peter Mcdonald (Aus) Drapac Porsche
73 Mathew Cronshaw (GBr) Rapha Condor
74 Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor
75 Nathan Earle (Aus) Praties
76 Adam Semple (Aus) Jayco AIS
77 William Clarke (Aus) Praties
78 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor
79 Malcolm Rudolph (Aus) Budget Forklifts
80 Kyle Marwood (Aus) Praties
81 Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan
81 Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan
83 Jonny Clarke (USA) Jelly Belly
84 Ji Wen Low (Sin) LeTua
85 Mitsuhiro Matsumura (Jpn) Aisan
86 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Prime Estate
87 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porsche
88 Richie Porte (Aus) Jayco Australia National
89 Gene Bates (Aus) Drapac Porsche
90 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Jayco Australia National
91 Dylan Newell (Aus) Praties
92 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Jayco Australia National
93 Leigh Howard (Aus) Jayco AIS
94 Glenn O'shea (Aus) Jayco AIS all s.t.
95 Zak Dempster (Aus) Drapac Porsche 0:04
DNF Mohd Hafiz Rozli (Mas) LeTua
DNF Adrian Why Kit Chuah (Mas) LeTua
DNF Mathew Crane (USA) Jelly Belly
DNF Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Fly V Australia
DNF Justin Williams (USA) Rock Racing

 


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