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September 19/17 10:07 am - Crocodile Trophy Stage 4


Posted by Editoress on 09/19/17
 

Five Australians were among the top ten finishers of stage 4 at Skybury Coffee near Mareeba with Ondrej Slezak from Sydney coming across the line as outright third today. At the half-way mark of the stage, the Elite racer Leandre Bouchard maintains his race lead ahead of his closest rival, fellow Canadian Andrew L'Esperance. In the general classificatino the two lead by almost an hour ahead of the Dutch ex-pro road racer, Erik Dekker and have a gap of more than one and a half hours to the closest Elite racer, Hiroyuki Okamoto (Japan). The only Elite Woman, Haley Smith, is placed in 12th spot in the general classification and in fifth outright in the elite field after four stages.

At the half-way mark of the event, the camp has been set up at the beautiful Skybury Coffee Plantation. After an unusually rainy stage through the Outback across rough mining trails, for the riders it's time now to relax, put their feet up and have coffee and cake. For two nights this tropical paradise near Mareeba will be home for the international field of riders and crew.

General classification: Haley Smith in 12th outright
Haley Smith said that without other female racers in the elite category, she was chasing the men. "I just like racing people, doesn't really matter who", she cheekily said, sipping coffee at Skybury. Currently in 12th position outright overall just like in today's stage, her plan seems to be working well. Smith would have place fourth today in the elites outright.

 

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Haley Smith at a river crossing near Muchilba

 

In the general classification, L'Esperance stays on the wheel of Bouchard, maintaining the gap of 1:30. Together they lead by a margin of almost an hour after today's stage ahead of amateur leader Erik Dekker (NED). Third in elites is now the Japanese rider Hiroyuki Okamoto with a fantastic third placing today (+1h36:52.3 in GC) with a retirement from the event by Russian National Marathon Champion Anton Sintsov who suffered a broken wheel in yesterday's stage.

 

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Leandre Bouchard

 

Sintsov's retirement shows that the current standing is not yet set in stone, especially in a tough race like the MEPT – Crocodile Trophy. Rough terrain and long stages can take their toll not only the equipment but on the riders as well. Race leader Leandre Bouchard said that he was not racing full gas as he needed to preserve his energy for the remaining days, "Doing it full-gas all the time would be tough. I just want to keep it safe, that helped a little bit to stay fresh and of course the mileage in my legs and the training over the years."

He added that he had been nervous about the length of today's 122km stage, but that it had more fast sections and the riders didn't have to work as hard on the climbs, which had made the day a bit easier.

Rainy conditions cause Erik Dekker crash
Amateur leader Erik Dekker fell victim to the wet weather conditions, crashing again during the stage. He stayed unharmed, however, his bike suffered some damage and will be repaired overnight by the on-site race mechanic. Dekker still holds onto the amateur leader jersey, his rival, Australian Ondrej Slezak, however, was able to recover 10 minutes today; Dekker now leads the amateurs by 16 minutes ahead of Slezak.



Results

Stage 4: Tepon Equestrian Park to Skybury Coffee, 122 km / 1450 vm
1 Leandre Bouchard (BH SR Suntour KMC) 4:51:08
2 Andrew L'Esperance (Forward Racing-Norco) at 0:02
3 Ondrej Slezak (Quantum Racing Team) 12:40
4 Daniel Beresford (Team Cycle Station/Hammer Nutrition/Norco) 13:01
5 Hiroyuki Okamoto (INPULSE) 15:50
6 Ben May (Bicycle Riders/Specialized/Infinit Nutrition) 21:22
7 Alex Malone (Cyclist Magazine) 21:34
8 Erik Dekker 21:58
9 Peter Lister (Corry Cycles ACE Racing) 22:50
10 Michal Kafka (Quantum Racing Team) 25:54
11 Grant Webster (Apollo Bicycles - nitelights - BBD - dust monkies) 25:55
12 Haley Smith (Norco Factory Team) 39:43
13 Johnathan Todd 43:52
14 Graeme Young 43:52
15 Peter Urdl 43:52
16 Balboni Vanni (BICISCOUT.IT) 46:27
17 Martin Wisata (Il Pastaio / Rocky Trail Racing) 46:46
18 Jürgen Krieber (MTB-Intersport Montafon/Fahrschule Mallin) 47:04
19 Jean-Luc De Bruyckere (Bezmbikers) 47:12
20 Micheal Wilson 47:14
21 Brendon Skerke (Astute Financial Racing Team) 57:10
22 Bart Duraj (Astute Financial Racing Team) 57:10
23 Richard Read (Cops at the Croc - Enduro Magazine) 58:14
24 Blake Coppo (Corry Cycles Ace Racing) 1:02:57
25 Brian Tracey (ECS) 1:03:05
26 James Garry (Ashfield Specialized Racing) 1:05:44
27 Jaroslav Slezak (Quantum Racing Team) 1:05:46
28 Olaf Trenner (Trenner der Renner) 1:06:02
29 Nick Hutton 1:09:00
30 Serge Muylle (Serge Muylle) 1:09:08
31 Daniela Erni Ruoss (2XU) 1:09:15
32 Marc Russenberger (2XU) 1:09:21
33 Rod Stormonth (Cops at the Croc - Enduro Magazine) 1:09:27
34 Peter Winfield 1:09:39
35 Mike Blewitt (Subaru-MarathonMTB.com) 1:24:20
36 Nick Smith (Nick & Nick) 1:28:36
37 Nick Gatland (Nick & Nick) 1:28:36
38 Luc Van Aelbroeck 1:36:50
39 Stefan Zorniger (Team Strassacker) 1:38:54
40 Sebastian Arnstedt 1:41:00
41 Romana Fritz-Winter (Team Sportordination) 1:49:46
42 Robert Fritz (Team Sportordination) 1:49:45
43 Cees De Ridder 1:51:28
DNF Anton Sintsov (JBG-2 Team)
DNF Kylie Lindsay
DNF Alexander Onofre Brempel Ballester (Bikepoint Mallorca Racing Team)
DNF Pieter Lanssens
DNF Roman Pfister (ROMO Cycling Team)
DNF Pieter Van Der Eijk (MTB Team FATlab NL)
DNF Michael Peters (Zelzer Racing Team)
DNF Tom Van Brempt (Ferme de la H)
DNF Willem Dijk
DNF John Harris (JH)
DNF Radek Jaros (Quantum Racing Team)
DNF Mick Ritchie (Cops at the Croc - Enduro Magazine)
DNF Daniela Rebhan (Steil is geil)
DNF Carsten Selbach (Steil is geil)
DNF Paul Brown (Inparadise)
DNF Jodi Brown (Inparadise)
 
GC
1 Leandre Bouchard (BH SR Suntour KMC) 24:29:51
2 Andrew L'Esperance (Forward Racing-Norco) at 1:32
3 Erik Dekker 53:08
4 Ondrej Slezak (Quantum Racing Team) 1:09:08
5 Daniel Beresford (Team Cycle Station/Hammer Nutrition/Norco) 1:30:50
6 Alex Malone (Cyclist Magazine) 1:34:32
7 Hiroyuki Okamoto (INPULSE) 1:36:52
8 Ben May (Bicycle Riders/Specialized/Infinit Nutrition) 1:53:03
9 Grant Webster (Apollo Bicycles - nitelights - BBD - dust monkies) 2:01:08
10 Michal Kafka (Quantum Racing Team) 2:02:50
11 Peter Lister (Corry Cycles ACE Racing) 2:11:21
12 Haley Smith (Norco Factory Team) 2:33:06
13 Peter Urdl 2:49:17
14 Micheal Wilson 2:59:04
15 Graeme Young 3:08:48
16 Johnathan Todd 3:19:02
17 Mike Blewitt (Subaru-MarathonMTB.com) 3:19:12
18 Martin Wisata (Il Pastaio / Rocky Trail Racing) 3:24:31
19 Jürgen Krieber (MTB-Intersport Montafon/Fahrschule Mallin) 3:26:01
20 Jean-Luc De Bruyckere (Bezmbikers) 3:40:28
21 Richard Read (Cops at the Croc - Enduro Magazine) 3:42:53
22 Blake Coppo (Corry Cycles Ace Racing) 3:53:48
23 James Garry (Ashfield Specialized Racing) 3:58:51
24 Nick Hutton 4:01:42
25 Jaroslav Slezak (Quantum Racing Team) 4:05:40
26 Bart Duraj (Astute Financial Racing Team) 4:06:12
27 Brendon Skerke (Astute Financial Racing Team) 4:06:14
28 Peter Winfield 4:07:50
29 Brian Tracey (ECS) 4:09:10
30 Daniela Erni Ruoss (2XU) 4:14:50
31 Rod Stormonth (Cops at the Croc - Enduro Magazine) 4:15:28
32 Balboni Vanni (BICISCOUT.IT) 4:22:13
33 Marc Russenberger (2XU) 4:23:01
34 Cees De Ridder 4:38:49
35 Olaf Trenner (Trenner der Renner) 4:45:50
36 Serge Muylle (Serge Muylle) 5:02:00
37 Sebastian Arnstedt 5:47:06
38 Stefan Zorniger (Team Strassacker) 5:51:04
39 Nick Smith (Nick & Nick) 5:58:42
40 Nick Gatland (Nick & Nick) 5:58:42
41 Luc Van Aelbroeck 6:22:55
42 Romana Fritz-Winter (Team Sportordination) 6:25:20
43 Robert Fritz (Team Sportordination) 6:25:20


 

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