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September 20/17 18:17 pm - Crocodile Trophy Stage 5


Posted by Editoress on 09/20/17
 

Erik Dekker breaks two race records with stage win at Skybury Coffee

Stage five of the MEPT – Crocodile Trophy was a 125km marathon with 1100 metres of elevation to cover on very rugged and rarely used mining access and fire trails surrounded by dense Outback vegetation. Today's stage winner is the Dutch ex-road pro and 4-time Tour de France stage winner Erik Dekker – he is the first amateur to win a stage since the event's UCI sanctioning and at 47 years of age he also claims the accolade of the oldest ever stage winner in the 23-year history of the event.

 

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In the Outback

 

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Bouchard leading L'Esperance and Dekker


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L'Esperance leading Dekker and Bouchard

 

Erik Dekker said that it had taken three attacks against the two Canadian leaders in the general classification, Leandre Bouchard and Andrew L'Esperance, to take the win.

"It was hard. A hard day. I attacked in the beginning and the two [Bouchard and L'Esperance] came with me. They were looking at each other as I attacked again and then they tried to get away, but after ten kilometres they sort of fell back to me and we worked really well together. You know, looked out for each other”, Dekker said.

As the finish line was approaching, Dekker admits, he had felt very tired and his legs heavy. "I knew that they [Bouchard and L'Esperance] had to sort of really worry about their overall standing, because they are so close in first and second, so I thought, maybe today is the day and I went for it and it worked out”, he recounted the final kilometres to the finish at Skybury Coffee, winning in 4L30:26 with a gap of 20 seconds to L'Esperance (2nd) and Bouchard (3rd), who crossed the line right behind each other.

A stage win had been a real goal for himself at the MEPT – Crocodile Trophy, Dekker said, "You know, in the General Classification I'm so far behind and in my own master category quite far ahead, so this was a real goal for me and I'm really happy about the big stage win boomerang trophy!”

The Crocodile Trophy was only his second ever stage race on a mountain bike Erik Dekker admitted, sipping a hot coffee on the Skybury deck with views of the majestic andscape that Tropical North Queensland has to offer. Only about six months ago he had started mountain biking and his cycling fitness is certainly of advantage, however, the technical riding skills are still raw.

Mountain biking challenges in pro-road racing retirement
Dekker retired from professional road racing in 2006 and says the two scenes are very different. The Crocodile Trophy especially is a completely new experience. "Well, I'm here on my own, I had a flat tyre yesterday and normally I'd get a new wheel. Here I had to fix it myself”, he said laughing out loud.

He added that he enjoyed the Australian racing surroundings with wallabies and kanagroos keeping the riders company on most days. "I love this race”, he concluded. "I can't see why I couldn't do this again, we'll see, but this is a historic race. I'm here because I realised [in my retirement] that I love cycling. I thought I'd never do the Crocodile Trophy or any more stage races at that, but 11 months ago when the race was on I was following Annemiek [van Vleuten] a bit and I thought, you only live once. I don't believe in bucket lists.”

 

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Haley Smith

 

General classification: Australian May moves into elite third
The Elite Female Haley Smith (Can) finished as 15th today and by 35min ahead of the second woman, amateur women's leader Daniela Erni Ruoss (Sui). In the overall general classification (GC), Haley Smith remains in 12th position with a gap of just over 3 hours behind her two fellow Canadian Elite Men, GC race leader Leandre Bouchard and L'Esperance (+1:31).


Stage 5,: Skybury Coffee to Skybury Coffee, 125 km / 1100 vm
1 Erik Dekker 4:30:26
2 Andrew L'Esperance (Forward Racing-Norco) at 0:20
3 Leandre Bouchard (BH SR Suntour KMC) 0:22
4 Alex Malone (Cyclist Magazine) 18:37
5 Michal Kafka (Quantum Racing Team) 18:45
6 Daniel Beresford (Team Cycle Station/Hammer Nutrition/Norco) 18:48
7 Ben May (Bicycle Riders/Specialized/Infinit Nutrition) 18:56
8 Grant Webster (Apollo Bicycles - nitelights - BBD - dust monkies) 19:34
9 Peter Lister (Corry Cycles ACE Racing) 22:10
10 Ondrej Slezak (Quantum Racing Team) 29:28
11 Martin Wisata (Il Pastaio / Rocky Trail Racing) 29:56
12 Micheal Wilson 34:47
13 Hiroyuki Okamoto (INPULSE) 35:22
14 Mike Blewitt (Subaru-MarathonMTB.com) 35:30
15 Haley Smith (Norco Factory Team) 35:38
16 Peter Urdl 35:52
17 Johnathan Todd 35:56
18 Balboni Vanni (BICISCOUT.IT) 38:50
19 Brian Tracey (ECS) 44:03
20 Jean-Luc De Bruyckere (Bezmbikers) 46:52
21 Richard Read (Cops at the Croc - Enduro Magazine) 47:40
22 Bart Duraj (Astute Financial Racing Team) 49:44
23 Brendon Skerke (Astute Financial Racing Team) 49:44
24 Cees De Ridder 49:50
25 Nick Hutton 50:04
26 Jaroslav Slezak (Quantum Racing Team) 50:16
27 Blake Coppo (Corry Cycles Ace Racing) 50:20
28 Pieter Lanssens 50:50
29 Rod Stormonth (Cops at the Croc - Enduro Magazine) 51:18
30 Radek Jaros (Quantum Racing Team) 57:01
31 Pieter Van Der Eijk (MTB Team FATlab NL) 1:04:06
32 Jürgen Krieber (MTB-Intersport Montafon/Fahrschule Mallin) 1:05:20
33 Sebastian Arnstedt 1:09:12
34 John Harris (JH) 1:09:12
35 James Garry (Ashfield Specialized Racing) 1:10:34
36 Peter Winfield 1:11:00
37 Daniela Erni Ruoss (2XU) 1:11:03
38 Nick Gatland (Nick & Nick) 1:22:02
39 Nick Smith (Nick & Nick) 1:22:02
40 Romana Fritz-Winter (Team Sportordination) 1:26:50
41 Robert Fritz (Team Sportordination) 1:26:50
42 Michael Peters (Zelzer Racing Team) 1:26:50
43 Luc Van Aelbroeck 1:26:51
44 Roman Pfister (ROMO Cycling Team) 1:41:00
45 Graeme Young 1:44:28
46 Jodi Brown (Inparadise) 1:49:05
47 Paul Brown (Inparadise) 1:49:06
48 Serge Muylle (Serge Muylle) 2:00:00
49 Stefan Zorniger (Team Strassacker) 2:00:00
50 Mick Ritchie (Cops at the Croc - Enduro Magazine) 2:11:50
51 Kylie Lindsay 2:32:10
52 Willem Dijk 2:54:32
53 Marc Russenberger (2XU) 2:55:08
54 Daniela Rebhan (Steil is geil) 2:58:12
55 Carsten Selbach (Steil is geil) 2:58:12
56 Alexander Onofre Brempel Ballester (Bikepoint Mallorca Racing Team) 2:58:13
 
GC
1 Leandre Bouchard (BH SR Suntour KMC) 20:00:38
2 Andrew L'Esperance (Forward Racing-Norco) at 1:31
3 Erik Dekker 52:48
4 Ondrej Slezak (Quantum Racing Team) 1:38:14
5 Daniel Beresford (Team Cycle Station/Hammer Nutrition/Norco) 1:49:17
6 Alex Malone (Cyclist Magazine) 1:52:48
7 Ben May (Bicycle Riders/Specialized/Infinit Nutrition) 2:11:38
8 Hiroyuki Okamoto (INPULSE) 2:11:54
9 Grant Webster (Apollo Bicycles - nitelights - BBD - dust monkies) 2:20:22
10 Michal Kafka (Quantum Racing Team) 2:21:14
11 Peter Lister (Corry Cycles ACE Racing) 2:33:11
12 Haley Smith (Norco Factory Team) 3:08:24
13 Peter Urdl 3:24:50
14 Micheal Wilson 3:33:30
15 Martin Wisata (Il Pastaio / Rocky Trail Racing) 3:54:08
16 Mike Blewitt (Subaru-MarathonMTB.com) 3:54:22
17 Johnathan Todd 3:54:38
18 Jean-Luc De Bruyckere (Bezmbikers) 4:27:00
19 Richard Read (Cops at the Croc - Enduro Magazine) 4:30:12
20 Jürgen Krieber (MTB-Intersport Montafon/Fahrschule Mallin) 4:31:02
21 Blake Coppo (Corry Cycles Ace Racing) 4:43:48
22 Nick Hutton 4:51:25
23 Brian Tracey (ECS) 4:52:53
24 Graeme Young 4:52:55
25 Bart Duraj (Astute Financial Racing Team) 4:55:36
26 Jaroslav Slezak (Quantum Racing Team) 4:55:36
27 Brendon Skerke (Astute Financial Racing Team) 4:55:38
28 Balboni Vanni (BICISCOUT.IT) 5:00:42
29 Rod Stormonth (Cops at the Croc - Enduro Magazine) 5:06:26
30 James Garry (Ashfield Specialized Racing) 5:09:04
31 Peter Winfield 5:18:29
32 Daniela Erni Ruoss (2XU) 5:25:33
33 Cees De Ridder 5:28:18
34 Sebastian Arnstedt 6:55:59
35 Radek Jaros (Quantum Racing Team) 6:58:24
36 Serge Muylle (Serge Muylle) 7:01:39
37 John Harris (JH) 7:13:34
38 Marc Russenberger (2XU) 7:17:49
39 Nick Smith (Nick & Nick) 7:20:22
40 Nick Gatland (Nick & Nick) 7:20:23
41 Luc Van Aelbroeck 7:49:26
42 Stefan Zorniger (Team Strassacker) 7:50:44
43 Romana Fritz-Winter (Team Sportordination) 7:51:50
44 Robert Fritz (Team Sportordination) 7:51:50
45 Pieter Van Der Eijk (MTB Team FATlab NL) 7:56:00
46 Pieter Lanssens 7:56:49
47 Michael Peters (Zelzer Racing Team) 8:01:19
48 Roman Pfister (ROMO Cycling Team) 9:25:38
49 Mick Ritchie (Cops at the Croc - Enduro Magazine) 9:39:36
50 Jodi Brown (Inparadise) 9:57:10
51 Paul Brown (Inparadise) 9:57:12
52 Willem Dijk 11:08:18
53 Daniela Rebhan (Steil is geil) 12:09:48
54 Carsten Selbach (Steil is geil) 12:09:48
55 Alexander Onofre Brempel Ballester (Bikepoint Mallorca Racing Team) 13:24:16


 

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