GC Contenders Come To The Fore – TOG13

Despite being a relatively short 91.6km stage three of this years Tour of Gippsland produced plenty of fireworks. The scenic route from Leongatha to Yinnar represented by a rolling squiggle on the mapdidn’t appear that tough but knowing the opportunities to create significant gaps are fairly limited the peleton went at it from the gun.

An early move from Pat Shaw and Joe Cooper was eventually snuffed out as the boys tried to stack the deck. A counter from Jai Crawford and Nathan Earle forged clear with Jack Anderson in tow quickly building their advantage to 30 seconds. Things were looking good at this point but when a group of eight chasers with no teammates on board set about trying to bridge across the pendulum started to swing. Unable to make the right move the boys left in the peleton had to sit and watch teams GC disappear up the road as Budget had Blair Windsor and Sam Horgan in the chase which meant that when they caught the front we would then be out numbered.

The gap ballooned as the peleton accepted the situation content that their GC guys were up the road. In the last 20km the co-operation in the break gave way to attacks with Horgan (Budget) going solo. Hard work on the front by Jai eventually saw him back in the fold but it took it’s toll. As the finish approached all eyes were on London Olympian Alex Edmonson who hit out hard with 200m to go and was never headed giving Euride their second win in as many stages.

Friday is probably the last chance to make any big gains so look for the boys to rip it to bits.

Stage 3 Result

rank

no.

rider (team)

time/gap

bonus

1.

28

Alex EDMONDSON (ERD)

2h11:47

10

2.

11

Jack ANDERSON (BFL)

+0

5

3.

12

Samuel HORGAN (BFL)

+0

3

4.

36

Oliver KENT-SPARK (STR)

+0

1

5.

13

Blair WINDSOR (BFL)

+0

6.

2

Nathan EARLE (HGP)

+0

2

7.

115

Alexander MORGAN (VIS)

+0

8.

31

Eric SHEPPARD (STR)

+0

9.

3

Jai CRAWFORD (HGP)

+0

10.

21

Harry CARPENTER (ERD)