Giacoppo Starts Gippy With A Win

Anthony Giacoppo came out firing in the stage one 42km Rhyll Criterium benefiting from a masterful display of a full throttle lead out by his teammates for the last 6 laps. AJ is keen to exorcise the demons from last year’s race where he and rival sprinter Luke Davidson marked each other out of the race when it looked like the win was merely a formality. The laid back West Australians form has been on a steady rise after a fairly quite start to the year by his standards but with the style of racing tilting towards the fast men now Giacoppo is ready to take his chance and cement his spot as the number one sprinter in the NRS. Pat Shaw and Brenton Jones both finished in the top ten with the rest of the boys just behind.

Stage two saw the tour head to the Phillip Island Moto GP track for a 67km road stage. The race was run at an incredible average of 50km/h which made for a fairly uneventful stage as it was nearly impossible to get off the front.Newkids on the block Euride Racing showed they weren’t afraid to lay it on the line and won the battle of the sprint trains to deliver Russell Gill a surprise win ahead of Tassie sprinter Ben Grenda who’s two podiums for the day saw him take the yellow jersey off AJ despite them being on the same time.

Stage 1 Result

rank

no.

rider (team)

time/gap

bonus

1.

5

Anthony GIACOPPO (HGP)

53:15

6

2.

16

Jesse KERRISON (BFL)

+0

4

3.

121

Ben GRENDA (PGN)

+0

2

4.

Patrick SHAW (HGP)

+2

1

5.

68

Darcy WOOLLEY (AWS)

+5

6.

7

Brenton JONES (HGP)

+5

7.

174

Lachlan HOLLIDAY (CCW)

+7

8.

153

Stuart SHAW (SZB)

+7

9.

64

Tyler SPURRELL (AWS)

+7

10.

15

Luke OCKERBY (BFL)

+7

Stage 2 Result

rank

no.

rider (team)

time/gap

bonus

1.

23

Russell GILL (ERD)

1h26:36

6

2.

121

Ben GRENDA (PGN)

+0

4

3.

24

Robert MCCARTHY (ERD)

+0

2

4.

91

Scott LAW (GPM)

+0

1

5.

16

Jesse KERRISON (BFL)

+0

6.

52

Shannon JOHNSON (CHM)

+0

7.

15

Luke OCKERBY (BFL)

+0

8.

126

Ben PRICE (PGN)

+0

9.

5

Anthony GIACOPPO (HGP)

+0

10.

17

Alex WOHLER (BFL)

+0

General Classification – Individual (After Stage 2)

rank

no.

rider (team)

time/gap

1.

121

Ben GRENDA (PGN)

2h19:45

2.

5

Anthony GIACOPPO (HGP)

+0

3.

16

Jesse KERRISON (BFL)

+2

4.

8

Patrick SHAW (HGP)

+7

5.

23

Russell GILL (ERD)

+7

6.

7

Brenton JONES (HGP)

+11

7.

68

Darcy WOOLLEY (AWS)

+11

8.

24

Robert MCCARTHY (ERD)

+11

9.

17

Alex WOHLER (BFL)

+11

10.

126

Ben PRICE (PGN)