2010 ELGAS Tour of the Murray River - Stage 4 & 5 Report
Teenagers Scott Law and Alex Carver reign supreme
Day three of the Tour of the Murray River got off to a flier with a 45km criterium at Swan Hill this morning. Alex Carver (Jayco Skins) took the victory over his breakaway duo Cameron Peterson (Virgin Blue-RBS Morgans) and Tom Robinson (Genesys Wealth Advisers).
The stage was fast early with Gordon McCauley and Cameron Peterson amongst the riders that launched countless attacks. With ten laps to go, Genesys Wealth Advisers duo Tom Robinson and Steele Von Hoff attacked with Peterson and Carver.
In the last five laps, they held a fifteen second advantage over the peloton. Von Hoff found the going a bit too tough after attacking early leaving three up the road. On the last lap, the trio had approximately ten seconds on the peloton. Jayco Skins were present trying to slow the chase to enable their man Carver to take the win. In the closing five hundred metres it was Carver out–sprinting the duo to get his second Scody Cup victory in 2010.
'My team–mates did an awesome job today stopping the bunch from catching me. I got the call from Richie [Lang] who told me to have a crack at the stage and I was feeling pretty good. I attacked and it paid off for me,' the eighteen year old said after the win.
Cameron Peterson finished third on this stage last year and was named the most aggressive rider. He was second today and again was named the most aggressive.
'We have Henk Vogels this week as DS and he's all about being aggressive and that's how I ride. It's enjoyable doing it and also pretty taxing on the body. We don't have a pure sprinter here so the target is stage wins and today was a great chance. Unfortunately I didn't quite have it but it was a great result nonetheless,' Peterson described.
Two hours later, the cyclists backed up for a 39km criterium at Lake Boga for stage five. Again the pace was fast early with McCauley animating the race. He broke away with Eric Sheppard (Jayco VIS) towards the end of the race. The duo spent seven laps on the front but couldn't edge out the peloton who caught them on the final lap. Heading to the line it was Genesys, Drapac and Virgin Blue on the front and it was Scott Law delivering Virgin Blue the stage win, his second in the 2010 Scody Cup ahead of Rico Rogers and Nicholas Walker (Jayco VIS/QAS).
'It was a hard race today. I'm excited with the win. I'm really happy with how my progress is going. I'm young and taking everything day by day. To get a win today was great,' Law said.
Rico Rogers again finished second proving to be one of the more consistent sprinters in the race and is confident a win is around the corner.
'It's only a matter of time till I grab a win. I'm pretty sure I have the speed but it's all about positioning. Also, it would be handy to have a team–mate to look after me but it's fine as I believe a win is around the corner,' Rogers described.
Hyster - Rush Racing were strong today attacking and keeping James Williamson in the yellow jersey. Gordon McCauley's impressive attacking on both stages today earned him the points and most aggressive jersey. It means that Rush Racing have all but one jersey — the criterium jersey held by Scott Law.
Williamson was ecstatic he could keep the jersey saying, 'Today was really hard. I was feeling the effects of the ride yesterday and the race this morning was brutal. We have a really strong team and showed this afternoon that we won't go down without a fight and will keep the jersey at all costs.'
Day four of the 2010 Tour of the Murray River kicks off Wednesday morning with stage six, a 103km race from Swan Hill to Nyah. The peloton will then race stage seven in the afternoon from Nyah to Manangatang over 56km.
Stage 4 Results - Top 5
1. Alex Carver (Jayco Skins) 1:00:49
2. Cameron Peterson (Virgin Blue-RBS Morgans) s.t
3. Tom Robinson (Genesys Wealth Advisers) s.t
4. Scott Law (Virgin Blue-RBS Morgans) +0.03
5. Joel Pearson (Genesys Wealth Advisers) s.t
Stage 5 Results - Top 5
1. Scott Law (Virgin Blue-RBS Morans) 52:19
2. Rico Rogers (Swan Hill Rural City Council) s.t
3. Nicholas Walker (Jayco VIS/QAS) s.t
4. Dale Scarfe (McDonagh Blake-Witness) s.t
5. Kane Walker (Apollo Bicycles) s.t
General Classification - Top 5
1. James Williamson (Hyster - Total Rush) 8:16:35
2. Joel Pearson (Genesys Wealth Advisers) +0.08
3. Gordon McCauley (Hyster - Total Rush) +0.14
4. Stuart Shaw (Drapac) +0.19
5. Richard Lang (Jayco Skins) +0.20
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