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Tour of Geelong Stage 3

Press Release: Fly V Australia continues to dominate in the GMHBA Tour of Geelong with 28 year old Queenslander Darren Rolfe securing the stage win in 3 hours 45 seconds and 1 minute, 49 seconds ahead of Malcolm Rudolph (Budget Forklifts) and Tasmania’s Ben Grenda (Praties).

Riders were challenged on the 3 x 47.7 kilometre circuit, maintaining a 40 kilometre per hour average in the first lap. A break containing 9 riders formed 39 kilometres into the race and dropped to 6, with a 2 minute and 20 second lead at the 85 kilometre mark.

Unfortunately, a light shower passed over the peloton causing havoc, a large group of riders going down on a decent, 3 riders including Fly V Australia’s Scott Davis, ACT’s Sam Genge (Susuki-Canberra) and Tasmania’s Jeremy Hills (GMHBA) taking a trip to hospital, Jeremy Hills with a suspected broken collarbone.

Out of harms way the 6 lead riders, consisting of New Caledonian Gael Bonnace (New Caledonia), Queenslander Darren Rolfe (Fly V Australia), South Australian Andrew Roe (Savings & Loans), Queenslander Malcolm Rudolph (Budget Forklifts), Tasmanian Ben Grenda (Pratie) and New Zealander Andy McNab (City of Greater Geelong), opened the gap to 4 minutes and 15 seconds.

With a score of riders out of the race, the lead group continued to press the pace, maintaining a more than comfortable lead in the final lap, Rolfe sprinting across the finish line, 2 minutes and 4 seconds ahead of the peloton and 50 seconds ahead of Rudolph.

“It was unbelievable, a highlight, we knew we had cards up our sleeves with 4 riders in the top 10, its just unfortunate we lost one in the fall”, Rolfe commented after the race.

Yesterday’s winner Jonathon Cantwell (Fly V Australia) received the Sprint Leader Jersey, while Darren Rolfe holds the Tour Leader and King of the Mountain Jersey, and Tasmania’s Ben Grenda the Most Aggressive Rider award.

Malcolm Rudolph (Budget Forklifts) remains hot on the heels of both Cantwell, 3 points behind in the sprint, and Rolfe, 2 points behind in the king of the Mountain general classifications.

Team New Caledonia, managed by Olympic Gold Medallist and former World Track Champion Laurent Gan?, were ecstatic with a 4th place finish, Captain Gael Bonnace crossing the line 1 minute and 12 seconds behind the winner and edging his way to 5th in the general classifications.
 
Only 83 riders will contest the remaining 3 days of the Tour, tomorrow the individual time trials, referred to as ‘the race of truth’, will enable the true contender to step up to the line.


General Classification after Stage 3

1  ROLFE, Darren Fly V Australia 06:39:29.00
2  GRENDA, Ben Praties +00:60
3  RUDOLPH, Malcolm Budget Forklifts +01:04
4  KEMP, David Fly V Australia +02:08
5  BONNACE, Gael New Caledonia +02:12
6  CANTWELL, Jonathan Fly V Australia +02:13
7  LANG, Richard Titans – Race +02:28
8  JENNINGS, Cameron Budget Forklifts +02:29
9  ENGLAND, Michael Budget Forklifts +02:30
10 SCARFE, Dale Mace – Mcdonagh Blake +02:34

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