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Jayco Tour – Sutton Grabs another Stage Win

Chris Sutton takes another stage win and also the Yellow Jersey in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. After his Garmin Slipstream team mate, Tom Peterson, looked to have booked a spot in a two man shoot-out with Geelong’s Leigh Howard (Jayco AIS) for the honours on the 164km third stage from Warrnambool to Apollo Bay, Sutton was part of a big pack that hunted them down just 100 metres from the line.

“I thought Tom Peterson would win the stage but Fly V kept chasing. I feel a bit sorry for both of them. Leigh Howard is a great bike rider and Tom is going really strong at the moment. He was upset he missed the move yesterday and I am sure he is a bit upset today as well. But that is bike racing. We rode a team plan,” a measured Sutton said after the win, still unaware that he had wrestled the leader’s prized yellow jersey from Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V) by the barest one second margin.

And while Sutton still has plans of retaining the jersey through to Melbourne on Saturday in an attempt to complete the first father and son Tour victories, complementing father Gary’s 1984 success, he is aware of that same team plan and of the threats from elsewhere.

“The race is not over yet and let’s hope I’ve still got it on my back tomorrow. I know Jonno Cantwell and the rest of Fly V will give us a run for the money. It has been a big 24 hours but we are not getting too excited.

“We’re riding for Wiggo and Svein – the three of us can podium but the big dangers are Jonno and Matthew Wilson,” Sutton said.

Sutton is clearly in awe of Bradley Wiggins ability and knows the asset that Svein Tuft, a world championships silver medallist at time trial in 2008, is to their team,

“Wiggo is like a freight train. I can’t describe how fast he goes. Today after Fly V did all the work, which was perfect for us, Trent Lowe took over at the front, and then Bradley and I tagged on.

“We don’t really talk that much on the road. We just have a bit of a signal. Wiggo just taps his hand on his rear and I hang on,” Sutton explained.

Peterson on the other hand was clearly despondent post race, despite picking up the polka dot jersey for the leader in the King of the Mountains category, two hill climbs, two sprint wins and a few bonus seconds during the day.

“I’m speechless. I would have loved to have won it today, but we went with the team,” the 2009 Tour of California stage winner said during the presentation ceremony.

The rising star Howard, who won the award for the most aggressive rider on the day was more philosophical but equally frustrated.

“It is a bit unfortunate and I am very disappointed. We went a long way out. At 15k to go we thought we had it and we probably slowed up a bit too much, ‘ the talented 19 year old said.

“And then there was the obvious change of tactics from Garmin. He kept attacking me. I understand why they did it – they won they stage.”

Although he scored no additional points on the stage, that was race in kinder conditions than the two previous days, although still testing for the riders, Cantwell retained the sprinters green jersey and kept some confidence.

“It was do or die day for me with those climbs but my team did a great job, 167k’s on the front. I am super confident we can get it (the yellow jersey) back. Race dynamics change. We’ll sit tomorrow and let them (Garmin) do the work,” an upbeat Cantwell said.

That fourth stage tomorrow takes the peloton over 139 kilometres from Anglesea to Barwon Heads, with intermediate sprints at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch and at Moriac and a testing climb up Benwerrin.

Thursday 15 October
Stage Four – Anglesea to Barwon Heads – 120km
Start – Anglesea Bowls Club, Cameron Road, Anglesea, 11.00am
Finish – Hitchcock Ave, Barwon Heads – ETA 2:00pm
Via Aireys Inlet, Fairhaven, Lorne, Benwerrin, Deans Marsh, Bambra, Wurdlboluc, Moriac, Mount Duneed, Thirteenth Beach Road.

General Classification After Stage 3
1. Chris Sutton GRM 11hrs04:18
2. Jonathan Cantwell VAU + 1 sec
3. Bradley Wiggins GRM + 35 secs
4. Matthew Wilson AUS + 45 secs
5. Svein Tuft GRM + 55 secs
6. David Tanner RRC + 1min25
7. Phil Zajicek VAU + 1min30
8. Aaron Kemps RRC + 1min35
9. Ben Jaques-Mayne BPC + 1min35
10. Bernard Van Ulden JBC + 1min39

source: Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Christopher Jones
Christopher Joneshttps://www.bicycles.net.au
Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a design agency, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.
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