Posted by Editoress on 10/19/14
Stage win and race lead for Greg Saw in hometown Atherton
Today provided an emotional finish at Lake Tinaroo in Atherton for Stage two of the Crocodile Trophy - Greg Saw, a homesick Australian, originally from Atherton and now living in Norway, not only took out the stage win in his home town, but also took over the overall elite race lead. Milton Ramos (ESP) comes in second ahead of Ivan Rybarik (CZE), Cory Wallace (CAN) and Jiri Krivanek (CZE). The fastest women today by about ten minutes ahead of Imogen Smith was amateur rider Rita Estevez (POR).
With his parents eagerly awaiting him at the finish line, Greg Saw took out today's stage win at Lake Tinaroo on the Atherton Tablelands. A brisk breeze blew across the lake as Greg crossed the line after 3h34:24.60 after a marathon race from Cairns through Dinden National Park and past Copperlode Dam towards the steep climb onto Mt Edith, the highest elevation of today. The gap of almost 4 minutes to second Milton Ramos from Spain and yesterday's winner Ivan Rybarik (CZE) was enough to even bring him the overall race lead and he will start tomorrow's third stage in the Crocodile Trophy leader jersey.
"I really didn't expect this today - I was hoping for a good result because I wanted to do well, it's as if my life is going full-circle", said a teary-eyed 37-year old at the finish, who now resides in Norway with his wife and two children and who said that he came to the Crocodile Trophy to cure his homesickness. "I just miss the heat and I haven't been home much over the past 10 years, so when I saw that the new Atherton MTB Club was going to be part of the stage plan, I just had to come", he added.
It seems Greg's stage win was meant to be with many fellow Elite riders suffering mechanicals. "I can't believe it - I had a flat on the exact same section of the race track as in 2012", said Ivan Rybarik, shaking his head about his now 2:30 min gap in the general classification, which sees him in second. Milton Ramos is overall third with a gap of just over three minutes and Cory Wallace drops into fourth place - gaining a lot of time towards the end, a loose head-set on the handlebar early in today's race had forced him to stop and adjust it, loosing valuable time. Martin Blaszó from Hungary is now fifth overall.
Strong performance by amateur women Estevez
Imogen Smith from Sydney still leads the women's field by four minutes, however, today's fastest woman was Rita Estevez from Portugal who finished then minutes ahead of Smith in 5h16:37.19.
The leader jerseys were awarded to Greg Saw and Imogen Smith in the elite categories and Ondrej Slezak remains in the Best Australian jersey.
Courtesy Crocodile Trophy
Stage 2 - Cairns to Lake Tinaroo/Atherton, Queenslandm 85km
|Elite Men (top 10)|
|1 Greg Saw (Aus) iHus-Spiuk Norge||3:34:25|
|2 Milton Ramos (Esp) Intense-TowCar||at 3:45|
|3 Ivan Rybarik (Cze) Way2live Quantum Racing||3:52|
|4 Cory Wallace (Can) Kona Factory Team||4:04|
|5 Jiri Krivanek (Cze) Prestige hotel||6:42|
|6 Márton Blazsó (Hun) Kross Hungary||6:43|
|7 Ramses Bekkenk (Ned) Koga KMC||10:46|
|8 Yuki Ikeda (Jpn) Topeak/Ergon/Canyon||13:14|
|9 David Rosa (Por) Liberty Seguros/Movefree||13:15|
|1 Imogen Smith (Aus) Subaru-MarathonMTB.com||5:26:26|
|DNS Jasmin McMillan (Aus)|
|Elite Men (top 10)|
|1 Greg Saw (Aus) iHus-Spiuk Norge||5:11:58|
|2 Ivan Rybarik (Cze) Way2live Quantum Racing||at 2:30|
|3 Milton Ramos (Esp) Intense-TowCar||3:05|
|4 Cory Wallace (Can) Kona Factory Team||8:02|
|5 Márton Blazsó (Hun) HUN Kross Hungary||11:02|
|6 Ramses Bekkenk (Ned) Koga KMC||11:04|
|7 Jiri Krivanek (Cze) Prestige hotel||11:35|
|8 Yuki Ikeda (Jpn) Topeak/Ergon/Canyon||14:04|
|9 Ondrej Slezak (Aus) Way2live Quantum Racing||21:00|
|10 Guido Thaler (Aut) Craft/Rocky Mountain||22:46|
|1 Imogen Smith (Aus) Subaru-MarathonMTB.com||7:21:32|
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