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October 21/07 10:24 am - Jayco Herald Sun Tour: Stage 7 report, photos, results and final GC

Posted by Editoress on 10/21/07

Herald Sun Tour - from the Canadian camp
Report and photos by Monique Hanley


The final stage of the Herald Sun Tour has been run and won, and Eric Wohlberg sits back into the Bicycle Superstore - Canadian National Team chair, whips off his shoes and breathes an audible sigh. 'Geez, I am glad that's over'.

The strong crowd out to watch the final spectacle of Melbourne's 'Festival of Cycling' were now milling around each teams tent. While many are there to catch a glimpse of local heroes such as Stuart O'Grady, most are taking advantage of what is now known as an end-of-season run out sale. A quick wipe of his face, and Wohlberg is up and ready to serve customers. He places the final touch on his stall: his shoes, still fresh (sreaming) from the 80 minute crit in which he featured strongly, making the break and finishing eighth on a technical and leg sapping circuit. "Everything here is for sale" he says, pointing at his table of spare team Symmetrics kit, many with clothing tags still attached. "what size is your feet? These are even customized, I drilled ventilation holes in the bottom of them!"

The sale is now infamous for both spectators looking for a bargain, and riders keen to offload some of their kit and equipment from their 2007 race season. Uniforms, socks, helmets, frames, bike chains - everything is usually available and of course, negotiable. (This writer even picked up a BT track frame at the 2006 sale from former Junior World Champion Simon Clarke.)

The motivation for sale may be greater following the 2007 Herald Sun Tour, thanks largely to a tour made known for strict enforcement of race laws by way of time penalties, disqualification and fines. A twenty second time penalty on Stage Two to Swiss rider Steve Morabito (Astana) cost him a chance of claiming the overall lead following his stage win on Stage Four. Instead, the lead was awarded to Dutch rider Joost Van Leijen (Netherlands National Team). Yet his claim for the overall title was stripped on Stage Five, when he too was penalized 20 seconds for motorpacing following a puncture, placing Australian Matt Wilson back into the overall lead which he defended to claim the overall Tour, his biggest career win.

While the time penalties were making local headlines, each team was also docked an unusual amount of penalties, often in the form of monetary fines. Bicycle Superstore Canadian National Team manager, John Pritchard, estimates the Canadian team penalties have totalled approximately 500 Swiss Francs. "We've had at least a page (of fines), I've been fined every day and the day I wasn't fined I put in a protest - I wanted to know why I wasn't fined!

Fines ranged from drafting to incorrect feeding and little trivial things. We got fined for cutting the race numbers down in size. If you start with 6 inches of plastic but race with 5 inches of plastic - he fines you. As you drive down the road trying to feed a rider and your car overlaps the commissaire, he fines you because you are not supposed to do that. But at the same time you are supposed to be looking after your rider and not running him over, and concentrating on what is going on!"

Chief Commissaire, South African-born Canadian Wayne Pomario, defended the rule interpretations and highlighted the consistency of the enforcement all week. A report on quoted Pomario with using the example of Dominique Rollin during Stage Five, noting he had effectively used the caravan to rejoin the peloton. Although happy to avoid the fine, Rollin himself was unsure on the consistency of the rule interpretations. 'I got one fine on Tuesday (Stage Three) for coming back into the caravan after a bike swap, and then the same thing two days later he complimented me on for moving up with the caravan. But I did the same move on two different days and I got a fine one day and the other day I got complimented by him!'

Overall, the Canadian National Team certainly made a strong presence on the Herald Sun Tour. Two Top Ten placings on GC (Wohlberg, 8th, Dominique Perras, 10th), Sprint Classification Jersey Winner (Rollin), Third in the overall Teams Classification, 10th in the Young Rider Classification (Ryan Anderson) and Two 'Most Aggressive' Jerseys (Rollin).

"It would have been nice to have guys higher on the GC but I think the level of competition is so high here, so for us to come in here and to recover from the travel is a pretty big achievement," remarked Wohlberg. What makes the results even more impressive is the mixed lead up to the event for the teams riders.

Track star Zach Bell has used the week to help launch his base training phase in the lead up to the Track World Cup in Sydney in December, while youngster Ryan Anderson has come off the back of an intense two months of racing and learning in Europe, including the World Championships. Dominique Perras, riding with US based Kelly Benefit Strategies in 2007 finished his season five weeks earlier, arriving in Melbourne feeling fresh for his fourth Herald Sun Tour.

Both the Canadian riders and their Australian management (Bicycle Superstore, a local bike shop chain) were pleased with such a showing in a strong field. Said Pritchard, "We've been happy with the team. They've been great. We had a good time last year, and they wanted to come back this year which is great. We had four new guys this year, but they fitted in as if they rode with us last year. Just a great bunch of blokes."


Stage 7: Melbourne Circuit, 80 minutes
1. Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana1:31:17
2. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell-Priority Health
3. Camiel Denis (Ned) Netherlands National Teamboth at s.t.
4. Gene Bates (Aus) South - AIS0:14
5. Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobes.t.
6. Shaun Higgerson (Aus) South - AIS0:24
7. Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell-Priority Health0:32
8. Koen De Kort (Ned) Astanas.t.
9. Eric Wohlberg (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada0:33
10. Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche0:58
11. Brett Aitken (Aus) Savings & Loans
12. Steffen Radochla (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt
13. Malaya Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Netherlands National Team
14. Michal Golas (Pol)
15. Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS
16. Richard England (Aus) Bissell-Priority Health
17. Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canadaall s.t.
18. Rhys Pollock (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed1:02
19. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team1:03
20. Jimmy Casper (Fra) Unibet.com1:33
21. Matthew Wilson (Aus)
22. Steve Morabito (Sui) Astana
23. Simon Clarke (Aus) South - AIS
24. Trent Lowe (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team
25. Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.comall s.t.
26. Cameron Wurf (Aus) Bissell-Priority Health1:35
27. Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana
28. Dominique Perras (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada
29. Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Netherlands National Team
30. Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed
31. Adriaan Helmantel (Ned) Netherlands National Team
32. David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans
33. Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Netherlands National Team
34. Daniel Lloyd (GBr) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeedall s.t.
35. Johnnie Walker (Aus) South - AIS1:39
36. Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell-Priority Health1:42
37. Peter Dawson (Aus) South - AIS
38. Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed
39. Jorg Ludewig (Ger) Wiesenhof-Feltall s.t.
40. Casey Munro (Aus) Drapac Porsche1:45
41. John Ebeling (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS
42. Omer Kem (USA) Bissell-Priority Health
43. Brendan Brooks (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS
44. Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand
45. Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Porsche
46. Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Jayco Australian National Teamall s.t.
47. Mark O'Brien (Aus) Drapac Porsche1:52
48. Nick Gates (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team1:54
49. Prajak Mahawong (Tha) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe2:05
50. Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobes.t.
51. Jason Allen (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand2:36
52. Tom Southam (GBr) Drapac Porsche2:39
53. Zach Bell (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada
54. Logan Hutchings (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealandboth s.t.
55. Patrick Shaw (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team2:49
56. Brett Tivers (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand2:52
57. Ryan Anderson (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada3:02
58. Jeremy Hunt (GBr)
at one lap
59. Benoit Joachim (Lux) Astana7:02
60. Tom Middleton (Aus) Savings & Loans9:02
61. Felix Odebrecht (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felts.t.
62. Jason Hegert (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS11:02
63. Wim Botman (Ned) Netherlands National Teams.t.
64. Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe13:02
65. Jeremy Vennell (NZl) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed
66. Craig Mccartney (Aus) Savings & Loans
67. Christian Leben (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt
68. Chris Jory (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWISall s.t.
69. Luke Cridland (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS17:02
70. Will Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans19:02
71. Marc Ryan (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand27:02
72. William Ford (Aus) South - AIS41:02
DNF Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team
DNF Peter Mueller (Aus) Savings & Loans
DNF Aaron Tuckerman (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand
Final GC
1. Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com17:52:47
2. Steve Morabito (Sui) Astanaat 0:03
3. Trent Lowe (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team0:14
4. Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Netherlands National Team0:25
5. Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana0:41
6. Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com1:53
7. Simon Clarke (Aus) South - AIS2:11
8. Eric Wohlberg (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada4:04
9. Cameron Wurf (Aus) Bissell-Priority Health4:20
10. Dominique Perras (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada4:32
11. David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans6:10
12. Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Porsche10:39
13. Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana11:52
14. Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed12:28
15. Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Netherlands National Team12:55
16. Jorg Ludewig (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt12:59
17. Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe14:19
18. Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana16:09
19. Daniel Lloyd (GBr) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed16:18
20. Michal Golas (Pol) Unibet.com16:40
21. Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada16:42
22. Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed16:59
23. Mark O'Brien (Aus) Drapac Porsche17:22
24. Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand18:13
25. Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche22:22
26. Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell-Priority Health23:24
27. Brendan Brooks (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS24:08
28. Omer Kem (USA) Bissell-Priority Health33:54
29. Johnnie Walker (Aus) South - AIS35:27
30. Camiel Denis (Ned) Netherlands National Team35:34
31. Gene Bates (Aus) South - AIS35:54
32. Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell-Priority Health38:11
33. Malaya Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Netherlands National Team38:37
34. Benoit Joachim (Lux) Astana38:42
35. Jimmy Casper (Fra) Unibet.com39:12
36. Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS40:48
37. Christian Leben (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt42:16
38. Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com44:58
39. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell-Priority Health45:58
40. Patrick Shaw (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team46:52
41. Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team47:42
42. Tom Middleton (Aus) Savings & Loans49:20
43. Nick Gates (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team50:41
44. Richard England (Aus) Bissell-Priority Health51:52
45. Rhys Pollock (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed51:57
46. Jeremy Vennell (NZl) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed53:04
47. Shaun Higgerson (Aus) South - AIS53:53
48. John Ebeling (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS54:43
49. Brett Tivers (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand55:05
50. Tom Southam (GBr) Drapac Porsche55:49
51. Zach Bell (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada56:01
52. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team57:00
53. Adriaan Helmantel (Ned) Netherlands National Team58:50
54. Logan Hutchings (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand1:00:15
55. Brett Aitken (Aus) Savings & Loans1:02:00
56. Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe1:03:02
57. Will Dickeson (Aus) Savings & Loans1:03:48
58. Casey Munro (Aus) Drapac Porsches.t.
59. Jason Allen (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand1:04:37
60. Chris Jory (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS1:06:39
61. Steffen Radochla (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt1:08:36
62. Ryan Anderson (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada1:09:44
63. Peter Dawson (Aus) South - AIS1:10:06
64. Prajak Mahawong (Tha) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe1:10:43
65. Jason Hegert (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS1:12:39
66. Wim Botman (Ned) Netherlands National Team1:14:55
67. Felix Odebrecht (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt1:15:09
68. Luke Cridland (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS1:18:31
69. Craig Mccartney (Aus) Savings & Loans1:18:38
70. Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe1:20:36
71. Marc Ryan (NZl) Mitchelton Wines - New Zealand1:28:48
72. William Ford (Aus) South - AIS1:46:13
Points GC
1. Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada34 pts
2. Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana30
3. Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com30
4. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell-Priority Health20
5. Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed12
6. Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com12
7. David Pell (Aus) Savings & Loans12
8. Jorg Ludewig (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt12
9. Camiel Denis (Ned) Netherlands National Team12
10. Peter Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS12
11. Steve Morabito (Sui) Astana10
12. Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Netherlands National Team8
13. Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porsche8
14. Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe6
15. Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed6
16. Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Nippo - Meitan Latrobe6
17. Jeremy Vennell (NZl) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed6
18. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team6
19. Felix Odebrecht (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt6
20. Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana4
21. Simon Clarke (Aus) South - AIS4
22. Gene Bates (Aus) South - AIS4
23. Malaya Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Netherlands National Team4
24. Trent Lowe (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team2
25. Cameron Wurf (Aus) Bissell-Priority Health2
26. Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Porsche2
27. Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell-Priority Health2
28. Jimmy Casper (Fra) Unibet.com2
29. Patrick Shaw (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team2
Climbers GC
1. Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed36 pts
2. Steve Morabito (Sui) Astana34
3. Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Netherlands National Team24
4. Trent Lowe (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team18
5. Dominique Rollin (Can) Bicycle Superstore -Canada16
6. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell-Priority Health12
7. Tom Southam (GBr) Drapac Porsche10
8. Daniel Lloyd (GBr) DFL Cyclingnews Litespeed8
9. Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) Netherlands National Team4
10. Michal Golas (Pol) Unibet.com4
11. Benoit Joachim (Lux) Astana4
12. Malaya Van Ruitenbeek (Ned) Netherlands National Team2
Young Rider GC
1. Simon Clarke (Aus) South - AIS17:54:58
2. Mark O'Brien (Aus) Drapac Porscheat 15:11
3. Brendan Brooks (Aus) FRF Couriers-NSWIS21:57
4. Johnnie Walker (Aus) South - AIS33:16
5. Christian Leben (Ger) Wiesenhof-Felt40:05
6. Patrick Shaw (Aus) Jayco Australian National Team44:41
7. Tom Middleton (Aus) Savings & Loans47:09
8. Casey Munro (Aus) Drapac Porsche1:01:37
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