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October 22/14 11:38 am - Crocodile Trophy: Stage 5

Posted by Editoress on 10/22/14

All or nothing race: Second stage win for Ivan Rybarik
The 2012 Crocodile Trophy Champion Ivan Rybarik from the Czech Republic today claimed his second stage win at this year's event ahead of the Canadian Cory Wallace and Ramses Bekkenk (NED). Wallace now pushes into second overall in the Elite Men, swapping spots with the Dutch rider. Greg Saw is battling with nerve damage on arms and legs from yesterday's incident with a Stinging Tree, but soldiered on today, coming in fourth at Irvinebank and defending his overall race lead, which is 10:13 minutes after five stages.

Once again the Crocodile Trophy riders had to climb onto the Great Dividing Range and today's stage took them through Hasties Swamp National Park from Atherton towards Herberton, where the first technical feed zone was located. After a cool morning, the conditions were heating up quickly and Ivan Rybarik attacked right from the start. “I've had three days of just bad luck – one flat tire after the other, sometimes two a day. With my chances for the overall victory getting slimmer, today I thought, I'll just go for it”, he said about his “all-or-nothing approach” after a tough first few days.

The chasing group with Cory Wallace, Greg Saw, Ramses Bekkenk and David Rosa emerged from a rough descent to the feed zone next and Rosa unfortunately crashed badly. “I can't believe it – I looked up from the track for a second to look for my support crew – next thing I know I am lying on the ground”, said the Portugese rider. He suffered big lascerations and was brought to nearby Herberton Hospital immediately. Only shortly thereafter, the Belgian rider Erik Van Meel crashed about one kilometre before the feed zone. Race organisers then transported both riders to Atherton District Hospital, where they both were cleared of any serious injuries. It's game over for Rosa who is on his way back to Cairns to fly out home; Erik will keep travelling with the Crocodile Trophy in support of his team mate Ronny Raeymakers, who is currently 12th in the A3 (40+) age group.

Roadworks divert Crocodile Trophy, stage shortened
From Herberton, the Crocateers ventured out onto the iconic Silver Valley Road, an iconic mining access road in the area. “We encountered unexpected road works, when marking the race track early this morning”, said Gerhard Schoenbacher, the Event Director. “We were not informed about a broken bridge being restored on Silver Valley Road which only happened today, so we had to make a last-minute decision to divert the race track via Bluey Mine towards Mt Misery. Our team of course marshalls worked together well and I think most riders were actually glad to be out of the heat earlier”, he added.

Ivan Rybarik was one of the many riders who admitted that he had been relieved about the shorter stage, “I was going so hard, I don't think I could have lasted for a four or five hour stage.” His winning time was 2h:44:06.98 when he crossed the line in Irvinebank with a gap of over three minutes to Wallace. “This will probably be my last Crocodile Trophy, so I'll just try to enjoy every minute of it”, Rybarik said. “I have a young family now, but I just wanted to experience the 'spirit of the Croc' one more time. I just love sleeping under the stars and the camerarderie in our Quantum Racing Team”, he added.

The shorter stage also suited the Italian 14-time Tour de France racer, Max Lelli from Milan, who finished in tenth place overall today and claimed the first stage win in the Amateur 3 (40+) category for Italy at this year´s Crocodile Trophy.

Wallace on the chase
“I feel good, but Ivan was just too strong today. When I then heard at the second feed zone that the track was shortened I attacked right away”, said the Canadian Marathon National Champion today, who was able to push forward to second overall. Just over 10 minutes of a gap separate him from the current  leader Greg Saw, the Atherton-born Australian pro cyclist now living in Norway. It's no secret that Wallace is back for the fourth time, because wants to win this race, but he also genuinely enjoyes the racing experience, “Every kilometre at the Crocodile Trophy is engaging. Gone are the boring wide open highways, now you have to be on it always, it's exciting every day.”

Crocodile Trophy report


Stage 5: Atherton to Irvinebank, Queensland

All results
1 Ivan Rybarik (Cze) Way2live Quantum Racing EM 2:44:06
2 Cory Wallace Can) KONA Factory Team EM at 3:08
3 Ramses Bekkenk (Ned) Koga KMC EM 4:28
4 Greg Saw (Aus) iHus-Spiuk Norge EM 4:29
5 Márton Blazsó (Hun) Kross Hungary EM 11:09
6 Milton Ramos (Esp) Intense-TowCar EM 11:11
7 Jiri Krivanek (Cze) Prestige hotel EM 11:12
8 Guido Thaler (Aut) CRAFT - Rocky Mountain EM 11:48
9 Silva Tiago (Por) A2 17:15
10 Max Lelli (Ita) Italian Cistyc Fibrosis Founda A3 17:16
11 Leander Hamelink (Ned) EM 22:27
12 Yuki Ikeda (Jpn) Topeak/Ergon/Canyon EM 22:30
13 Andrew Hall (Aus) Vie 13 kustom apparel A2 23:47
14 Lander Vanhee (Bel) desperate husbands A2 26:24
15 Ondrej Slezak (Cez) Way2live Quantum Racing EM 27:38
16 Alexander Geelhaar (Ger) Redheads Team / RC Schnaittach EM 30:10
17 Jindra Knot (Cze) Way2live Quantum Racing A1 30:18
18 Michel Pannekeet (Ned) MTB Team Giant/Theo Schilder A A2 30:18
19 Jason Chalker (Aus) Vie 13 kustom apparel A3 30:19
20 Adrian Scott (Gbr) desperate husbands A2 35:08
21 Mike Blewitt (Aus) Jürgen Hofer EM 35:10
22 Lieven Machtelinckx (Bel) A3 36:40
23 Dan McNamara (Aus) Vie 13 kustom apparel A2 37:10
24 Timothy Goulding (Aus) A3 38:17
25 Garry James (Aus) Redheads Team / RC Schnaittach A4 40:41
26 Michal Kafka (Cze) Way2live Quantum Racing A2 41:22
27 Jaysen Searle (Aus) desperate husbands A3 41:23
28 Bjorn Rondelez (Bel) desperate husbands EM 44:56
29 Andrew Lloyd (Aus) Vie 13 kustom apparel A1 47:27
30 Timothy Nelson (Gbr) Il Pastaio / Rocky Trail Racin A2 47:39
31 Jürgen Hofer (Aut) Jürgen Hofer A2 47:51
32 Tom Smets (Bel) Il Pastaio / Rocky Trail Racin A3 49:22
33 Grant Webster (Aus) Il Pastaio / Rocky Trail Racin A2 50:43
34 Jim Knudsen (Den) JJ Peleton A4 50:54
35 John Cosgriff (Aus) Team Redarc A4 51:31
36 Marco Mosti (Ita) Vie 13 kustom apparel A3 56:23
37 Robert Kleiner (Cze) Way2live Quantum Racing A3 56:45
38 Marthijs Wegdam (Ned) Scholten Cycling A2 57:37
39 Marchel Van der Heyden (Ned) Harsco metals A3 57:37
40 Pascal De Meulenaer (Bel) MTB Team Giant/Theo Schilder A A3 58:03
41 Ronny Raeymakers (Bel) Desert Duvel's A3 58:41
42 Gavin Rumbles (Gbr) CC Luton A3 1:01:13
43 Martin Wisata (Aut) Il Pastaio / Rocky Trail Racin A2 1:02:50
44 Clayton Locke (Aus) Il Pastaio / Rocky Trail Racin A3 1:03:00
45 Andrew Radcliffe (Aus) the greatcyclechallenge & Ride A4 1:03:03
46 Benoit Smeuninx (Bel) A1 1:04:15
47 Geert Biesmans (Bel) A3 1:04:35
48 Pierre Castagne (Bel) A3 1:04:58
49 Heikki Segaert (Bel) A2 1:05:39
50 Jason Derecourt (Nzl) A2 1:07:35
51 Diedrik De Mulder (Bel) A2 1:09:36
52 Imogen Smith (Aus) EW 1:09:54
53 Paul van Hattem (Ned) Scholten Cycling A4 1:09:59
54 Iader Fabbri (Ita) Italian Cistyc Fibrosis Founda A2 1:12:12
55 Matteo Marzotto (Ita) Italian Cistyc Fibrosis Founda A3 1:12:13
56 Davide Cassani (Ita) Italian Cistyc Fibrosis Founda A4 1:12:15
57 Alex Kooijman (Ned) Way2live Quantum Racing A3 1:12:29
58 Filip Bloch (Cze) Way2live Quantum Racing A3 1:12:57
59 David De Chellis (Aus) Get up. A3 1:13:26
60 Georg Vinczencz (Aut) Radsport Waldherr A4 1:13:27
61 Dominique Van der Bruggen (Bel) Alu-team A3 1:14:28
62 Olaf Trenner (Ger) Trenner der Renner A3 1:16:28
63 Bronislav Skovajsa (Cze) Six Monkeys A3 1:21:26
64 Warren Pike (Aus) CycleFNQ/Crank'D A3 1:22:03
65 Markus Alschner (Aut) Bike Experience Vienna A3 1:24:05
66 Freddy Cassiers (Bel) A4 1:24:06
67 Jason Smith (Aus) A3 1:24:40
68 Michael Klemens (Aus) A3 1:24:52
69 Sandra Starke (Aus) AF 1:31:14
70 Garrett Sherman (Can) Il Pastaio / Rocky Trail Racin A2 1:35:21
71 Patric Wiedmer (Sui) A2 1:40:49
72 Marek Tichy (Cze) A1 1:40:53
73 Hans-Peter Schärer (Sui) A3 1:40:57
74 Jesper Ravn (Nzl) JJ Peleton A3 1:41:07
75 Rita Esteves (Por) AF 1:41:25
76 Vincent Gouverneur (Bel) A3 1:43:43
77 Vincent Maillen (Bel) A3 1:43:44
78 Radim Novotny (Cze) Prestige hotel A4 1:48:42
79 Willem Hopstaken (Ned) Scholten Cycling A3 1:54:52
80 Tania Tryhorn (Aus) AF 2:09:04
81 Sharman Parr (Aus) AF 2:44:59
82 Greg Parr (Aus) A4 2:44:59
83 Thomas Begert (Ger) Redheads Team / RC Schnaittach EM 2:50:27
DNF David Rosa (Por) Liberty Seguros/Movefree EM
DNF Erik Van Meel (Bel) A4
Elite Men
1 Greg Saw (Aus) iHus-Spiuk Norge   14:39:12
2 Cory Wallace Can) KONA Factory Team   at 10:13
3 Ramses Bekkenk (Ned) Koga KMC   11:01
4 Milton Ramos (Esp) Intense-TowCar   20:35
5 Ivan Rybarik (Cze) Way2live Quantum Racing   36:50
6 Márton Blazsó (Hun) Kross Hungary   44:00
7 Jiri Krivanek (Cze) Prestige hotel   50:21
8 Guido Thaler (Aut) CRAFT - Rocky Mountain   50:36
9 Yuki Ikeda (Jpn) Topeak/Ergon/Canyon   54:35
10 Ondrej Slezak (Cez) Way2live Quantum Racing   1:04:33
11 Leander Hamelink (Ned)   1:53:02
12 Bjorn Rondelez (Bel) desperate husbands   2:11:24
13 Alexander Geelhaar (Ger) Redheads Team / RC Schnaittach   2:19:14
14 Mike Blewitt (Aus) Jürgen Hofer   2:43:42
15 Thomas Begert (Ger) Redheads Team / RC Schnaittach   6:47:00
Elite Women
1 Imogen Smith (Aus)   20:23:51


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