Archiv für den Tag: 14. Oktober 2019

Crocodile Trophy 2019: Change of guard at the Crocodile Trophy – Alan Gordon new race leader

Change of guard on day three – overall leader jersey for Alan Gordon

Change of the guard on Day 3: third place today and the new overall race lead for Alan Gordon (SAF) with +3:38min. Second stage win for Bart Classens (NED) in 3h22:04 ahead of Spain’s Brandan Marquez Fernandez (+2:49min). Australia’s Michael England finishes in fourth (+6min) and drops to second overall. Detailed overall gaps to be confirmed as we rest at Wondecla on the Atherton Tablelands our home for the next two nights. The leading woman Angelika Tazreiter (AUT) spectacularly finishes as 10th outright on the 74km marathon in 03:59:07,4.
The third stage of the Crocodile Trophy 25-year Anniversary edition featured the Herberton Range National Park and its popular Atherton MTB Park.
With a strong race and a successful attack in the Herberton Range National Park the experienced mountain bike stage racer Alan Gordon from South Africa who says that long climbs suited him, takes over the overall stage lead with a gap of 1:56min to the Australian Michael England in Wondecla on day three. “I don’t know anyone here and so I sort of had an aim to finish in the top-three but I wasn’t sure if that was feasible. (…) The overall victory is definitely a goal”, he added and that he had been looking for a different kind of challenge. “It’s my first time in Australia and while plenty of my mates have spoken about doing the Croc, I decided to actually sign up. It seemed like a really cool race to do”, he explained.
The local community has played a big role in the event’s delivery and the support by the local MTB Clubs and businesses makes a real difference to the organisation of this international event. The Crocodile Trophy event this year also receives the very ‘active’ support by a group of five local E-Bike riders who accompany riders out on course as race marshals.

Tomorrow’s Queen Stage, the 98km marathon with 3,200vm of climbing which will feature the infamous “Stairway to Heaven” ascent in Atherton MTB Park. Start and finish will be at Wondecla.

Führungswechsel durch Alan Gordon, Österreicherin Angelika Tazreiter heute unter den Top 10

Der dritte Tag der Crocodile Trophy bringt mit Alan Gordon´s erfolgreichen Attacke einen Führungswechsel bei der Crocodile Trophy in Australien. Der Südafrikaner schafft die Übernahme des Führungstrikots mit einem dritten Platz (+3:38min) hinter dem Etappensieger Bart Classens, der in 3h22:04 seinen zweiten Tagessieg einfährt vor dem Spanier Marquez Fernandez (+2:49min). Angelika Tazreiter kommt nach 3h59:07 als 10. Finisher in Wondecla an.
Angelika Tazreiter war überrascht über die Topplatzierung, da sich der letzte Abschnitt sehr lange angefühlt habe, „Die ersten 30km der heutigen Etappe waren ziemlich flach und ich bin mit dem Peloton gut mitgekommen, darüber war ich recht froh, denn das alleine zu fahren, wäre sehr anstrengend gewesen. Dann gab es lange Anstiege wieder in Regenwaldumgebung, aber dann zum Schluss haben wir ein komplett anderes Terrain gehabt. Es war sehr sandig mit Schiebepassagen und es war weit technischer als an den Tagen zuvor.“ Zum Schluss hin habe es sich sehr lange angefühlt, was wohl mit den Schiebepassagen zusammengehange habe.
Lukas Kaufmann sagte heute, dass die Crocodile Trophy auch abseits des Renngeschehens ein großartiges Erlebnis für ihn sei, „Ich habe heute wieder super geschlafen, es war kühler und dieses übernachten im Zelt liegt mir. Man hört die verschiedensten Tiere schreien und das ist einfach so komplett anders als bei jedem anderen Rennen, das ich bis jetzt gefahren bin.“ Anfangs sei das Tempo in der großen Führungsgruppe in den ersten Flachpassagen sehr hoch gewesen und man habe mit Umsicht fahren müssen im Peloton. „In den Hügeln der letzten 45km ist es dann so richtig anstrengend gewesen. Die Sonne ist rausgekommen, ich habe richtig schwitzen müssen, habe viel getrunken.“

Die morgige Königsetappe ist ein 98km Marathon mit 3,200 Höhenmetern, inklusive der schlüssigen „Stairway to Heaven“ Passage im Atherton MTB Park. Start und Finish in Wondecla.

700 km | 13,000 vm | 8 days
STAGE 1 – Saturday 12 October | Cairns – Ringers Rest (80 km / 2100 vm)
STAGE 2 – Sunday 13 October | Ringers Rest – Ringers Rest (76 km / 1900 vm)
STAGE 3 – Monday 14 October | Ringers Rest – Wondecla (74 km / 1700 vm)
STAGE 4 – Tuesday 15 October | Wondecla – Wondecla (98 km / 3200 vm) “Queen Stage”
STAGE 5 – Wednesday 16 October | Wondecla – Skybury (120 km / 1600 vm)
STAGE 6 – Thursday 17 October | Skybury – Skybury (125 km / 1200 vm)
STAGE 7 – Friday 18 October | Skybury – Hartley’s Croc Adventures (84 km / 800 vm)
STAGE 8 – Saturday 19 October | Hartley’s Croc Adventures – Port Douglas (34 km / 900 vm) “Greg Parr Stage”

Crocodile Trophy 2019

Juliane Wisata
Communications Manager

PARIS-TOURS 2019: Wallays, five years after!

Tours – Sunday, October 13th 2019 – Winner of Paris-Tours back in 2014, Jelle Wallays (LTS) managed to conquer yet another victory on the French classic but on a course far different to the one of his first triumph. The Belgian took off with over fifty kilometres to go on the first of nine “vine tracks” on the menu. He then managed to stay clear of the group of favourites before winning with a comfortable lead over Niki Terpstra (TDE) et Oliver Naesen (ALM).
For the final road race on French territory of the cycling season, 151 riders gathered in the pretty city of Chartres, under a bright sunshine for the 113th edition of Paris-Tours. Taking off just before noon, six riders gave it a go in the early moments of the race but the strong headwind condemned their attempt rapidly. Ten kilometres later, three riders, Dowsett (TKA), Nielsen (RIW) and De Vos (RLY) tried their luck enjoying a decent advantage.

While going through Bonneval (km 30) the situation changed considerably. Dowsett stopped his efforts and five other riders managed to power away from the pack and bridged the gap on the escapees. Seven riders led the way: Molly, Paaschens (WVA), Nielsen (RIW), De Vos (RLY), Hurel (AUB), Dernies and Leroux (NRL).
The situation remained the same and the front riders enjoyed a maximum 4’15’’ lead at km 45. As the riders entered Vendôme, the peloton broke into several groups under the influence of teams Groupama-FDJ, Total Direct Energie and Vital Concept BnB Hotels. The gap dropped down dramatically and the breakaway was finally caught by a group of around forty riders at km 106. A first selection of title contenders had been done. While riders such as Cavendish or Van Asbroeck were dropped, all the main favourites including title holder Soren Kragh Andersen (SUN) but also Démare (GFC), Naesen (AGR) and Terpstra (TDD) remained in the leading group.
At km 146, the winner of the 2018 edition decided to take off on his own. Kragh Andersen was soon to be caught by Boy Van Poppel (ROC) just ten kilometres before the first gravel track as both men enjoyed a 40” advantage. On the climb up the Côte de Goguenne, Van Poppel failed to keep up with his breakaway companion and Jelle Wallays (LTS) winner of the race in 2014 counter-attacked. At the exit of “vine path” n°8, the leading rider had a 35’’ gap over Wallays and 50” over a slim peloton.
On the following track, bad luck hit Kragh Andersen who suffered a puncture. The Sunweb leader was caught and rapidly dropped by the main group of favourites at km 179 while Wallays saw his lead grow to 1’25” after sector n°6. Despite the many attacks in the chasing group, the Belgian maintained a consistent gap. With 15kms to go it reached 1’30”.
On the final climb of the day, the Côte de Rochecorbon (10kms from the finish), Wallays hadn’t lost any time on the chasing 11 men. Two men then decided to take off on a final counter-attack: Naesen (ALM) and Terpstra (TDE). But with 5kms to go Wallays could still count on a promising 55” lead. The Belgian stayed clear of the chasing duo and victoriously crossed the finish line with close to 40” on Terpstra and Naesen, second and third. Five years after what was then his greatest victory, Wallays triumphs again.
Chartres – Tours/Avenue de Grammont (217,0 km)
1 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal 5:34:20
2 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Total Direct Energie 0:00:29
3 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:30
4 Arnaud Démare (Fra) Groupama – FDJ 0:00:36
5 Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise 0:00:49
6 Aimé De Gendt (Bel) Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team 0:00:49
7 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Dimension Data 0:00:51
8 Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept – B&B Hotels 0:00:53
9 Kevyn Ista (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles 0:00:53
10 Julien Vermote (Bel) Team Dimension Data 0:00:53
11 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:53
12 Fernando Barceló Aragon (Esp) Euskadi Basque Country – Murias 0:00:55
13 Stefan Küng (SUI) Groupama – FDJ 0:01:14
14 Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles 0:01:20
15 Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:01:43
16 Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team 0:01:43
17 Kevin Le Cunff (Fra) St Michel – Auber 93 0:01:43
18 Reto Hollenstein (SUI) Team Katusha Alpecin 0:01:43
19 Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise 0:01:43
20 Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkéa – Samsic 0:01:43