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Viermal Gold für KTM Youngsters
Besser hätten die Bayerischen MTB-Meisterschaften nicht laufen können: Alle fünf KTM Youngsters fuhren auf das Podium, mehrere krönten sich sogar zum Meister.
Im oberfränkischen Wüstenselbitz war bei den Bayerischen MTB-Meis-terschaften zuerst Nico Wollenberg in der U13 gefordert. Auf der mit Wurzeln übersäten, fünf Kilometer langen Strecke nutzte Nico seine gute Ausgangsposition aus der ersten Startreihe, um direkt mit Vollgas an die Spitze zu fahren. Schnell war eine Lücke zum restlichen Feld da. Ange-feuert vom Publikum machte Nico weiter Druck, um am Ende mit gro-ßem Vorsprung als Erster über die Ziellinie zu fahren.
In der U17 ging danach mit Jakob Duckeck und Fabian Eder ein KTM-Duo an den Start. Vom Start weg war die Geschwindigkeit sehr hoch in die-sem Rennen, wobei Fabian und Jakob mit in der Spitzengruppe dabei wa-ren. Fabian kam immer besser in das Rennen und fuhr angefeuert von den vielen Zuschauern zur Vizemeister-schaft. Neben ihm jubelte auf dem Podium Jakob, der als dritter bayeri-scher Fahrer die Ziellinie überquert hatte.
Nico feierte einen Start-Ziel-Sieg.
Am Tag nach dem glorreichen Erfolg nahm Jakob an der Bayerischen Marathonmeisterschaft teil. Die U17 musste eine Runde mit 19 Kilometern und 380 Höhenmetern fahren. Nach seiner Bronzemedaille am Vortag wollte Jakob dieses Mal Gold gewinnen. Am ersten Anstieg konnte er sich mit drei anderen Fahrern absetzen. Jakob konnte in der Spitzengruppe gut mithalten. Zum Ende des Rennens musste sein Mitstreiter in der U17 abreißen lassen. Damit war sein Meistertitel in der U17 perfekt.
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Nico gewinnt in Gedern
Alle fünf KTM Youngsters verbrachten das Pfingstwochenende in Gedern. Am erfolgreichs-ten lief es dabei für Nico Wollenberg.
Im hessischen Gedern stand an Pfings-ten eine Bundesnachwuchssichtung sowie ein Bundesligarennen auf dem Programm. Alle fünf KTM Youngsters (Jakob Duckeck, Fabian Eder, Viktoria Erber, Michael Stocker und Nico Wol-lenberg) waren vor Ort. Als erstes war Nico gefordert, der in der U13 schon am Samstagfrüh eine Trial-Technik-prüfung absolvieren musste. Diese war nicht allzu schwer, aber dennoch ließ Nico ausgerechnet bei der leich-testen Übung Punkte liegen. Am Ende reichte es für Rang XX, beziehungs-weise einen Startplatz aus der zwei-ten Reihe für das XC-Rennen am Nachmittag. Hier gab sich Nico keine Blöße und setzte sich gleich in der ers-ten Runde an die Spitze. Seinen Vor-sprung baute er bis ins Ziel kontinuier-lich aus. Perfekt war das Wochenende dann am Pfingstmontag: Bei einem Techniklehrgang für das internatio-nale MTB-Rennen TFJV in Frankreich zeigte Nico eine fehlerfreie Leistung und durfte sich anschließend über eine Einladung für diesen Wettbe-werb im August freuen.
Wie Nico gingen auch Jakob und Fa-bian am Samstag schon an den Start. In der U17 stand zuerst ein Geschicklichkeitsparcours auf dem Programm. Jakob unterlief dabei ein Leichtsinnsfehler, sodass er am Ende 26. wurde. Fabian musste leider vorzeitig verletzt den Wettbewerb beenden und konnte auch nicht am XC-Rennen am nächsten Tag teilnehmen. Hier konnte Jakob anfangs nicht wie gewünscht in der Startloop nach vorne fahren. Durch eine falsche Linienwahl stand er dann aber im Stau und wurde von einigen Fah-rern überholt. Also startete Michi eine Aufholjagd und kam am Ende als 15. ins Ziel. „Das ist noch nicht das Ergebnis, das ich mir erhofft habe, aber mit Blick auf die Deutsche Meisterschaft in zwei Wo-chen in Wombach, geht es in die richtige Richtung“, so Michi nach dem Rennen. Vorher stehen aber am nächsten Wo-chenende die bayerischen Meisterschaf-ten in Wüstenselbitz auf dem Programm, bei der alle KTM Youngsters einen Start geplant haben.
Michi belegte in Gedern Platz 15.

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Fabian trainierte im Elsass
Mit Fabian Eder hat ein KTM Youngster das letzte Wochenende genutzt, um seine Fahr-technik weiter zu verbessern.
Fabian Eder hat das verlängerte Wochenende rund um Christi Himmelfahrt genutzt und ist mit dem BDR-Jugendkader zum Lac Blanc gefahren um in den drei Tagen von Donnerstag bis Sams-tag bei top Wetter nochmal ordentlich an der Fahrtechnik zu feilen. Insgesamt wurden zwei Lifteinheiten im Bikepark absolviert und eine Ausfahrt in Freiburg. Der Schwerpunkt lag dabei auf Kurven-/und Sprungtechnik, die man auf den wunderschönen Trails im französischen El-sass perfekt verbessern konnte. Durch den eigenen Fahrtechnik-Trainer war eine optimale Unterstützung vor Ort garantiert. Mittels einiger Videoanalysen in der Nachbesprechung wurde genau klar, woran noch zu arbeiten ist bzw. was einem schon gut gelungen ist. Am letzten Tag wurde dann in Freiburg auf dem Borderline-Trail das Gelernte nochmal vertieft und es war ein rundum gelungener Abschluss für den Lehrgang. Fazit: Auch in der kurzen Zeit konnte Fabian viel lernen und das perfekt funktionierende Material nochmal auf Herz und Nieren testen, bevor es am Wochenende schon zur nächsten Bundesnachwuchssichtung nach Gedern geht.

Nico Wollenberg ist bayerischer Meister im Einzelzeitfahren. Er gewann den Wettbewerb in Zeilitzheim. Viktoria Erber hatte beim X-Bike in Maria Schmolln Glück im Unglück.
Eine Woche nach der bayerischen Meisterschaft auf der Straße folgte die im Einzelzeitfahren. Diese fand in Zeilitzheim (Landkreis Schweinfurt) statt. Bei sonnigem Wetter musste eine 5 km lange Runde mit einer Kehre befahren werden. Aufgrund der Kürze der Strecke musste gleich mit Vollgas gefahren werden. Dies beherzigte Nico, denn es gelang ihm nicht nur den vor ihm fahrenden Fahrer einzuholen, sondern auch das Rennen zu gewinnen. Somit hat Nico den nächsten Meistertitel in der Tasche.
Nico ruhte sich nicht auf dem am Samstag errungenen Meistertitel aus, sondern star-tete direkt am folgenden Tag beim Bayernli-garennen im unterfränkischen Waldaschaff. Die U13 musste vier Runden absolvieren. Bei schon fast heißen Temperaturen war der Wiesenanstieg sehr kräftezehrend. Nico ge-lang diesmal ein guter Start und er führte das mehr als 30 Starter umfassende Feld in den Singeltrail. Von der Spitze weg vergrö-ßerte sich der Vorsprung von Runde zu Runde, sodass nun die erste Startreihe an der bayerischen Meisterschaft in zwei Wo-chen sicher ist. Dort peilt Nico den dritten Meistertitel des Jahres an.
Ebenso am Start war Jakob in der U17. Die Startaufstellung wurde durch einen Slalom ausge-fahren. So stand Jakob in der zweiten Reihe. Ihm gelang es in der letzten Runde auf die Füh-renden aufzufahren und zu überholen. Bis ins Ziel hatte er dann 20 Sekunden Vorsprung.
Viktoria Erber ging bei der vierten Auflage der X-Bike in Maria Schmolln an den Start und stand dort neben zahlreichen namhaften Profis. Vickys Beine fühl-ten sich gut an und so konnte sie gleich nach dem Start an die dritte Position, hinter Angelika Tazreiter und Corina Druml, fahren. Nach ei-ner Stunde, also der Hälfte der Fahrzeit, hatte Vicky jedoch eine leichte Kollision mit einem Baum, wodurch sich ihr Schalthebel vom Lenker löste. Leider war es noch ein sehr weiter Weg zur Technikzone, wes-halb unzählige Fahrer sie überholten. Dank der super Unterstützung von KTM, sowohl in der Technikzone als auch nach dem Rennen, musste Vicky das Rennen nicht beenden und konnte sogar wieder auf den vierten Platz vorfahren.
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Am 1. Mai ruhte die Arbeit – dies galt jedoch nicht für die Fahrer der KTM Youngsters. Nico startete beim zweiten Lauf des Allgäuer Alpenwasser-MTB-Kids-Cup in Nesselwang. Der Elfjährige durfte nach seinem Sieg im ersten Rennen aus der Pole Position starten. Diese nutzte er aus, um bei schönsten Wetterbedingungen einen ungefährdeten Start-Ziel-Sieg zu erreichen.
Mit Michael Stocker saß ein zweiter Youngster am Feiertag auf dem Rad. Der U19-Fahrer nahm zur Abwechslung an einem Straßenrennen in Passau statt. Das als Rundstreckenrennen ausgeschriebene Rennen hatte mit 20 Runden á 2,4 km jedoch mehr den Charakter eines Kriteriums. Während des Rennens gab es drei Prämiensprints, die Michi alle knapp als Zweiter hinter dem amtierenden Deutschen Meister in der U19 beendete und so noch ein bisschen Geld verdiente. Im Schlusssprint reichte es dann für einen guten dritten Platz.
Den positiven Schlusspunkt des Wochenendes setzte Nico beim ersten Lauf der Bayernliga in Waldkirchen im Bayerischen Wald. Er musste zuerst einen kurzen Technikparcours aus steilen Auffahrten, engen Kurven und über einen Rockgarden fahren. Das war nicht so schwer, aber die Regeln dafür umso mehr: Es wurde die Zeit gestoppt und für jeden wie auch immer gearteten Fehler gab es eine Strafsekunde. Leider war dieses Prozedere nicht sehr transparent und so kam es, dass vor Nico Fahrer standen, die mehr Fehler hatten, aber eben schneller gefahren sind. Dies war aber kein großes Problem, weil Nico im Rennen gleich an die Spitzengruppe rangefahren ist, diese kontrolliert hat und in der letzten Runde sich an die Spitze gesetzt und das Rennen gewonnen hat.
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Nico Wollenberg holt ersten Saisonsieg für KTM Youngsters


Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer
Nico Wollenberg hat das Eröffnungsrennen der bayrischen Straßensaison in Nürnberg, den Großer Auto Neuser Preis, gewonnen. Es war ein Rundstreckenrennen mit drei Sachprämienrunden. Der Elfjährige führte das Feld die gesamte Renndistanz an, holte alle Prämien und fuhr souverän den Sieg nach Hause. Dadurch besserte Nico die Taschengeldkasse auf und konnte es sich locker leisten der Mutter die Blumen zu schenken.

Mit Fabian Eder, Viktoria Erber und Michael Stocker starteten parallel drei Teamkollegen bei der Kamptal Trophy im niederösterreichischen Langenlois. Dabei lief es für das Trio recht unterschiedlich.
Bei top Wetter gingen in der Altersklasse U17 über 50 Fahrer aus ganz Europa an den Start. Fabian fühlte sich super und konnte im Startloop einige Plätze aus der vorletzten Startreihe gut machen. Anfang der letzten Runde konnte er auf die Gruppe mit dem Kampf um Platz drei aufschließen. Doch leider verlor Fabian kurz vorm Ziel die Kette. Dadurch belegte er am Ende den fünften Platz.
Vicky fühlte sich noch nicht in Topform. Dennoch konnte sich die KTM-Amazone in einem stark besetzten U19-Feld mit 22 Fahrerinnen aus sieben Nationen auf dem bergigen Kurs gut behaupten. Am Ende belegte sie den zwölften Rang.
Im Gegensatz zu Fabian und Vicky kam der Kurs im Kamptal (viele Höhenmeter, aber kaum technische Passagen) Michi nicht wirklich entgegen. Nach einem guten Start aus dem Mittelfeld (Platz 41) konnte er sich gut nach vorne arbeiten. In der zweiten Runde, auf Platz 17 liegend, fuhr Michi jedoch durch einen kleinen Fahrfehler einen Platten. Nach einer zähen Aufholjagd war es am Ende Platz 28 für ihn in seinem ersten U19-MTB-Rennen mit einem stark besetzten Fahrerfeld in Langenlois.
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KTM Fahrrad bringt eigenes Werksteam an den Start


Rennsport hat eine lange Tradition und genießt hohen Stellenwert beim größten Fahrradhersteller Österreichs. Die Mattighofner bringen für 2019 ein eigenes MTB-Werksteam an den Start. Unter dem Namen „KTM MTB Factory Team“ starten sieben Fahrer für KTM in die neue Saison.
„In Sachen Sponsoring haben wir viele Projekte am Laufen, national, sowie international. Neben den großen Engagements auf der Straße, unterstützen wir schon über Jahre verschiedene Teams und Athleten mit unseren Produkten. Dazu zählen Spitzenteams wie KTM Protek Dama in Italien, das österreichische KTM Pro Team, das Bikevision Team aus Belgien und viele mehr. Spitzensport-Sponsoring ist immer eine Qualitätsbestätigung und der Erfolg gibt uns Recht. Selbst ein Team zu lenken, ist der nächste Schritt und bringt einen immensen Mehrwert für alle unsere Aktivitäten“, erklärt Geschäftsführer Stefan Limbrunner.
In der Szene gibt es nur wenige Teams, die direkt vom Hersteller gelenkt werden. Es soll damit ein klares Zeichen für den Rennsport gesetzt werden und natürlich bietet dieses Projekt für das ganze Unternehmen Vorteile, sei es bei Marketingaktivitäten, Messeauftritten, oder bei der Zusammenarbeit mit der Entwicklungsabteilung. Zudem gibt es nun eine weitere Plattform, auf der sich Partner präsentieren können. KTM Fahrrad bietet neben Rädern ein volles Sortiment an Equipment. Von Helmen, über die Bekleidung, bis hin zu den Schuhen. Das Potential, ein professionelles Rennteam von Kopf bis Fuß auszustatten, kann so umgesetzt werden.
Der Kader für 2019 setzt sich aus Athleten der Kernmärkte, Deutschland und Österreich zusammen. Im Fokus stehen sowohl der Marathon, als auch die olympische Cross Country Disziplin.
Angeführt wird das Aufgebot von Österreichs Rekordstaatsmeister Christoph Soukup. Der Niederösterreicher ist Garant für Spitzenplatzierungen und kann mit seiner jahrelangen Erfahrung nicht nur im Rennbetrieb, sondern auch auf technischer Ebene, wichtige Inputs liefern. An seiner Seite wird Matthias Alberti stehen. Der deutsche Marathonspezialist fährt seit Jahren auf Weltklasseniveau und wird neben Einzelrennen, zusammen mit Soukup bei Team-Bewerben ums Podium kämpfen. Ins Werksteam stößt auch Angelika Tazreiter. Die amtierende Marathon Staatsmeisterin holte bereits 2017 auf dem KTM Myroon die Bronzemedaille bei der Europameisterschaft. Jasper Britz, Jahrgang 1998, verstärkt als weiterer Deutscher die Armada. Das Team soll in Zukunft weiteren Nachwuchsathleten eine Perspektive für den Spitzensport geben. Mit Matthias Grick ist ein KTM Mitarbeiter im Team, der auch selbst erfolgreich im Rennzirkus unterwegs ist. Für KTM-Fahrrad konnte Grick unter anderem einen Etappensieg bei der Crocodile Trophy 2018 feiern.
Die Cross Country Abteilung wird mit den Nationalkader Athletinnen Anna Spielmann und Corina Druml besetzt. Die beiden jungen Spitzensportlerinnen werden bei den Staatsmeisterschaften auf Medaillenjagd gehen und zusammen mit dem Radsportverband die Weltcupsaison in Angriff nehmen. Beide zählen zu den erfolgreichsten Radsportlerinnen, die Österreich in den vergangenen Jahren hervorgebracht hat.
Das Team-Management übernimmt Thomas Britz. Der deutsche Wahl-Österreicher, wohnhaft in Osttirol, verfügt über jahrelange Erfahrung im Radsport und nimmt als Teamleiter diese neue Herausforderung in Angriff. Matthias Grick agiert für KTM Fahrrad als Koordinator.
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Stage 8 | Urs Huber and Sarah White are the 2018 Crocodile Trophy Champions


Urs Huber wins his fifth Crocodile Trophy Champion title today in Port Douglas after eight days and 27:38:30,7 of racing and sets a new record in the 24-year history of the event. Fellow Swiss racer Konny Looser wins today’s stage and finishes second overall, however, claiming the points classification. In third is the Luxemburg National Champion Soren Nissen ahead of the Austrian Matthias Grick and the Czech rider Milan Damek. Cairns racer Sarah White claims her second Crocodile Trophy victory in the women’s classification with 36:10:25,6 ahead of Lucy Coldwell (AUS) and Sjoukje Dufoer (BEL).
„I’m extremely happy about this victory and that I achieved what I set out to at the start of this race“, said Urs Huber of his record-breaking fifth victory today. He explained that this was his sixth participation in 10 years and that a lot had changed in the event. „It used to be a road racers competition with long Outback highways and is now an event where you need to be an all-rounder, however, what is still the same is the fierce competition at the front end. You need to be a good technical rider, but know how to ride a tactical race too“, he said and that he had gone up and succeeded against the likes of Olympic Champion Bart Brentjens from the Netherlands. This year had been tough as well with fellow Swiss racer Konny Looser a strong contender. „I went into this race fully focused, all that counted was the overall win“, he explained his strategy, which got him the win by one minute overall.
The experienced ultra-endurance racer Sarah White is the Elite Women’s winner by 32:34 minutes ahead of fellow Australian and ex road-pro Lucy Coldwell, finishing in 13th place outright. She said, „I really enjoyed this race, there was great competition among us women and a second Crocodile Trophy victory means a lot to me.“
The Crocodile Trophy took racers from 16 different nationalities including 18 Australians on a spectacular eight-day stage plan through Tropical North Queensland with almost 700 km and more than 15,000 meters of elevation. Last Saturday they had started with a marathon from Cairns to Lake Tinaroo and day two and three they spent in Herberton and the surrounding Herberton Range National Parks. For the 16th time the Crocodile Trophy made a stopover in Irvinebank before heading North to Skybury Coffee for two nights. Wetherby Station hosted the event yesterday and today was a 50km race to Port Douglas, finishing with a fast descent down the escarpment towards the coast on the infamous Bump Track.

All racers gathered after the official timing finish outside of town and rode towards the finish line on Four Mile Beach together in memoriam of the four-time Crocodile Trophy finisher and longtime mentor of the event, Greg Parr. The Cairns cycling icon passed away earlier this year and the Crocodile Trophy finished in his honour today. A multiple race finisher herself, Greg’s wife Sharmie led the riders along Four Mile Beach.
“Greg has been greatly missed by all this year, he was always there to help us when we needed him”, said Crocodile Trophy founder Gerhard Schönbacher today. “He would have loved seeing us all arrive at the finish line together and I am so proud of all our competitors and their efforts this year”, he concluded.
The Crocodile Trophy will return to Tropical North Queensland from 12 – 19th October 2019.
For detailed race results, please visit www.croctrophy.com/results/
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“Greg Parr Wetherby to Port Douglas” Stage 8 | Results
Elite Men:
1. 3 Konny Looser (SUI) / BiXS Pro Team / 1:46:43 — 28.6 km/h Elite Men (1)
2. 1 Urs Huber (SUI) / Team Bulls / 1:46:53 +00:00:10 Elite Men (2)
3. 2 Sören Nissen (LUX) / Team Stevens-LAUF / 1:47:55 +00:01:12 28.3 km/h Elite Men (3)
4. 4 Milan Damek (CZE) / Bike World / 1:57:00 +00:10:17 26.1 km/h Elite Men (4)
5. 6 Matthias Grick (AUT) / KTM – Wohbefinden Graz ARBÖ /1:57:43 +00:11:00 25.9 km/h Elite Men (4)
Elite Women:
1. 101 Sarah White (AUS) / Astute Financial Racing Team / 2:20:34 — 21.7 km/h
2. 102 Lucy Coldwell (AUS) / 2:27:08 +00:06:34 20.7 km/h Elite Women
3. 103 Sjoukje Dufoer (BEL) / Honeymoon Tom & Sjoukje / 2:36:13 +00:15:39 19.5 km/h

OVERALL Results after 8 Stages
Overall Men Result after 8 Stages:
1. #1 Urs Huber / 27:38:30,7 — Elite Men (1)
2. #3 Konny Looser / 1:46:43 27:39:31,0 +00:01:00 Elite Men (2)
3. #2 Sören Nissen / 28:34:48,2 +00:56:17 Elite Men (3)
4. #6 Matthias Grick / 29:52:52,3 +02:14:21 Elite Men (4)
5. #4 Milan Damek / 30:32:19,4 +02:53:48 Elite Men (5)

Overall Women Result after 8 Stages:
1. #101 Sarah White 36:10:25,6 — Elite Women (13th outright)
2. #102 Lucy Coldwell 36:42:59,6 +00:32:34 Elite Women (16th outright)
3. #103 Sjoukje Dufoer 41:25:16,2 +05:14:50.60 Elite Women (26th outright)

Fastest Amateur: #314 Michal Láník (CZE) / miomove / 32:12:45,7 +04:34:15 Amateur Men 3 (1)
Fastest Australian: #301 Bart Duraj (AUS) / Astute Financial Racing Team / 32:50:50,9 +05:12:20 Amateur Men 3 (2)
Fastest Austrian: #6 Matthias Grick (AUT) / KTM – Wohbefinden Graz ARBÖ / 29:52:52,3 +02:14:21 25.9 km/h Elite Men (4)

Overall Amateur Result after 8 stages:
Amateur Men 1 | 204 Martin Plank (AUT) 32:19:41,4
Amateur Men 2 | 250 Luke Zweers (AUS) 38:11:34,6
Amateur Men 3 | 314 Michal Láník (CZE) 32:12:45,7
Amateur Men 4 | 408 Graeme Young (AUS) 37:17:19,1
Amateur Men 5 | 504 Giovanni Colagiacomi Capponi (ITA) 42:38:06,1
Amateur Women | 125 Mona Van Nassauw (BEL) 43:06:09,7

Swiss domination at the Crocodile Trophy 2018: a tight race until the very end


Konny Looser wins today’s finish sprint by one meter against Urs Huber. The stage was a classic 102 km marathon from Skybury Coffee to Wetherby Station in Mount Molloy had started with a mellow 30 km to the first feed zone and then continued with countless steep pinch climbs that forced even the likes of race leader Huber off the bike. Soren Nissen finished eight minutes behind the inseparable Swiss duo ahead of Matthias Grick (+23min) and the Czech rider Milan Damek (+27:44min).

In the women’s Sarah White once again dominated on the hills during the second half of the stage and put 11:23min into Lucy Coldwell, defending and increasing her overall lead ahead to 26 minutes of tomorrow’s last stage to Port Douglas. Skoujke Dufoer finished in third today and has a 5 hour gap behind Sarah White overall.
Arrival in Port Douglas tomorrow Saturday, 20 October
For the last stage tomorrow, all eyes will be on Huber and Looser; with only 1:10min of a gap in the general classification after seven days and 650km of racing those two made sure this race remains a thrill until the very end. For Huber it would be his fifth Crocodile Trophy victory, which would set a new record in the 24-year history of the event and has been his ‘ultimate goal for this year’s race’.
The last stage will be a 50km race from Wetherby to Port Douglas. The timing finish line is located at the bottom of the infamous Bump Track and racers are expected to arrive there from 11:00am. The whole peloton will wait together there and then ride to the official finish on Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas where they are expected to arrive between 12:30-1pm. This will be the first mass arrival in the history of the Crocodile Trophy and will be in respectful and loving memory of local cycling icon, multiple race finisher and event official, Greg Parr from Cairns. “Greg and his wife Sharmie participated and finished the Crocodile Trophy four times. Greg supported us setting up our company World Wide Sports Agency in Cairns. He was always there to help us when we needed him”, said Founder Gerhard Schönbacher today. He added, “Greg will be greatly missed by all and the last stage of the Crocodile Trophy 2018 will be called the ‘Greg Parr Stage’ in his honour.”
The official winners ceremony will be held near the Surf Life Saving Club on the beach from 2pm.
For detailed race results, please visit www.croctrophy.com/results/
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Top Results | Stage 7

Elite Men
1. 3 Konny Looser (SUI) / BiXS Pro Team / 03:45:45,1 — 27.1 km/h Elite Men (1)
2. 1 Urs Huber (SUI) / Team Bulls /03:45:45,2 +00:00:00 27.1 km/h Elite Men (2)
3. 2 Sören Nissen (LUX) / Team Stevens-LAUF / 04:08:47,4 +00:08:09 26.1 km/h Elite Men (3)
4. 6 Matthias Grick (AUT) / KTM – Wohbefinden Graz ARBÖ / 04:39:49,1 +00:23:02 24.5 km/h Elite Men (4)
5. 4 Milan Damek (CZE) / Bike World / 04:13:29,9 +00:27:44 24.1 km/h Elite Men (5)
Elite Women
1. 101 Sarah White (AUS) / Astute Financial Racing Team / 04:47:30,4 +01:01:45 21.2 km/h (19th outright)
2. 102 Lucy Coldwell (AUS) 04:58:53,5 +00:11:23 20.4 km/h Elite Women (24th outright)
3. 103 Sjoukje Dufoer (BEL) / Honeymoon Tom & Sjoukje / 05:44:01,3 +00:56:29 17.7 km/h (35th outright)

OVERALL Standings after Stage 7:
Overall Men after 7 Stages:
1. # 1 Urs Huber 25:51:37,6 — Elite Men (1)
2. #3 Konny Looser 25:52:48,0 +00:01:10 Elite Men (2)
3. #2 Sören Nissen 26:46:52,7 +00:55:15 Elite Men (3)
4. #6 Matthias Grick 27:55:09,3 +02:03:31 Elite Men (4)
5. #4 Milan Damek 28:35:19,3 +02:43:41 Elite Men (5)

Overall Women after 6 Stages:
1. #101 Sarah White 33:49:51,3 — Elite Women (10th outright)
2. #102 Lucy Coldwell 34:15:51,1 +00:00:26 Elite Women (16th outright)
3. #103 Sjoukje Dufoer 38:49:03,0 +04:59:11 Elite Women (25th outright)

Overall Amateur standings after 6 stages
Amateur Men 1 | 204 Martin Plank (AUT) 30:14:08,6
Amateur Men 2 | 250 Dominic Kleijnen (BEL) 37:21:29,6
Amateur Men 3 | 314 Michal Láník (CZE) 30:03:25,0
Amateur Men 4 | 408 Graeme Young (AUS) 35:04:15,9
Amateur Women | 125 Mona Van Nassauw (BEL) 40:35:51,9

Elite Stage wins for Soren Nissen and Sjoukje Dufoer


The Danish elite rider Sören Nissen who races for Luxemburg wins today’s stage in a furious sprint towards the line, winning just ahead of the Czech rider Milan Damek. Urs Huber and Konny Looser crossed the line right behind in third and fourth. Yesterday’s stage winner Matthias Grick was in fifth with a gap of about 16 minutes. Sjoukje Dufoer repeats women’s win ahead of Sarah White and Lucy Coldwell. With two stages still to go, the overall standings in elite men and women remain unchanged.

The Crocodile Trophy racers and crew have been relaxing at Skybury Coffee Plantation and enjoyed the freshly-brewed coffee with delicious cakes from the Cafe yesterday afternoon and more coffee with fresh fruit from the orchard for breakfast.
It seems the elite breakaway group of four with Huber, Looser, Nissen and Damek were full of Skybury-energy as they charged towards the finish on today’s day six of the Crocodile Trophy. They had managed to break away on today’s 127 km stage that took them across remote Outback roads and through Mount Mulligan Lodge.
In a spectacular and tight finish spring, Soren Nissen took the stage win ahead of the Czech rider Milan Damek. Urs Huber and Konny Looser followed straight after with Huber one stage closer to a possible fifth Crocodile Trophy win. Overall, he has a lead by 1:10 minutes ahead of fellow Swiss racer Looser and has a defensive racing strategy to the finish line in Port Douglas he said yesterday, “I now have to make sure bike and body perform well and keep a very close eye on Konny.”
Stage winner Nissen is 47 minutes behind the Swiss duo in the general classification in third with Matthias Grick (+01:40:29) in fourth and Damek in fifth (+02:15:56). For these riders the event had turned into a very tactical race and the battle for stage wins – and the boomerang trophies that come with those – is now in full swing.
Crocodile Trophy racing towards 25th Anniversary
Crocodile Trophy founder Gerhard Schönbacher said today that it was that racing spirit that he so enjoyed being a part of. After 24 years in the lead and track marking car he was able to finally do what he loved, chatting to ´his´ racers and crew and immersing himself in the event, “If I had known what a relief it would be to hand over the responsibility to a General Manager team, I think I would have done it years ago. I see my race from a completely new perspective and I´m having a great time!” He added that he was ´on call´ and available for the new management team with Regina Stanger and Koenraad Vanschoren at the helm of the Crocodile Trophy, but that he wasn´t “getting involved” in the day to day operations. “It is such a joy for me when riders come up to me for a chat”, he said clearly comfortable in his role and that he was looking forward to next year’s 25th Anniversary Edition.

Sjoukje Dufoer claims second stage win
In the women’s Sjoukje Dufoer claims her second stage win on the relatively flat race track, which had been favourable for the experienced road racer. Sarah White defends her overall lead, finishing in second with a gap of seven minutes today. Lucy Coldwell is in third and has a gap of 14:36 min in the general women’s classification behind the local contender and 2015 Croc winner Sarah White from Cairns. Sjoukje Dufoer is in third overall by more than four hours. She said that the first three stages had been very challenging with the steep climbs and difficult and rough terrain, but that she enjoyed the racing experience and the event atmosphere. She added that she was very happy to take a second Boomerang for today’s stage win home as a souvenir from her adventurous honeymoon.

The Crocodile Trophy has been endorsed by the International Cycling Federation (UCI) for the past years and the 2018 edition has the S2 status, which comes with the chance to collect prize money and international ranking points for the elite riders. As such the event organisation includes a commissaires team of Australian officials under the direction of Chief Commissaire Jeremy Christmas from New Zealand. He said that at the elite end the Crocodile Trophy was very hard and very competitive, compared to other events he had officiated before, however, that the amateurs really embraced the challenge, “I think at the ‘fun end’ people are really enjoying the variety of the stages, but it’s incredibly challenging. Some have found it difficult in the beginning but everyone is getting their legs, and hopefully they will be enjoying the remaining stages. There seem to be a lot of smiles around the place! Which is kind of strange, seeing how they have really hammered their bodies over the last couple of days.”
He explained that his team were making sure that all race participants were safe, that the race track was marked adequately and that the feed zones were operating smoothly. “It is always difficult on a track that is 650-700km, to make sure that everything is marked correctly. Most importantly we make sure that everybody is safe and we are also keeping an eye on the elites in particular and the racing behaviour, which so far has been excellent.”
Tomorrow’s second last stage will move the peloton on to Wetherby Station, an historic outback cattle station. The marathon stage will be 102 km and 1350 meters of elevation. The Four Mile Beach arrival in Port Douglas is expected from 1pm with the official winners’ celebrations at 2pm near the Surf Life Saving Club.
For detailed race results, please visit www.croctrophy.com/results/
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Top Results | Stage 6

Elite Men
1. 2 Sören Nissen (LUX) / Team Stevens-LAUF / 04:23:45,0 — 28.8 km/h Elite Men (1)
2. 4 Milan Damek (CZE) / Bike World / 04:23:48,0 +00:00:03 28.8 km/h Elite Men (2)
3. 1 Urs Huber (SUI) / Team Bulls / 04:23:50,6 +00:00:05 28.8 km/h Elite Men (3)
4. 3 Konny Looser (SUI) / BiXS Pro Team / 04:23:50,7 +00:00:05 28.8 km/h Elite Men (4)
5. 6 Matthias Grick (AUT) / KTM – Wohbefinden Graz ARBÖ / 04:39:49,1 +00:16:04 27.2 km/h Elite Men (5)
Elite Women
1. 103 Sjoukje Dufoer (BEL) / Honeymoon Tom & Sjoukje / 05:03:54,9 — 25.0 km/h (13th outright)
2. 101 Sarah White (AUS) / Astute Financial Racing Team / 05:11:01,0 +00:07:06 24.5 km/h (15th outright)
3. 102 Lucy Coldwell (AUS) 05:14:12,5 +00:10:17 24.2 km/h (20th outright)

OVERALL Standings after Stage 6:
Overall Men after 6 Stages:
1. 1 Urs Huber 22:05:52.50 — Elite Men (1)
2. 3 Konny Looser 22:07:03.00 +01:10 Elite Men (2)
3. 2 Sören Nissen 22:52:57.70 +47:05.05 Elite Men (3)
4. 6 Matthias Grick 23:46:21.90 +01:40:29 Elite Men (4)
5. 4 Milan Damek 24:21:49.40 +02:15:56 Elite Men (5)

Overall Women after 6 Stages:
1. 101 Sarah White 29:02:20.9 — Elite Women
2. 102 Lucy Coldwell 29:16:57.60 +14:36.70 Elite Women
3. 103 Sjoukje Dufoer 33:05:01.80 +04:02:40.90 Elite Women

Overall Amateur standings after 6 stages
Amateur Men 1 | 204 Martin Plank (AUT) 25:53:12,9
Amateur Men 2 | 250 Dominic Kleijnen (BEL) 32:19:21,4
Amateur Men 3 | 314 Michal Láník (CZE) 25:40:44,2
Amateur Men 4 | 408 Graeme Young (AUS) 30:26:54,3
Amateur Men 5 | 504 Giovanni Colagiacomi Capponi (ITA) 32:15:14,6
Amateur Women 1 | 120 Lotte De Vet (BEL) 38:09:03,7
Amateur Women 2 | 125 Mona Van Nassauw (BEL) 34:32:26,3

Stage 5 | Stage wins for Austria and Belgium at Skybury Coffee


Today’s stage from Irvinebank to Skybury was a fast a furious 95km marathon race and resulted in two new names on the top step of the elite category podiums: the Austrian Matthias Grick wins the sprint finish in the men’s and the Belgian ex-pro road racer Sjoukje Dufoer wins in the women’s. No change overall, Urs Huber keeps a narrow 1:10min lead ahead of fellow Swiss racer Konny Looser and the Australian Sarah White increases her lead over Lucy Coldwell to 11:25 minutes.
The first section of today’s stage led the peloton across the historic mining region of Stannary Hill and the racers had to deal with extremely rough conditions, big rocks and ruts on the track.

Today had been regarded as the first ‘easy’ stage and of the race today’s fourth, Soren Nissen said, “We all thought that it would be a relaxed race, however, Urs Huber set a very high pace from the start.”
A lead group of four quickly formed: Grick, Huber, Looser and Nissen worked together all day and had “wanted to reach the finish as quickly as possible”, Nissen continued. “I tried to attack, but couldn’t break away”, he explained and added that he had underestimated the Swiss riders’ strength and that it had been difficult backing up a very busy European racing season with a tough race like the Crocodile Trophy. “Orginally the Croc was my big goal for this year and to fight for the overall win, but I have competed at so many events, I’m just not strong enough this year”, he concluded.
In the end, it was the Austrian Matthias Grick who managed to get a gap and win the stage in a sprint finish. “To win a stage at the Crocodile Trophy has always been my dream”, the 27-year old said today, who is competing for the second time this year and will claim his first boomerang at tonight’s stage winners’ ceremony. He said that it had been extremely hard and every stage so far had been brutal. “Today everything went to plan, I knew I had to ride well in the beginning and get through the rough sections”, he explained and that he was very content with how his equipment by the Austrian manufacturer KTM had held up in the extreme conditions this year. “The Crocodile Trophy is an equipment battle, everything needs to perfectly fit, like a clockwork”, he concluded.
Huber keeps the lead, says it would be a defensive race to the finish
Recovering from today’s race at Skybury Coffee Plantation today Urs Huber said that he enjoyed the landscapes and that he did notice his surrounds while racing. When Huber is not racing, he is working on his parent’s apple orchard in Switzerland and said that it was interesting for him to observe setting of the coffee and tropical fruit plantation at Skybury. Of the remaining three stages he said that he would race „defensively, keeping a very close eye“ on second overall, fellow Swiss racer Konny Looser. „I think the hardest stages are behind us now and tomorrow’s stage is probably one more chance for an attack, however, Konny and I seem to be racing a bit stronger than the rest of the field, so a solo attack will be very difficult for him“, said Huber.

Overall, the top three men’s standings remain unchanged; Huber ahead of Looser (+1:10min) and Nissen (+47:10min). Grick is still in fourth (+01:24:30) and the Czech rider Milan Damek is in fifth (+02:15:59); Philipp Wetzelberger injured his knee and is out of the race.

Belgian ex road-pro wins stage on honeymoon
The second half of the stage was predominantly flat and in the women’s it was the Belgian Sjoukje Dufoer who took advantage of her past as a pro-road cyclist. After a very successful road racing career, including finishing in 10th in the Tour de Flanders, the 31-year old said that now she was looking for more of an adventure on the bike. From the day they had met she and new husband, fellow elite racer Tom Vandenbussche had picked the Crocodile Trophy as one of their adventures together. „When we first met one of the first cycling topics that came up was the Crocodile Trophy and I said to Tom ‚Would you do the Croc with me?‘ and the rest is history“, she said today after finishing 5:31 min ahead of Sarah White and Lucy Coldwell (+15:03 min).
She had been surprised to be in front of her fellow elite women right from the start and had suddenly felt ambitious. „I wasn’t even trying in the beginning, however, I realised that I was in front and then the elevation profile just really suited me“, Dufoer explained. “This is an incredible experience – we live in an area in Belgium that is completely flat, so the first few stages were really tough”, she said of her race so far and that they would stay in Australia for bit longer after the event and travel around.
Overall, the local contender and 2015 Croc winner Sarah White increased her lead to 11:25 minutes ahead of Lucy Coldwell with three days to go.
Tomorrow’s stage will the longest on this year’s stage plan, a 127km circuit race via the recently established luxury resort, Mount Mulligan Lodge. “We are very thankful to have permission to pass through the Mount Mulligan Lodge property and we will also reach very remote areas in the Outback tomorrow past the historic Tyrconnel gold mine and Kingsburough towards the end”, said track coordinator and General Manager, Koenraad Vanschoren. “This could, with only 50 km to go, be the perfect section for an attack”, he added.

Final battles for podium positions among amateur racers
With three stages to go, the Elite front end looks very established, however, there are still quite a few amateur categories where podium battles will be happening.
In Amateur 1, Martin Plank from Austria is leading by almost 3 hours, as is Luke Zweers from Australia in Amateur 2 (30+), however, 2nd Dominic Kleijnen from Belgium and the German Stefan Schmeckenbecher in third are only 15min apart. In the 40+ Amateur 3 category Michal Lanik from the Czech Republic leads by 48 minutes ahead of the Australian Bart Duraj; third and fourth are close – only 14 min separate Gavin Scott (AUS) and Martin Wisata (AUT).
The Australian Graeme Young leads the Amateur 4 (50+) classification by almost two and a half hours, however, the overall progress race times after five stages of places two to four are within 15 min of each other. With Giovanni Colagiacomi Capponi a strong Italian rider leads the Amateur 5 (60+) category by more than eight hours ahead of the British racer Dennis Warner. In the Amateur women overall Mona Van Nassauw from Belgium leads by almost three hours ahead of Teresa Dewitt from the US and Amateur 1 racer Lotte De Vet, the only one in her category.
The Crocodile Trophy also offers a Team of 2 „Adventure“ classification; Timothy O’Leary and Shaun Portegys are leading in the Men’s for New Zealand, Peggy Herold and Martin Steube in the Mixed Teams and Alexandra Hall and Kath Deed two locals are the competing female team.

This evening the Croc racers are enjoying freshly brewed coffee and delicious treats at Skybury Coffee Plantation. For detailed race results, please visit www.croctrophy.com/results/
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Top Results | Stage 5
Elite Men
1. #6 Matthias Grick (AUT) / KTM – Wohbefinden Graz ARBÖ / 03:23:30,5 — 28.0 km/h Elite Men (1)
2. #1 Urs Huber (SUI) / Team Bulls / 03:23:35,1 +00:00:04 27.9 km/h Elite Men (2)
3. # 3 Konny Looser (SUI) / BiXS Pro Team / 03:23:35,1 +00:00:04 27.9 km/h Elite Men (3)
4. # 2 Sören Nissen (LUX) / Team Stevens-LAUF / 03:23:38,3 +00:00:07 27.9 km/h Elite Men (4)
5. # 4 Milan Damek (CZE) / Bike World / 03:36:03,8 +00:12:33 26.3 km/h Elite Men (5)
Elite Women
1. #103 Sjoukje Dufoer (BEL) / Honeymoon Tom & Sjoukje / 03:59:21,6 — 23.9 km/h
2. #101 Sarah White (AUS) / Astute Financial Racing Team / 04:04:53,2 +00:05:31 23.3 km/h
3. #102 Lucy Coldwell (AUS) / 04:14:24,9 +00:15:03 22.5 km/h

OVERALL Standings after Stage 5:
Overall Men after 5 Stages:
1. 1 Urs Huber 17:42:02,0 — Elite Men (1)
2. 3 Konny Looser 17:43:12,4 +00:01:10 Elite Men (2)
3. 2 Sören Nissen 18:29:12,7 +00:47:10 Elite Men (3)
4. 6 Matthias Grick 19:06:32,8 +01:24:30 Elite Men (4)
5. 4 Milan Damek 19:58:01,4 +02:15:59 Elite Men (5)
Overall Women after 5 Stages:
1. 101 Sarah White 23:51:20,0 — Elite Women (12th overall)
2. 102 Lucy Coldwell 24:02:45,2 +00:11:25 Elite Women (14th overall)
3. 103 Sjoukje Dufoer 28:01:07,0 +04:09:47 Elite Women (30th overall)

Overall Amateur standings after 5 stages
Amateur Men 1 | 204 Martin Plank (AUT) 21:11:03,0
Amateur Men 2 | 251 Luke Zweers (AUS) 24:14:54,4
Amateur Men 3 | 314 Michal Láník (CZE) 20:45:16,2
Amateur Men 4 | 408 Graeme Young (AUS) 25:12:42,1
Amateur Men 5 | 504 Giovanni Colagiacomi Capponi (ITA) 25:21:19,7
Amateur Women 1 | 120 Lotte De Vet (BEL) 32:03:53,9
Amateur Women 2 | 125 Mona Van Nassauw (BEL) 28:48:39,3

Changing of the guard at the Crocodile Trophy


Urs Huber and Sarah White take over the elite leads with stage victories in today’s time trial. The multiple Swiss National Champion and four-time Crocodile Trophy winner Urs Huber claims today’s stage in 1:23:49 and takes over the overall lead by 1:11 minutes in the men’s. Sarah White, who won before in 2015, takes over the women’s lead after a strong 2-hour race. Lucy Coldwell is now in second with a gap of 1:53min overall.

For the 16th time in the 24-year history of the event this small mining town with a population of 85 residents is hosting a Crocodile Trophy stage. „We feel very welcome here and all the residents have been so supportive“, said Race Founder Gerhard Schönbacher today.

Of Urs Huber fellow riders said, that he had been a „man on a mission“ and „hungry for the win“ on the 38 km time trial course from Herberton to Irvinebank. With an elevation change of only 525 meters it was a fast and determined race by Huber and it all went to plan for the 33-year old. He added that a few long and flat stages were coming up and that those should suit his style of racing. An endurance specialist and with years of Outback racing experience he was confident for the next few days he concluded.

Today’s and overall second, the Swiss elite racer Konny Looser says he was happy about two stage wins this year but also very realistic. He had taken notice of the extremely strong form by Urs Huber and that he wasn’t surprised by Huber’s win in the time trial. „I saw yesterday that Urs is very strong and two minutes is not a big gap. There are still four days to go and a lot of long and flat stages coming up where a lot of things can happen like technical problems and then two minutes is nothing”, he said.

He added that Urs was very strong on the flat stages and that he expected him to “put the hammer down”. Today’s route had suited Huber well and Looser concluded that he was happy with second place and ready to “carry on” and that he would “try to keep the fire burning until the end”.

In fourth today was the Austrian Philipp Wetzelberger in 01:34:32 ahead of the Czech rider Milan Damek who finished five minutes behind him. The 26-year old said that he enjoyed “the beautiful and exotic land, landscapes and nature” in Australia. He had participated in many marathostage races overseas and experienced extreme weather and racing conditions and this event was the ultimate highlight of his racing season.

Sarah White overtakes Lucy Coldwell
A shake-up also in the women’s: Lucy Coldwell suffers a mechanical issue and looses a lot of time repairing a flat tyre. Sarah White has a strong day and pushes herself into the overall women’s lead by 1:53 minutes ahead of tomorrow’s fifth stage, a classic and relatively flat marathon to Skybury Coffee Plantation. The question will be if the the strong marathon endurance racer White will defend her lead against road specialist Coldwell across the 1200m of elevation.

At the half-way mark Croc rests in Irvinebank
With four days to go tomorrow’s stage will be a ‘old-school’ marathono to Skybury Coffee Plantation, said eight-time Crocodile Trophy finisher, Martin Wisata from the NSW Central Coast near Sydney. The 41-year old said that it had been a furious start to the race, “This year the first stage caught a lot of riders out, we didn’t expect it to be that humid and hot from the start, however, it seems to be that now that we’re half-way everyone has found a good rhythm.” He said that stage racing and the Crocodile Trophy in particular demanded not only everything of the racers out on track, but that the recovery time after each stage and the preparation for the following day were critical. “This is a very challenging race, you cannot come here unprepared. And, you really have to look after yourself and your equipment and after all these years of racing I know how to react when things don’t go to plan, you learn to adapt and be flexible and listen to body… and bike”, he explained.

He said that he had known about the Crocodile Trophy since watching footage every year on TV from when he was growing up in Austria since the mid-nineties and that the camp life was an aspect that he immensely enjoyed, “I noticed that a lot of riders are using the hotel packages offered, however, we still all get together for the communal breakfasts and dinners and that’s a lot of fun, chatting about the day’s racing and just coming together as a group of people who love riding. Being able to do this out here in so beautiful parts of Tropical North Queensland is unique and very special.”

Skybury Coffee Plantation will host the Crocodile Trophy for two nights from tomorrow after a 95km and 1200vm marathon via some old mining trails near Stannery Hill with race start at 8am.

For detailed race results, please visit www.croctrophy.com/results/

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Top Results | Stage 4

Elite Men
1. #1 Urs Huber (SUI) / Team Bulls / 01:23:49,8 — 27.1 km/h Elite Men (1)
2. # 3 Konny Looser (SUI) / BiXS Pro Team / 01:25:01,2 +00:01:11 26.8 km/h Elite Men (2)
3. # 2 Sören Nissen (LUX) / Team Stevens-LAUF / 01:30:04,0 +00:06:14 25.3 km/h Elite Men (3)
4. # 5 Philipp Wetzelberger (AUT) / Friesi´s Bikerz RC Friedberg-Pinggau / 01:34:32,5 +00:10:42 24.1 km/h Elite Men (4)
5. # 4 Milan Damek (CZE) / Bike World / 01:39:43,2 +00:15:53 22.8 km/h Elite Men (5)

Elite Women
1. #101 Sarah White (AUS) / Astute Financial Racing Team / 02:02:25,9 +00:38:36 18.6 km/h Elite Women (1)
2. #102 Lucy Coldwell (AUS) / 02:31:24,3 +01:07:34 15.0 km/h Elite Women (2)
3. 103 Sjoukje Dufoer (BEL) / Honeymoon Tom & Sjoukje / 02:42:00,5 +01:18:10 14.0 km/h Elite Women (3)

Stage 4 Amateur Category Stage Winners:
Amateur Men 1 | 204 Martin Plank (AUT) 01:46:07,2 +00:22:17 21.4 km/h
Amateur Men 2 | 251 Luke Zweers (AUS) 01:59:24,6 +00:35:34 19.0 km/h
Amateur Men 3 | 314 Michal Láník (CZE) 01:44:40,5 +00:20:50 21.7 km/h
Amateur Men 4 | 408 Graeme Young (AUS) 01:56:38,3 +00:32:48 19.5 km/h
Amateur Men 5 | 504 Giovanni Colagiacomi Capponi (ITA) 01:59:44,3 +00:35:54 19.0 km/h
Amateur Women 1 | 120 Lotte De Vet (BEL) 02:34:01,5 +01:10:11 14.8 km/h
Amateur Women 2 | 125 Mona Van Nassauw (BEL) 02:44:24,2 +01:20:34 13.8 km/h

OVERALL Standings after Stage 4:
OVERALL Men Elite after 4 Stages
1. 1 Urs Huber 14:18:26,9 — Elite Men (1)
2. 3 Konny Looser 14:19:37,3 +00:01:10 Elite Men (2)
3. 2 Sören Nissen 15:05:34,5 +00:47:07 Elite Men (3)
4. 6 Matthias Grick 15:43:02,4 +01:24:35 Elite Men (4)
5. 5 Philipp Wetzelberger 15:47:18,8 +01:28:51 Elite Men (5)

OVERALL Women Elite after 4 Stages
1. 101 Sarah White 19:46:26,9 — Elite Women (1)
2. 102 Lucy Coldwell 19:48:20,3 +01:53.40 Elite Women (2)
3. 103 Sjoukje Dufoer 24:01:45,4 +04:15:18.50 Elite Women (3)