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Baden Cooke takes stage 3 in Sun Tour

After playing second fiddle on two occasions in sprint finishes, former Tour de France sprint champion Baden Cooke finally took the honors on stage 3 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Cooke, riding for Barloworld, had been edged out by early Tour leader Matt Goss (CSC - Saxo Bank) on the opening two days, but atoned in a desperate scramble to the line in Marysville. Canadian Dominque Rollin (Toyota-United) was second on the stage and was among the riders who protested Cooke's finish. Officials, however, upheld the win.

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Several North Americans moving into top 10 prior to the “queen stage.”

After playing second fiddle on two occasions in sprint finishes, former Tour de France sprint champion Baden Cooke finally took the honors on stage 3 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

Cooke, riding for Barloworld, had been edged out by early Tour leader Matt Goss (CSC – Saxo Bank) on the opening two days, but atoned in a desperate scramble to the line in Marysville. Canadian Dominque Rollin (Toyota-United) was second on the stage and was among the riders who protested Cooke’s finish. Officials, however, upheld the win.

Meanwhile several North Americans and riders on North American teams moved into the top ten on GC, well positioned prior to stage 4, which is expected to be decisive. Defending Sun Tour champion Matt Wilson, an Australian on the U.S.-based Team Type 1, pulled on the green-and-white polka-dot Cyclismo Bendigo King of the Mountains jersey following stage 3. His New Zealand teammate Gen Chadwick is seventh on GC, 35 seconds behind overall leader Stuart O’Grady (CSC-Saxo Bank).

Thursday’s 71-mile (115 km) stage finishes with a tough 10-mile (16 km) ascent to the summit of Mt. Buller. It is the final rated climb of the race. Friday’s stage is an out-and-back, rolling time trial, followed by a criterium Saturday.

Protested finish

In a dramatic finish, Cooke had to survive protests from Rollin, Jeremy Yates (Yes Optus Shop – New Zealand), who was fourth, and sixth placed William Walker (Virgin Blue Australia) before officially being declared the winner.

Overnight leader Stuart O’Grady finished fifth on the stage to extend his overall lead to 16 seconds as his CSC – Saxo Bank teammate Brad McGee had to receive special dispensation from the commissaries to continue after finishing outside the time limit.

Cooke put the confusion in the finish down to his previous experience in Marysville, saying when he has come into Marysville before it was from a different direction.

“I spun around the corner at 200 meters to go in perfect position and then went to turn up the hill. I went to go left and then saw the finish line on the right so I had to cut back.

“My first thoughts were that I was going to crash. I didn’t think I was going to make it back on the right side of the barrier and then when I actually saw that I had enough left to win I was very happy.”

Early break

O’Grady’s teammates were forced to chase the early breakaway of the day containing Jonny Clarke (Toyota-United) and Gordon McCauley (Yes Optus Shop – New Zealand), who had a lead of one minute and 20 seconds at the bottom of the final climb.

The reaction in the peloton came from William Ford (SouthAustralia.com-AIS) who rode across to the front. He quickly dropped Clarke and McCauley before being joined by Jeremy Yates.

With the help of his team, O’Grady closed down the gaps to defend his overall race lead and finished fifth on the stage but didn’t have it all his own way.

“I was in a spot of bother on that last climb and Matty (Matt Goss) came through with some great work,” O’Grady said.

“The whole team did a fantastic effort. There’s only five of us here so everyone has got to pull out 100 percent.

“The guys wanted to put on a pretty good pace to try and put us under as much pressure as possible to then attack us in the last 10km of the climb.

“I was pretty happy to let them go and do my own rhythm. I know my maximum level and I just got to that and held it and then got back on just over the top. Then the last 10km down to here was pretty mad.”

McGee struggles in

McGee was in difficulty on the climb, suffering from a sore knee and stomach problems.

The 32-year-old crossed the line 22:36 behind the stage winner, two minutes outside the elimination time.

Following a visit to the race doctor, the chief commissaire agreed that McGee could continue.

Results

Stage 3 results: | ( GC standings )

1. Baden COOKE Barloworld in 3:27:42
2. Dominique ROLLIN Toyota-United at s.t.
3. Simon CLARKE Sai at s.t.
4. Jeremy YATES Nzl at s.t.
5. Stuart O’GRADY Csc at s.t.
6. Will WALKER Aus at s.t.
7. Matt WILSON Tt1 at s.t.
8. Wesley SULZBERGER Sai at s.t.
9. Gene BATES Dpc at s.t.
10. Christopher FROOME Bar at s.t.
11. Lars BAK Csc at s.t.
12. Marco CORTI Bar at s.t.
13. Will ROUTLEY Can at s.t.
14. Benjamin DAY Tup at s.t.
15. Andrew RANDELL Can at s.t.
16. Glen CHADWICK Tt1 at s.t.
17. Peter McDONALD Dpc in 3:27:46 at 0:04
18. Tim ROE Slv in 3:27:48 at 0:06
19. Richie PORTE Pra in 3:28:03 at 0:21
20. William FORD Sai in 3:28:03 at s.t.
21. David PELL Slv in 3:28:36 at 0:54
22. Mitchell DOCKER Dpc in 3:28:36 at s.t.
23. Adam SEMPLE Sai in 3:28:36 at s.t.
24. Hugo SABIDO Bar in 3:28:36 at s.t.
25. Taiji NISHITANI Ais in 3:28:36 at s.t.
26. Eric WOHLBERG Can in 3:28:36 at s.t.
27. Daryl IMPEY Bar in 3:28:36 at s.t.
28. Ben GRIEVE-JOHNSON Pra in 3:28:36 at s.t.
29. Daniel BRAUNSTEINS Dpc in 3:28:36 at s.t.
30. Rob BRITTON Can in 3:28:51 at 1:09
31. Chris LUXTON Slv in 3:29:06 at 1:24
32. Kenichi SUZUKI Ais in 3:29:08 at 1:26
33. Mark O’BRIEN Dpc in 3:29:12 at 1:30
34. Bernard VAN ULDEN Jbc in 3:29:23 at 1:41
35. Cameron WURF Aus in 3:29:23 at s.t.
36. Angus MORTON Dpc in 3:29:23 at s.t.
37. Takumi BEPPU Ais in 3:29:39 at 1:57
38. Chris JORY Pan in 3:33:15 at 5:33
39. Cameron JENNINGS Bfl in 3:33:15 at s.t.
40. Luke CRIDLAND Pan in 3:33:15 at s.t.
41. Matthew GOSS Csc in 3:33:15 at s.t.
42. Lasse BOCHMAN Csc in 3:33:18 at 5:36
43. Cameron HUGHES Bfl in 3:34:59 at 7:17
44. Richard ENGLAND Aus in 3:35:45 at 8:03
45. Gordon McCAULEY Nzl in 3:35:45 at s.t.
46. Shawn MILNE Tt1 in 3:38:30 at 10:48
47. Patrick SHAW Aus in 3:38:47 at 11:05
48. Ben KING Sai in 3:38:47 at s.t.
49. Peter HERZIG Pan in 3:40:00 at 12:18
50. Nic SANDERSON Jbc in 3:40:53 at 13:11
51. Stuart SHAW Dpc in 3:40:53 at s.t.
52. Jason HEGERT Pan in 3:40:53 at s.t.
53. Michael ENGLAND Bfl in 3:40:53 at s.t.
54. Ben MATHER Pra in 3:40:53 at s.t.
55. Jack ANDERSON Bfl in 3:40:53 at s.t.
56. Jack BOBRIDGE Sai in 3:40:53 at s.t.
57. Jason RIGG Pra in 3:40:53 at s.t.
58. Daniel HOLT Tt1 in 3:40:53 at s.t.
59. Anthony CHAPMAN Nzl in 3:40:53 at s.t.
60. Masahiro SHINAGAWA Ais in 3:40:53 at s.t.
61. Jonathon LOVELOCK Aus in 3:40:53 at s.t.
62. Scott LYTTLE Nzl in 3:40:53 at s.t.
63. Dale SCARFE Pan in 3:40:53 at s.t.
64. Kazuhiro MORI Ais in 3:40:53 at s.t.
65. Tim GUY Pan in 3:40:53 at s.t.
66. Dylan NEWELL Pra in 3:40:53 at s.t.
67. Leigh HOWARD Aus in 3:41:02 at 13:20
68. Craig McCARTNEY Slv in 3:41:08 at 13:26
69. Peter LADD Bfl in 3:46:13 at 18:31
70. Emile ABRAHAM Tt1 in 3:46:17 at 18:35
71. Brad HUFF Jbc in 3:46:17 at s.t.
72. David KEMP Aus in 3:46:17 at s.t.
73. Nicholas REISTAD Jbc in 3:46:17 at s.t.
74. Malcolm RUDOLPH Bfl in 3:46:17 at s.t.
75. Fabio CALABRIA Tt1 in 3:46:17 at s.t.
76. Joel PEARSON Slv in 3:46:17 at s.t.
77. Jason ALLEN Nzl in 3:46:17 at s.t.
78. Heath BLACKGROVE Tup in 3:46:17 at s.t.
79. Caleb MANION Tup in 3:46:17 at s.t.
80. Hilton CLARKE Tup in 3:46:17 at s.t.
81. Eric BOILY Can in 3:46:17 at s.t.
82. Chris JONGEWARD Pan in 3:46:17 at s.t.
83. Daniel FURMSTON Pra in 3:46:17 at s.t.
84. Bruno LANGOIS Can in 3:46:17 at s.t.
85. Will DICKESON Slv in 3:46:17 at s.t.
86. Jonny CLARKE Tup in 3:46:17 at s.t.
87. Bradley McGEE Csc in 3:50:18 at 22:36

GC standings | ( Stage results )

1. Stuart O’GRADY Csc in 19:52.0
2. Will ROUTLEY Can in 20:08.0
3. Simon CLARKE Sai in 20:08.0 at …
4. Lars BAK Csc in 20:12.0 at 00:20.0
5. Benjamin DAY Tup in 20:12.0 at …
6. Baden COOKE Bar in 20:26.0 at 00:34.0
7. Glen CHADWICK Tt1 in 20:27.0 at 00:35.0
8. Dominique ROLLIN Tup in 20:29.0 at 00:37.0
9. Richie PORTE Pra in 20:38.0 at 00:46.0
10. Will WALKER Aus in 20:41.0 at 00:49.0
11. Gene BATES Dpc in 20:42.0 at 00:50.0
12. Jeremy YATES Nzl in 20:42.0 at …
13. Matt WILSON Tt1 in 20:42.0 at …
14. Marco CORTI Bar in 20:42.0 at …
15. Wesley SULZBERGER Sai in 20:42.0 at …
16. Andrew RANDELL Can in 20:42.0 at …
17. Christopher FROOME Bar in 20:42.0 at …
18. Peter McDONALD Dpc in 20:46.0 at 00:54.0
19. Hugo SABIDO Bar in 21:06.0 at 01:14.0
20. Mitchell DOCKER Dpc in 21:36.0 at 01:44.0
21. David PELL Slv in 21:36.0 at …
22. Daryl IMPEY Bar in 21:36.0 at …
23. Taiji NISHITANI Ais in 21:36.0 at …
24. Daniel BRAUNSTEINS Dpc in 21:36.0 at …
25. Eric WOHLBERG Can in 21:36.0 at …
26. Adam SEMPLE Sai in 21:56.0 at 02:04.0
27. Chris LUXTON Slv in 22:06.0 at 02:14.0
28. Rob BRITTON Can in 22:11.0 at 02:19.0
29. Mark O’BRIEN Dpc in 22:12.0 at 02:20.0
30. Cameron WURF Aus in 22:23.0 at 02:31.0
31. Bernard VAN ULDEN Jbc in 22:23.0 at …
32. Angus MORTON Dpc in 22:23.0 at …
33. Takumi BEPPU Ais in 22:39.0 at 02:47.0
34. Matthew GOSS Csc in 25:59.0 at 06:07.0
35. Luke CRIDLAND Pan in 26:15.0 at 06:23.0
36. Cameron JENNINGS Bfl in 26:15.0 at …
37. Lasse BOCHMAN Csc in 26:18.0 at 06:26.0
38. Cameron HUGHES Bfl in 27:59.0 at 08:07.0
39. Gordon McCAULEY Nzl in 28:40.0 at 08:48.0
40. Richard ENGLAND Aus in 28:45.0 at 08:53.0
41. Patrick SHAW Aus in 31:30.0 at 11:38.0
42. Shawn MILNE Tt1 in 31:30.0 at …
43. Ben KING Sai in 31:47.0 at 11:55.0
44. Kazuhiro MORI Ais in 33:17.0 at 13:25.0
45. Stuart SHAW Dpc in 33:23.0 at 13:31.0
46. Craig McCARTNEY Slv in 33:51.0 at 13:59.0
47. Michael ENGLAND Bfl in 33:53.0 at 14:01.0
48. Nic SANDERSON Jbc in 33:53.0 at …
49. Ben MATHER Pra in 33:53.0 at …
50. Masahiro SHINAGAWA Ais in 33:53.0 at …
51. Scott LYTTLE Nzl in 33:53.0 at …
52. Jason RIGG Pra in 33:53.0 at …
53. Dale SCARFE Pan in 33:53.0 at …
54. Daniel HOLT Tt1 in 33:53.0 at …
55. Anthony CHAPMAN Nzl in 33:53.0 at …
56. Dylan NEWELL Pra in 33:53.0 at …
57. Jason HEGERT Pan in 33:53.0 at …
58. Leigh HOWARD Aus in 33:55.0 at 14:03.0
59. Tim ROE Slv in 36:20.0 at 16:28.0
60. William FORD Sai in 36:35.0 at 16:43.0
61. Jonathon LOVELOCK Aus in 36:59.0 at 17:07.0
62. Ben GRIEVE-JOHNSON Pra in 37:08.0 at 17:16.0
63. Kenichi SUZUKI Ais in 37:40.0 at 17:48.0
64. Jack BOBRIDGE Sai in 38:00.0 at 18:08.0
65. Chris JONGEWARD Pan in 38:47.0 at 18:55.0
66. Brad HUFF Jbc in 39:11.0 at 19:19.0
67. Jonny CLARKE Tup in 39:15.0 at 19:23.0
68. Joel PEARSON Slv in 39:17.0 at 19:25.0
69. Emile ABRAHAM Tt1 in 39:17.0 at …
70. Hilton CLARKE Tup in 39:17.0 at …
71. Daniel FURMSTON Pra in 39:17.0 at …
72. Caleb MANION Tup in 39:17.0 at …
73. Bruno LANGOIS Can in 39:17.0 at …
74. Heath BLACKGROVE Tup in 39:17.0 at …
75. David KEMP Aus in 41:11.0 at 21:19.0
76. Chris JORY Pan in 41:47.0 at 21:55.0
77. Jack ANDERSON Bfl in 47:30.0 at 27:38.0
78. Peter HERZIG Pan in 48:52.0 at 29:00.0
79. Malcolm RUDOLPH Bfl in 52:54.0 at 33:02.0
80. Jason ALLEN Nzl in 53:14.0 at 33:22.0
81. Peter LADD Bfl in 54:45.0 at 34:53.0
82. Fabio CALABRIA Tt1 in 54:49.0 at 34:57.0
83. Will DICKESON Slv in 54:49.0 at …
84. Eric BOILY Can in 02:18.0 at 42:26.0
85. Tim GUY Pan in 04:50.0 at 44:58.0
86. Nicholas REISTAD Jbc in 08:26.0 at 48:34.0