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Wilson keeps Sun Tour lead as Sulzberger brothers team up to win stage

Despite riding for different teams, Tasmanian brothers Wesley and Bernard Sulzberger wanted to make sure one of them ended up the winner in Mansfield on Tuesday. Working alone in the escape, each stood a 1-in-8 chance of success, but as a family unit, they became the odds-on favorites to win the second stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Aussie Matthew Wilson (Unibet.com), benefiting from a decisive escape in Monday’s stage, maintained his grip on the overall lead, despite finishing more than three minutes down on Tuesday’s stage winners. Blood is thicker than...After more than 60

By Anthony Tan, VeloNews.com

Wesley Sulzberger teamed up with his brother Bernard to overpower Ludewig in the final kilometers.

Wesley Sulzberger teamed up with his brother Bernard to overpower Ludewig in the final kilometers.

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Despite riding for different teams, Tasmanian brothers Wesley and Bernard Sulzberger wanted to make sure one of them ended up the winner in Mansfield on Tuesday. Working alone in the escape, each stood a 1-in-8 chance of success, but as a family unit, they became the odds-on favorites to win the second stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

Aussie Matthew Wilson (Unibet.com), benefiting from a decisive escape in Monday’s stage, maintained his grip on the overall lead, despite finishing more than three minutes down on Tuesday’s stage winners.

Blood is thicker than…
After more than 60 kilometers off the front and 10 from the finish, the lads from Launceston latched on to the wheel of Wisenhof’s Jörg Ludewig, who won a stage in similar fashion at this year’s Tour of Qinghai Lake. Together, they worked just enough to leave their companions behind, making it a three-horse race. Closing in on the finish, Bernard the Elder (DFL-Cyclingnews), who’d already become the new mountains leader thanks to a lead-out help from Wesley (SouthAustralia.com-AIS), struck out.

Ludewig, a highly experienced German and riding the last race of his career here in Australia, was forced to take up chase. That he did, but just as he got on, Wes, silver medallist from the under-23 world championships in Stuttgart, countered with all his might, left both in his wake, and earned his first stage victory after three years trying.
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“I honestly thought we were going to be brought back,” said Sulzberger about his day out front, “but obviously it was the right combination of riders to not affect the overall GC. I did a lot of work early on – I was the rider to begin the echelons at the start – and then sort of tried to conserve as much as I could and help the others out in the break. We only just got away there in the end – the Wiesenhof rider attacked, me and my brother were on his wheel, and that was it.”

Finishing more than three minutes behind, the peloton was in tatters. Earlier in the day, Unibet and SouthAustralia.com caught Trent Lowe’s Jayco Australian National Team off guard, and the Discovery Channel rider’s temporary team was compelled to chase flat-out before a regrouping occurred. Then, when the winning break left on the Category 2 climb to Strathbogie, the overall classification was expected to remain unchanged, but the boys in white and green had other ideas, again catching Lowe by surprise 5km from the line.

Significantly, Wilson, his teammate Baden Cooke and Simon Clarke (SouthAustralia.com-AIS) distanced themselves from GC contenders Lowe, David Pell (Savings & Loans), Julien Mazet (Astana), Cameron Wurf (SouthAustralia.com-AIS) and Eric Wohlberg (Bicycle Superstore Canada National Team), which could prove crucial on Thursday’s queen stage to Falls Creek. The yellow jersey of Wilson appears to be a man growing in confidence, 21 seconds separating he and 2002 Sun Tour champion Cooke, with Clarke looming large in third, 25 seconds behind the race lead. Lowe now finds himself 56 seconds back.

“If things keep going like today and play into our hands, it [winning overall] shouldn’t be a problem,” said Wilson. “Earlier on, we were disappointed because our biggest rival missed the break, and it would’ve been perfect to have four of us stay away. But we caught them by surprise five kilometers to go and it paid off; Baden’s a bit closer to yellow and a bit further away from the climbers, so it’s working perfectly.”

The stages may be short, but the intensity is certainly creating fatigue. Said Wilson: “I think everyone is [tired]. We were all working hard, so I don’t think anyone had a free ride today.”

A strong wind
There were nerves aplenty at the Michelton Winery Tuesday morning: blustery conditions coupled with exposed plains spells havoc in bike racing – and havoc was exactly what ensued straight after a 10:30 a.m. start.

A group of seventeen ramped up the pace early on, shoving the race into the gutter at 60 clicks an hour and leaving it there virtually all the way to Euroa. During this effort, eight more riders managed to bridge to the lead echelon to make a formidable group of 25 after 61km.

Success, however, was not to be as the Jayco-led peloton managed to claw back into the fold, shortly before the base of the day’s first categorized climb to Strathbogie. For the time being at least, the peloton had fully regrouped, but the nasty 7km pinch offered an opportunity for an eight-man escape composed of the Ludewig, the Sulzberger brothers, Dominique Rollin (Bicycle Superstore Canada National Team), Koen De Kort (Astana), Cameron Jennings (DFL-Cyclingnews), Darren Lapthorne (Drapac-Porsche) and Maint Berkenbosch (Netherlands National Team).

Wilson keeps his lead

Wilson keeps his lead

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Working like a well-drilled army unit, this octet pressed home its advantage over the next 60km, the teams of DFL-Cyclingnews, Drapac-Porsche and Wiesenhof no doubt keen to make up for missing Monday’s key move. Ten kilometers from the finish in Mansfield, Ludewig took his chance, but unfortunately for him, the Sulzberger brothers tacked on for the ride. It wasn’t difficult to predict what would happen next: Bernard hitting out first, the German forced to react, before Wesley punched again, delivering a knock-out blow to claim the stage ahead of Ludewig and his brother.

Three minutes later, Cooke beat Aaron Kemps (Astana) and Clarke to the line, followed by Wilson in a small group of four and a peloton in pieces. The result saw Cooke and Clarke slot into second and third respectively on the overall classification.

Stage 2
1. Wesley Sulzberger (Aus), South Australia-AIS, 3:24:55
2. Jörg Ludewig (G), Wiesenhof-Felt, at 0:02
3. Bernard Sulzberger (Aus), DFL Cyclingnews-Litespeed, at 0:03
4. Dominique Rollin (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 0:08
5. Darren Lapthorne (Aus), Drapac Porsche, at 0:08
6. Cameron Jennings (Aus), DFL Cyclingnews-Litespeed, at 0:08
7. Maint Berkenbosch (Nl), Dutch National, at 0:08
8. Koen De Kort (Nl), Astana, at 2:26
9. Baden Cooke (Aus), Unibet, at 3:03
10. Aaron Kemps (Aus), Astana, at 3:03
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Overall
1. Matthew Wilson (Aus), Unibet, 7:05:15
2. Baden Cooke (Aus), Unibet, at 0:21
3. Simon Clarke (Aus), South Australia-AIS, at 0:25
4. Joost Van Leijen (Nl), Dutch National, at 0:29
5. Dominique Perras (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 0:31
6. David Pell (Aus), Savings & Loans, at 0:42
7. Steve Morabito (Swi), Astana, at 0:51
8. Julien Mazet (F), Astana, at 0:54
9. Cameron Wurf (Aus), Bissell-Priority Health, at 0:55
10. Trent Lowe (Aus), Jayco Australian National, at 0:56

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Results

Stage 2

1. Wesley Sulzberger (Aus), South Australia-AIS, 3:24:55

2. Jörg Ludewig (G), Wiesenhof-Felt, at 0:02

3. Bernard Sulzberger (Aus), DFL Cyclingnews-Litespeed, at 0:03

4. Dominique Rollin (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 0:08

5. Darren Lapthorne (Aus), Drapac Porsche, at 0:08

6. Cameron Jennings (Aus), DFL Cyclingnews-Litespeed, at 0:08

7. Maint Berkenbosch (Nl), Dutch National, at 0:08

8. Koen De Kort (Nl), Astana, at 2:26

9. Baden Cooke (Aus), Unibet, at 3:03

10. Aaron Kemps (Aus), Astana, at 3:03

11. Simon Clarke (Aus), South Australia-AIS, at 3:03

12. Steve Morabito (Swi), Astana, at 3:06

13. Joost Van Leijen (Nl), Dutch National, at 3:06

14. Matthew Wilson (Aus), Unibet, at 3:06

15. Dominique Perras (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 3:06

16. Timothy Gudsell (NZ), Mitchelton Wines, at 3:13

17. Jeremy Hunt (GB), Unibet, at 3:21

18. Julien Mazet (F), Astana, at 3:31

19. Cameron Wurf (Aus), Bissell-Priority Health, at 3:31

20. Trent Lowe (Aus), Jayco Australian National, at 3:31

21. David Pell (Aus), Savings & Loans, at 3:31

22. Michal Golas (Pol), Unibet, at 3:31

23. Eric Wohlberg (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 3:31

24. Benoit Joachim (Lux), Astana, at 3:31

25. Stuart Shaw (Aus), Drapac Porsche, at 3:31

26. Jimmy Casper (F), Unibet, at 3:31

27. Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn), Nippo-Meitan Latrobe, at 3:47

28. Mark O'brien (Aus), Drapac Porsche, at 3:47

29. Johnnie Walker (Aus), South Australia-AIS, at 3:47

30. Joel Pearson (Aus), Jayco Australian National, at 3:59

31. Brendan Brooks (Aus), FRF Couriers-NSWIS, at 4:03

32. Daniel Lloyd (GB), DFL Cyclingnews-Litespeed, at 4:52

33. Tom Middleton (Aus), Savings & Loans, at 5:07

34. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA), Bissell-Priority Health, at 5:08

35. Omer Kem (USA), Bissell-Priority Health, at 5:08

36. Will Dickeson (Aus), Savings & Loans, at 17:13

37. Trent Wilson (Aus), Jayco Australian National, at 17:31

38. Rhys Pollock (Aus), DFL Cyclingnews-Litespeed, at 17:31

39. Camiel Denis (Nl), Dutch National, at 17:31

40. Dean Windsor (Aus), Drapac Porsche, at 17:31

41. John Ebeling (Aus), FRF Couriers-NSWIS, at 17:31

42. Richard England (Aus), Bissell-Priority Health, at 17:33

43. Jason Allen (NZ), Mitchelton Wines, at 17:33

44. Tom Zirbel (USA), Bissell-Priority Health, at 17:33

45. Gene Bates (Aus), South Australia-AIS, at 17:33

46. Robbie Cater (Aus), FRF Couriers-NSWIS, at 17:33

47. Patrick Shaw (Aus), Jayco Australian National, at 17:33

48. Jeremy Vennell (NZ), DFL Cyclingnews-Litespeed, at 17:33

49. Stuart O'grady (Aus), Jayco Australian National, at 17:33

50. Chris Jongewaard (Aus), Jayco Australian National, at 17:33

51. Tom Southam (GB), Drapac Porsche, at 17:33

52. Scott Zwizanski (USA), Bissell-Priority Health, at 17:33

53. Jason Hegert (Aus), FRF Couriers-NSWIS, at 19:46

54. Aaron Tuckerman (NZ), Mitchelton Wines, at 19:46

55. Malaya Van Ruitenbeek (Nl), Dutch National, at 19:46

56. Marc Ryan (NZ), Mitchelton Wines, at 19:46

57. Christian Leben (G), Wiesenhof-Felt, at 19:46

58. Peter Mueller (Aus), Savings & Loans, at 19:46

59. Adriaan Helmantel (Nl), Dutch National, at 19:46

60. Hayden Godfrey (NZ), Mitchelton Wines, at 19:46

61. Chris Jory (Aus), FRF Couriers-NSWIS, at 19:46

62. Nick Gates (Aus), Jayco Australian National, at 19:46

63. Casey Munro (Aus), Drapac Porsche, at 19:46

64. Brett Aitken (Aus), Savings & Loans, at 23:05

65. Felix Odebrecht (G), Wiesenhof-Felt, at 23:33

66. Zachary Bell (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 24:43

67. Ryan Anderson (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 24:43

68. Andrew Randall (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 24:43

69. Wouter De Groot (Nl), Dutch National, at 24:43

70. Peter Herzig (Aus), FRF Couriers-NSWIS, at 24:43

71. Wim Botman (Nl), Dutch National, at 24:43

72. Simon Pearson (Aus), Savings & Loans, at 24:43

73. Brett Tivers (NZ), Mitchelton Wines, at 24:43

74. Kane Oakley (Aus), DFL Cyclingnews-Litespeed, at 24:43

75. Logan Hutchings (NZ), Mitchelton Wines, at 24:43

76. Prajak Mahawong (Tha), Nippo-Meitan Latrobe, at 24:43

77. Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Jpn), Nippo-Meitan Latrobe, at 24:43

78. Shaun Higgerson (Aus), South Australia-AIS, at 24:43

79. William Ford (Aus), South Australia-AIS, at 24:43

80. Luke Cridland (Aus), FRF Couriers-NSWIS, at 24:43

81. Steffen Radochla (G), Wiesenhof-Felt, at 24:43

82. Jefferey Sherstobitoff (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 24:43

84. Craig Mccartney (Aus), Savings & Loans, at 24:43

85. Koji Fukushima (Jpn), Nippo-Meitan Latrobe, at 24:43

86. Peter Dawson (Aus), South Australia-AIS, at 31:02



Overall

1. Matthew Wilson (Aus), Unibet, 7:05:15

2. Baden Cooke (Aus), Unibet, at 0:21

3. Simon Clarke (Aus), South Australia-AIS, at 0:25

4. Joost Van Leijen (Nl), Dutch National, at 0:29

5. Dominique Perras (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 0:31

6. David Pell (Aus), Savings & Loans, at 0:42

7. Steve Morabito (Swi), Astana, at 0:51

8. Julien Mazet (F), Astana, at 0:54

9. Cameron Wurf (Aus), Bissell-Priority Health, at 0:55

10. Trent Lowe (Aus), Jayco Australian National, at 0:56

11. Eric Wohlberg (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 0:56

12. Wesley Sulzberger (Aus), South Australia-AIS, at 9:01

13. Jörg Ludewig (G), Wiesenhof-Felt, at 9:05

14. Bernard Sulzberger (Aus), DFL Cyclingnews-Litespeed, at 9:10

15. Dominique Rollin (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 9:13

16. Cameron Jennings (Aus), DFL Cyclingnews-Litespeed, at 9:18

17. Darren Lapthorne (Aus), Drapac Porsche, at 9:19

18. Maint Berkenbosch (Nl), Dutch National, at 9:19

19. Koen De Kort (Nl), Astana, at 11:37

20. Aaron Kemps (Aus), Astana, at 12:14

21. Michal Golas (Pol), Unibet, at 12:42

22. Benoit Joachim (Lux), Astana, at 12:42

23. Stuart Shaw (Aus), Drapac Porsche, at 12:42

24. Jimmy Casper (F), Unibet, at 12:42

25. Timothy Gudsell (NZ), Mitchelton Wines, at 12:44

26. Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn), Nippo-Meitan Latrobe, at 12:58

27. Mark O'brien (Aus), Drapac Porsche, at 12:58

28. Johnnie Walker (Aus), South Australia-AIS, at 12:58

29. Brendan Brooks (Aus), FRF Couriers-NSWIS, at 13:14

30. Daniel Lloyd (GB), DFL Cyclingnews-Litespeed, at 14:03

31. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA), Bissell-Priority Health, at 14:19

32. Omer Kem (USA), Bissell-Priority Health, at 14:19

33. Tom Middleton (Aus), Savings & Loans, at 19:02

34. Jeremy Hunt (GB), Unibet, at 20:24

35. Joel Pearson (Aus), Jayco Australian National, at 21:02

36. Rhys Pollock (Aus), DFL Cyclingnews-Litespeed, at 26:42

37. Camiel Denis (Nl), Dutch National, at 26:42

38. Dean Windsor (Aus), Drapac Porsche, at 26:42

39. John Ebeling (Aus), FRF Couriers-NSWIS, at 26:42

40. Richard England (Aus), Bissell-Priority Health, at 26:44

41. Tom Zirbel (USA), Bissell-Priority Health, at 26:44

42. Gene Bates (Aus), South Australia-AIS, at 26:44

43. Robbie Cater (Aus), FRF Couriers-NSWIS, at 26:44

44. Jeremy Vennell (NZ), DFL Cyclingnews-Litespeed, at 26:44

45. Chris Jongewaard (Aus), Jayco Australian National, at 26:44

46. Stuart O'grady (Aus), Jayco Australian National, at 26:54

47. Malaya Van Ruitenbeek (Nl), Dutch National, at 28:57

48. Christian Leben (G), Wiesenhof-Felt, at 28:57

49. Peter Mueller (Aus), Savings & Loans, at 28:57

50. Adriaan Helmantel (Nl), Dutch National, at 28:57

51. Chris Jory (Aus), FRF Couriers-NSWIS, at 28:57

52. Will Dickeson (Aus), Savings & Loans, at 31:08

53. Kane Oakley (Aus), DFL Cyclingnews-Litespeed, at 33:54

54. Trent Wilson (Aus), Jayco Australian National, at 34:34

55. Jason Allen (NZ), Mitchelton Wines, at 34:36

56. Patrick Shaw (Aus), Jayco Australian National, at 34:36

57. Tom Southam (GB), Drapac Porsche, at 34:36

58. Scott Zwizanski (USA), Bissell-Priority Health, at 34:36

59. Jason Hegert (Aus), FRF Couriers-NSWIS, at 36:49

60. Aaron Tuckerman (NZ), Mitchelton Wines, at 36:49

61. Marc Ryan (NZ), Mitchelton Wines, at 36:49

62. Hayden Godfrey (NZ), Mitchelton Wines, at 36:49

63. Nick Gates (Aus), Jayco Australian National, at 36:49

64. Casey Munro (Aus), Drapac Porsche, at 36:49

65. Zachary Bell (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 38:38

66. Wouter De Groot (Nl), Dutch National, at 38:38

67. Peter Herzig (Aus), FRF Couriers-NSWIS, at 38:38

68. Logan Hutchings (NZ), Mitchelton Wines, at 38:38

69. William Ford (Aus), South Australia-AIS, at 38:38

70. Craig McCartney (Aus), Savings & Loans, at 38:38

71. Brett Aitken (Aus), Savings & Loans, at 40:08

72. Felix Odebrecht (G), Wiesenhof-Felt, at 40:36

73. Ryan Anderson (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 41:46

74. Andrew Randall (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 41:46

75. Wim Botman (Nl), Dutch National, at 41:46

76. Simon Pearson (Aus), Savings & Loans, at 41:46

77. Brett Tivers (NZ), Mitchelton Wines, at 41:46

78. Prajak Mahawong (Tha), Nippo-Meitan Latrobe, at 41:46

79. Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Jpn), Nippo-Meitan Latrobe, at 41:46

80. Shaun Higgerson (Aus), South Australia-AIS, at 41:46

81. Luke Cridland (Aus), FRF Couriers-NSWIS, at 41:46

82. Steffen Radochla (G), Wiesenhof-Felt, at 41:46

83. Jefferey Sherstobitoff (Can), Bicycle Superstore, at 41:46

84. Koji Fukushima (Jpn), Nippo-Meitan Latrobe, at 41:52

85. Peter Dawson (Aus), South Australia-AIS, at 48:05